Marisa Anne Pagnattaro

Marisa Anne PagnattaroVice President for Instruction & Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning

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Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, the I.W. Cousins Professor of Business and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Terry College of Business, was named Vice President for Instruction in 2022. She added the responsibilities of Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning to her portfolio in 2023. Pagnattaro oversees the University’s enrollment management, student success initiatives, academic affairs, instructional infrastructure as well as student and faculty support services. This includes the offices of admissions, financial aid, registrar, curriculum, academic advising, experiential learning, and online learning. Also included are the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Division of Academic Enhancement, the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program, and STEM education. Pagnattaro provides academic oversight to UGA’s extended campuses in Washington DC, Griffin, and Gwinnett, as well as pre-health and pre-law advising offices.

Prior to being named Vice President for Instruction and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Pagnattaro served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. In this role, she assisted with all matters of academic administration, policy and planning, and acted on behalf of the Provost when he was not available. She chaired the UGA Arts Council and oversaw the Georgia Museum of Art, McBee Institute of Higher Education, and the Performing Arts Center. She also worked closely with the Office of Global Engagement. She jointly oversaw the UGA Griffin campus with the Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Prior to being named Vice Provost, Pagnattaro was the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the Terry College. In this role, she led strategic planning efforts related to research and graduate education, directed the college’s international programs, and chaired its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

Her scholarship focuses on international trade and business ethics, and she is the author or co-author of more than 30 journal articles and book chapters and numerous shorter works. She is the author of “In Defiance of the Law: From Anne Hutchinson to Toni Morrison,” which explores literary depictions of the American legal system. She is the co-author of three additional books, including a widely used business law textbook. In addition, Pagnattaro served as the editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and was president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Pagnattaro was a 2016-2017 fellow of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program and was an inaugural fellow in the University’s Women’s Leadership Development Program. She has been an active member of University Council, serving on its Executive Committee from 2012 to 2015 and on four additional committees from 2008 to 2017. Her additional interdisciplinary committee work includes having served on the Executive Committee of the UGA Teaching Academy and on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Center for Asian Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Colgate University and holds a J.D. from New York Law School and Ph.D. in English from UGA.