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Meet the Provost

Provost Helena Mariella-Walrond

Helena Mariella-Walrond, Ph.D, is the Provost and Senior Vice President at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU). As Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Mariella-Walrond oversees all academic and research programs at the institution.

Prior to her appointment as Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Mariella-Walrond served as the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at the University.  In this capacity, Dr. Mariella-Walrond oversaw the development of the University Strategic and Assessment Frameworks, as a foundation for the annual planning, budgeting, and assessment programs.  Prior to her appointment to Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Mariella-Walrond served as Associate Provost.  In that position, her major responsibility included a complete revision of the University’s general education core as well as the development of an academic plan for the Division of Academic Affairs. 

Having joined Bethune-Cookman University in 1997, Dr. Mariella-Walrond spent 16 years in the College of Education, first as faculty and later as Coordinator for Assessment and Accreditation. In the College of Education, Dr. Mariella-Walrond taught courses in foundations, curriculum and research.

An active member in all aspects of SACSCOC and the Florida Department of Education reaccreditation reviews, Dr. Mariella-Walrond has presented at numerous conferences and workshops and most recently, she is the co-author, with two of her former students, of a manuscript:  The Legacy Lives, “I leave you a thirst for education” Dr. Bethune’s vision in action: A study of the impact of an HBCU on teachers and educational leaders. 

A native of Vӓsterås, Sweden, Dr. Mariella-Walrond received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, her M.A. in Anthropology from Wake Forest University and the Ph.D. in Foundations of Education from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Mariella-Walrond and her husband Rick Walrond are the parents of one daughter, Signe. 

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