Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Gretchen B. Caughman, PhD is the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Augusta University. As the university’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Caughman is responsible for advancing all aspects of the academic mission of the University, ensuring excellence and innovation in the delivery of existing knowledge and the discovery of new knowledge. In addition, she is a Professor in the Dental College of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, and the Graduate School at Augusta University. Dr. Caughman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry with highest honors from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in basic and clinical immunology and microbiology as a National Science Foundation Individual Predoctoral Fellow from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C. She completed a 3-year National Cancer Institute Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship in herpesvirology at the University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS under the mentorship of Dr. Dennis O’Callaghan.
Dr. Caughman came to the Medical College of Georgia in 1985 as an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Biology, and subsequently rose through the ranks to professor in the School of Dentistry, as well as in joint appointments in the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Medicine. Her NIH-funded research focused on the molecular mechanisms of herpesviral persistent infections, and her teaching areas to dental, medical and graduate students included immunology and virology. She is a member of a number of scientific and honorary societies, including the American Society for Virology, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.
In 1999, Dr. Caughman was appointed Associate Dean of the MCG School of Graduate Studies, and in 2005 became Dean. During her tenure as Dean, the number of doctoral programs in the School of Graduate Studies increased by 50%, and the total number of graduate students increased by 117%, from 276 to 600 students.
Dr. Caughman was appointed Interim Provost of the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) on Sept. 1, 2010, and became Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Georgia Health Sciences University on June 1, 2011. On January 8, 2013, upon the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, she became Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Georgia Regents University, recently renamed Augusta University. Major institutional initiatives during her tenure as Provost include establishment of the enterprise-wide Office of Diversity and Inclusion, creation of the Division of Institutional Effectiveness, the launch of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health, the launch of the Augusta University Leadership Academy, the successful accreditation of the newly consolidated university, and the full affirmation of accreditation of Augusta University by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Caughman recently led the successful launch of the Cyber Institute, and currently serves as chair of the University System of Georgia System-wide Cybersecurity Initiative Consortium. She also is vice chair of the University of Georgia System Health Informatics Academic Alliance, and member of the Southern Regional Education Board Computer Science Commission.