Flavius R. W. Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH

Flavius Lily BioDr. Lilly is a leader, educator, and scholar practitioner who has forged a diverse career in health care and academia and is currently the vice provost of academic and student affairs and the vice dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

As vice provost, he oversees the Division of Student Affairs, which is composed of the SMC Campus Center; Campus Life Services; UMB Writing Center; Educational Support and Disability Services; Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center; Student Counseling Center; Intercultural Leadership and Engagement Center; Student Health Center; and UMB Housing. Dr. Lilly provides leadership in academic affairs to the Center for Global Engagement, which supports faculty and students who are interested in global education opportunities. Additionally, he is responsible for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, a central resource for faculty to promote evidence-based teaching, learning, assessment, and evaluation practices as well as support for online learning.

As vice dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Lilly facilitates initiatives in new degree development, international partnerships, social and health innovation, student recruitment and marketing, and online learning. He provides leadership to the faculty who direct, instruct, and provide mentorship to students in more than 50 master’s and doctoral degree programs.

A gerontologist, Dr. Lilly leads the Geriatrics and Gerontology Research and Education program, an interprofessional initiative designed to enhance health professional training for those serving aging populations. Additionally, he provides executive leadership to the Grid (Graduate Research Innovation District), an innovation space where students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff connect to create ideas for business development and implementation. Dr. Lilly enjoys creating new ventures from the ground up through creative strategic thinking and entrepreneurism.

Dr. Lilly has worked in the health care industry in executive leadership roles in which his interests have been in health care quality improvement, access to care, chronic disease management, and service delivery to aging populations. He has a BS degree in biology, an MPH in epidemiology, an MA in applied sociology, and a PhD in gerontology. He remains active in continuing education and recently completed a postbaccalaureate certificate in intercultural leadership and a certificate in Harvard University’s Higher Education Leadership and Management program.

Dr. Lilly is a committed educator with award-winning recognition for teaching excellence and innovation in the classroom. He teaches courses on the psychology of aging, sociology of aging, and clinical epidemiology. His primary research interests are in aging populations with a focus on health care improvement and mental health care. He also engages in scholarship aimed at improving mental health services for college students, and he has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles in highly regarded research journals.