Rachel M. Petty, Ph. D.

Acting Chief Academic Officer

Rachel M. Petty is currently the Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), the position she has held since August 2013.  She is an experienced academic administrator with over 30 years of service in academic leadership roles, including Department Chairperson, Dean, Chief Operating Officer, and Provost.

Petty has served as the Project Director for several institutional grants designed to increase the success of minority students in STEM and health-related fields.  She has also directed several collaborative research/demonstration projects involving multiple post-secondary institutions.  She has a long-standing interest in research that explores the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of trauma.  She has received research support for several trauma projects from the NIMH, NICHD, the Department of Education, and from private foundations.  She was a lead UDC researcher for the NIH/DC Consortium’s Infant Mortality Initiative, which examined factors contributing to racial disparities in infant death rates in the city of Washington, D.C.  Her research has led to several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Petty’s demonstrated research and leadership abilities and her ability to work collaboratively with other academic institutions and community organizations have enabled her to greatly increase the number and quality of academic programs, funded projects and services available to faculty and students at the University of the District of Columbia.

Dr. Petty is a Developmental Psychologist (and tenured Professor of Psychology) who received her baccalaureate in Psychology, from Howard University, and her doctorate in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Maryland.

Office of the President

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Building 39, Room 301A
Phone: phone 202.274.6016
Evola Bates, Chief of Staff, evola.bates@udc.edu
Mary C. Wright, Administrative Officer, mwright@udc.edu
Angela Scott, Executive Assistant to the President, ascott@udc.edu