Michael Gavin named AACC’s new Associate V.P. for Learning


Michael H. Gavin of Baltimore is Anne Arundel Community College’s new associate vice president of Learning.

In that capacity, he will oversee faculty professional development, the college’s process of course and program development and the Sarbanes Center for Public and Community Service. In addition, he will participate in AACC’s Student Success 2020 initiative that aims at doubling the number of degrees, certificates and workforce credentials earned from 2009, when the program began, to 2020.

Gavin came to AACC from Prince George’s Community College where he was a tenured professor of English for 10 years before becoming the senior academic administrator two years ago. Last year he was a League for Innovation winner for PGCC’s Envision Success program, which is similar to AACC’s Student Success 2020 initiative. He has published poetry on the themes of memory and gravity and combined his interests in sports and politics in a book published in 2012, “Sports in the Aftermath of Tragedy: From Kennedy to Katrina, the Politics of Race and Media,” which explores what a sporting event can mean to people after a major national tragedy.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Dickinson College, a Master of Arts in Literature from American University and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in American Studies from the University of Maryland.