Martha Potvin
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., 1984
  • Master of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., 1980
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., 1976

Martha Potvin, PhD, took on the role of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Springfield College in 2016. She brings more than 25 years of academic administrative experience to that role. 

Previously, Potvin served for six years as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Montana State University and 10 years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Dakota.

Potvin began her career as a faculty member at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. During her 16 years at that institution, she served as chair of the Department of Biology for 11 years and as interim dean of graduate studies and extended education. 

Potvin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in botany and plant ecology from Michigan State University, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Nationally, Potvin serves as a founding board member of the Association of Chief Academic Officers. She also was active in the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and served on its board of directors for three years.