Patricia A. "Trish" Coopersmith
Vice President and Director, UMGC Europe
Ms. Patricia “Trish” Coopersmith started with UMGC in November 2016 as the associate vice president and deputy director for UMGC Europe in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She was recently promoted to the vice president and director position and is responsible for Europe-based headquarters departments (Academic Affairs, HR, IT, finance, marketing, etc.) and for a wide variety of policies and processes across the division. Trish manages two large military contracts, approximately 500 staff and faculty at 55+ locations in 19 countries, and a large operating budget while keeping UMGC Europe effective and efficient. She has over 30 years of business and advisory experience in academic, government, and corporate environments. Prior to UMGC, Trish served at the DoD National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C., as the director of Outreach, International Relations, and Academic Partnerships. There, she was responsible for NDU's iCollege Academic Partnership Program, growing it from eight university partners to more than forty. UMGC was the first NDU partner. Trish has worked extensively with the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies, as well as with international Defense Ministries in Europe and in Asia. She taught as an adjunct professor at NDU and at the University of Mary Washington. Prior to her tenure at NDU, she served as a Business Process Reengineering (BPR) management consultant for IBM and for PricewaterhouseCoopers and as an industrial engineer for Westinghouse Corporation. Her education includes an MBA from Augusta University and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University.
Andrew D. Boone
Associate Vice President and Associate Dean
Dr. Andrew D. Boone was appointed associate vice provost for UMGC Europe Academic Affairs in 2017, and is now associate vice president and associate dean. As senior academic officer, he provides leadership for all undergraduate and graduate programs in Europe. His primary goal is to ensure students receive quality learning experiences that provide them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be competent professionals and citizens. Passionate about excellence in teaching, he also directs the management of the faculty corps who teach at over 50 sites across Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Boone has taught statistics, math, economics, and business courses on two continents for the better part of three decades with UMGC. In addition, he has taught at Houston Community College, the University of Houston, and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Dr. Boone holds a BS in Economics from the University of Arizona. Additionally, he earned an MS and a PhD in Economics from the University of Houston.