Patricia A. "Trish" Coopersmith
Vice President and Director, UMGC Europe
In fall 2022, Ms. Patricia “Trish” Coopersmith was promoted to vice president and director of UMGC Europe after serving as deputy director for 5 years. She is responsible for the division’s headquarters-based departments in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and for a wide variety of policies and processes. Ms. Coopersmith manages two large U.S. military contracts, approximately 500 staff and faculty at 55+ locations in 19 countries, and a significant operating budget while keeping the Europe Division effective and efficient. She has over 30 years of business and advisory experience in academic, government, and corporate environments. Prior to UMGC, Ms. Coopersmith served at the U.S. Department of Defense National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C., as the director of Outreach, International Relations, and Academic Partnerships. She has also worked extensively with numerous federal government agencies, as well as with international defense ministries in Europe and Asia. In 2016, she was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award by DoD. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at NDU and at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Ms. Coopersmith spent the early years of her career as a management consultant for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an industrial engineer for Westinghouse. Her education includes an MBA from Augusta University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University. Ms. Coopersmith has been married for more than 30 years and has two grown daughters.
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.