Blakely joined UMUC in October 2015, serving first as assistant vice provost for Academic Policies and Reports and subsequently as associate vice provost for Accreditation, Compliance and Reporting. Blakely serves as UMUC’s accreditation liaison officer, overseeing UMUC’s compliance with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education standards. Since coming to UMUC, Blakely has established a policy review and development process within Academic Affairs; with the office of Legal Affairs, ensured UMUC’s compliance with local, state and federal regulations, including the Code of Maryland Regulations, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, and federal Gainful Employment regulations; partnered with the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools to support data-driven program improvement, including Academic Program Reviews, student surveys, and development of new capacities for quality assurance initiatives; and overseen institutional and mandated reporting.
Prior to joining UMUC, Blakely served for nine years at the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health, most recently in the role of chief of staff. At College Park, Blakely led the School of Public Health through initial and reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health, and facilitated coordination across the functional areas of the Dean’s Office and the school, including Academic Affairs, Communications, Finance and Administration, Research, and Student Services. She facilitated school and department-level policy development and implementation in alignment with University and accreditation requirements, served as lead data liaison to the university’s office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, and oversaw the periodic review and revision of the school’s shared governance plan. Previously, in the positions of Director of Student Services and MPH Program Coordinator, Blakely provided leadership and support for student advising and services, and the establishment of new academic departments and programs. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Public Health from August of 2001 through May 2013.
Before joining the School of Public Health, Blakely worked in a variety of public health agencies where she led health education communications and training initiatives, developed evaluation and assessment tools, and served as managing editor for the journal Health Promotion Practice.
Blakely earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from George Mason University, and Master of Public Health, with a concentration in community health education, from the University of Maryland, College Park.