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Nicholas Eremita Named Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Strategy

Southern New Hampshire University Executive and Former Head of Global Force Management at U.S. Department of Defense Joins Institution with Deep Roots in Educating U.S. Military Servicemembers Around the World

Adelphi, Md. (March 23, 2021)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) President Gregory Fowler has selected Nicholas Eremita as his chief of staff and senior vice president of strategy. Eremita joined UMGC on March 15 after a transformative tenure at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and serving in senior-level roles at the U.S. Department of Defense. 

“Nick has demonstrated expertise in driving long-term, analytics-based corporate planning and in guiding the transformation and modernization of fast-growing organizations,” said Fowler. “His experience in operations, relationship-building and strategy development will be a tremendous asset as we reach new levels of performance and expand the reach of our educational programs.” 

Eremita spent the past four years as vice president for Enterprise Planning and Strategic Enablement at SNHU, driving strategy development, business process transformation, and program management across the institution. He served as executive leader of a 300-person team that drove transformational change across every facet of the university, while also developing and leading the first centralized corporate planning and strategy execution process for SNHU. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join UMGC,” said Eremita. “I truly believe in the power of perspective and that only through teamwork and collaboration can we tackle the tough challenges ahead and provide the solutions our students deserve from us,” said Eremita. “I took to heart the words of Adm. William McRaven, who said: ‘You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help—and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the goodwill of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.’”         

Prior to SNHU, Eremita served as deputy director of strategy and concepts—and earlier as the branch chief of global force management—for the U.S. Department of Defense and Joint Staff, where he advised and worked closely with Gen. James N. Mattis, Gen. John Allen, and Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, and led, formulated and advanced the long-term strategic concepts for the U.S. Army that will drive, streamline and optimize future capabilities for the next generation. 

As a program manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, he advised the Defense Department on enterprise architecture and systems engineering challenges, testing proofs of concept and driving analytics-based decision models.   

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Eremita earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MS in resource strategy from The Eisenhower School of National Security & Resource Strategy in Washington, D.C. 

About University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Maryland Global Campus (formerly University of Maryland University College) is a world leader in innovative educational models, with award-winning online programs in disciplines including biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, and information technology that are in high demand in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace. 

With an enrollment of some 90,000 students, UMGC offers open access with a global footprint and a specific mission—to meet the learning needs of students whose responsibilities may include jobs, family, and military service. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, including doctoral programs. 

A pioneer in distance education since 1947, UMGC today is harnessing the power of learning science and technology to deliver high quality, low cost, accessible higher education. 

In 1949, UMGC became the first institution to send faculty overseas to teach active-duty military personnel at installations in Europe. The university expanded overseas operations to Asia in 1956 and to the Middle East in 2005. UMGC faculty have taught in the war zones of Vietnam, Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at more than 175 locations in more than 20 countries. Today, more than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel and their families, members of the National Guard and veterans.