Marzilli named associate provost for student success and innovation

A portrait photo of T. Scott Marzilli
T. Scott Marzilli

T. Scott Marzilli, special assistant to the president for student success at the University of Houston-Downtown, has been named associate provost for student success and innovation at the University of Maine, effective Feb. 1, 2023. He will also be a UMaine professor of kinesiology.

“Student success and innovation are among two of our most important tenets at Maine’s R1 university,” says John Volin, UMaine executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “We look forward to the depth of experience Scott brings to this position focused on helping lead our student success and retention initiatives campuswide, innovating new strategies and programs, as well as integrating these with UMS TRANSFORMS Student Success and Retention initiatives.” 

Marzilli has been a member of the University of Houston–Downtown community since 2018, serving as dean of University College and chief student success officer and, since May, as special assistant to the president for student success.

In 2008, Marzilli was named chair and professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Tyler. During his decade at the university, he also served as interim dean in the College of Nursing and Health Services, assistant vice president for academic innovation and student success, and dean of University College.

Marzilli coordinated the biomechanics/motor skill laboratory at the University of West Florida from 1999–2008, and was promoted to associate professor in health, leisure and exercise science, with a specialization in motor behavior. He holds a Ph.D. in movement science from Florida State University.

“I am so excited to join the University of Maine, and I look forward to working, as a community, to build upon current student-centered programs that provide holistic support and wraparound services to our students. I am passionate about helping lead new, innovative initiatives to ensure we democratize potential and provide every student we enroll with the opportunity for success,” Marzilli says.