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Steven C. Combs, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Steven Combs, Ph.D., was appointed to serve as President and CEO of MUIH and began his service on April 1, 2017.

Dr. Combs most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Provost at Drury University (Springfield, MO).  During his tenure, he oversaw a significant enrollment increase, the implementation of six new academic programs, the acquisition of over $3.5 million in grants and donations, the building and refurbishing of key academic spaces, created an office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Teaching and Learning Center, and revitalized the Honors Program and Debate Team.   Prior to Drury, Dr. Combs was the founding Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and the founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University.  

Before joining the ranks of academic administrators, Dr. Combs had a distinguished career as a faculty member.  He spent twelve years at Loyola Marymount University, where he achieved the rank of full professor, eight years at Claremont McKenna College, and two years at Occidental College.  He has received numerous teaching awards, been honored three times by the Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and twice recognized in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.  Dr. Combs taught at Oxford University in summer 2005 and spent the fall 2005 semester as a visiting professor at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan.  

Dr. Combs has a broad background in communication studies and has presented scholarly papers on three continents.  He has been published in top, peer-reviewed journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Social Semiotics, and Argumentation and Advocacy.  He was the editor of a special issue of Argumentation and Advocacy, devoted to non-Greco Roman argumentation, and published a groundbreaking book, The Dao of Rhetoric.  

Dr. Combs holds a Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on rhetoric and public address. He completed his M.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, and his B.A. at the University of Southern California. 

Dr. Combs has been a political and trial consultant and wrote Trial advocacy:  Communication, Critical Thinking, and the Law for use in his classes.  He coached university mock trial teams and has an extensive background coaching intercollegiate debate.  His teams have won numerous national championships, including the National Debate Tournament.  He also coached women’s softball at two different colleges.

Dr. Combs draws from his background as an intercollegiate debater, where he set and still holds the record for most victories in a college career (440) and placed second in the nation two years in a row.  He enjoys softball, bodysurfing, and gardening.

scombs@muih.edu
410-888-9048 ext. 6610

 
Marc Levin

Marc Levin, M.B.A., M.A., CPA

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Marc Levin joined Maryland University of Integrative Health in March 2008 as Associate Vice President for Financial Services, was promoted to Vice President for Business and Financial Services in September 2008, and to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in September 2012.

Mr. Levin has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, and operations for public and private healthcare companies. He is proud to use his talents not only to strengthen the financial foundation of MUIH, but also to expand the University's impact on the world. Responsibilities under Mr. Levin include finance and accounting, financial aid, information technology, campus and facilities, and bookstore and café.

Mr. Levin holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland. Mr. Levin has earned a Master of Art in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). He is also a certified public accountant and the author of Eight Shifts for Wellness: Practical Transformative Steps to Enhance Health, Wellness, and Well-Being.

mlevin@muih.edu
410-888-9048 ext. 6646

   

Christina Sax, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Christina Sax, Ph.D., is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Sax serves as the chief academic officer and provides leadership for academic and clinical quality, assessment, and accreditation; research and scholarship; continuing education; faculty professional development; digital learning; and external academic and clinical outreach. She provides leadership for all academic programs and faculty, the Natural Care Center; the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Sherman Cohn Library.

Dr. Sax is a nationally recognized expert in academic innovation and online education. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration and teaching, and more than thirty years of experience in scientific research. Her record includes more than 40 scholarly and research publications, and more than 200 conference, symposia, seminar, workshop, and training presentations on the national level.

Prior to MUIH, Dr. Sax was the Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation at Shippensburg University (PA), following her initial role as the Dean of Extended Studies. She served at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) from 1998 to 2007 in various roles including Interim Senior Associate Dean, Assistant Dean of Social, Behavioral, Natural, and Mathematical Sciences, and Academic Director of Natural Sciences. She was also the co-founding Director of the Quality Matters Program from 2003 to 2006, which provides a nationally recognized framework and process for the quality assurance of online courses. Dr. Sax was a research scientist at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health from 1987 to 1998. She has served as a faculty member at UMUC; the University of Maryland Baltimore County; United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization; Foundation for the Advancement of Education in the Sciences; and Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Sax holds a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond VA, with Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi honors. She received a B.S. in Microbiology with High Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester, in Rochester NY. She is currently pursuing a Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation from the Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia.

Dr. Sax has received seven University Professional and Continuing Education Association Mid-Atlantic Region program awards, the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications Outstanding Work Award, the United States Distance Learning Association 21st Century Best Practice Award, the Maryland Distance Learning Association Distance Educator of the Year and Program of the Year Awards, and the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal Women of Influence Award.

She serves on the national Board and Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and the Substantive Change Committee of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She co-founded the Collective for Academic Innovation and Transformation and the Southcentral Pennsylvania Education Collaborative. She formerly served as Vice President of the Maryland Distance Learning Association, and on the Editorial Board of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, the Science Education Resources Working Group of the NIH Office of Science Education, and the joint Curriculum Review Panel of the National Academy of Sciences and Smithsonian Institution.

Dr. Sax’s research and scholarly activities focus on the areas of academic innovation; online teaching, learning, and quality assurance; educational technology; faculty development; higher education leadership and planning; STEM education; and molecular biology, gene expression, and transcriptional regulation.

Dr. Sax indicates that being a member of the MUIH community is directly aligned with her personal mission to create an environment that fosters growth and learning, and provides her with the unique opportunity to blend her interests in education, science and research through non-traditional and innovative models and programs.

csax@muih.edu
410-888-9048 ext. 6655

 

Natalie Williams, MS

Vice President of University Advancement