AUP’s six officers are members of the president’s leadership team and manage all of AUP’s administrative functions. From guiding the University’s faculty to managing financial operations to engaging alumni support, these leaders work to execute the University’s vision and mission.


Marcia Grant, Provost

Dr. Grant has had a fascinating global career as an academic entrepreneur, serving as founding dean at three American-style international universities abroad. Her work has always been characterized by a deep interest in student learning, in excellent teaching, and in faculty development. Grant helped to found Effat University, the first women’s liberal arts college in Saudi Arabia, the arts and sciences division of a liberal arts university for the Aga Khan in Pakistan, a new curriculum at Foreman Christian College in Lahore, and, most recently, the liberal arts curriculum of an American University in Ghana known as Ashesi, the brainchild of fellow Swarthmore graduate Patrick Awuah who just won a MacArthur for his work. Dr. Grant has been highly lauded for her academic leadership and her work as a political scientist and as a practitioner—with over 10 years of experience as a United States Foreign Service professional in both Paris and Mexico City. She is a graduate of Swarthmore and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, as well as London School of Economics, where she did her doctorate. As former Provost at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, Dr. Grant knows French language and culture, and also has a home in France.


Valérie Gille, Executive VP for Finance and Administration

Valérie Gille is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at The American University of Paris. She holds a Diplôme d’expertise comptable and studied economics at the University of Nancy. Valérie joined AUP in January 2011, coming from the world of consulting, auditing, and for-profit corporations. She spent nearly a decade with Price Waterhouse in Paris before assuming the role of financial director (secretaire general) at Unilog and at Equalliance, a French real estate company.

Valérie oversees the Finance, Administration, and Human Resources teams at AUP. She believes firmly in putting AUP’s core business, teaching, and learning first, and in assuring that financial processes are healthy and transparent so as to ensure the University’s future.


Marc Montheard, Vice President and Dean of Student Services

Born, raised, and educated in France, Marc Montheard earned a master’s degree in English and American Literature and Civilization and a PhD from the Sorbonne in British Contemporary Politics. His graduate work focused mainly on political parties, elections, and industrial relations in the United Kingdom.

Before falling in love with the American liberal arts educational system, Marc taught in several educational systems and countries, notably at The University of Hull (UK) and at Université Paris IV - Sorbonne.

He started teaching at AUP in 1987 as a part-time lecturer and became full-time two years later. He was Co-Chair of the Department of French and Foreign Languages for six years before becoming Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in 1998. In 2004, he was acting Dean of Academic Affairs, and was appointed Dean of Academic Administration in 2005.

Marc has been Vice President and Dean of Student Services since 2006. In this role, he supervises the University offices pertaining to student life: Housing, Student Immigration Services, Student Health Services and Counseling, Sports, and the Cultural Program. Marc also oversees support to student organizations and activities and the development and maintenance of relationships with AUP’s partner schools, providing opportunities for our students to study abroad and to their students to spend one semester at AUP.


Tim Rogers, Vice President, Enrollment Management

Tim Rogers is the Vice President of Enrollment Management at The American University of Paris. Educated in the UK at the Universities of Hull, Warwick and Westminster, with a period of study in the US at the University of Kansas, Tim has gone on to become one of the leading international education consultants in the world today and has now joined the AUP team.

As the former Head of Student Recruitment & Admissions at the London School of Economics & Political Science, Tim has more than 20 years of experience in international student recruitment and admissions, the development of higher education international strategy, university administration and management, educational marketing, national-level policy making and press relations. He established his own private company, International Higher Education Consultants UK Limited in 2003, and has worked for more than 100 clients in over 30 countries. His views are published widely around the world and he has written a number of books on international education.

At AUP, Tim oversees the Admissions Office and is responsible for the development of strategies to support the recruitment and selection of qualified students from around the world. 


Maarten Vervaat, Director of University Outreach & Advancement

Maarten Vervaat is the Director of University Outreach & Advancement at The American University of Paris. His role includes leadership of AUP’s annual and capital campaign and the growth and development of our alumni and parent relations.

With 20 years' experience in cultural and educational management, Maarten Vervaat has held positions in communications, alumni relations and development at the World Press Photo Foundation, the University of Amsterdam, the Cyprus Institute, and Utrecht University, where he designed a substantial capital campaign to support Utrecht’s rising research profile and ambition to re-position itself internationally. A belief in the power of education, research, and culture to transform society and the individual lives that shape its future has provided him with a lifelong motivation to contribute to the advancement of institutions that take on such transformative tasks.

He has stood at the origins of both The University of Amsterdam’s and Utrecht University’s alumni relations and fundraising programs. Educated in American methods of fundraising, Maarten Vervaat is an active member of the industry-standard Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and is a frequent speaker at their conferences and seminars.


Gail DeNicola, Director of Communications

Gail DeNicola is Director of Communications at AUP, where for the past several years she has provided consulting services in strategic brand positioning and organization development. She holds a B.S. in Education from Wheelock College, an M.Ed. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.S. in Business Administration from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. 

Early experience in public school education reform and subsequent graduate work in organization behavior and development led to an associate professor role at Antioch University’s graduate education program where she taught courses in management, team building and organization behavior, and supervised adult graduate students in their workplace to link theory and practice. 

Over her lengthy private sector career she has functioned as Global Head of Marketing for major financial firms in the U.S., as a division leader with P&L responsibility, and as head of Corporate Strategy and Financial Analysis. She has worked both independently and with partners as a business consultant offering strategic marketing expertise. Directly before coming to France and working with AUP, Ms. DeNicola returned to the not-for-profit sector for several years to head the successful financial and operational transformation of the American Red Cross Northeast division.