As executive director of the Mathematical Association of America, Michael provides leadership to advance the mission of the MAA to further the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world. As a long-time member of the MAA, he is delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with colleagues who share the sense of community and common purpose that he sees as the fundamental strength of the Association.
Michael received a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi in 1980, a master's degree from Mississippi State University in 1982 and a Ph.D. (Harmonic Analysis) from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989. Prior to joining the MAA (in 2002), he served on the faculty at Florida International University (1989-1992) and Mississippi State University (1992-2002).
Previously at the MAA, Michael served as Associate Executive Director and Director of Programs and Services. During that time he oversaw significant growth in the scope of activities offered by the association that encourage and support faculty development, including the MAA Professional Enhancement Program (PREP), programs for engaging students such as the Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference program, and efforts to increase public awareness and appreciation of mathematics, such as the Distinguished Lecture Series at the new MAA Carriage House conference center.