Martha Wescoat-Andes is the Senior Associate Provost for Planning & New Ventures at William & Mary. In this role she works with executive leadership, the internal community, and external partners to advance strategic initiatives.
Martha’s career has focused on assisting leaders in public higher education and local government envision and achieve major organizational goals through strategy, new markets, external partnerships, change management, organizational development, internal capacity building, and project management.
In her work with organizations and leaders Martha often integrates her expertise in leadership and health and wellness coaching to enhance opportunities for both individual and organizational transformation and well-being. Martha is an International Coaches Federation (ICF) certified executive coach and a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness coach (NBC-HWC). Certified as an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner through the David Cooperrider Center and a Strengths-based Specialist through Gallup, Martha works with organizations to engage stakeholders, build on collectively identified strengths, and define and pursue shared aspirations for a positive future.
A native of New Jersey, Martha earned her BA in Government from Smith College and her MBA from Columbia University. She began her career in higher education within the University of California system at UC Davis, where she worked with the Executive Vice Provost to create and implement early systems of shared governance with faculty for effective resource allocation.
In 1993 Martha joined the California Community College system at Butte College, where she rose to the Vice President of Administration. In this role she was instrumental in securing an $89 million general obligation bond measure within the community that enabled the completion of the main campus and the creation of an offsite center. Having developed strong business partnerships within the community, Martha moved into economic development for the City of Chico, bringing together the higher educational entities (Butte College and California State University, Chico), as well as governmental entities (city, county and state) with private sector businesses to strengthen a university-based economy.
Prior to joining William & Mary in 2020, Martha relocated to the East Coast with her family to join George Mason University in 2010 as the Associate Dean of Administration in the College of Science, where she combined her skills in business administration and economic development to grow the academic and research enterprise.