Krista  Maxson

Krista Maxson directory photo



Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
BS Mathematics University of Oregon  
MS Science University of Nebraska, Lincoln  
PhD Mathematics University of Nebraska, Lincoln  


Krista Maxson, has joined the USAO administration as Vice President for Academic Affairs, replacing Dex Marble.

Originally from Diamond Bar, California, Maxson received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Oregon; and a Master of Science and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Before coming to USAO in June 2015, Maxson served 16 years at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, as the department chair of Mathematical Sciences, a Mathematics professor and Interim Associate Provost.

While at Portsmouth, she played a significant part in developing and establishing the Master of Science in Mathematics.

She has been awarded multiple grants throughout her career with the most recent one coming from the Ohio Department of Education. She received a $247,000 grant, which allowed over 500 high school students from 14 regional high schools to earn concurrent college credit in mathematic courses offered in the “flipped format” at 14 regional high schools.

Maxson served on Ohio’s math steering committee where she helped develop and implement success strategies in P-16 mathematics. She also was part of the mathematics chairs/leads network and USO mathematics initiative subgroups in charge of data collection, analysis and sharing.

Maxson was the faculty lead for the Southeast High School/Higher Ed alignment initiative, which was charged with bridging the gap between k-12 and higher education.

In addition, she served as the associate director for Southeast Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.

Maxson is married to Evan, and has two daughters, Brianna, age 7, and Addison, age 5.

In her spare time, she enjoys golfing with her husband and playing with her children.

The Academic Affairs office is responsible for the academic programs, budgetary matters relating to the academic programs, academic policies and procedures, and personnel matters relating to the faculty.  Academic programs are organized and administered through academic divisions, each headed by a Division Chair.  Division Chairs are appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with members of the division and the President of the University.