UMGC Asia Senior Leadership Team

James B. Cronin

UMGC Vice President and Director, Asia

James Cronin is vice president and director of the Asia division at UMGC.

Cronin joined the university in April 2000, after retiring from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel that year. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from DePaul University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry in 1980. He earned a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University and a graduate certificate in distance education from UMGC.

During an Army career that spanned more than 20 years, Cronin served as an infantry officer in the 8th Infantry Division (M) in Mainz, Germany; the 5th Infantry (M) at Fort Polk, Louisiana; and the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He commanded two infantry companies and served as a brigade executive officer. Cronin also served as recruiting company commander and held various positions in public affairs stateside in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and overseas in Korea and Bosnia. In his final assignment, he served as director of the Public Affairs and Journalism division of the Defense Information School at Fort Meade. His military service won him the Legion of Merit and six Meritorious Service Medals from the Army.

Since joining the university in 2000, Cronin has focused on improving the functionality of UMGC's military portals and expanding enrollment. He served for a number of years as associate vice president of program management, supervising various programs and partnerships. As program manager, he was responsible for all facets of the move into the GoArmyEd and Air Force institution portals. Cronin also developed and coordinated a number of special partnerships with military institutions, including the Army Signal Center, the Information Resource Management College, and the Army Command General Staff College. In 2013 Cronin was appointed vice president of stateside support, and in July 2016 he was selected for his current role as vice president and director of Asia operations. In addition, Cronin has served as an adjunct associate professor at UMGC, teaching Introduction to Public Speaking. He was inducted into the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame in November 2017.

Amanda C. Maguire

UMGC Associate Vice President and Deputy Director, Asia

Amanda Maguire is the associate vice president and deputy director of the Asia division at UMGC. 

Maguire earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UMGC in 2003, a Master of Education in School Counseling from Bowie State University in 2015 and a Master of Business Administration from UMGC in 2018. She has over 16 years of operations experience working with the university. Maguire began in 2003, starting with the Europe division as a Field Representative. In 2007, she began managing eight sites located throughout Northern Italy, Portugal, and Turkey. In 2009, she took on the role of Regional Enrollment Manager, a position which became Regional Director, in which capacity she served for 7 years in Aviano, Italy.

Prior to her current role, Maguire served as Asia's Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Operations, where she was a key part of the division’s continued enrollment growth. She knows firsthand what it means to serve military students, staff and faculty in the overseas environment. 

Jeffrey D. Newbern

Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, Asia

Jeffrey Newbern is the assistant vice provost for the Asia division at UMGC. 

Newbern earned his B.A. in psychology from Emory University in 1990 and his M.S. in biopsychology from the University of Georgia in 1992. In 2003, he earned an M.A. in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland, College Park. Newbern has several years of practical employment experience in psychology-related fields, including work as a senior behavior specialist in a developmental center for mentally/developmentally challenged clients.

Jeffrey Newbern joined the university's Asia division as a member of the faculty full time in 1994 and taught in the Tokyo area, Okinawa, Sasebo, Misawa, and Iwakuni. In 2011, he transferred to the Europe division and taught in Germany (Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Ramstein, and Ansbach) and downrange in Northern Afghanistan and Bahrain. In 2012, Newbern was appointed to the director, Graduate Programs administrative position at Europe Headquarters in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In July 2017, he was appointed the Acting Assistant Vice Provost for Europe and in November of 2017 assumed the role of Assistant Vice Provost for Asia. Jeffrey Newbern is currently in the process of completing his doctorate in management from UMGC.