Executive Team at VUST

VUST Campus 2The VUST Executive Team is a group of top level executives who are operating and managing VUST on the strategic level with a macro-approach. All the executives are experienced senior managers who used to be the top leaders in higher educational institutes, government agencies of higher education, or retired universities senior managers. The President of VUST is selected and recommended by Expert Advisor Committee and approved VUST’s Board of Directors & Trustees (BOD), then appointed by Chairman of the BOD. The President is the chief executive officer of the University and as such is responsible for the general direction of all its affairs. President is fully powered by the BOD of VUST with responsibilities to operate the University. President reports to BOD of the VUST.

Executive Team Members

The Executive Team is made up of the CEO, President, Provost, Senior VPs, and Deans, and operates VUST.



University President

Dr. ST Martin Ma was appointed as President when Dr. Richard Ferrin resigned as President of VUST due to his health reasons in 2015. Dr. Martin Ma is an expert in Information Assurance, Satellite Telecommunication, 5-D Real-time Image Simulation, New Generation Radar Applications, Real-time Flooding Forecast System, GPS, GIS, and Enterprise System Design & Implementation,  International Higher Education, and etc.

Dr. Martin Ma attended the Harvard University Institute of Higher Education (IHE) Seminar of the Advancement Leadership for University Presidents in June 2016,  IHE Seminar of New University Presidents, and Harvard University Kennedy School Executive Education Seminar of  Cybersecurity Polices and Technology in 2017.

Dr. Martin Ma has 25+ years of experience as Chief Scientist, Project Chief Engineer, General Technical Manager, Vice President, CTO, COO, President and CEO in large and small corporations, e.g. Raytheon, NASA-Raytheon-TRW joint-team, Hughes Network System, Boeing, Earth Satellite Corporation, Info-Tech & Telecom Engineering Institute, International Consortium for University Exchanges (ICUE-USA), and etc.

Dr. Ma has been an Instructor, Research Scientist/Professor, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor, Visiting Professor and Honorable Professor in 10+ American and International universities, such as Northwestern University, University of Oklahoma, Peking University, Shaanxi Normal University, etc.. Dr. Ma also serves as:

Review Panel Member, US National Science Foundation (NSF) 2009 –
Chairman, External Expert Advisory Board (EAB) of CREST Center, Texas Southern University, 2011, EAB member 2012 –
Expert Panel Member, Chang-Jiang Scholars & Professors Programs, China Ministry of Education, 2007 –

Prof. Martin Ma is an outstanding leader in governmental agency, professional organizations and Asian American communities.

Maryland Governor’s Commissioner for Asian Pacific American Affairs during 2007-2012,
Maryland Lt. Governor’s BRAC Small and Minority Business Advisory Board Member and Co-Chair IT/Telecommunication Subcommittee, 2008 – 2010
Maryland State General Attorney Gansler’s Asian American Council, 2007 – 2014
Co-Chair of the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Politicians – Maryland, 2014 –
Montgomery County Cable Compliance Committee Member, 2009 – 2011
Montgomery County Executive Leggett’s Asian American Advisory, 2008 – 2013
General Secretary, American Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 2001 – 2006, SVP 2007 – 2013
Board Member of Montgomery County Asian Pacific Small Business Conference since 2006 – 2013
Executive Vice President, National HQ, Chinese American Association of Sciences & Technology (CAST-USA), 2002-2004.
General Secretary, Expert Committee, Chinese American Association of Sciences & Technology (CAST-USA), 2004-2006
Vice President, CAST Network Professional Association, 1998-2005.
Dr. Martin Ma received numerous awards and official citations from US Senators, US Congressmen, Maryland Governors, Speakers of Maryland House Representative, Maryland State Attorney General, Maryland State Senators/Delegates, Montgomery County Executives/Councilmembers, and many professional organizations, and etc.

Dr. Ma received his Ph.Ds from University of Oklahoma and University of Denver 1993 and 1989, Master degree from University of Northern Iowa 1987 and B.S degree from Shaanxi Normal University 1982.

 联盟常务副主席 - Perry Tkachuk
Prof. Perry Tkachuk, Vice President for Strategy and Marketing Development.

Prof. Tkachuk was named as Vice President for Strategy and Marketing Development of the Virginia University of Science & Technology in February 2015.  In the last 35 years, Prof. Tkachuk has been an Assistant Professor, Professor, Senior Managers, Director, Executive Director, Dean, Assistant President, Associate President, Chair of BOD, and Educational Expert Consultant at more than 7 Universities, Colleges, and Higher Educational Organizations in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

Mr. Tkachuk received his M.Ed. of Education Leadership in 1979 and B.Ed. of Arts in Psychology and Education Technology in 1977 from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.

 Dr. Sartor
Dr. Doris P. Sartor, Provost & Vice President for Research.

Dr. Sartor is the chief academic officer. The Provost/Vice President supervises allocation of resources in academic areas; improvement of instruction; coordination of instructional activities; development and improvement of research activities; evaluation of the university’s academic activity; establishment of policies with respect to employment, promotion and tenure of academic faculty; and implementation of the university’s Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Program.

Dr. Sartor was an Outstanding Graduate at Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Alabama in 1992. Dr. Sartor also serves as National President of  the National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG), a group she has been affiliated with for more than 15 years.

Dr. Sartor has been the senior director and senior manager for the US Air Force Senior Personal training at Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama since 1995. She has served as Curriculum Manager and Course Program Director in the Ira C. Eaker Center 2008-2015; GS-15 Leadership Executive Course Program Director, Executive Director, and CADRE commander, etc., at Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development and College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education, Maxwell Air Force Base 1995 – 2007.

Dr. Sartor received numerous honors and awards, such as Federal Employee of Year (2012), Exemplary Civilian Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Leadership Academy Award (2007-2012) and etc.

Dr. Sartor received her Doctoral Degree of Administration of Higher Educationat Auburn University in 1990; Master of Arts in Administration of Supervision and Curriculum at Atlanta University in 1982; Bachelor of Arts in Counseling and Psychology at Limestone College in 1980.

 Dr. Jim Chen
Dr. Jim X Chen, Senior Vice President for Academic and University Partnership

Dr. Chen is named as Senior Vice President for Academic and University Partnership in May 2016. He is also named as Oversea Vice President of Southwest Jiaotong University, Emei Campus.   Dr. Chen is serving as the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of AIP/IEEE Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE). He is a senior Member of IEEE and ACM.

Dr. Chen is full professor of Computer Science at George Mason University (GMU).  He was also named Concurrent Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China; Guest Professor at Central South University, Changsha, China; Guest Professor at University of Electronic Science & Technology of China; Advisory Professor at Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China; Guest Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hoseo University, Asan, South Korea; etc.

Dr. Chen currently serves as the director of the Computer Graphics Lab at GMU. He served as general co-chair of IEEE VR2006, program co-chair for IEEE VR (2002, 2003, and 2004),  Dr. Chen’s research interests include computer graphics, virtual reality, visualization, networking security, and simulation. He authored 2 books and 2 book chapters, edited 2 conference proceedings, published over 150 research papers, and acquired 3 patents. Dr. Chen guided 18 Ph.D. dissertations. Ten of his former Ph.D. students are currently professors.

Dr. Chen was invited to give keynote speeches, talks, and presentations in the universities and international conferences. He received many awards and honorable citations from IEEE, Jiaotong University Alumni Association, BFGOODRICH Collegiate Inventors Program, Link Foundation, and George Mason University.

Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Central Florida in 1995, M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), Sichuan, China in 1986 and 1983.

Dr. Vera McKethan, Vice President for Curriculum Development

Dr. Vera McKethan has been named the Vice President for Curriculum Development of the Virginia University of Science & Technology, effective June 2015. Dr. McKethan leads an expert team to develop all curricula for current and future academic programs and professional certification programs at VUST. Since VUST is new university, there is a huge workload for developing curricula in next few years, so we specifically set up this position separate from Office of Academic Affairs.

Prior to joining VUST, Dr. McKethan served as Chief of the AF Learning Integration Branch at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., from 2010 to 2014. She served as an advisor at the Airmen Development directorate in the theory and practice of education, training, and learning issues. She worked closely with interdepartmental and Air Staff professionals, Air Education and Training Command at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and civilian organizations responsible for policy in the leadership development areas to ensure concepts are understood and policy is developed appropriately.

Before promoted to Chief, Dr. McKethan served as Resource Analyst at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., from February 2009 to April 2010, where she analyzed and evaluated AF Volunteer Education, Professional Education, Personnel Acquisition, Personnel Training, Flight Training, Training Operations Support, Family Support, Child Development, Medical Health, Permanent Change of Station, and Air National Guard (ANG)/ Air Force Reserves (AFR) infrastructure programs.

Dr. McKethan received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science from Troy State University of Montgomery in May 1984, Master of Science degree in Human Development and Counseling from Troy State University of Montgomery in May 1988, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership & Curriculum from University of Phoenix in February 2011.

Mr. John Chen, CPA, Chief of Finance Office (CFO)

Mr. John Chen was named Chief Finance Officer of the Virginia University of Science & Technology in January 2016. He has been a CPA since 1995. As chief financial officer, Mr. Chen will oversee the university’s investments, finances and budget plan.

Mr. John Chen, CPA, who has more than twenty (20) years of experience serving as an accountant, auditor, chief accountant and principal in large and small corporations.

Mr. Chen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from People’s University of China in 1983, Master of International Finance from People’s University of China in 1986, and MBA in Accountancy from George Washington University in 1994.

Mr. James Wilson, Vice President for Administration

Mr. James Wilson has been named Vice President for Administration of the Virginia University of Science & Technology, effective June 2015. He is responsible for providing essential operations functions in support of the university’s mission. He oversees all of the non-academic functions of the university, including human resources, information technology, complying with governmental policies and safety regulations, and maintaining relationships with local government and organization administrators and conducting joint projects with these groups to benefit the university community and Northern Virginia.

Mr. Wilson has been a Director of Staffs at the Blacks In Government (BIG) Annual National Training Institute and Senior Director of Staff in its national office for 18 years. With more than 200,000 active members, Blacks in Government is one of the largest government employees associations in the U.S. Prior to working for BIG, Mr. Wilson served as Senior Budget Director in the U.S. Department of Energy from 1979 to 1986.

Mr. Wilson received his Masters of Public Administration from Roosevelt University in 1977 and Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Economics from St. Mary’s University in 1970.