Heather Coltman 
Provost and Senior Vice President
James Madison University

Heather Coltman, DMA, is the Provost and Senior Vice President at James Madison University. A solo and collaborative concert pianist, she has performed, taught and lectured across five continents. Coltman made her performance debut in her native country of Zambia at the age of five, and immigrated to the United States in 1966. Dr. Coltman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York and Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Her principal teachers included Lita Guerra, David Bar-Illan, Claude Frank and Nadia Boulanger, and she has critically acclaimed recordings on Wisdom Recordings, Klavier Records, Innova Recordings, Heng Hao Records and Lyra Productions.

From 2011-2017, she served as Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. From 2013-2016 she led the effort to develop a university initiative in “Peace, Justice and Human Rights,” one of nine platforms in FAU’s strategic plan She joined the faculty of FAU in 1993 becoming a full professor in the Department of music in 2003. She served as chair of the Department of Music from 2002-2011, during which time she also served as the Director of Keyboard Studies, the Artistic Director of the College Chamber Music Series and the founder of the TOPS piano camp which has 3,000 alumni in its near 20 years of operation.