Larenda M. Mielke
Associate Provost, Continuing and Professional Education
Larenda serves as SMU’s first Associate Provost for Continuing Education. Together with a collaborative team throughout campus, she builds upon the ongoing vision of student-centered, external-facing educational offerings to enrich lives, foster innovation, and enhance productivity.
An international leader in professional, online, and executive education, Larenda provides university-wide leadership to prioritize, coordinate, support and grow continuing and extended education, creating strategy to build on notable previous efforts. She oversees continuing education programs and the Masters of Science in Data Science (MSDS); she additionally works with the new Continuing Education Program Council (CEPC), comprising the deans of academic units and chaired by the provost. Using the latest technological advances in teaching and learning, harnessing the synergies of a university-wide effort, and including those attending SMU online and at a distance, Larenda and her team advance the university’s upward and outward trajectory while driving cutting-edge excellence and leadership.
Larenda leverages a background in domestica and international programs, as well as a breadth of experience in leadership, teaching, administration, intercultural communication, business development, and research writing. As senior director of Executive Education at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Larenda was a member of the leadership team of an internationally recognized program ranked No. 2 in the United States by the Financial Times. She has developed and led continuing education programs in top academic, corporate, government, and medical organizations and has experience in expanding initiatives, course offerings and revenues.
From 2004-14, Larenda held steadily advancing roles at Washington University in St. Louis, serving ultimately as associate dean and managing director of an Executive M.B.A. program run jointly by the Olin Business School and Fudan University’s School of Management in Shanghai, China. In that role, she managed a multimillion-dollar international program and brought Olin’s Executive M.B.A. program ranking to No. 5 in the world, as assessed by the Financial Times.
Larenda holds an Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School, an M.A. degree magna cum laude in cross-cultural education from Wheaton College Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in biology from Indiana State University.