Carole Swain
The Office of Mission invites faculty, staff and students into a deeper understanding and commitment to the liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions of the College. 

Carole Swain is Vice President for Mission at Saint Mary’s College of California with responsibility for inviting faculty, staff and students into a deeper understanding and commitment to the liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions of the College.  She is a member of the President’s Cabinet, chairs the Mission Leadership Team and serves on a variety of SMC committees, councils and task forces.

The Mission and Ministry Center reports to the Vice President for Mission, along with the Chaplain for Athletics. 

In Carole’s role as Vice President for Mission, she also serves the broader Lasallian and Catholic communities as board member for Saint Martin de Porres School and the Lifelong Education Opportunities, Inc. She chaired the boards of De Marillac Academy in the Tenderloin of San Francisco and of De La Salle High School in Concord. Carole was a delegate to the first SFNO District Mission Assembly 2016. Her work extends to the Region of North America and Canada as a founding member of the Lasallian Education Council and to the International Institute as a delegate to the first International Assembly for Mission in 2007.

Dr. Swain earned her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and Education. As a professor at SMC, she chaired the Elementary Education program and is currently directing the Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Lasallian Students and the Lasallian Educator Fellowship programs.

The Lasallian charism is a life-giving force for Carole. In recognition of her affinity and dedication to the Brothers and their works, the Brothers of Saint Mary’s College presented her with The Lasallian Award, the Alumni Association recognized her with Signum Fidei Award, the Lasallian Volunteers Program granted her the Johnson Faith Award, and the College named her Professor of the Year.