New Dean of Students Appointed

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Evette Castillo Clark to the Saint Mary's community as the dean of students beginning November 18. Dr. Castillo Clark comes with 19 years of student and academic affairs experience. She has advanced skills in strategic planning, student advocacy and policy development and implementation. She is a Bay Area native and is looking forward to join the Saint Mary's community. Read on for her biography. 

Dr. Evette Castillo Clark recently served as a faculty member at the University of New Orleans in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations, where she has taught courses on Strategic Approaches in Educational Administration; Teaching, Learning and Curriculum in Higher Education; College Student Development; and Students in Higher Education.

  She also consults for the International Leadership Association, a global network for those who practice, study, and teach leadership. Dr. Clark has worked in Student Affairs administration since 1993 at the University of San Francisco; Laney Community College in Oakland; UC Berkeley; California State University, East Bay; San Diego State University; and Tulane University. Her most recent college administrator roles were serving as the assistant dean of students at Tulane University and San Diego State University, where she has overseen student programs and activities, leadership, fraternity/sorority life, cross-cultural center, new student and parent programs, testing and assessment, graduate student affairs, community-based service learning, and divisionwide staff development, strategic planning, learning outcomes, and assessment. She has also had responsibilities for academic advising, retention, academic and theme programs in residence life, compliance, conduct, and crisis and emergency management.  

Dr. Clark is a past board member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), serving as the National Director of Knowledge Communities (2011-2013), a past board member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA, 1999-2001), and served on the Editorial Review Board for the College Student Affairs Journal. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine; a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from New York University; and completed her Doctorate in Education in the area of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco.  Her areas of research, publications, and speaking concern college students of color; creating a pipeline of undergraduate students to careers in student affairs; strategic planning in student affairs; and leadership in higher education.  Originally from Pittsburg, California, she is married to Troy Clark, president and managing partner of Golden Leaf Energy, and they have four children.