New Faces on Campus
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academics
Richard Carp, the new vice provost for undergraduate academics, is an expert in interdisciplinary studies. His scholarly writings span the fields of material culture, art, philosophy, film and world religions.
Carp, who took office in July, said he was drawn to the College because of its liberal arts and religious traditions. “Saint Mary’s has a long and distinguished history in the Lasallian tradition, integrating religion, action for social justice in solidarity with the poor, and liberal arts as the arts of freedom,” he said.
He plans to bring an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective to Saint Mary’s, encouraging collaborations across the schools. He will also establish a vice provost’s student advisory committee and will work closely with the Core Curriculum Committee on implementation of the revised core curriculum by fall 2012.
“The College is like a weaving,” he said. “The schools are the warp. The things we do — Jan Term, Seminar, international programs — are the weft that binds the weaving together and creates the pattern.”
He holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, an M.A. in religion and art from the Pacific School of Religion, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He came to Saint Mary’s from Appalachian State University, where he chaired the departments of Art, Foreign Languages and Interdisciplinary Studies. He has also held leadership positions at the School of Visual Art at Northern Illinois University, the Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Institute of Southern California.
“We are very fortunate to have an esteemed academic administrator and scholar such as Dr. Carp join Saint Mary’s College,” said Provost Beth Dobkin. “He will bring insight from more than 25 years of administrative experience in higher education as well as a stellar record of commitment to the liberal arts and spiritual development of students.”
Carp said he appreciates the “open conversations about spirituality” at the College. He has been interested in both spirituality and theatre since his days as an acolyte in an Episcopal church in San Antonio and has played a number of roles, including Oedipus and Hamlet. “There’s an element of theatre in the service,” he noted.
Carp’s interest in spirituality intensified when he had a severe allergic reaction to a wasp bite at age 6 and had a near-death experience. The memory of it colors his view of the world even now.
For one thing, he said, he realized that the rest of his life was a bonus. “I live most of the time with a pretty deep sense of gratitude,” he says, adding a quote from Meister Eckhart, the 13th century German theologian and mystic: “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Dean of Library and Academic Resources
Pat Kreitz, the new dean of library and academic resources, has a vision for the library at Saint Mary’s. “I want to help create a 21st-century learning and discovery space,” she said.
Kreitz, who took office in July, said it’s important to remember that students come to the library with a diverse set of needs. An Integral major may want a space in which to think quietly and deeply, while a business major may need a place that makes it easy to collaborate with partners in India — and everything in between. “That’s an exciting challenge,” she said.
Her top priority is fundraising for the Saint Mary’s Library and Learning Commons. She is also committed to “democratizing access to information worldwide.”
Kreitz came to Saint Mary’s from a position as director of technical information services and outreach manager for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford, where she was responsible for the archives and special collections, publishing, graphics and media, Web development and support, and a science and technology library. Previously, she had worked in library and information sciences at UC Berkeley and UC Davis.
At SLAC, she also led an international collaboration of universities, labs, publishers and other information providers that developed the first virtual, integrated, worldwide information service for the particle physics community. This became, according to Tim Berners-Lee, the “killer app” for his then-new invention — the World Wide Web.
A first-generation college graduate, she received an A.B. in history and an M.A. in medieval history from UC Davis and a master’s in library science from UC Berkeley. And she is currently completing a doctorate in managerial leadership in the information professions (MLIP) from Simmons College in Boston. Her scholarly work includes publications on leadership, international collaboration and organizational diversity.
She is married and has “two children and three cats.” Her husband, Douglas Kreitz, earned an executive MBA from Saint Mary’s in 1988. In her spare time, she loves to cook and read “seriously lowbrow books” like murder mysteries.
Kreitz wants to design space in the library that encourages creativity and to upgrade the library’s technological capacity. Saint Mary’s library already partners with faculty to teach information literacy skills through workshops, like the popular “Ask a Librarian” series, that reached more than 2,000 students last year.
Her dream is to collaborate on the next generation of discovery and delivery, in particular what she calls “the holy grail of library delivery” — a one-click search for absolutely everything available on a subject, as simple as Google but reaching across all collections worldwide.
“Our students are born digital at this point,” she noted. “The internet has democratized access to information, but the challenge for libraries is to help people be even more productive in finding the right information.”