Search Committee Members

We are pleased to share that the Presidential Search Committee has been organized. It includes the following members:

  • Kevin Nagle - BOT Chair, Search Committee Co-Chair
  • Kim Vogel - Trustee, Search Committee Co-Chair, Former Adjunct Faculty   
  • Ron Ahnen - Faculty
  • John Arnaudon - Trustee
  • Vidya Chandrasekaran - Faculty
  • Kevin Flynn - Trustee
  • Philip Goodwin - Staff
  • Jennifer Heung - Faculty (Alternate)
  • Brother Charles Hilken, FSC - Trustee - Faculty
  • Brother Donald Johanson, FSC - Trustee
  • Margaret Kasimatis - Administration
  • Brother Bernard LoCoco, FSC - Trustee
  • Rand Morimoto - Alumni
  • Sharon Muir - Trustee
  • Bedford Palmer - Faculty

Presidential Search Committee Bios

KEVIN NAGLE, CO-CHAIR OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE

Kevin Nagle is Chairman, CEO, and owner of Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, the parent company of the Sacramento Republic FC that led the efforts to bring Major League Soccer (MLS) to Sacramento. He is also one of the largest owners of the Sacramento Kings NBA team and sits on the Executive Board. Previously, Mr. Nagle was the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc, a $5-billion-dollar prescription benefit management company. In addition, Mr. Nagle serves as Founder and Chairman of The Nagle Company, Inc., an organization that is engaged in real estate development, esports, shopping malls and other investments. He is also Founder and Chairman of Jaguar Ventures, a firm focused on investments in both private equity and venture capital. He currently serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board at UC Davis, the UC Davis School of Medicine, and Investment Board of Moneta Ventures. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Sacramento Business Journal identified him as one of the top Leaders and Executives of the Year. In 2015, he was voted as the Executive of the Year. He was elected to the Long Beach City Hall of Fame in 2016, voted a CSU Distinguished Alumni in 2017, awarded the Positive Coaching Alliance’s highest award, the “Triple Threat” in 2018 and in 2019, selected as the UCP Humanitarian of the Year for the Sacramento-Northern CA Region. He was honored as Sacramentan of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2020 due to his business and humanitarian leadership. Mr. Nagle holds degrees in Speech Communication from California State University at Long Beach, Masters Degrees in both Business and Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and an Executive Certificate in Medical Marketing from the UCLA Anderson School of Business. He resides in El Dorado Hills, California, and has two daughters. Mr. Nagle was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014, elected Chair of the Board in 2017, and was re-elected Chair of the Board in 2019.

KIMBERLEY VOGEL ’89, CO-CHAIR OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE

KIMBERLEY VOGEL ’89 earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She is currently a Board Director of TriCo Banchares (NASDAQ: TCBK), a premier community-based bank in Central and Northern California. Most recently Ms. Vogel was the President and Co-Founder of BaseVenture, the leading Software-as-a-Service provider of Digital Fund Management which was sold to FIS in 2019. BaseVenture’s fundmanager.io platform radically simplified and transformed the investment management process. Ms. Vogel is a serial technology entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 25 years of experience helping companies introduce revolutionary technologies and scale their businesses. Prior to co-founding BaseVenture, she was a founding investor and served as the CFO of mFoundry, the industry pioneer and leader in mobile banking and payment solutions, which was sold to FIS in 2013, as well as CFO at a number of other high growth Bay Area companies. Earlier in her career, Ms. Vogel worked in investment banking focusing on the technology industry with Montgomery Securities and as a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick. She is a former professor at Saint Mary’s College where she taught accounting and business classes in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Ms. Vogel lives with her husband, 17 year-old daughter and 6 year old son in Lafayette, CA. Ms. Vogel was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017.

RONALD AHNEN

RONALD AHNEN is Professor of Politics at Saint Mary’s College where he specializes in Latin American, Comparative, and International Politics. In addition, he serves on the faculty advisory board of the Global and Regional Studies Program, which he directed from 2009-2013. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in German and Education and a Master’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel. His published research is focused mainly on Brazil where he lived for total of eight years, and includes journal articles and book chapters on human rights (especially children’s rights), democracy and police violence, the politics of homelessness, and the politics of microcredit. Outside of courses in his major areas, he regularly offers classes on the politics of imprisonment and just war theory. Dr. Ahnen has served the College most recently for two years as Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee and Chair of the Faculty Salary Policy Taskforce. He currently serves as co-Chair of the Shared Governance Taskforce, President of the SMC Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and is finishing a three and a half year term as Chair of the Politics Department. He was the recipient of the CILSA engaged scholar award in 2013. Dr. Ahnen has served on nine search committees at the College including six academic positions (four outside his department).

JOHN ARNAUDON

JOHN ARNAUDON, CLASS OF 1981 is the President and CEO of Concord Kia and Concord Mitsubishi for 34 years. He is represented by 3 Unions, The Machinist Automotive Trade No. 190 of Northern California, The Automotive Machinist Lodge No. 1173 of International Machinist and Aerospace Worker, AFL-CIO, and The Teamsters General No. 315. He is a past Dealer Chairman of the Mitsubishi Motors North America National Board, the National Mitsubishi Marketing Board, and the Mitsubishi Motors Captive of America Finance Company. Mr. Arnaudon was elected to serve on the Kia Regional Board in 2015. In 2005, Mr. Arnaudon was awarded the Concord Business Recognition Award from the Concord City Council in recognition of his contribution to the city’s economic vitality and the betterment of the community. In 2012, Mr. Arnaudon was elected to the Saint Mary’s College Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments for playing for the football program. He was a member of the Saint Mary’s College Board of Regents from 2005-2012. Mr. Arnaudon was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013, of which he is a member of the Trustee Executive Committee, a member of the Trustee Governance Committee, and a member of the Athletics Oversight Committee. In addition, Mr. Arnaudon is the chair of the Audit Trustee Committee. From 2006 until 2008, he was a member of the KSOE Advisory Board. He is married to Tracy Arnaudon, who received her teaching credential from Saint Mary’s College in 1995; they have two children. John and Tracy are long standing members of the Signum Fidei Society who have surpassed $2 million in lifetime giving of philanthropic support to Saint Mary’s College.

VIDYA CHANDRASEKARAN

VIDYA CHANDRASEKARAN is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. Prior to joining Saint Mary’s College in 2007, she obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from State University of New York at Buffalo and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Chandrasekaran is an active research scholar in the area of cellular neurobiology, publishing over fifteen articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and regularly presenting her research at regional, national and international conferences. In addition, she has served as a research mentor for over 50 students since joining Saint Mary’s College and the last five of her papers have included Saint Mary’s College students as co-authors. Also, she has been a co-PI on two successful NSF grants that provide funding to help increase diversity among STEM students and develop an undergraduate STEM teacher education program committed to social justice. In addition, Dr. Chandrasekaran has served as the Chair of Biology, Chair of Rank and Tenure Committee and will be serving as the Chair of UEPC in 2020-2021. In addition, she has been a member of multiple search committees, including the search committee for Dean of the School of Science, Dean of the Core and the Registrar.

KEVIN FLYNN ’86

KEVIN FLYNN ’86 earned his B.S. in Accounting from Saint Mary's College of California in 1986. Mr. Flynn has been with Ernst & Young since 1986 when he joined as a member of the audit staff. He transferred to the tax group in 1988 and was promoted to partner in 1998. Throughout his career at EY he has been based out of the firm’s San Francisco Bay Area offices and has worked closely as a tax advisor with many Fortune 500 and middle market companies. He has advised clients in a variety of industries, including: Asset Management, Banking, Technology, Biotech, and Consumer Products. Mr. Flynn is currently the Tax Managing Partner for EY’s West Region. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the West Region’s tax practice. When not in the office, Mr. Flynn enjoys almost all sports, specially Saint Mary’s college basketball. While once a competitive water skier and avid participant in many basketball leagues, he can now more often be found coaching or driving the boat. He and his wife Kathy (St. Mary’s, ’85) have four children, two of whom are also recent St. Mary’s graduates, Sean (’12) and Ryan (’15). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. Mr. Flynn was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017.

PHILIP GOODWIN ’16

PHILIP GOODWIN ’16 is one of the current co-chairs of Staff Council. For the last two years, Philip has worked in the Office of Admissions, most recently as the Senior Admissions Counselor and Visitor Center Coordinator. Since June of 2019, he has served as the Chair of the Staff Activities Committee and since March of 2020, he serves as the Co-Chair of the Staff Council. He also works as a member of the Fair Trade and Sustainability Committees, most recently serving on the Director of the Honors Program Search Committee. He graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 2016 with his degree in Politics and a minor in English. Directly after graduation, he spent two years pursuing a Masters in Public Policy, and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2018.

JENNIFER HEUNG ’94

JENNIFER HEUNG ’94 is a Professor of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s College where she specializes in contemporary Chinese culture and society, globalization, and identity construction. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology at Saint Mary’s College. Prior to returning to Saint Mary’s College as an Irvine Scholar, she earned a Master’s of Arts and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Heung’s current research focuses on English acquisition among adult learners in urban China and she is completing a book manuscript titled, Good Global Citizens: Strategic English, Educational Governance, and Cosmopolitan China. This research is based on numerous years of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. Utilizing her research connections, Dr. Heung has had the opportunity to take students on travel January Term courses to her research sites in China. At Saint Mary’s College, Dr. Heung has received the Dean Grace Cardenas-Tolentino Award for providing exceptional service to the Asian Pacific American Community (2010), the Faculty Service Award (2016), and was a recipient of a Provost Faculty Research Grant (2015). Dr. Heung has served on numerous campus wide committees including the Core Curriculum Committee, Admissions and Academic Regulations Committee, the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence, and currently serves as the Academic Senate Chair (2019-2020). In addition, she is completing her second term as the Director for the Global and Regional Studies Program and is a member of the faculty advisory board for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Dr. Heung has served on ten search committees at the College for faculty, staff, and administrative positions.

BROTHER CHARLES HILKEN, FSC ’78

BROTHER CHARLES HILKEN, FSC ’78 earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in History from Saint Mary’s College of California; an M.S.L. from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, Ontario; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. He is a professor in the Department of History at Saint Mary’s College of California and was Department Chair from 2005-2010. He served as Chair of the Academic Senate in 2008-2009. He is also Chair of the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture, and Action as well as Senior Advisor to the President on Institutional Identity. Brother Charles has been co-developer and historical consultant to various Vatican exhibitions and video series. Twice he was elected a Research Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He is widely published and has extensively presented in the areas of medieval Church history and manuscript studies. Before joining the faculty of Saint Mary’s College of California, Brother Charles was Assistant Vocation Director for the San Francisco District of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and taught at De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, and San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, CA. He has served as a member of the Mission Council and the District Council of the San Francisco District of the Christian Brothers. He belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the Medieval Academy of America, the International Society of Medieval Canon Law, the International Palaeographical Society, the American Catholic Historical Association, American Historical Association, and the California Historical Association. Brother Charles was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012.

BROTHER DONALD JOHANSON, FSC ’69

BROTHER DONALD JOHANSON, FSC ’69 enrolled in Saint Mary’s College of California in 1965 and graduated with a B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1970. He also earned a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco. From 1970-1975 he served in the United States Air Force as a pilot. He received his habit in 1975 and took his finial vows in 1981 at Saint Mary’s College of California. He taught at De La Salle High School in Concord and Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco. Brother Donald also was the District Vocation Director from 1981-87. In 1998, he transferred to Rome and rendered special services for the General Chapter and, subsequently, computer services at the Generalate. From 2006-11 he served as Director, teacher and Assistant Principal of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. In 2011 he was named Visitor of the District of San Francisco and became an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees by right of office. In 2014, he was named Visitor of the District of San Francisco New Orleans when the two Districts merged. He is Chair of the De La Salle Institute Board of Directors, and Chair of the De La Salle Institute Executive Committee.

MARGARET KASIMATIS

MARGARET KASIMATIS currently serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Mary's College of California. In that role she oversees the operational management of the College, with specific responsibility for academic affairs, enrollment, student affairs, and technology. Dr. Kasimatis came to Saint Mary’s from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she served as Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Educational Effectiveness for more than 11 years. In this role, she provided leadership in the areas of academic program planning and review, strategic planning, academic policy, faculty development, student learning assessment, student success, and continuing education programs. Dr. Kasimatis has published journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics related to social cognition, including social-cognitive theories of motivation, the relationship between emotion and cognition, and the impact of gender terms on perception. More recently her scholarly work has focused on strategic planning, assessment, and culture change within universities. Prior to LMU she served in academic administration at Harvey Mudd College and California State Polytechnic University and has held full-time faculty positions at Harvey Mudd College and Hope College. Dr. Kasimatis has also served as the Vice Chair of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and regularly serves as a WSCUC evaluator. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University and both her master of science and doctoral degrees in social psychology from Purdue University.

BROTHER BERNARD LOCOCO, FSC

BROTHER BERNARD LOCOCO, FSC earned his B.A. in Religion/Biology and M.A. in Education with a focus on Biology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri; and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He also was the distinguished recipient of Honorary Doctorate degrees in Humanities from Lewis University and Christian Brothers University. Brother Bernard retired as President of the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, CA in 2009 after ten years of dedicated service. Prior to this, he was the Director of Sangre de Cristo Sabbatical Program in Santa Fe, NM (1986-1998); Provincial of the St. Louis District (1980-1984); President of Christian Brothers College in Memphis, TN (1973-1980); Auxiliary Provincial of the St. Louis District (1970-1973); Founding Principal of O’Hara High School in Kansas City, MO (1965-1969); Director of the Junior Novitiate in Glencoe, MO (1964-1965); Founding Principal of O’Rafferty High School in Lansing, MI (1963-1964); and Assistant Principal/Teacher at Cretin High School in St. Paul, MN (1958-1963). Brother Bernard is semi-retired and continues to offer retreats, workshops and spiritual direction. He has served on numerous boards over the years, including the Boards of Trustees at Christian Brothers University, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and the Christian Brothers Investment Services. Brother Bernard was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2018.

RAND MORIMOTO EMBA’93

RAND MORIMOTO EMBA’93 graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Economics, earned his MBA from Saint Mary's College, and completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Capella University. He has been in the computer industry for more than 40 years and is President/CEO of a technology strategy consulting firm, Convergent Computing, that has offices in Walnut Creek, Singapore, and Tokyo. He writes two to three books a year and (in the pre-COVID world) traveled the globe every week lecturing and speaking at conferences and conventions on various business strategy, cybersecurity, and technology topics. Dr. Morimoto has been a personal advisor to the White House during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations on Y2K, cyber-security, and cyber-terrorism. He has served on the board for the Chabot Space and Science Center and the Institute of International Education (IIE) / Fulbright Scholars organization, and was a Regent for Saint Mary's College from 2003-2010. Dr. Morimoto served on the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s College of California from 2010-2019 and was the Chair of the Academic Affairs and Enrollment Committee, and member of the Governance Committee and the Development Committee. Dr. Morimoto was honored as Saint Mary’s College’s Alumnus of the Year in 2018 and was the Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Speaker in 2019. He currently serves on the Research Council board for the Institute of Human Origins (IHO) at Arizona State University and is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America (being an Eagle Scout with two Eagle sons). He and his wife Ana have 4 children (3 of which are in college), all managing to live, study, and work remotely. In his free time, he can be found riding bikes and hiking the trails of the East Bay or at home cooking and playing music together as a family, and hopefully someday get back out into the real world to pick up on world travels, scuba diving, and backpacking.

SHARON SANNER MUIR

SHARON SANNER MUIR is a lawyer practicing in Oakland, California. She graduated from Stanford University in 1977, with an A.B. in English and German Literatures. She obtained her J.D. in 1980 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she met her husband, Samuel Muir. A trial lawyer, she practiced for many years in southern California, was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, and, with her husband, raised three children, Morgan, Kelly and Carly. Carly is a 2016 SMC graduate. Ms. Muir has served as finance chair of Young & Healthy, a non-profit organization which provides access to high quality health care for uninsured and underserved children, a director on the board of the Pasadena Playhouse, Vestry member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation in South Pasadena, and South Pasadena Little League Vice President. She was Editor of Verdict magazine for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and served on its Board of Directors. She is now a member of the Northern Association of Defense Counsel, since she and her husband moved to the Bay Area in 2012 to open a law office in Oakland and continue their representation of design professionals. Ms. Muir is a member of the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals. She was a founding member of the Advocacy Institute Advisory Board of Loyola Law School and continues that support of LLS. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016.

BEDFORD PALMER II

BEDFORD PALMER II is a licensed psychologist and a tenured associate professor and chair of the counseling department at Saint Mary's College of California. Prior to his time at SMC, he earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Palmer completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at the University of California, Berkeley and was a staff psychologist, coordinating Services to Students of African Descent and the Multicultural Immersion Program at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Palmer’s research interests involve social justice and cultural factors. He received the Best in Practice Award - Keynote Address from the APA Society of Counseling Psychology (2018), was invited to present a keynote address for the National Council of Schools & Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) at their Mid-Winter Conference (2019). At SMC, Dr. Palmer received the Dean Thomas Earl Brown Faculty Award for exceptional commitment to the Black community (2017), the CILSA Engaged Faculty Award (2017) and recently received the Provost Faculty Research Grant (2020). He has served a number of SMC college wide committees, including the Faculty Welfare Committee, the Employee Benefits and Compensation (EBAC) Committee, the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence, the Task Force Addressing Hiring Of African-American And Black Faculty, the Faculty Salary Task Force, and as faculty co-chair of the Black Lives Matter Committee. Dr. Palmer has also served on two successful tenure track faculty searches, and two high profile search committees at SMC, which concluded with the successful hires of the Associate Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, and the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs / Senior Diversity Officer. In the community, Dr. Palmer maintains a small private practice, and has served on the board of directors for the Association of Black Psychologists, as the State Diversity Delegate for the California Psychological Association, and as President of the Alameda Psychological Association.