Saint Mary's Appoints Corey Cook Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Planning

Corey Cook PhD, was named SMC's new Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning. He joins Saint Mary’s on July 1, 2019.Saint Mary's College of California has named Corey Cook PhD as the College’s new Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning. He joins Saint Mary’s on July 1, 2019.

Cook comes to Saint Mary’s from Boise State University, where he is the founding dean of the School of Public Service and a professor of political science. Founded in 2015, when Cook joined the institution, the school’s mission is to educate students to become effective and principled public service leaders, promote meaningful community engagement and civil discourse, and serve as an objective and unbiased resource for citizens and decision makers.

“Dr. Cook is an astute academic administrator with a strong record of developing innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, supporting faculty scholarship, and providing strategic leadership in higher education,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Margaret Kasimatis. “He also has demonstrated a deep appreciation for the Lasallian Catholic mission and liberal arts tradition that guides Saint Mary’s. We are proud to welcome him to our community.”

Cook said he has long held Saint Mary’s in high esteem. “Saint Mary’s College of California is one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, with a well-deserved national reputation for providing a transformational educational experience, which is consistent with its Lasallian principles and intellectual tradition of providing students with a rigorous education. I am honored to join this inclusive, vibrant community and look forward to working with the College’s students, and collaborating with its talented faculty and staff.”

Prior to Boise State, Cook served at the University of San Francisco for nine years as an associate professor of politics and notably led USF’s community engagement efforts as the director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. As the Center’s director, he developed and administered two graduate programs: a master of public affairs and master of arts in urban affairs; rewarding experiential programs in government service, including a summer internship program in Sacramento and semester-long internship in Washington, DC, and expanded service learning.

Cook’s administrative experience also includes organizational review and analysis of the educational effectiveness of universities and colleges, having served in leadership roles on institutional accreditation committees for both Boise State University and the University of San Francisco.

A professor of political science at Boise State, Cook’s scholarship includes a focus on American politics and public policy. He is the author of several book chapters on issues such as political polarization, urban politics, identity politics, and community and civic engagement, and his academic articles have been published in a variety of academic journals. Cook earned both his doctorate and master of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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