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Saint Mary's College Names Bethami Dobkin as New Provost

For Immediate Release

MORAGA, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2007) – Saint Mary's College of California announced today the appointment of Bethami A. Dobkin, Ph.D., as college provost. She will begin work on Feb. 1, 2008.

Dr. Dobkin comes to Saint Mary's College from the University of San Diego, where she has served on the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies for 17 years and, since 2005, as associate provost. Her previous leadership roles at USD included chair of the University Senate and project coordinator for the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice. Dr. Dobkin has also achieved national recognition for her research and teaching in the area of television news and terrorism.

"Throughout our national search for a new provost, Dr. Dobkin demonstrated a deep appreciation for Catholic higher education, the liberal arts and the Lasallian traditions that distinguish and animate our mission," said Saint Mary's College President Brother Ronald Gallagher. "Dr. Dobkin's experience in enhancing campus diversity, academic assessment, service learning, and faculty and curriculum development will be a great benefit to Saint Mary's."

Dr. Dobkin replaces Sally K. Stampp, who has served as college provost for the past eight years. Stampp plans to return to full-time teaching and research in the Department of Psychology in fall 2008, following a sabbatical.

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Saint Mary's College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 4,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and extended education programs. The Christian Brothers, an international Catholic teaching order, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.