Saint Mary's College of California Names Margaret Kasimatis New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Margaret Kasimatis(Moraga, Calif.) Saint Mary's College announces the appointment of Margaret Kasimatis PhD as the College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She joins the university on Feb. 1, 2018.

Kasimatis comes to Saint Mary’s from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she has served as Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Educational Effectiveness for the past 11 years. In this role, she has 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. She was also responsible for advancing LMU’s technology-enhanced learning initiative and has served as the university accreditation liaison officer.

“Dr. Kasimatis is an accomplished academic administrator and leader in higher education and possesses a demonstrated deep appreciation for Catholic higher education and the liberal arts and Lasallian traditions that distinguish and animate our mission,” said Saint Mary’s President James Donahue. ”Her many years of service at LMU will also be helpful to Dr. Kasimatis as she begins her work here at Saint Mary’s, including addressing many of the priorities in our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. I am extremely proud and honored to welcome her to the College.”      

Kasimatis was selected after a competitive national search. She received enthusiastic support from a Saint Mary’s search committee made up of representatives from the College’s Christian Brothers community; faculty from the Kalmanovitz School of Education, School of Economics and Business Administration, School of Liberal Arts, and School of Science; and staff leadership.     

“Saint Mary’s is an extraordinary institution of Lasallian Catholic higher education with remarkable faculty who are recognized nationally for their impressive scholarship. I am deeply honored to be chosen as the institution’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs,” said Kasimatis. She added, “I greatly respect and share the College’s commitment to advancing academic excellence and its transformative student-centered educational focus—rooted in the liberal arts and guided by principles of inclusive community and justice, which prepares students for personal and professional success and the promotion of the common good for all. I look forward to joining this distinguished university.”        

In addition to her current role as LMU’s vice provost, Kasimatis holds a tenured faculty appointment in the university’s department of educational leadership, and 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 and culture change within universities.       

Kasimatis has also served as the vice chair of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and regularly serves as a WSCUC evaluator.  Prior to LMU she served in academic administration at Harvey Mudd College and California State Polytechnic University. She has also held full-time faculty positions at Harvey Mudd College and Hope College.         

Kasimatis 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.


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