Dr. Bethami Dobkin was appointed 19th President of Westminster College on July 1, 2018, after more than 30 years of teaching and administrative work in higher education. In Dr. Dobkin’s first year as president, Westminster College achieved national recognition for the successful career outcomes of its students, its work on sustainability and support for first-generation students, and as a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.
Before her presidency at Westminster, Dr. Dobkin served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Saint Mary's College of California, a private, comprehensive, Catholic university. There, she oversaw the academic vision and operational management of the college, with specific responsibility for academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, communications, institutional research, diversity and inclusion, accreditation, and technology.
Under Dobkin’s leadership, Saint Mary’s College earned national recognition for academic excellence and student achievement and attained AACSB accreditation and Hispanic Serving Institution status. The college also achieved rapid increases in retention and graduation rates, increased prominence in national rankings, and significant increases in faculty, staff, and student satisfaction with the institutional climate and quality of the Saint Mary’s College educational experience.
Before joining Saint Mary’s College, Dobkin spent nearly 2 decades as a teacher and administrator at the University of San Diego.
Dr. Dobkin’s honors include a fellowship in executive leadership with the American Council on Education, teaching awards, recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s “Most Influential Women,” and a lifetime membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the academic honor society.
Dr. Dobkin’s considerable volunteer services have included activity as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a board member for the Foundation for Hispanic Education, and as secretary and board member for Ujima Family Recovery Services.
Dr. Dobkin’s publications span academic journals, widely used textbooks, and popular editorials on politics, journalism, and communication.
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