Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Margaret Kasimatis, PhD, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Provost Margaret KasimatisAs the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Saint Mary's College of California, Dr. Kasimatis oversees the operational management of the College, with specific responsibility for academic affairs, enrollment, student affairs, and technology. She is responsible for articulating the College’s academic vision consistent with its strategic plan, and Lasallian Catholic mission.
Dr. Kasimatis provides strategic and operational leadership, vision and direction for the design and implementation of the College's academic programs, student services, and enrollment services; initiates plans and actions for the establishment and maintenance of a physical environment conducive to teaching, learning and living; and provides academic and administrative leadership to the College's students, faculty, and staff.  

The Provost directs the activities of the Vice Provost for Enrollment and Communications, Vice Provost for Student Life, the Deans of the Core Curriculum, Library and Academic Resources, Kalmanovitz School of Education, School of Economics and Business Administration, School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Science, The Chief Technology Officer and Chief Diversity Officer as well as the Director of Budgets & Planning and Director of Faculty Compensation.
Dr. Kasimatis has a distinguished history in higher education as a faculty member and an academic leader. Prior to Saint Mary’s, she served as Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Educational Effectiveness for 11 years at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She has also served in academic administrations at Harvey Mudd College and California State Polytechnic University. Additionally, she has also served as the vice chair of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and regularly serves as a WSCUC evaluator. 

Dr. Kasimatis has held full-time faculty positions at Harvey Mudd College and Hope College, 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. Her scholarly work includes a focus on strategic planning and culture change within universities, and she is the co-author of the 2017 book Meaningful and Manageable Program Assessment: A How-To Guide for Higher Education Faculty

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.


Provost's Office Staff Members

Linda Ryerson

Linda Ryerson

Executive Assistant to the Provost
Phone: (925) 631-5050







Kelley Sastokas

Faculty Compensation Analyst
Phone: (925) 631-4101

Vince Nicosia

Interim Director, Academic 
Budgets and Planning
Phone: (925) 631-4135

Delphine Hwang
Delphine Hwang

Faculty Affairs Manager
Phone: (925) 631-5099