Margaret Kasimatis, Ph.D.

University Council Member

Dr. Kasimatis currently serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Mary's College of California. In that role she 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 came 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. In addition to serving as the university accreditation liaison officer for LMU, Dr. Kasimatis 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 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. 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.