Dear Saybrook Community,
I am delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Mark Schulman, PhD, as President of Saybrook University.
Mark, who will begin his term July 1, 2010, has a distinguished career and an outstanding record of accomplishment in higher education. The Board chose him from a number of excellent candidates because of his unique qualifications to lead Saybrook in fulfilling its mission as a humanistic university serving the needs of today’s world.
Mark currently serves as President of Goddard College (Vermont and Washington) and has held this position since 2003. Under Mark’s leadership Goddard flourished as a low residency educational model dedicated to “progressive education for creative minds.” While supporting and nourishing Goddard’s core values Mark tripled the endowment, substantially increased enrollment, significantly strengthened the school’s financial position, and raised its national stature and reputation.
Prior to joining Goddard, Mark served in a variety of academic leadership positions that included: President and Professor of Humanities at Antioch University Southern California; and Academic Vice President, Dean of the College, and Associate Professor at Pacific Oaks College (California and Washington). He has held faculty positions at the New School for Social Research (New York), City College of New York, Saint Mary’s College of California, and others.
Mark received his PhD in Communications from the Union Institute and has consulted and published extensively on higher education and communications strategies and issues. Prior to his July 1, start date, he will also join us at the June Residential Conference, Alumni Homecoming, and commencement for the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies.
Mark, Bob Schmitt, our interim president, and the Board will work together to ensure that the present momentum of growth and development continues without interruption or shift in direction.
Mark asked that I share the following statement from him with all of you.
I am delighted to be joining Saybrook at this important and exciting moment in its history. Saybrook and I share an ethos and values that will make it a great time for the institution in all its constituencies – faculty, staff, students, Board, alumni, and friends – to continue our momentum as a leader in education that profoundly changes all of us and changes the world.
Please join me in welcoming Mark to Saybrook.
Chair of the Board of Trustees