MINNEAPOLIS – Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Ph.D., has been announced as vice president of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In his new role, effective June 1, Brother Robert will lead the university’s graduate schools, which have campuses in Minneapolis and Nairobi, Kenya, and centers in Apple Valley, Rochester, Oakdale, Minnetonka, and numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica.
“My vision is to continue and enhance the extraordinary work Saint Mary’s has done in the Twin Cities for the last 30 years,” said Brother Robert. “We will utilize our strong Lasallian Catholic tradition to continue providing quality, accessible, affordable and creative educational opportunities to our adult students.”
Brother Robert, a Saint Paul native and 1976 graduate of Saint Mary’s, has held many roles at Saint Mary’s Winona campus, including associate professor and chair of the Theology Department, associate dean for the School of Education, vice president of mission, and director for the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. He also served as dean of Christ the Teacher Institute for Education at the Saint Mary’s campus in Nairobi, Kenya. Most recently, Brother Robert was granted a leave of absence from Saint Mary’s to serve as vice president for academic affairs at Bethlehem University in Bethlehem, Palestine.
Brother Robert will fill the position previously held by Dr. Marcel Dumestre, who retired after holding the role since June of 2010. Dr. Dumestre was instrumental in the creation and development of Saint Mary’s first national online programs.
Brother Robert holds a Ph.D. in moral theology from Marquette University, an M.A. in religious studies from United Theological Seminary, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and theology from Saint Mary’s University.
About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, Lasallian Catholic institution offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, which offers 60 certificate, bachelor degree completion, master degree, and specialist and doctoral programs. About 1,400 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate College at the Winona campus, established in 1912. The university delivers education to its adult learners through campuses in Minneapolis, Winona and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester, Oakdale, and Minnetonka; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica. Saint Mary’s is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.