President Beth Dobkin with students in the Bassis Center for Student Learning

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Bethami (Beth) Dobkin, PhD, is Westminster College's 19th president and second woman to lead the college. She has a distinguished history in higher education as a faculty member and academic leader.

“I am honored to serve as the next leader of this impressive institution. The college inspires exploration and creativity, bringing out the best of students both in and out of the classroom. In a world becoming increasingly divided, Westminster offers an education that can build connections and bring people together to help solve today’s most pressing human problems. I look forward to working with the Westminster community to provide students with an inclusive and supportive education, one that challenges students to create, innovate, and lead with passion and integrity.”
President Beth Dobkin with art in Jewett Center for the Performing Arts
"I think higher education will experience a renaissance. We’ve had years of angst about the relevance of liberal arts—and talk of dismantling higher education into a series of training exercises and job-specific online programs. There’s growing awareness that people need more than an app or a high-speed internet connection to acquire lasting knowledge, and that professional and liberal arts programs can be combined in ways that prepare people for success while inspiring them to also make the world a better place."

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"There’s this blend between getting to know the new president as a person and also honoring the work on the academic side. It’s a fine line to walk when talking about women.”


Meet President Beth Dobkin

President Bethami Dobkin served for the past 10 years as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of communication at Saint Mary’s College of California, a private, comprehensive, and Catholic university of approximately 4,000 students. 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. President Dobkin served as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and on the boards of the Foundation for Hispanic Education and Ujima Family Recovery Services.

Under President Dobkin’s direction, Saint Mary’s College achieved upward trends in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. She led the college to achieving national recognition in hybrid executive education, performing arts, diversity initiatives, community service and study abroad; earning inclusion in the 2013 edition of Colleges That Change Lives; and obtaining Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. President Dobkin’s initiatives led to the highest graduation rates in the college’s history, with a 15 percent increase in the four-year graduation rate of first-time, first-year students during her tenure; acquisition of over $4 million in federal grants as a Minority and Hispanic Serving Institution; and establishment of the College Committee on Inclusive Excellence, a Bias Incident Response Team, campus-wide diversity training, and the college’s first chief diversity officer. President Dobkin was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area” in 2014 and 2015, and she was identified by Diablo Magazine in 2013 as one of six “Women to Watch.”

Prior to Saint Mary’s College, President Dobkin was associate provost and professor of communication studies at the University of San Diego (USD), a nationally ranked, independent and Catholic institution. During President Dobkin’s 17 years at USD, she also served as project coordinator for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, director of faculty and curriculum diversity programs, and department chair, earning awards in teaching, research, and service for the institution and in her scholarly discipline. Before joining the USD faculty, President Dobkin directed the University of Massachusetts Public Debate program and taught at Hartford University, the University of Connecticut, and the College of Our Lady of the Elms.

President Dobkin has achieved national recognition for her research and teaching in the area of media and conflict. Her honors have included a fellowship in executive leadership with the American Council on Education and lifetime membership in Phi Kappa Phi. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Humboldt State University.

In addition to her anticipation of joining the Westminster community, President Dobkin’s family is also looking forward to exploring Utah’s storied landscapes with their horses. President Dobkin has been married for 24 years to her husband, Randy Chiotti. The couple have two children: Alexandra, a graduate student in the University of Oregon’s master of architecture program, and Randall, an undergraduate at the University of California at Davis.

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President Beth Dobkin with Horse at the Ranch

Dr. Beth Dobkin | President

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Emmalee Szwedko | Executive Assistant

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Michelle Carlston Holt | Office Coordinator

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Graham Kennedy | Student Office Assistant

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