NEWBURGH – Michael Olivette of Millbrook, was recently named Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Mount Saint Mary College.
Olivette joined the Mount in 2015 as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and had filled the position of interim VPAA since May of 2017. His performance “has been exceptional,” noted Dr. David Kennett, interim president of Mount Saint Mary College.
The VPAA is responsible for the administration of all academics, including the Mount’s School of Business and School of Nursing, as well as the college’s six Divisions (Arts and Letters, Education, Math and IT, Natural Sciences, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Social Sciences).
The VPAA also oversees the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center, Online Education, First Year Experience, the Registrar’s office, advisement for the college’s Adult Degree Completion Program, the Writing Center, the Center for Career and Experiential Education, and the Honors Program.
Olivette received both his master’s and doctoral degrees in Social Psychology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences.
In 1990, Olivette joined the faculty at Syracuse University, where he remained for nearly 17 years. In 1999, he assumed the role of Associate Dean in the College of Human Services and Health Professions.
In 2007, Olivette became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Panuska College of Professional Studies at the University of Scranton, where he remained for three years. He also served from 2010 to 2015 as Dean of the Division of Natural and Health Sciences at Westchester Community College.
Olivette has published a number of journal articles and conference proceedings and co-authored one book. He has presented at, or had papers published in, the proceedings of a dozen conferences.