Kathleen Voute MacDonald
Kathleen Vouté MacDonald, Ed.D., has been Dean of the College of Professional Studies, St. John's University, since 1994. Her responsibilities include the leadership of over 4,200 students, 300 full-time and part-time faculty, college operations on two campuses as well as the oversight of the University's Instructional Television Center. Under Dr. MacDonald’s management, the college provides popular programs such as: communication arts field (advertising, public relations, television and film studies, journalism, photojournalism and dramatic arts), criminal justice, computer science, hospitality management, legal studies, and sport management. Recently she has expanded the college’s mission with new degrees in such cutting-edge disciplines as: healthcare informatics, computer security systems and homeland and corporate security. Besides new associate and bachelor’s degree programs, she has established the graduate degree programs of the college, Master of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice Leadership, Master of Science in International Communication and Master of Professional Studies in Sport Management. The strong combination of traditional liberal arts, business and career-oriented majors helps to make the College of Professional Studies, as Dr. MacDonald likes to say, the "jewel" of the University.
Dr. MacDonald's varied educational background provides a substantial framework for her leadership role at St. John's. Her degrees, which include a BS in Oriental Studies from Columbia University, MA in Sociology of Education and Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education from Columbia University Teachers College, are supplemented by Japanese language and studies as a result of expertise developed during seven years residence in Japan. In addition to her educational administrative roles in such institutions as Cornell University School of Labor Relations, Polytechnic University and St. John's, Dr. MacDonald has taught at a number of private and public higher education institutions including two universities in Tokyo, Japan. Her special interest in the field of entrepreneurship, developed during the completion of her MBA in Management, led her to begin a successful entrepreneurial venture, Colleges/Careers, Inc. This business, owned and operated by Dr. MacDonald, offered professional academic counseling to high school students and their parents.
The wide range of Dean MacDonald's knowledge and her professional experience in New York, California and Tokyo have greatly contributed to the recent expansions in the College of Professional Studies. Both professionally and personally, Dean MacDonald has remained committed to higher education.