Kathleen Vouté MacDonald, Ed.D, M.B.A., has served as Dean of
College of Professional Studies (CPS) since 1994. She had worn
many professional hats before coming to St. John’s, and these
experiences, she believes, prepared her to take the helm of CPS —
known for preparing students for many of today’s leading careers
while providing them with a solid liberal arts education.
What was your first career aspiration?
My first ambition was to be a nurse. I remember going to the St.
Patrick’s Day Parade [in New York City] and being fascinated by the
nurses from St. Vincent’s Hospital who were marching proudly in
white uniforms and capes with red linings. But the parade ended, I
grew up and life happened.
Describe a typical workday for you as a
There is no typical day. When you are Dean, it’s an ever-present
reality that I never forget about. For example, if I am reading a
book during the weekend, when I come across new and emerging ideas
or disciplines, inevitably I will start to consider whether CPS
should introduce a new program.
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