Sawanee Khongsawatwaja

Associate Dean, Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dean Khongsawatwaja began her higher education experience in 2002 as a budget analyst at The New School. During her time at The New School, she earned her M.S. degree in Health Services Management at the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy. This was where her interests and career path in higher education fiscal management began. She obtained the necessary knowledge and experience to become the professional she is today.

After The New School, she joined the financial management team with the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. There she sharpen her grants management skills including both federally funded programs and private funded programs, grant proposals, pre- and post-award management, budget management, and compliance of OMB A-133. This was her first experience with sharing her knowledge with the teams at ICAP where she provided training on advanced Microsoft Excel. She streamlined the budgeting process as well as financial reporting for the department.

During her tenure at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, her technical skills were challenged. She developed the budget and forecasting financial models for the College. The results were reported to the Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers of Cornell University. She was also responsible for conducting research and analysis of industry data and trends for financial benchmarks including: student profiles, tuition comparisons among American medical colleges, compensation comparisons, faculty profiles, and sponsored research and grants.

In 2010, she joined St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as an Assistant Dean for Administration and Planning. She was then quickly promoted to Associate Dean for Fiscal and Administrative Affairs in early 2012. She oversee the entire annual fiscal budgeting and resource management process for the institutionally funded programs. As a leader of the college, she is able to provide her expertise in fiscal and business planning to grow existing programs and develop new academic programs resulting in the recent approval from the University’s Board of Trustees to launch two new graduate and one undergraduate programs. With these three new programs, the college expects an increase in revenues in excess of $75 million to the University within the next five years. In addition, she is currently working on two graduate professional programs. These two programs are projected to increase the net revenues by more than $20 million annually. These programs will not only create new revenue source for the University, but will also mark St. John’s as a primary educator of healthcare professionals in the Queens and Nassau Counties.

Dean Khongsawatwaja has a specific interest in organizational administration, including program budgeting, monitoring programs to ensure that services are delivered efficiently and effectively on a timely manner, and ensuring that resources are properly appropriated, maximized and constructively leveraged. Her extensive experiences have prepared her for handling administrative and fiscal duties as well as serving diverse populations of St. John's. Cumulatively, Her studies in management, current leadership position as an Associate Dean, and strong interests in academic planning and resource management along with her commitment to higher education make her an asset to the College's leadership team. 


  • M.S. Health Services Management, The New School - Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy 

  • B.S. Economics with Minors in Business Administration and Applied Math and Statistics, Stony Brook University - College of Arts and Sciences

Professional Training and Certificate

  • St. John’s University Leadership Development Certificate, 2014-2016

  • St. John’s University Vincentian Mission Certificate, 2012-2014

  • St. John’s University Management Development Certificate, 2010-2012 

Professional Affiliation

  • National Association of College and University Business Officers, NACUBO

  • Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, EACUBO

  • Society for College and University Planning, SCUP

  • American College of Healthcare Executives, ACHE

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, AACP