Dr. Michele Starkey joins Woodbury University as Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

The accomplished leader assumes the university’s senior academic role and brings with her a history of success, innovation, and passion for education.

Dr. Michele Starkey has been named the Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2022. In her new role, Dr. Starkey will oversee the university’s academic and student affairs.

Dr. Michele Starkey

Dr. ­Starkey comes to Woodbury after 25-years at Mount Saint Mary’s University where she held several key positions, including tenured faculty member, Department Chair, Assistant Provost, and most recently Associate Provost & Accreditation Liaison Officer. Under her leadership, Mount Saint Mary’s rose to become the 2nd highest ranked school in the country in Social Mobility (US News and World Report Best College list) and 3rd on MONEY Magazine’s Most Transformative list. Dr. Starkey intends to employ many of those same proven techniques and principles at Woodbury University.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to join the fantastic community at Woodbury University,” said Starkey. “I look forward to working closely with faculty, staff, and students to implement strategic initiatives that will enhance the overall experience.”

“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished and accomplished academic leader join our team,” said Dr. David Steele-Figueredo, Woodbury’s President. “Michele is not only a perfect fit for Woodbury because of her academic achievements, but also—perhaps more so—because of her tireless dedication to diversity and inclusion, STEM education, and online teaching innovations.”

Dr. Starkey holds a BA in Mathematics from Mount Saint Mary’s, an MS in Mathematics from California State University Long Beach, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University Long Beach.

About Woodbury University: Woodbury University is one of the country’s leading creative universities, with nationally ranked programs in its School of Architecture and School of Media, Culture, & Design. The university also boasts unparalleled academic offerings in its School of Business and College of Liberal Arts. Woodbury’s Southern California location and strong relationships with the country’s most innovative companies provide unique career opportunities for students. Woodbury is recognized as an Hispanic Serving Institution and has been named a College of Distinction for 7 years running. The university has earned all major accreditations – AACSB, ACBSP, CIDA, NAAB, NASAD, and WSCUC.


Last Updated on May 24, 2022. 

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