Westminster College in Salt Lake City Chooses its Next President

The board of trustees of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, has named Bethami Dobkin as the educational institution’s nineteenth president. She will take office on July 1.

According to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education, Westminster College enrolls more than 2,100 undergraduate students and more than 500 graduate students. Women are 56 percent of the undergraduate student body.

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Dobkin stated, “I am honored to serve as the next leader of this impressive institution. The college inspires exploration and creativity, bringing out the best of students both in and out of the classroom. In a world becoming increasingly divided, Westminster offers an education that can build connections and bring people together to help solve today’s most pressing human problems.”

Dr. Dobkin is a professor of communication and provost emerita at Saint Mary’s College of California. She served for a decade as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Professor Dobkin joined the faculty at Saint Mary’s College of California in 2008 after teaching for 18 years at the University of San Diego.

Dr. Dobkin is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she majored in speech communication. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in communication and rhetoric from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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