The University of Saint Louis has announced the reappointment of Paul Vita, Ph.D., as Director of the Madrid Campus and Academic Dean for an additional five-year term.
Vita joined the SLU-Madrid faculty in 1999 and has served as Dean and Academic Director since 2012. Under his leadership, SLU-Madrid has undergone exciting transformations, including the opening of San Ignacio Hall in 2013 and the celebration of the 50th anniversary in 2018. The campus has experienced significant growth in many areas during his tenure as Director, including an increase in the number of majors offered, enrollment, faculty research productivity, and the number of majors offered. full-time teaching positions. He also championed SLU-Madrid’s response to diverse and daunting challenges, including complex and changing compliance requirements (on both sides of the Atlantic), heightened international security concerns and, more recently, a global pandemic.
During the renewal process, Vita outlined their priorities for the future of SLU-Madrid, many of which are already being implemented on campus:
- Learn and respond to the Madrid Campus Self-Study.
- Leading the transition to adopt and implement the new university core at SLU-Madrid.
- Build a study abroad program that is more intentional about the type of educational experience offered to visiting students.
- Improve student services based on higher enrollment demands by increasing staff and expanding facilities.
- Increase diversity – and awareness of diversity – among students, faculty and staff to ensure that SLU-Madrid is an inclusive and welcoming community.
- Promote collaborations with SLU-St. Louis by identifying opportunities for SLU-Madrid employees to associate and participate in exchanges with their peers in the United States
In a recent announcement to the SLU community, University Rector Michael Lewis, Ph.D. commented: âThe Madrid campus of SLU is one of our strengths as an institutionâ¦ I am excited by the future of our Madrid campus and I look forward to working with Dr Vita and the faculty and staff community this fall and beyond. ”
“It is an honor to take on the responsibilities of leading this extraordinary multicultural higher education institution, just as it is an honor for me to teach and work here,” said Vita. âSLU-Madrid has always aspired to be recognized as theâ first American university in Spain â. We have succeeded – there is no other institution like us in Spain. Now is the time to aspire to the recognition that SLU-Madrid rightly deserves as the best secondary campus of an American university abroad. ”