Provost’s Office Staff
Mark L Sargent - Provost
Mark L. Sargent assumed the role of Provost at Westmont College in the spring of 2012. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, he earned his master's degree and doctorate in English at The Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American literature. He taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has written widely on history, literature, film, and higher education. For his research on William Bradford, he was awarded the Whitehill Prize in early American history. After holding administrative roles at Biola University and Spring Arbor College, he served as provost of Gordon College in Massachusetts from 1996-2012.. In 2008 the Council of Independent Colleges gave him the national Chief Academic Officers Award. His wife Arlyne, and two of his children, have been students at Westmont.
William Wright – Associate Provost
Dr. Wright serves Westmont in multiple capacities. He is responsible for institutional research of students and faculty and planning and budgeting for academic programs. He oversees the areas of Admissions, Athletics and Records as well as the Off-Campus Programs Office. He is a member of the President’s Executive Team and is the Association Liaison Officer for WASC. Previously he served the college in a faculty position in Psychology and then as Registrar. He has been the Associate Provost since 1999. Dr. Wright is an alum of Westmont (1972). He received an M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1978 (also in psychology).
Phone: (805) 565-7262
Tatiana Nazarenko - Dean of Curriculum and
Dr. Nazarenko joined Westmont College in 2010 as Dean of Curriculum and Educational Effectiveness. She works with all curricular and co-curricular departments on their assessment and program review plans. Prior to coming to Westmont, she served as a faculty and administrator at research universities and junior colleges. She also brings to the position her experience in interdisciplinary teaching and research, global education and curriculum development gained at several educational institutions in the US and Canada. Dr. Nazarenko received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta (Canada) and her Ph.D. in English Philology from the National University of Kyiv. She holds masters’ degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington and in English Studies and Education from the National University of Kyiv.
Phone: (805) 565-6070
Patti Hunter - Vice Provost
Patti Hunter, who is also a professor of mathematics, joined Westmont in 2000. A graduate of Westmont (1988), she earned a master's and doctorate in mathematics from the University of Virginia, specializing in the history of American mathematics. She served as a co-director of Westmont In Mexico in 2009 and believes strongly in the positive effects of chocolate on mathematical cognition.
Phone: (805) 565-6076
Barb Kennedy – Senior Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Kennedy has worked in the Provost’s Office since 2005. Among her wide ranging duties, she oversees the appointment calendars for the Dean and Associate Provost. She assists the department with all related faculty events and activities and is engaged in a variety of special projects for the office. She is a history graduate of UC Berkeley and also holds an M.A. in Library Science from Cal State University San Jose.
Phone: (805) 565-6007