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.
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
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
Cynthia Toms - Director of Global Education
Cynthia Toms has been Director of Global Education since 2013, overseeing Westmont's globalization efforts and off-campus study in order to address the college’s mission to prepare students to become citizens of the world and to adapt in a diverse, complex, and quickly changing society. Along with field research in Latin America, Dr. Toms has lived in Uganda and China and recently served as an Assistant Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, where she oversaw academic immersion courses for over 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students annually. Her dissertation examining the impact of global service-learning on community development in rural Costa Rican communities was awarded the 2015 Dissertation of the year award by IARSLCE. Her published work includes:Transformations at the Edge of the World (editor), as well as articles appearingJournal of Higher Education, Christian Higher Education, and Higher Education. Cynthia is an investigator for the Advancing International Service in Higher Education project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Global Engagement Survey, and she serves on the Board of Child Family Health International (CFHI) and globalsl.org, a web-based initiative of scholars amassing evidence-based tools and peer-reviewed research to advance best practices in global learning.