Office of the Provost Staff
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, 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
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
Dr. McQuade joined the Provost's Office in June of 2016 but has been a professor in the Biology department since 2004. She continues to teach in the classroom (Cell Biology and Genetics) and maintains a research program studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms of autoimmune disease. She received her PhD in Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. She was a visiting professor for a one-year appointment at University of California at San Francisco for her last sabbatical in 2010-2011. Since returning, Dr. McQuade has worked closely with the Provost's Office, first as a department chair (2011-2015) and then as Vice Chair of the Faculty (2012-2013).
Phone: (805) 565-6117
Kirsten Burdick, an alum of Westmont College, returned to Santa Barbara and began working at Westmont in the Spring of 2014 at the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation. She assumed the role as Executive Assistant to the Provost in the Spring of 2016. Prior to returning to Westmont she served as the Director of Admissions at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. She earned her master of divinity degree at North Park in 2009. In addition to Kirsten's work in the Provost's Office, she stays busy keeping up with her three young children.
Phone: (805) 565-6007
Jaron Burdick joined his wife Kirsten to share the position as Executive Assistant to the Provost in the Spring of 2017. Prior to working at Westmont, he served as the Pastor of College Ministries at Community Covenant Church in Goleta, California. He earned his master of divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary in 2011, and served as the pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical Covenant Church in Franklin Park, Illinois. In addition to Jaron's work in the Provost's Office, he stays busy keeping up with his wife and three young children.
Phone: (805) 565-6007