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Dr. Lisa C. Buenaventura has been named the new dean of St. Bonaventure University’s School of Education. She begins work at the university June 1.
Dr. Buenaventura has over 30 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. Most recently, she was the special assistant to the provost for special projects at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Prior to that appointment, she served for six years, first as assistant vice chancellor for co-curricular learning and assessment, then as the interim vice chancellor for student affairs at the university. She also was an adjunct faculty member in Asian American Studies and the Higher Education Doctoral Program.
“I’m very pleased that Dr. Buenaventura will be joining our School of Education as its new dean,” said Dr. Joseph Zimmer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Her extensive experience in higher education and her focus on improving the diversity experiences of our education students will be a fine complement to the high quality teacher, counselor, sport studies and school leadership programs we have in the School of Education.”
Prior to UMass-Boston, Buenaventura worked for six years as a faculty member for the Office of the Chancellor and School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State-Harrisburg, focusing on teaching, assessment, accreditation, research and grants, and program development.
In her first position in Pennsylvania, she served for two years as the director for Child Welfare and Education and for the Labor Education Institute with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Educational Resources Group.
Buenaventura worked for several years in the Pacific Northwest, including seven years at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., first as director of Women’s Programs, then as director and interim associate dean of Student Support Services and interim vice president for Student Services.
During this period, she also served as an adjunct faculty member at both Clark College and at Pacific Oaks College in Seattle.
In addition, Buenaventura has 10 years’ experience in K-12 education, seven years as a school psychologist and counselor in Belfair and Seattle, Wash., and three years as a program administrator for the Department of Transitional Bilingual Education and Compensatory Education in the Seattle Public Schools.
Buenaventura received her bachelor’s degree in psychology (1978) and her master’s degree in educational psychology (1983) from the University of Washington. She received her doctorate in educational leadership (1997) from Seattle University. At both institutions, she also served as a graduate student assistant, working with the faculty on accreditation, curriculum and instruction, and research.
A deep commitment to community service and professional involvement are reflected in Buenaventura’s background. Over the years, she has been actively engaged in working with non-profit and governmental organizations, K-12 school districts, and higher education associations, as well as campus communities, to address issues of access, equity, diversity, and social justice.
Most recently, her focus has been on strengthening curricular and co-curricular learning experiences for students that effectively prepare them to live and work in diverse and rapidly changing environments.
“I am quite excited to join the St. Bonaventure community and the School of Education during a time of new leadership and initiatives for the university,” Buenaventura said. “People here are deeply committed to the university and genuinely care about the well-being of others. I look forward to working with faculty in the School of Education, as well as collaborating with colleagues across the campus.”
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