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Mary J Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been working in various roles in higher education administration for the past 18 years and is currently part of leadership at the University of San Francisco. Working with faculty, staff and students, and diverse communities through the San Francisco Bay area, she promotes an understanding of diversity as core to a holistic and sustainable higher education organization. From 2008 - 2011 Mary served as the USF Dean of Students. She is currently an adjunct professor and teaches organizational behavior, leadership, and communication to graduate and undergraduate business students in the USF School of Management.

Prior to USF, Mary worked as the Dean of Student Affairs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, overseeing all student affairs programs and academic support services. She worked to bridge educational opportunity for underserved youth in San Diego County, working with children of migrant families, and first generation college bound African American, Native American, Pacific Islander and Latino students, as an outreach coordinator for California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Mary received a BA in Communication from theUniversity of the Pacific in Stockton, California, her hometown; a MA in Cross Cultural Counseling from San Diego State University; and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. Her research interest and professional practice focuses on transformational leadership within organizations and women in leadership. Mary has an avid love for the arts and is a vocalist and photographer. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.