Leadership

Vice Provost Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer
Phone: (415) 422-2821 | Email: mjwardell@usfca.edu

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi is the inaugural Vice Provost for the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at USF, serving since the office’s inception in 2011. A 25-year executive in California public and private higher education, Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi is a nationally-recognized educator, author, and thought leader who understands the unique duty of leaders to advance inclusivity, social justice, and love within their organizations.

Mary leverages the University of San Francisco’s Ignatian mission and commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion to support the university’s commitment to underheard and underserved marginalized communities. She has been a leader in developing a creative framework for how the university's mission can be more fully realized as part of the community it resides within for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.

In 2014, Mary was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to serve San Francisco citizens as a Library Commissioner for the San Francisco Public Library. In 2016, she was elected through a unanimous vote to serve as the Commission's president. 

Prior to leading diversity and community initiatives at USF, Mary served as the USF Associate Vice President and Dean of Students leading and supporting campus-wide student services, including behavioral intervention and crisis response. Prior to Jesuit Catholic education, she was the Dean of Student Affairs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA and the Assistant Dean of Students at the California State University, San Marcos, CA. 

Learn more about Vice Provost Wardell-Ghirarduzzi and the rest of the DECO team