SCRANTON — University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., announced the appointment of Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs effective July 1.
Boomgaarden currently serves as dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, a position he has held since 2009. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the college, which enrolls 800 students in 12 undergraduate and three graduate degree programs, and offers numerous undergraduate minors. The Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed his selection, which followed an extensive national search.
“Dr. Boomgaarden is a distinguished scholar, educator and administrator with more than 30 years experience, including a decade serving in teaching and leadership positions at sister Jesuit schools,” Fr. Quinn said. “I am delighted that we have identified a person who displays the kind of creativity and deep commitment to students, faculty, and Catholic and Jesuit education that are at the core of our success at The University of Scranton.”
As the chief academic officer, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs currently oversees the university’s three undergraduate colleges, College of Graduate and Continuing Education and Weinberg Memorial Library, as well as the divisions of Student Affairs and University Mission & Ministry. Other departments that report to the provost include the Registrar’s Office, International Programs and Services and Performance Music.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.