Christopher Sindt Named Provost at Lewis University

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Christopher Sindt Named Provost at Lewis University

Published: March 16, 2018.

Dr. Christopher Sindt

Dr. David J. Livingston, President of Lewis University, announced Dr. Christopher Sindt, Saint Mary’s College of California Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, will become the Provost of Lewis University, effective July 1.

"All of us at Lewis University look forward to the talent and skill Christopher will bring to our community as our provost,” Livingston said. “His academic leadership and administrative experience will be helpful as our university implements a new strategic plan, reorganizes academic colleges, hires new deans and prepares for a Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation visit.”

Sindt stated, “I've admired Lewis for many years for its commitment to liberal learning paired with professional education, and I am delighted to be joining the Lewis community.”

During his 17 years at Saint Mary's, Sindt provided exceptional academic and administrative leadership, serving as program director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, the associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts, the dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education, the vice provost for graduate and professional studies, and the vice provost for academic affairs. He has led initiatives in several areas, such as career and professional development, community engagement, educational effectiveness, faculty development, institutional research, international studies, sponsored research, and student success.

In 2011-2012, he was selected as an American Council of Education Fellow, the nation's premier training program for university administrators. He currently serves as chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduates and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Sindt earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and his master’s and doctoral degree in English from the University of California, Davis. Sindt has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships for his poetry, including the James D. Phelan award and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Blue Mountain Center. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Bodies, and most recently, System and Population. In addition to poetry, his research interests include the literature of California and environmental literature.

“During the interview process, Christopher displayed the skill and ability to lead our university into the future,” Dr. Laurette Liesen, chair of the search committee, commented. She thanked the search committee for its work in reviewing candidates, organizing forums for the finalists and gathering campus feedback on the candidates.

After nearly four decades of stellar leadership in key University roles, Dr. Stephany Schlachter, announced plans to retire as provost of Lewis University, effective June 30, 2018. She will continue to serve the University as special assistant to the president until June 30, 2019.

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