Saybrook University today announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Schmitt to the position of interim president and CEO. Dr. Schmitt will take the post immediately, leading a premier institution for the study of psychology, organizational systems, human science, and mind body medicine.
“We are delighted to welcome such a respected and accomplished academic and administrator to our community,” said Allison Shapiro, Chair of Saybrook’s board of trustees. “Throughout his long career, Dr. Schmitt has affirmed time and again his commitment to the values of humanism that serve as the centerpiece of a Saybrook education. He is an excellent fit.”
Dr. Schmitt served at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) in Palo Alto for more than 20 years, holding the position of President from 2000 to 2006. In his time at ITP, Dr. Schmitt expanded academic offerings, brought financial stability, and significantly raised the profile of the Institute. Dr. Schmitt holds numerous academic degrees including a Ph.L. in philosophy from Gonzaga University, a Ph.D in religious studies from Fordham University, and an M.A. in counseling from Santa Clara University. Dr. Schmitt delivers lectures on spirituality and psychology to audiences throughout the world and his writing has been published in a number of academic journals.
Located in San Francisco, California, Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and research. Saybrook offers advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, and human science. For more than 40 years, Saybrook has empowered students to pursue their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Schmitt joins Saybrook at a time of unprecedented growth. This year, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center becomes Saybrook University, a new academic institution comprised of three colleges: the Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, and LIOS Graduate College (Leadership Institute of Seattle.) Saybrook is expanding to bring together new disciplines and apply its humanistic perspective to a broad spectrum of practical fields. Saybrook University will foster the growth of a new generation of creative, compassionate innovators, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.