Saybrook University Appoints Daniel R. Sewell, Ph.D. as Vice President of Academic Affairs

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San Francisco, Ca. (July 6, 2011) - Mark Schulman, Ph.D., president of Saybrook University, today announced the appointment of Daniel R. Sewell, Ph.D as vice president of academic affairs for the university. A talented administrator, scholar, researcher, and teacher, Dr. Sewell brings a broad range of senior leadership experience to the senior administrative team in managing growth and change in a graduate environment of diverse learners committed to transformative education. Dr. Sewell will assume the post at Saybrook beginning September 1, 2011.

In announcing the appointment Dr. Schulman stated: “Dr. Sewell has the ideal combination of academic, operational, and technology expertise to inspire and lead Saybrook University’s academic program development and growth at one of the most exciting times in our history. As the university that seeks to address the question what does it mean to be human in the 21st century, we are actively pursuing new and better ways to give our students a rigorous graduate learning experience that brings together new disciplines and applies our core principles and values to a broad spectrum of practical fields. Dr. Sewell will have primary responsibility for assessing and implementing new and inter-collegiate programs that offer our students innovative and creative opportunities for trans-disciplinary graduate study.”

Dr. Sewell currently serves as Associate Provost for Research & Learning at Fielding Graduate University, where he is also on the faculty in the Media Psychology doctoral program in the School of Psychology. Among his accomplishments in that position were collaboration in the development of the master’s and doctoral programs in Media Psychology; development of an institutional grants and research office which grew from no external funding to receiving over $2 million from a variety of sources; and, a 21st century revamp of the technology infrastructure to make more effective use of institutional capacity.

Prior to serving in various positions at Fielding, Dr. Sewell led clinical and funded research development at a medical center, practiced as a therapist, managed a counseling center and worked as a research scientist on projects to enhance human performance in fields requiring human interaction complex technology systems. His own professional journey, combining scholarship and practice, has emphasized the need to integrate both of these qualities for a transformative graduate education and a lifelong learning experience.

In accepting the position, Dr. Sewell said: “I have followed the evolution of Saybrook over the years and am looking forward to leading the university at this stage of its growth. I have a deep commitment to the scholar-practitioner model and how that model can be informed by the humanistic values that are Saybrook’s core and enhanced through technology in service to the needs of our students. I am eager to work with Saybrook’s faculty, students, and staff to build upon its strength as a premier center of learning, research and practice to educate those who seek to shape the future of a more humane and sustainable world."

Dr. Sewell received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Emory University (Atlanta), and his M.S. and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Louisiana (Lafayette). In addition to his academic work, Dr. Sewell continues to pursue the role of the scholar-practitioner in higher education as well as writing and presenting on this topic. As an avid scholar-practitioner, Dr. Sewell also serves as a co-founder and member of the Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE). WNGE began in 2002 and has grown into a global network of social activists and researchers committed to gender equality and improving the status of women. The work of WNGE’s members ranges from village level projects to improve girls' education, to national efforts to improve the status of health care providers, to international efforts to help victims of natural and man-made disasters recover from trauma and build resilience.

Located in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington, 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 leadership. For 40 years, Saybrook has empowered students to find 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. Saybrook University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act.