Senior Vice President for Academic Operations and Student Success/Co-Provost
Denise Baird, PhD, is the senior vice president and co-provost for academic operations, quality, and student success. Dr. Baird brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education both as a professor and an administrator, to the role. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in sociology from Purdue University and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Akron. Previously she was selected as the first Thoreau Teaching Fellow in the Sociology Department at the University of Maine.
In her role at St. Catherine University, Dr. Baird's work ensures that the university's continuous improvement efforts support academic and operational excellence with a focus on student learning and achievement. Under her leadership, St. Kate’s launched its first federal TRIO program as well as a summer college transition experience for incoming first-time college students. Dr. Baird also steered the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.
Dr. Baird strives to center student learning in all her work, collaborating with offices across campus to ensure students have the strongest educational experience possible.