Academic Philosophy
Trinity names Megan Mustain as new vice president for Academic Affairs
Thursday, March 18, 2021
a portrait of Megan Mustain announcing her as the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Trinity University is delighted to announce that Megan Mustain, Ph.D. has been selected as its new vice president for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer. Mustain was appointed by Trinity President Danny Anderson following a national search. The appointment is effective June 14, 2021.

Mustain will oversee all academic programs as well as the academic budget and will contribute significantly to Trinity University's vision and strategic goals. She will develop and mentor faculty and professional staff in Academic Affairs, including Coates Library, TU Press, Athletics, and the Registrar.

“Megan Mustain brings to Trinity a deep knowledge of academic administration, having served in a diverse array of positions throughout her career,” Anderson said. “Just as importantly, she possesses the Trinity ideals of critical thinking, lifelong learning, and passionate discovery. I am excited to welcome her as we continue to transform Trinity to become a nationally recognized national liberal arts university.”

Mustain currently serves as acting Chief Academic Officer, vice provost for Student Academics and dean of the Core at Saint Mary’s College of California. Mustain also teaches philosophy and received her M.A. and Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She received her undergraduate degree in genetics at Texas A&M University. Mustain previously taught and served in the administration at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, which is also her hometown.

“What I see in Trinity is a strong institution that is deeply committed to providing a truly rigorous liberal arts education designed specifically for curious, creative, and engaged students,” Mustain said. “Trinity emphasizes interdisciplinarity and experiential learning to prepare students to make a difference in the world—a world that requires multi-dimensional and inquisitive people who are able, willing, and even excited to jump into uncertainty. I’m excited to contribute to that.”

Mustain succeeds Deneese Jones, Ph.D., who is retiring on May 31, 2021 after serving five years as the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Photo credit: Haley Nelson, Saint Mary's College of California

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