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Mary Kate Naatus,

Dean, Frank J. Guarini School of Business

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About Dr. Naatus

Mary Kate Naatus is currently the KMPG Dean of the School of Business at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ, where she has also been department chair and Associate Professor of Business. As the founding director of the Ignite Institute of Saint Peter’s University from 2014-2016, Mary Kate led program development and grant-funding efforts in support of entrepreneurship and local economic development initiatives, adding to the university’s local impact. Prior to Saint Peter’s University, she worked for 7 years in academic program management, outreach and marketing at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mary Kate spent two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, working in community and business development. She has also worked for Unilever, La Casa de Don Pedro, a 501(c)(3) organization, and HR Plus, a human resources consulting firm. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Global Affairs, MBA in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Journalism from The College of New Jersey.

Her research interests include urban entrepreneurship, international migration, international business and culture, business education,
and mobile and digital marketing. Mary Kate is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

“My teaching goal is to engage students in real world activities and discussion so that they can apply knowledge and theories to realistic business scenarios. As much as possible, I extend the classroom to the wider community through fieldwork, service learning, business visits, guest speakers and external consulting projects, so students can build their resumes and their professional networks through the class experience. Consistent with our Jesuit mission, I try to create an environment for students to share different aspects of their life experiences in the classroom and seek to make a positive difference on campus and beyond.”

Career & Accomplishments


  • Rutgers University, Ph.D.

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, MBA

  • The College of New Jersey, B.A.


  • NJ Biz Vanguard Leaders in Higher Education

  • Won NJ Bright Ideas Award for journal article co-authored with faculty colleague

  • Honorary Order of the Cross Keys

  • Received "Community Catalyst" award from Rising Tide Capital on behalf of Saint Peter's University.

Coronavirus Updates

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