Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost

The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost is responsible for ensuring the quality of the learning and living programs. The Provost/VPAA provides leadership and vision for the academic and student life divisions of the University. The Provost works closely with the President in articulating a vision for the University, in strategic planning, long-range financial planning, and in recommending major policy decisions to the Board of Trustees.

As the Chief Academic Officer of the University, the Provost is responsible for providing leadership for all academic programs, the University’s libraries, centers and institutes; academic planning, policy, curriculum, faculty hiring and development, student learning assessment and accountability; providing the President with recommendations on faculty promotions and tenure; building espirit de corps between the administration and faculty, enhancing faculty development, providing leadership and resources to support research and curricular development, and insuring an effective pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty review system.

Within the Student Life & Development area, the Provost leads initiatives to create a dynamic campus life and has oversight of the University’s Division I athletic program, residence life, personal development, recreational life, health services, dining services and student activities. The Provost fosters the collaboration between academic affairs and student life in order to support the growth of the “whole person” and develops and implements policies that pertain to student life.

Office of the Provost

Frederick Bonato, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Provost
Nicole DeCapua Rinck, Ed.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Tracy Louisse S. Chacon ’13 ’17, Director of Operations for Academic Affairs
Ruth Vazquez, Executive Administrative Assistant to the Provost

Frederick Bonato, Ph.D.
Dr. Bonato most recently served as the associate provost for academic affairs at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., where he provided oversight for academic personnel procedures for more than 600 full-time faculty and assisted and advised on policy issues related to personnel matters, staffing and enrollment patterns.

During his tenure at Montclair State University, Dr. Bonato had numerous accomplishments, including, co-leading a project for the creation of the School of Nursing. He also provided leadership for the development of the 25,000 square foot Center for Clinical Services that opened in January 2016. In addition, Dr. Bonato oversaw the modernization of electronic systems for the Institutional Review Board, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Career Services. He also chaired the task force that resulted in the Carnegie Foundation classification as a Community Engaged Institution in 2015 as well as initiated the transition of the Office of Service Learning to the Center for Community Engagement, which now receives approximately 1 million dollars a year in external funding.

Previously, Dr. Bonato served Saint Peter’s for 17 years in a variety of roles, including faculty member, director of faculty research and sponsored programs, senate president and chair of the psychology department. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at Upsala College.

Dr. Bonato is the immediate past-president of the Eastern Psychological Association and is the editor-in-chief of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, the official journal of the Aerospace Medical Association. He has published widely on aeromedical topics such as motion sickness, space motion sickness, and commercial spaceflight. Dr. Bonato is a fellow of the Eastern Psychological Association and the Aerospace Medical Association and in 2015 was nominated and elected to the International Academy for Aviation and Space Medicine. He earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.