Michael Olivette is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mount Saint Mary College. In this role, he oversees all of the college's academic divisions and administrative units. Since joining the college in 2015, Michael has overseen the successful Middle States reaccreditation process that culminated in June of 2018.
Michael received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Iona College in 1979 and both master's (MA, 1983) and doctoral (PhD, 1984) degrees in Social Psychology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences. During his graduate study, Michael was a graduate assistantship to Donald T. Campbell, one of social psychology’s preeminent scholars.
After a period in industry, Michael wanted to return to teach at the college level and took an assistant professorship in Psychology and Business at Cazenovia College in 1989. In 1990, Michael joined the faculty at Syracuse University, where he remained for nearly 17 years. He was tenured as an associate professor in 1996 in SU’s College for Human Development. In 1999, Michael assumed the role of associate dean in the newly formed College of Human Services and Health Professions. At Syracuse, he served on numerous committees and task forces, was a member of the Faculty Senate, and chaired the senate curriculum committee. He was one of a select group of faculty and staff appointed by the Vice Chancellor to develop the university’s first institution-wide academic integrity policy. Shortly before leaving Syracuse in 2007, Michael developed and implemented a Sport Management degree, which later became the flagship program in what is now the highly prestigious David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.
In 2007, Michael assumed the role of associate dean for Academic Affairs in the Panuska College of Professional Studies at the University of Scranton, where he remained for three years. Prior to coming to Mount Saint Mary College in 2015, he served as Dean of the Division of Natural and Health Sciences at Westchester Community College. Michael has published six articles and two books (one as a contributing author), and has been a frequent presenter at conferences. An avid outdoorsman and woodworking craftsman, Michael has two grown daughters, Lindsay and Jaime, and currently resides with his wife, Dawn, in Millbrook, NY.