Dr. Evette Castillo Clark
Dean of Students
Dr. Evette Castillo Clark currently serves as the Dean of Students at Saint Mary’s College of California located in the east Bay Area. Dr. Clark provides leadership, vision, and administrative supervision for student development in the residences, in the student discipline process, and in the first-year experience for approximately 2,800 undergraduates in a manner that complements and augments the academic, Catholic, and Lasallian mission of the College. Dr. Clark serves as an advocate for the needs of all students including commuters, transfers, and 1,400 graduate students, assisting faculty and staff in enhancing and assessing student learning, and coordinating the campus responses to and prevention of serious incidents. She oversees the Offices of Residential Experience; Community Life; New Student and Family Programs; Campus Housing; and Meeting, Events, and Conference Services. In addition, Dr. Clark serves as the College’s Title IX Compliance Deputy, Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team, and Co-Chair of the Bias Incident Response Team.
Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s College, Dr. Clark served as a faculty member at the University of New Orleans in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations, where she taught courses on Strategic Approaches in Educational Administration; Teaching, Learning and Curriculum in Higher Education; College Student Development; and Students in Higher Education. She also consulted for the International Leadership Association, a global network for those who practice, study, and teach leadership.
In addition to teaching and consulting roles, Dr. Clark has worked in Student Affairs administration since 1993 at the University of San Francisco; Laney Community College in Oakland; UC Berkeley; California State University, East Bay; San Diego State University; and Tulane University. Her broad college administrator roles were serving as the Assistant Dean of Students at Tulane University and San Diego State University, where she has overseen student programs and activities, leadership, fraternity/sorority life, cross-cultural center, new student and parent programs, testing and assessment, graduate student affairs, community-based service learning, and division-wide staff development, strategic planning, learning outcomes, and assessment. She has also had responsibilities for academic advising, retention, academic and theme programs in residence life, compliance, conduct, and crisis and emergency management.
Dr. Clark is a past board member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), serving as the National Director of Knowledge Communities (2011-2013), a past board member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA, 1999-2001), and served on the Editorial Review Board for the College Student Affairs Journal. She currently serves on the NASPA Region VI Advisory Board as the Chair for the Northern California Subregion and the Bay Area Small College Dean’s Network.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine; a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from New York University; and completed her Doctorate in Education in the area of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. She is annually certified in conducting college student investigations and behavioral intervention team processes. Her areas of research, publications, and speaking concern college students of color; creating a pipeline of undergraduate students to careers in student affairs; strategic planning in student affairs; and leadership in higher education. Originally from Pittsburg, California, she is married to Troy Clark, president and managing partner of Golden Leaf Energy, and they have four children.