Pamela Monaco has been selected as vice president for Southwestern College Professional Studies. She will oversee the college’s degree completion and off-campus programs as well as its extensive online offerings.

Monaco comes to Southwestern after serving as dean of arts and sciences of Brandman University. Brandman is a division of Chapman University, a private institution in California. Brandman University serves about 6,000 adult learners at over 20 branch campuses on the West Coast and through online programs. She has provided leadership to adult education programs at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University College of the University of Maryland.

“The search process yielded a very strong field of candidates,” said President Dick Merriman. “We received over 50 applications, interviewed eight candidates by phone, and had three finalists for the position. We believe this strong field of professional studies leaders can be attributed not only to the maturing of the degree completion field, but also to Southwestern’s strong presence in this field.”

Dr. Monaco earned her Ph.D. and M.A. at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., as well as an undergraduate degree in marketing from George Washington University.