New Administrative Appointments

Jim Woolever has been appointed Provost of Menlo College. Jim comes from a strong liberal arts background, and was an academic dean at Wadhams Hall College. He went to Syracuse University for his Ph.D., and was professor of ethics at three universities. He has fostered excellent relationships with local community colleges and nearby four-year colleges for cooperative programs in his position as Menlo College's Dean of the Professional Studies Program (a position he has held since 2007 and will maintain as Provost). His business teaching experience includes his engagement by the California Medical Association and six Bay Area colleges and universities to teach business management courses for health care professionals, business executives, and the general public.

“I'm honored to help move Menlo College toward its goal of becoming a premiere 21st century business school.” Dr. Jim Woolever, Provost

Dale Hockstra, Dean of Business and Academic Affairs, will continue in his current position as he anchors Menlo's AACSB accreditation and MBA program development efforts. Dale provides important continuity by leading the School of Business to its next level of prominence. His experience as a business dean and management professor is an integral part of the accreditation evaluation, and he is committed to teaming with Jim Woolever to fulfill the College's mission.


Marilyn Thomas will be the new Dean of Arts & Sciences while teaching two courses per semester. Among other administrative duties, Marilyn will continue to coordinate the academic programming for the Freshman Year Experience by helping to arrange activities, choosing the campus-wide reading selection, and developing the program to tie into the first-year curriculum. Before joining Menlo, Marilyn was a professor and Dean of Students at Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

“The Academic Affairs team is enthusiastic and exceptionally capable, and I am privileged to work with Jim, Dale, Marilyn, and the entire community to create excellent educational opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Jim Kelly, President of Menlo College.