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Office of the Provost


Dear SCU Community,

We are pleased to announce the selection of Toby McChesney as our Vice Provost for Graduate Programs. Toby currently serves as Senior Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs for the Leavey School of Business, a role he has held since 2016. Toby will begin his new role as Vice Provost for Graduate Programs on July 1, 2021. 

With a doctorate in higher education, Toby’s professional career spans more than 19 years at universities across the country — American University, Emory University, Georgia State University, and Santa Clara University — and a track record of success in graduate admissions management, academic program management, and student services. As Senior Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs, Toby oversees the offices of admissions, student services, career services, and program management for three MBA programs which serve approximately 500 MBA students and four Master of Science programs which serve approximately 300 Master of Science students. Toby was instrumental in launching a number of new online programs and improving the overall strength and size of the student body. Toby’s efforts have bolstered the Leavey School of Business into top national rankings by US News and World Report (2021) for its Executive MBA Programs (#13), Part-time MBA Programs (#20), and Online MBA (#40).

As Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, Toby will provide leadership and advocacy for the mission of graduate education across the University, working collaboratively with the Deans, Vice Presidents and their respective teams to advance high-caliber interdisciplinary graduate and professional programs at Santa Clara that are grounded in its Jesuit and Catholic mission and values; enhancing graduate student support and international student outreach; and exploring opportunities for DEI initiatives with internal stakeholders and external partners. With extensive experience in higher education, dedication to  excellence in the graduate student experience, and commitment to Jesuit Catholic values, Toby will make important contributions to SCU’s graduate programs. 

Please join us in welcoming Toby to his new role as Vice Provost for Graduate Programs.



Ed Ryan
Acting Provost

Kate Morris
Acting Provost


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