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Paul Vita, Ph.D., serves as the Director and Academic Dean of Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus. He reports directly to the University’s Provost and is a member of the President’s University Leadership Council. Dr. Vita is responsible for extending Saint Louis University’s Jesuit mission to Spain and for the oversight of all academic and administrative units at the Madrid Campus.

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Paul Vita, Ph.D., Director and Academic Dean of SLU-Madrid.

Welcome from the Dean

SLU-Madrid is an extraordinary place. It offers U.S. liberal arts degrees grounded in the Jesuit values that have distinguished Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1818. Our faculty combine their commitment to teaching with their passion for research and scholarship. They are dedicated to our diverse and talented student body, engaging them through intellectual inquiry and empowering them to help change the world for the better.

Small classes, care for the individual, and, as our website will show you, distinctly international academic programs are key features of the intercultural, educational experience SLU-Madrid provides. In addition, the wealth of extracurricular activities on campus and off ensures that learning continues outside of the classroom, in a truly international, multilingual environment.

Earning your degree or studying with us for a semester or two means that you will be part of a dynamic community comprised of women and men from around the world. You will also become part of an expanding network of SLU-Madrid alumni, global citizens who are pursuing exciting careers around the world.

Un saludo.

Paul Vita, Ph.D.
Director and Academic Dean

The Office of the Dean is in Suite 300 (third floor) of San Ignacio Hall.

Madrid Campus Executive Staff

Dr. Vita works closely with academic and administrative leaders who report directly to him. Together, they oversee their various areas of responsibility, collaborate closely with their counterparts on the St. Louis campus, and participate in advancing SLU-Madrid’s strategic priorities.

  • Heidi Buffington, Director of Admissions
  • Taieb Gasmi, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Sciences and Engineering
  • Marta Maruri, Director of Student Life
  • Laura Tedesco, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Victoria Villarreal, Director of Finance and Operations
Madrid Campus Leadership Committee

The Leadership Council is comprised of the Dean, the Associate Academic Dean(s), Academic Chairpersons, the Director of Admissions, the Director of Finance and Operations, the Director of Student Life, the Campus Chaplain, and the Presidents of the Madrid Campus Faculty Senate, the Worker's Committee, and the Student Government Association.

The group meets to discuss issues raised by any of its members, to review and provide advice on policies and activities, and to advance Saint Louis University — Madrid Campus and the mission of Saint Louis University.

Dean’s Staff
  •  Academic Advising
         Desislava Nikolova
         Jaime Ortiz
  • Assessment and Educational Technology Advisor
         Sulma Farfán, Ph.D.
  • Career Services
         Patrice Burns
  • Library
         Sara Pérez, Ph.D., director
         Isabel Hurtado
  • Marketing and Communication
         Ángel García, director
         Fernando Béjar
         Katie Gortz
  • Registrar
         Patricia M. Blockmon
         William Enriquez