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Kristine Schwarz New Associate Director At Antioch

University President Names Alumna Associate Director of Institutional Advancemen


Kristine Schwarz has been named the Associate Director of Institutional Advancement at Antioch University Santa Barbara, announced Dr. Nancy Leffert, president of AUSB.

Kristine Schwarz
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Kristine Schwarz

As Associate Director of Institutional Advancement, Ms. Schwarz, who is an alumna of the Antioch University Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program and a Marriage and Family Therapist, is responsible for development and fundraising activities, grants, alumni relations, board relations, and public relations for the Santa Barbara campus. She will report directly to Dr. Leffert.

“Antioch Santa Barbara is healthy and thriving and excited about a promising future serving its students and the community with our current programs that already meet community needs, as well as developing new programs that are responsive to the needs of students in this 21st century,” noted Ms. Schwarz. With Ms. Schwarz’s new position, AUSB hopes to increase its community involvement, explore community and corporate collaborations, broaden Antioch’s profile in the tri-county region, and reach out to alumni.

Ms. Schwarz previously served as AUSB Core Faculty and MACP Clinical Training Director and Founder and Chair of the MFT Consortium of the Central Coast Region, which is hosted by Antioch. Her experience includes working in various non-profit settings, such as Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County and the COPE Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and fundraising that spans organizations and events such as the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Ball, the Committee to Reelect Barbara Boxer, as well as numerous entertainment charities. Through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, Ms. Schwarz also trained first responders in Mississippi during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to pursuing a career in higher education and psychotherapy, Ms. Schwarz worked for 15 years as a producer and executive in the entertainment industry at the Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Studios, and Warner Bros. Studios, among others.

Antioch University serves more than 4,000 adult students around the world and across the country, online and at its five campuses in four states. Each campus offers degree programs that meet—and often anticipate—the pressing needs of its region and the wider world. The University is also home to the landmark PhD in Leadership and Change; Antioch Education Abroad, an exceptional opportunity of immersive service and study programs; and WYSO, a leading public radio affiliate and an essential source of global news and opinion.

The Santa Barbara campus is particularly distinguished with its unique undergraduate degree completion program in liberal studies and graduate master’s and doctoral programs in clinical psychology and education that integrate students’ academic experience and experiential learning. Additionally, students in all of AUSB’s programs can specialize in relevant and applied specialized concentrations.

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Antioch University is a nonprofit private 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Antioch University Santa Barbara is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit online. Antioch University Santa Barbara is located at 801 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93101. The phone number is (805) 962-8179.

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