Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has appointed two new administrators to join the university’s Academic Affairs Division beginning June 2006.

Kristine Brancolini has been named dean of university libraries and Margaret Kasimatis was named associate academic vice president for institutional effectiveness.

Brancolini brings to LMU more than 20 years of academic experience with extensive knowledge in the areas of library administration, academic research, digital library development and teaching, according to Ernest Rose, LMU’s academic vice president.

“Her impressive background makes her the ideal person to lead LMU’s Von der Ahe Library during this stage of growth and transition,” Rose said.

Before coming to LMU, Brancolini was the director of the Digital Library Program at Indiana University, where she completed her master’s degree in library science and did additional graduate coursework in education.

Video and multimedia collections and digital library education and development are the focus of many of her academic publications, according to LMU.

In her role as dean and as a member of the University Deans Council, Brancolini will be responsible for 40 staff members and a library collection of 470,000 volumes, 120 electronic databases, 3,000 print journal subscriptions, special collections and the University Archives.

Kasimatis also brings extensive academic experience to LMU.

She graduated from LMU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1985, and she received a master of science and doctorate in social personality psychology from Purdue University.

“As an alumna of LMU, I am very familiar with and value the mission of the university,” Kasimatis said.

Most recently, Kasimatis held the position of executive director of institutional research, assessment, and planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

In her new role at LMU, she will facilitate university planning, decision-making and policy information through collection, analysis and presentation of institutional data.

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