Savitri Dixson-Saxon, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Engagement, and Academic Performance

Walden University

Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon has been a higher education professional for over thirty years. She had a fourteen-year career in student affairs in the public universities of North Carolina before becoming an academic administrator in 2005. After a brief stint as Provost at Rasmussen University, where she served as the academic leader for 21 campuses and an online division, she returned to Walden University, her professional home for seventeen years. She currently serves as Vice-Provost for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Engagement, and Academic Performance, where she provides oversight for the Center for Social Change, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Student Progress and Success, the Office of Civic Engagement and Leadership, and the Interdisciplinary Research Lab. In her previous tenure at Walden, she was responsible for the Division of Healthcare Quality and Access which included the Colleges of Nursing, Social and Behavioral Health, and Allied Health, serving over 25,000 students in the nursing, psychology, and counseling verticals. She established three colleges, four schools and eleven academic programs and provided oversight for the accreditation of five counseling programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and accreditation of the Master of Social Work program and the Bachelor of Social Work program through the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE). Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her outstanding professional service and in 2013, she was including in Diversity Journal in their list of Women Worth Watching. Dr. Dixon-Saxon earned both her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass Communications and Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina; a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Walden University; and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University. Although she has been a higher education administrator and executive for the last 18 years, she continues to contribute to the counseling profession and, in 2022, she and three colleagues authored a text called Lifespan Development: Cultural and Contextual Applications for the Helping Professions.