Donna Cook, Ph.D. '81

After working in the field of medical technology, Dr. Donna M. Cook followed her love of education to a career in higher education administration.

Donna Cook

1981 UMass Dartmouth, B.S., Medical Technology

2008 Salve Regina University, M.S., Management

2011 Johnson and Wales University, Ph.D., Education (Higher Education Leadership)

After working in the field of medical technology, Dr. Donna M. Cook followed her love of education to a career in higher education administration.

Cook received a Bachelor of Science in medical technology in 1981. After graduation and passing the ASCP certification exam, she worked at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA, until 1990. She began her career in education as a middle school science teacher in 1998 in Fall River, MA, at Notre Dame School and James Madison Morton Middle School, and later at St. Margaret School in Rumford, RI, until 2007.

Cook worked at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI in the Office of Academic Affairs while pursuing a Master of Science in management there. She furthered her career as an educator further at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI, where she earned a doctor of Education, concentrating in higher education leadership. Her dissertation was on “Mentoring Junior Faculty for Mission at a Private University in the Northeast.” She is currently associate provost at Salve Regina University.

Donna’s two children, Nicole and Jesse, are also alumni of UMass Dartmouth, both graduating in 2012 with degrees in graphic design and marketing, respectively. She lives in New Bedford, MA, with her husband, Jesse, and their children. 


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