Announcing Carla Walter, Provost


By Announcing Carla Walter, Provost

Published 2.2.17

 Presidio Graduate School Meets Challenges to a Sustainable Agenda Head On

Dr. Carla Walter, the School’s New Provost, Leads the Nation’s Top Sustainability Graduate School and its Alumni/ae in “Renewed Sustainability” for a Changing World

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 02 /CSRwire/ - Presidio Graduate School (PGS), known for its innovative Sustainable Management MBA, MPA and dual degree programs in San Francisco and Seattle, today announced its appointment of Dr. Carla Walter as the school’s new Provost. This appointment, as of January 17th, was made by current president and CEO Mark Schulman.

“We are very excited to have Carla join us to help take the school to the next level. In these changing political times, we need a bold leader who has the experience and fortitude to take measured risks and help us broaden our capacity, deepen our impact, and reach our full potential to benefit our students, and our world. One of the strengths that Carla brings to the organization is broadening of the definition of sustainability including infusing that concept with social justice.”
- Mark Schulman, President

“The board was very impressed with the inclusive selection process directed by president Schulman, and we are so pleased to have a highly-experienced and insightful leader with deep understanding of social justice and business responsibility join our leadership team. Carla brings a new degree of strategic thinking and professionalism, and her past work shows she has the vision to accentuate our strengths and solidify our top position in sustainability-focused higher education.  The board and I look forward to working with her to help PGS take full advantage of the growing sustainability movement and pursue a path of continued success for our students and alums.”
- Suzanne Farver, Board Chair

“I am delighted that Carla Walter has joined us as Provost. This new position for PGS represents the opportunity to build upon foundations at Seattle and San Francisco in MBA, MPA and Certificates in Sustainable Management. I am looking forward to the academic leadership and experience that Carla brings to ensure our future whole is greater than the sum of the existing parts.

-Saskia Feast, Chair of the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee.

“I am inspired by the Presidio Graduate School mission and will contribute to accomplishing its goals. I will continue to ensure the quality of our programs while we expand awareness and reach of our unique brand of education through online programs and other avenues for a diverse student population and corporate entities. Our excellent faculty and staff will work together to move us into  a position of continued excellence, which differentiates Presidio Graduate School as the best in class.”

- Carla Walter, Provost


About Carla Walter:

Carla Walter was most recently the Vice President of Administrative Services at Chabot College in Hayward, California. There she led approximately 200 members of faculty and staff at a school with over 10,000 students. Dr. Walter moved into this role after serving as Dean, School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where she directed all aspects of the academic and related programs.

Prior to her appointment at Chabot College, she served as Director, Arts Management Program, and Associate Professor of Marketing and Management at California Lutheran University. Earlier in her career, Dr. Walter was Associate Professor and MBA Program Director at Missouri Southern State University. Previously,  Dr. Walter held the distinction of Founder and Executive Director of West Coast Festival Ballet Theatre in Temecula, California. She incorporated this professional company from inception as a 501 c.3 not for profit enterprise. She recruited and led and then reported to the Board of Directors, comprised of business executives, arts council members, and community members.

Before embarking on a career in higher education, Dr. Walter served as Chief Operating Officer, at MBIA Muni Financial, Temecula, California. That firm was designated as an Inc. 500 firm, and then as a publicly-traded NYSE company, specializing in municipal finance infrastructure bonds in California, Nevada, and Virginia. In this externally facing position, reporting to the board and CEO, Dr. Walter held direct financial responsibility for oversight of top and bottom line profitability; budget planning and alignment for formation and alignment of bonded special assessment districts, and the required IRS arbitrage rebate and debt reporting, delinquency and foreclosure; and public policy and implementation, representing more than 120 municipalities and school districts as clients, for bond revenues exceeding $30 billion for infrastructure and facilities financing.

Dr. Walter has written and published multiple books, journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings publications. Her most recent text, Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach (Routledge 2015) provides a view of the nonprofit field that considers a wide array of topics confronting the culturepreneur, including cultural policy and social fundraising. In addition,  Dance, Consumerism, and Spirituality (Springer) was published in October 2014.


About Presidio Graduate School:

Presidio Graduate School (PGS) is more than a graduate school, we are a community of innovative, passionate, and committed change-makers who aim to leave the world a better place for future generations. We attract and nurture a diverse and dedicated student body, people looking for a practical, systematic way to take an active part in their government and the way business is conducted, in America and abroad. At PGS students gain the business and leadership skills to impact change and follow a career path with meaning.

PGS is an accredited, nonprofit founded in 2003, offering several unique degree programs — three MBAs, the only sustainable MPA, and the only Dual MBA/MPA — as well as several certificates, all taught with our systems-thinking methodology at the core. The premise we adhere to is that real change happens at the intersection between private enterprise and the public sector, and across commerce, and the common good.

Flexible, hybrid programs based in San Francisco and Seattle and online programs launching in fall of 2017, ensure that location and lifestyle aren’t an obstacle to pursuing a career with meaning. Rounded out by a weekly in-person Metro program, the full and part-time degrees, and certificate programs meet almost any needs. Join the movement, invest in yourself, and improve the world. Learn more about us, our mission, and our programs at or call us at 415-561-6555.

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