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Mayfield will maintain her role as Dean of the School of Education at the University

Dr. Kimberly Mayfield Named Holy Names University’s Vice President for External Relations and Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Kimberly Mayfield(Oakland, September 14, 2021) — Holy Names University (HNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kimberly Mayfield as Vice President for External Relations and Strategic Partnerships. In this new role at HNU, Mayfield will spearhead work to develop partnerships with elected officials and government offices, community-based organizations, businesses, and foundations that provide meaningful opportunities for students and employers while raising the profile of the University.

HNU’s president Mike Groener says, “We couldn’t have found a more capable leader in the areas of external relations and strategic partnerships than Dr. Mayfield. As an educator, administrator, and activist, she lives out our founding mission in her work every day and understands the importance of values-driven, authentic relationship building.”

Mayfield will convene and chair a new external relations committee at HNU that will be responsible for building strong, long-term external support for HNU and introducing the institution to new audiences.

Says Mayfield, “I truly look forward to revealing the greatness of Holy Names University to more community members by telling our story, revitalizing relationships, and revolutionizing education by cultivating vibrant, innovative experiences for students.”

Dr. Mayfield has a 30-year history with Holy Names University that began as a student in the University’s Multiple-Subject Credential program. After teaching in the Oakland Unified School District for 11 years and earning her Education Specialist Credential, Master of Education degree, and Doctorate in Learning and Instruction from USF, she returned to HNU to teach as an adjunct. She became a full-time professor in 2001 and Dean of the School of Education in 2017. In the summer of 2021, Dr. Mayfield was appointed as Vice President for External Relations and Strategic Partnerships in addition to her role as Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Mayfield’s research interests and activism include creating a permanent diverse teaching force and addressing the disproportionate over-representation of African American males in special education.


Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit