Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD is Villanova University’s first Provost. As Provost, Dr. Maggitti serves as the number two officer of the University and its Chief Academic Officer, leads the University’s overall strategic efforts, and has oversight of the academic enterprise including six colleges and academic areas such as Faculty, Graduate and Undergraduate Research, Falvey Memorial Library, the Career Center, the Honors Program, Enrollment Management, and Planning and Institutional Research.
During his time as Provost, Dr. Maggitti led Villanova’s move from a regional master’s to a national doctoral-granting institution including the University’s ranking as a top-50 National University by U.S. News. He led the process for the University’s recently approved strategic plan and has been a central figure in the University’s general, budgetary and fundraising activities. Dr. Maggitti also serves as the founding and inaugural chair of the BIG EAST Conference Provosts' Group.
Dr. Maggitti previously served as the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business, spearheading its 2015 ranking as the #1 undergraduate business school in the U.S. by BloombergBusinessweek. A faculty member at the University since 2008, he holds the rank of Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and is the founder and former Carmen and Sharon Danella Director of the Villanova Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center).
A widely recognized scholar in entrepreneurship and strategic management, Dr. Maggitti has authored numerous publications for premier journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Management Studies and the Academy of Management Journal, widely considered the field’s most elite research publication. He is also cited and published in numerous popular media outlets. His research interests focus on two areas: The dynamic nature of competition between organizations; and the manner in which executive and top manager’s characteristics, processes and behaviors influence strategic decision-making, innovation, creative problem-solving, and financial performance.
Prior to academia, Dr. Maggitti spent nearly 15 years in the steel and mining industries, where he founded two successful companies and held a variety of roles, including chief executive officer, director of national sales, and board member. He has also consulted with a variety of organizations on various facets of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Dr. Maggitti received a BS in Chemistry from Saint Joseph’s University; an MBA with high honors from the Johns Hopkins University; and a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Maryland.