College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon is the Vice Provost for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. With a 27 year career in higher education, Savitri Dixon-Saxon has been an administrator at Walden since 2005. She started her career at Walden as the program director for the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and most recently served as the dean of the School of Counseling and the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services. In her time at Walden, she has provided oversight for the establishment of two schools; the establishment of eleven academic programs; and accreditation for five counseling programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational programs (CACREP), accreditation of the Master of Social Work program and candidacy for accreditation for the Bachelor of Social Work program through the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE).
Dr. Dixon-Saxon primary areas of interest are the psychosocial identity of African American women; intergenerational workplace dynamics; and leadership and mentoring in distance education. As a single and custodial parent herself, Dr. Dixon-Saxon has focused her research on the issues of African-American single mothers, especially those who are in poverty and those who are trying to achieve and maintain middle-class status as single parents. In 2013, Savitri was named a Woman Worth Watching by the Diversity Journal. Since January 2016, Savitri has served as the chair of Walden’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. A trained counselor educator, Savitri is a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina and national certified counselor. She is also a graduate of Walden’s Master of Business Administration program.