Dr. Nancy S. Kaplan serves as Associate Provost for Academic Support Services and External Academic Partnerships at St. John’s University. She began her professional career at St. John’s in 1990, and among her portfolio of responsibilities, oversees the Student Development Program for student-athletes. Dr. Kaplan has been a member of the Graduate School of Education faculty as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, and serves in that same role for the College of Professional Studies teaching in the Sport Management program.
As a member of the Women’s Basketball team at St. John’s, Dr. Kaplan earned her B.S. degree from the College of Professional Studies in Sport Management. She later earned an M.B.A. from the Tobin College of Business, and a Professional Diploma and Ed.D. in Educational Administration from St. John’s University. She received a Certificate in Management Development from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and participated in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program.
Since 2003, Dr. Kaplan has served as a Peer Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Competitive Grant Funded Programs. She has reviewed hundreds of grants in more than 40 competitions.
Outside of her responsibilities at St. John’s, Dr. Kaplan has been a long-time advocate for social justice. She is a sought after speaker on issues of Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Bullying Prevention, Personal Branding and Violence Prevention. In addition to representing herself, Dr. Kaplan has represented a number of anti-bias organizations including the Anti-Defamation League and the Institute for Sport and Social Justice. She has worked with professional and collegiate athletes and leaders, K-12 children and teachers, corporations, and members of Law Enforcement.
Dr. Kaplan serves as a Board of Education Trustee for the Merrick Union Free School District and the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. She is a member of the Merrick Kiwanis Club and has coached basketball and baseball in her community. She is married to Lenny Kaplan, a 1988 graduate of St. John’s, and the current Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at NJIT. Together, they have two children, Michael and Joshua.
Instilling Positive Change: Examining the Diversity Environment in Intercollegiate Athletics
A diversity and inclusion discussion where we look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we need to go.