Organization & Personnel

The legal body that governs the university is the board of trustees. It is the final authority on setting our important policies, on the definition of major goals, and on the preservation of the academic mission. The financial health of the university is one of its chief responsibilities.

The board selects members who have demonstrated their understanding of the purpose of this institution, the commitment it has to higher education, and the unique contribution St. Thomas can make as a Catholic liberal arts university.

The chief executive officer of the university is the president. He is responsible to the board of trustees for the functioning of the university and the administration of its policies. He presides at the meetings of the university faculty, university faculty senate, and the academic council.

Under the direction of the governing board, the president of the university must make sure that adequate means exist for communication, decision-making, and governance.

The president delegates appropriate authority and responsibilities to the faculty, as described in the faculty organization plan, and to various members of the university administration, among them: the executive vice president/chief academic officer who is responsible for all academic units and academic support services; the executive vice president/chief administrative officer who is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the university including fundraising; the vice president for mission; the vice president/rector, responsible for the administration of the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity; the vice president for finance and administration; the vice president for student affairs; the vice president for information resources and technologies; and the vice president for university and government relations. 

The Corporation

Most Reverend Harry Flynn, D.D.
Chair of the Board 

Rev. Kevin McDonough
Vice Chair of the Board 

Julie Sullivan, Ph.D.

Susan L. Alexander, Ph.D.

Mark D. Vangsgard

The Board of Trustees

John N. Allen
Industrial Equities, LLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lee R. Anderson
APi Group, Inc.
New Brighton, Minnesota 

Raymond L. Barton
Chief Executive Office and Chairman
Great Clips, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Rodney P. Burwell
Chief Executive Officer
Burwell Enterprises, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Michael V. Ciresi
Partner & Chairman of the Executive Board
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Burton Cohen
Founding Publisher
MSP Communications
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rev. Dennis J. Dease, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota

Gail Dorn
Marketing and Community Relations Consultant
Target Corporation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Michael E. Dougherty
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dougherty Financial Group, L.L.C.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Andrew S. Duff
Chairman & CEO
Piper Jaffray
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sister Maureen A. Fay, O.P.
President Emerita
University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, Michigan

The Most Reverend Harry Flynn, D.D.
Archbishop Emeritus Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
St. Paul, Minnesota

Timothy P. Flynn
Retired Chairman
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ron L. Fowler
Chairman, President and CEO
Liquid Investments, Inc.
Del Mar, California

Eugene U. Frey
Wabash Management, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Geoffrey C. Gage
President and Owner
Geoffrey Carlson Gage
Wayzata, Minnesota

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, Michigan 

James P. Gearen
Executive Vice President
Zellar Realty Corporation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Amy R. Goldman
Chairman and Executive Director
GHR Foundation
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Mark W. Gregg
Managing Partner and President
The Penrose Group
Vienna, Virginia

Daniel J. Haggerty
Retired Chief Executive Officer
Norwest Venture Capital
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stephen J. Hemsley
President and Chief Executive Officer
UnitedHealth Group
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Kathleen J. Higgins Victor
Centera Corporation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thomas Madison
President and CEO
MLM Partners
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C.
President Emeritus
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana

Reverend John Malone
Vice President for Mission
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota

Mary G. Marso
Chief Executive Officer
Jeane Thorne Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rev. Kevin McDonough
Church of St. Peter Claver
St. Paul, Minnesota

Harry G. McNeely, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus
Meritex Enterprises and McNeely Foundation
St. Paul, Minnesota

Alvin E. McQuinn
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
QuinStar Investment Partners, LLC
Edina, Minnesota

John M. Morrison
Central Financial Services, Inc.
Golden Valley, Minnesota

The Honorable Diana E. Murphy
U.S. Circuit Judge
8th Circuit Court of Appeals
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stephen P. Nachtsheim
Non-Executive Chairman
Deluxe Corporation
Shoreview, Minnesota

John F. O’Shaughnessy, Jr.
Trustwater, USA
Edina, Minnesota

Ronald J. Peltier
Chairman & CEO
HomeServices of America, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Most Reverend Lee A. Piché
Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
St. Paul, Minnesota

William S. Reiling
Sunrise Community Banks
St. Paul, Minnesota

Patrick Ryan
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Richard M. Schulze
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Richfield, Minnesota

Hon. Marianne D. Short
Managing Partner
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Robert J. Ulrich
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frank B. Wilderson, Ph.D.
Wilderson and Associates
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ann L. Winblad
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
San Francisco, California

Mark Zesbaugh
President & CEO
Security Life Insurance Co.
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The President

Julie Sullivan, Ph.D.

Susan Alexander, Ph.D.
Executive Assistant to the President 

Susan Huber, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost

Fr. John Malone
Vice President for Mission

Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan
Rector/Vice President,
St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Academic Affairs

Susan J. Huber, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost

Jane W. Canney, Ed.D.
Vice President, Student Affairs

Michael C. Jordan, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Advisement

Joseph L. Kreitzer, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Michael Cogan, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Records & Institutional Effectiveness

Julie Gacnik
Director of Graduate Marketing Communications & Enrollment

Dan Gjelten
Director, University Libraries

Samuel J. Levy, Ph.D.
Vice President for Information Resources and Technologies

Lucy L. Payne, Ph.D.
Assessment and Accreditation Liaison Officer

Mary Reichardt, Ph.D.
Director of Online Education

Eleni Roulis, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Services & Special Programs

Terence Langan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Mark Salisbury, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

Robert Vischer, J.D.
Dean, School of Law

Christopher P. Puto, Ph.D.
Dean, Opus College of Business

Barbara W. Shank, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Social Work

Donald H. Weinkauf, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering

Don J. Briel, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Catholic Studies

Stephen D. Brookfield, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor

James Rogers, M.A.
Managing Director, Center for Irish Studies

Jan Viktora, Ed.D.
Director, Selim Center for Learning in Later Years

Bruce Gleason, Ph.D.
Director of International Education Center

College of Arts and Sciences

Terence G. Langan, Ph.D.
Dean and Al and Mary Agnes McQuinn Distinguished Chair 

Kristie E. Bunton, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

Victoria M. Young, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Art History

John F. Boyle, M.S.L., Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Catholic Studies

Catherine A. Craft-Fairchild, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in English

Douglas C. Orzolek, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Music Education

Thomas Zupancich, Lt. Col., USAF
Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies

Mark D. Stansbury-O’Donnell, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Art History

Timothy L. Lewis, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biology

Robert G. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Catholic Studies

Anthony Borgerding, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chemistry

Wendy N. Wyatt, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication and Journalism

Mark E. Werness, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Agapitos Papagapitos, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Economics

Andrew J. Scheiber, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English

David W. Kelley, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Geography

Kevin Theissen, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Geology

Peter F. Parilla, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance

Catherine A. Cory, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History

Patrick J. Van Fleet, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics

Donald Miller, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Matthew J. George, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music

Sandra L. Menssen, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Philosophy

Paul R. Ohmann, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Physics

Steven M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Political Science

Greg L. Robinson-Riegler, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Psychology

Lisa K. Waldner, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Bernard V. Brady, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theology

Heekyung Youn, Ph.D.
Director, Actuarial Science Program

Kanishka Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Director, American Culture and Difference Program

Justin J. Donato, Ph.D.
Director, Biochemistry Program

Lorina Quartarone, Ph.D.
Director, Classical Civilization Program

Thomas A. Hickson, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Science Program

Elise L. Amel, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Studies Program

Carol J. Bruess, Ph.D.
Director, Family Studies Program

Renee Buhr, Ph.D.
Director, International Studies Program

Gerald W. Schlabach, Ph.D.
Director, Justice and Peace Studies Program

Steve Hatting, Ph.D.
Director, Legal Studies Program

Andrew J. Scheiber, Ph.D.
Donald Miller, Ph.D.
Directors, Literary Studies Program

Kurt Illig, Ph.D.
Director, Neuroscience Program

Arkady Shemyakin, Ph.D.
Director, Statistics Program

Angela High-Pippert, Ph.D.
Director, Women’s Studies Program

Opus College of Business

Christopher P. Puto, Ph.D.
Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair

Michael J. Garrison, J.D.
Associate Dean

Brian Reagan
Assistant Dean, Division of Executive and Professional Development

John E. McCall
Associate Dean and CFO

William G. Woodson
Assistant Dean, MBA Programs

Georgia S. Fisher
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs

P. Jane Saly, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Accounting

John R. Olson, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Laura C. Dunham, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship

Dawn Elm, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Ethics and Business Law

Lalith P. Samarakoon, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Finance

Patricia R. Hedberg, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Management

James E. Heyman, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Marketing

Kristine M. Sharockman
Director, M.S. in Accountancy Program

Jamal Al-Khatib, Ph.D.
Director, Small Business Institute

St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan
Rector/Vice President 

Christopher J. Thompson, Ph.D.
Academic Dean

College of Education, Leadership & Counseling

Mark Salisbury, Ph.D.

David P. Rigoni, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Operations

Dr. Susan E. Andersson
Director of Accreditation and Assessment

Christopher S. Vye, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Donald R. LaMagdeleine, Ph.D.
Chair, Leadership, Policy and Administration

Dr. David W. Jamieson
Chair, Department of Organization Learning and Development

Terri L. Vandercook, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Special Education and Gifted Education

Dr. Jan L.H. Frank, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Teacher Education

Tim Balke, Ph.D.
Director of M.A. Program, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Salina Renninger, Ph.D.
Director of Training, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

School of Engineering

Donald Weinkauf, Ph.D.

School of Law

Robert Vischer, J.D.
Interim Dean

Joel Nichols, J.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Nora B. Fitzpatrick
Senior Assistant Dean for Administration

School of Social Work

Barbara W. Shank, Ph.D.

Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D.
BSW Program Director, Undergraduate Programs

Carol Kuechler, Ph.D.
MSW Program Director, Graduate Programs

Mary E. H. Paulson, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Assistant Dean of Admission, Recruitment and Marketing

Graduate Programs in Software

Bhabani Misra, Ph.D.

Academic Support Services

Susan M. Anderson
Director, Academic Counseling

Kimberly J. Schumann
Director, Enhancement Program – Disability Services

David F. Moore
Director, Academic Support Center

Paul M. Simmons
University Registrar

Bruce Gleason, Ph.D.
Interim Director, International Education

Ann Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Development

David F. Steele, Ph.D.
Director, Grants and Research Office

Administrative Services

Linda C. Halverson, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Administration

Sara Gross Methner
General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark Vangsgard
Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer

Doug E. Hennes
Vice President for University and Government Relations

Marla J. Friederichs
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services

Joe Plante
Interim Executive Director of Development

Rachel A. Wobschall, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations

Kristine M. Aasheim
Executive Director, Institutional Advancement 

Student Affairs

Jane W. Canney, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

JoAnn Andregg
Associate Director, Athletics

Margaret D. Cahill
Director, Campus Life

Diane Crist
Director, Career Development Center

Denise M. Dieffenbach
Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion Services

Steven J. Fritz
Director, Athletics

Rachel L. Harris
Director, Strategic Student Initiatives

Sr. Sharon M. Howell
Assistant Dean of Students/Parent Liaison

Lori B. Friedman
Director,International Student Services

Karen M. Lange
Dean of Students

Aaron M. Macke, Ed.D.
Director, Residence Life

Madonna K. McDermott
Director, Student Health Services and Wellness Center

Gerldine M. Rockett, Ph.D., L.P.
Director, Counseling and Psychology Services

Mary Ann Ryan, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Vanessa L. Ryan
Director, Anderson Student Center

James E. Sachs
Assistant Dean of Students/Judicial Affairs

Vernon H. Klobassa
Director, Student Engagement

Victoria A. Svoboda, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Students

Rebecca Swiler
Director, Child Development Center

Business Affairs

Mark Vangsgard
Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer

Gerald M. Anderley
Associate Vice President for Physical Facilities

Bruce Van den Berghe
Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services

Gary L. Thyen
Associate Vice President and Controller

Carol Peterfeso
Chief Treasury and Investment Officer

Karen M. Harthorn
Associate Vice President, Purchasing and Payables

Pamela L. Peterson
Director, Business Office

Matthew Rutigliano
Executive Director, Gainey Conference Center

Thanos J. Zyngas
Director, Bernardi Campus, Rome

Information Resources and Technologies

Samuel J. Levy, Ed.D.
Vice President for Information Resources and Technologies

Jennifer C. Haas
Director, Client Services

Dan R. Gjelten
Director, University Libraries

Christopher S. Gregg
Director, Information Technology

Paul D. Kozak
Director, Budgets, Acquisition & Inventory

Dave L. Naugle
Director, Telecommunication and Network

University Relations

Doug E. Hennes
Vice President for University and Government Relations

Jim Winterer
Director, News Service

Greg Hendricks
Director, Alumni Association

William V. Kirchgessner
Executive Director, Marketing Communications

John Hershey
Director, Neighborhood Relations