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. She is responsible to the board of trustees for the functioning of the university and the administration of its policies. She 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 provost who is responsible for all academic units and academic support services and the day-to-day administrative operations of the university; 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 enrollment, 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

Patrick G. Ryan
Chair of the Board 

Amy R. Goldman
Vice Chair of the Board 

Julie H. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Sara Gross Methner, J.D.

Mark D. Vangsgard


The Board of Trustees

Please visit the Board of Trustees website for the most current listing of Board members.


The President

Julie Sullivan, Ph.D.

Karen Hennes
Executive Assistant to the President 

Richard G. Plumb, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost

Fr. Larry J. Snyder
Vice President for Mission

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


Office of the Provost

Richard G. Plumb, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost

Karen M. Lange, Ed.D.
Vice President, Student Affairs

Wendy N. Wyatt, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Robert J. Riley, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Dan Gjelten
Director, University Libraries

Edmund U. Clark
Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology Services

Yohuru R. Williams, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Joseph L. Kreitzer, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

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

Stefanie A, Lenway, Ph.D.
Dean, Opus College of Business

Corrine Cavalho, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Social Work

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

Camille M. George, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Global and Local Engagement

Allan Cotrone
Vice President for Enrollment Management


College of Arts and Sciences

Yohuru R. Williams, Ph.D.
Dean and Al and Mary Agnes McQuinn Distinguished Chair 

Jayna L. Ditty, Ph. D.
Associate Dean

Mark D. Stansbury-O'Donnell, Ph. D.
Associate Dean

Lisa Waldner, Ph. D.
Associate Dean

Heather  M.Shirey, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Art History

Erika Kidd, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in Catholic Studies

Alexis Easley, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Program in English

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

Mark Madaus, Lt Col, USAF
Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies

Victoria M. Young, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Art History

Kurt R. Illig, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biology

John F. Boyle, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Catholic Studies

Tom Marsh, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chemistry

Bruce Gleason, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication and Journalism

Erin M. Curran, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Monica Hartmann, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Economics

Amy M. Muse, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English

David W. Kelley, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Thomas Hickson, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Geology

Jill Manske, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance

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

Amy C. Finnegan, Ph.D.
Chair, Justice and Peace Studies

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

Derrin R. Pinto, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Modern and Classical Languages

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

W. Matthews Grant, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Philosophy

Martin E. Johnston, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Physics

Angela High Pippert, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Political Science

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

Tanya Gladney, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

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

Michal Axtell, Ph.D.
Director, Actuarial Science Program

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

Amy S. Verhoeven, Ph.D.
Director, Biochemistry Program

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

Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Science Program

Allison Jessee, Ph.D.
Director, Family Studies Program

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

Kathleen H. Winters, Ph.D.
Director, Legal Studies Program

Amy M. Muse, Ph.D.
Derrin R. Pinto, Ph.D.
Directors, Literary Studies Program

Kurt Illig, Ph.D.
Director, Neuroscience Program

Erin Curran, Ph.D.
Director, Statistics Program

Susan E. Myers, Ph.D.
Director, Women’s Studies Program


Opus College of Business

Stefanie Lenway, Ph.D.
Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair

Michael J. Garrison, J.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Scholarship

Carleen Kerttula
Associate Dean, Programs and Innovation

Georgia S. Fisher
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Brian Abraham
Associate Dean, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Richard Sathe, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Accounting

Debasish N. Mallick, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management

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

Katherina Glac Pattit, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Ethics and Business Law

Kathy L. Combs, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Finance

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

Richard J. Rexeisen, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Marketing

Kristine M. DeVinck
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 


College of Education, Leadership & Counseling

Joseph L. Kreitzer, Ph.D.

Lucy L. Payne, Ph.D.
Associate Academic Dean

Christopher S. Vye, Ph.D.
Chair, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Jayne K. Sommers, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership

Chair, Department of Leadership

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

Robert J. Nistler, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Teacher Education


School of Engineering

Donald Weinkauf, Ph.D.

Camille George, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

Kundan Nepal, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

John E. Wentz, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Dougherty Family College

Alvin Abraham, M.Ed.
Dean & Executive Officer

Buffy Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academics

W. Doug Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students

Kris Donnelly
Corporate Internship Program Director


School of Law

Robert Vischer, J.D.

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


School of Social Work

Corrine Carvalho, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, 2017-2018

Katharine Hill, Ph.D.
BSW Program Director

Kari Fletcher, Ph.D.
MSW Program Director

Catherine L. Marrs Fuchsel, Ph.D.
DSW Program Director


Graduate Programs in Software

Bhabani Misra, Ph.D.


Academic Support Services

Susan M. Anderson
Director, Academic Counseling

Kimberly J. Schumann
Director, Disability Resources

Karen Julian
Associate Vice President, Student Data and Registrar

Kris Wammer, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Development

Mary Reichardt, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Grants and Writing


Administrative Services

Sara Gross Methner
General Counsel

Michelle Thom
Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Mark Vangsgard
Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer

Allan Cotrone
Vice President for Enrollment Services


Student Affairs

Karen Lange, Ed. D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Margaret D. Cahill
Director, Campus Life

Linda M. Sloan
Director, Career Development Center

Rachel L. Harris
Director, Finance and Planning

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

Lori B. Friedman
Director, International Students and Scholars

Linda Baughman
Dean of Students

Aaron M. Macke, Ed.D.
Director, Residence Life/Associate Dean of Students

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

Steven T. Maurer, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling and Psychology Services

Danielle Hermanny
Title IX Coordinator

David J. Lemon
Director, Anderson Student Center

Jesse J. Langer
Assistant Dean of Students/Judicial Affairs

Vernon H. Klobassa
Director, Communication and Training

Rebecca Swiler
Director, Child Development Center

Josh A. Hengemuhle
Assistant Dean for Orientation and Retention

Patricia Conde-Brooks
Executive Director for Campus Inclusion and Diversity

Tonia Jones Peterson
Director, Retention and Student Success


Business Affairs

Mark Vangsgard
Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer

James Brummer
Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

Pamela L. Peterson
Director, Dining Services

Melissa Pelland
Associate Vice President, Finance and Controller

Carol Peterfeso
Chief Treasury and Investment Officer

Karen M. Harthorn
Associate Vice President, Procurement Services

Stephanie Carlson
Interim Director, Business Office

Thanos J. Zyngas
Director, Bernardi Campus, Rome


Information Resources and Technologies

Edmund Clark
Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Technology Services

Jennifer C. Haas
Associate Vice Presedent for Service Delivery & Operations

Christopher S. Gregg
Associate Vice President for Information Security & Risk Assessment

Brett A. Coup
Associate Vice President for Academic Technology


University Relations

Doug E. Hennes
Vice President, Government Relations and Special Projects