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

John Morrison
Chair of the Board 

Amy Goldman
Vice Chair of the Board 

Julie Sullivan, Ph.D.

Sara Gross Methner, J.D.

Mark D. Vangsgard

The Board of Trustees

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

The President

Julie Sullivan, Ph.D.

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

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

Fr. Larry Snyder
Vice President for Mission

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

Academic Affairs

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

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

Michael C. Jordan, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Robert Riley, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Michael Cogan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Institutional Planning and Decision Support

Dan Gjelten
Director, University Libraries

Edmund Clark
Vice President for Information Resources and Technologies

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

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

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

Stefanie Lenway, 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

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

Dan Meyer
Vice President for Enrollment Management

College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

Lisa Waldner, Ph. D.
Associate Dean

Heather Shirey, 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

Charles Musselman, Lt Col, USAF
Chair, Department of Aerospace Studies

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

Jayna Ditty, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biology

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

Gary Mabbott, 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

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

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

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

Bridget A. Duoos, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance

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

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

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

Derrin 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

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

Buffy Smith, 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

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

Amy Finnegan, Ph.D. (On Leave Fall 2015)
Director, Justice and Peace Studies Program

Gerald Schlabach, Ph.D.
Interim Director (fall 2015), Justice and Peace Studies Program

Kathleen Winters, 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

Susan Meyers, 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.
Associate Dean

Brian Reagan
Assistant Dean, Division of Executive and Professional Development

John E. McCall
Associate Dean and CFO

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

Joseph L. Kreitzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Andersson 
Associate Dean for Operations

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

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

David W. Jamieson, Ph.D.
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.

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

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

Dennis M. Hart, Ph.D.
Executive Director, International Education

Ann Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Development

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

Administrative Services

Sara Gross Methner
General Counsel

Michelle Thom
Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Mark Vangsgard
Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer

Doug E. Hennes
Vice President for University and Government Relations

Daniel L. Meyer
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

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

Margaret D. Cahill
Director, Campus Life

Diane Crist
Director, Career Development Center

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

Linda Baughman-Terry
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

Rebecca Swiler
Director, Child Development Center

Business Affairs

Mark Vangsgard
Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer

James Brummer
Interim Associate Vice President for Physical Facilities

Gerald M. Anderley
Interim 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

Thanos J. Zyngas
Director, Bernardi Campus, Rome

Information Resources and Technologies

Edmund Clark
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

Randy Titchner
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