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Mission & Leadership

Paving the way for adult learners

We exist to provide you with a way to achieve your dream. Through our innovative online programs, we’re continually reshaping higher education for working adults like you.

University mission

The mission of Capella University is to extend access to high-quality bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral, and certificate programs for adults who seek to maximize their personal and professional potential. This mission is fulfilled through innovative programs that are responsive to the needs of adult learners and involve active, engaging, challenging, and relevant learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery modes.

Educational philosophy

At Capella University, we believe education transforms people’s lives and society—immediately and permanently. The innovative, intentionally designed competency-based education we offer enables adult learners to meet challenges in their careers, lead and make new contributions in their disciplines, and reach their professional and personal goals. Our educational pathways respect existing expertise and allow learners to focus on what is essential as they gain new competencies and expand on those they already have. The credentials they earn are signs of the professional relevancy, quality, and immediate applicability of their educational experience at Capella University and help to create new opportunities in the future. As partners in their education, we proudly serve the lifelong learning ambitions that allow our learners, alumni, their many communities, and our broader society to thrive.

Diversity and inclusion statement

Capella University believes that a diverse learning community is vital to achieving our mission of extending access to higher education. We believe that attracting, engaging, and supporting diverse learners, faculty, and staff strengthens our university. Capella values human potential and is committed to being an inclusive and culturally competent institution. Capella strives to promote equity within and beyond our community through intentional actions and the transformative exchange of ideas.

Administration

Richard Senese, PhD, LP

Capella University President

Dr. Richard (Dick) Senese serves as the Capella University President and Chief Academic Officer for Capella University. Prior to returning to Capella in 2014, Dr. Senese served in leadership roles with the University of Minnesota Extension for 13 years. He most recently served as the Extension's Senior Associate Dean, where he oversaw research, program evaluation, international partnerships, and faculty development, among other responsibilities. Prior to his promotion to Senior Associate Dean, he served as the founding Associate Dean for the Center for Community Vitality. He has taught at a number of Minnesota-based institutions, including St. Olaf College, Metropolitan State University, and the College of St. Scholastica, and served previously as the Associate Dean for Capella University's Harold Abel School of Psychology.

Dr. Senese received his PhD from the University of Minnesota through the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program with the Department of Educational Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist and active in community affairs in his native Minnesota.

Andrew Watt, BS

Senior Vice President of Post-Secondary Education

Andy Watt became Senior Vice President of Post-Secondary Education in 2016. Since joining Capella in 2002, Andy has held a variety of leadership positions across the University, including roles in operations, finance, analytics and our markets & products team. Most recently, Andy was the Vice President Colleges and University Operations and Chief Operations Officer. Prior to that, Andy was the Vice President and General Manager for the College of Business, Technology and Undergraduate Studies, where he led a team of Deans, Market Directors, and Enrollment and Advising leaders to develop and deliver high quality, highly differentiated programs for our learners. Before joining Capella, Andy worked in transaction advisory services at both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP. Watt graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting.

Jennifer Dixson Hoff, MS

Vice President and General Manager, College of Nursing, Health, and Behavioral Sciences

Jennifer currently serves as the Vice President and General Manager of the College of Nursing, Health, and Behavioral Sciences at Capella University where she provides executive direction over the execution and growth of a spectrum of academic programs spanning five professional disciplines. She joined Capella in 2011 as the Market Lead for the School of Public Service Leadership. In 2014, she led the development and launch of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and served as its Vice President and General Manager.  In 2017, the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences were aligned into a single business unit forming the College of Nursing, Health, and Behavioral Sciences under Jennifer’s leadership.  Jennifer’s prior work experience includes management positions at Target.com, Coach Leatherware and the Department Store Division of Dayton Hudson Corporation.  She holds a BA in business administration/financial management from the University of St. Thomas and graduated with distinction with a MS in Leadership, from Capella University.

Jennifer is passionate about developing a new generation of leaders. In 2016 she was selected by the Women’s Health Leadership Trust as one of 30 executives to coach and develop high potential women leaders within the Twin Cities healthcare community. In addition, she is a member of the board of Bloom Early Learning, which focuses on closing the access and disparity gap in learning, for under privileged children. In February 2017 she assumed the Vice-Chair role for the Bloom Board. Additionally in 2017, Jennifer was named as one of 50 honorees for the Women in Business award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Mani Ratnam, MBA

Vice President, Experiences and Initiatives 

Mani Ratnam serves as Vice President, Experience and Initiatives. Mani is responsible for vision and strategy for customer experience and also leads initiatives across the enterprise to implement this vision. Previously, Mani led Capella’s Learner Success Program that consistently improved early cohort persistence for over 5 years. Mani has over 30 years of experience in various business and technology functions including product management, software engineering, business operations and service delivery. Prior to Capella, Mani spent over 15 years at Carlson Companies Inc. in senior technology and operations roles. At Carlson Wagonlit Travel as vice president Global Traveler and Transaction Services, Mani was responsible for strategic initiatives aimed at improving the global operations capabilities. Prior to this, as vice president and CIO for E2 Solutions, Mani launched a new line of business for Travel & Expense Management for US Federal Government agencies and led the day-to-day operations for the startup. Mani earned his MBA from University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a BS in Statistics from Mumbai University, India.

Constance St. Germain, EdD, JD

Provost & VP, Academic Affairs

Constance St. Germain, Ed.D., J.D. joined Capella University in 2017 as its Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 2109 she was appointed as Provost where she is responsible for leading the University in achieving superior outcomes and impact. In her position, St. Germain provides leadership, in collaboration with other university stakeholders, on all aspects related to accreditation, faculty affairs, institutional policy, curriculum & programs, academic success and assessment.

Prior to joining Capella, she was the Executive Dean for the College of Humanities & Sciences at University of Phoenix, where she had strategic, operational and P&L responsibility for faculty, students and ground campuses across the country and online. While there, St. Germain positioned the college as an incubator for continued growth and development to transform students into socially aware, critically thinking global citizens.

In addition to her academic career, St. Germain is a U.S. Army veteran, where she served as a major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While on active duty, she held assignments as an attorney at military posts including the 82D Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps Fort Bragg, NC.

St. Germain has authored numerous articles, presented at national conferences and served as an expert in the media on a wide range of issues facing both the workforce and higher education related to leadership, gender equality, mental health, food security, student outcomes, humanities study, and the law.

She received her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University; her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Baltimore School of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from George Mason University. She is admitted to practice as an attorney in Vermont, Virginia and Maryland, as well as several federal courts. St. Germain’s research focus is on women and leadership.

Tonia Teasley, JD

Vice President, University Operations

Tonia serves as Vice President, University Operations.  In that role, she is responsible for a team that creates transformative solutions that scale across Capella University to deliver increased learner achievement, improved return on investment for learners and their employers, and increased productivity. Prior to taking on this role, she was Capella’s Vice President of Learner Services and Operations before moving into a role as Vice President & General Manager, College of Business, Technology, Education and Public Service Leadership. She came to Capella from Thomson Reuters, where she ran a department that was responsible for online learning for customers and for training and development of the national sales team. Prior to that, she spent most of her career in large law firms both as a practicing attorney and then as Executive Director and Managing Partner of a firm in Minneapolis.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from St. Olaf College.

Deans

Christy Davidson, DNP, RNC-OB

Associate Dean and Director of Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Christy Davidson has been a nursing professional for over 20 years beginning as a staff nurse in Labor and Delivery, then growing in leadership as a Women’s Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, nurse manager of a Pediatric/Medical Surgical Unit, and as nursing faculty. Christy received her BSN and MSN from the University of Mobile, in Mobile, Alabama. She received her DNP from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. After several years as a core nursing faculty member, Christy is currently the Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Director of Nursing at Capella. Christy holds several scholarly presentations to her credit, is a member of STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International), was a 2012 DAISY Faculty Award winner, a 2016 LANP (Leadership for Academic Nursing Program) Fellow, and currently serves as a CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) site evaluator and team leader.

Genevieve Feliu, MA

Dean, Division of Arts & Sciences and Academic Success

Genevieve Feliu is the Dean of the Division of Arts & Sciences and Academic Success. Genevieve began her foray in the higher education industry in 2002, joining the local community college faculty as a full-time sociology instructor for several years. She has since taught at a number of community colleges, in several instances as one of the first groups of instructors exploring and implementing online learning. By 2005, Genevieve identified the opportunity for rapid prototyping and platform growth in the for-profit industry and joined the faculty of 3 national, exclusively online institutions. She joined Capella in 2007 as an adjunct faculty member and has served as Faculty Chair for General Education from 2009-2014. Genevieve holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Charlyn Hilliman, PhD, MPA

Dean, School of Public Service Leadership

Dr. Charlyn Hilliman serves as the dean for Capella University’s School of Public Service Leadership. Dr. Hilliman has worked for the university since 2006, having served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and as a scientific merit reviewer; a residency instructor; a subject matter expert in research, criminal justice, and public administration; and the comprehensive examination lead. Most recently Dr. Hilliman served as the faculty chair for the Capella University’s public administration degree programs. Dr. Hilliman also spent her career in health care information technology leadership at Columbia University and Florida International University, and has worked as a director of community programs evaluations and policy initiatives for the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Hilliman holds both a PhD and Master of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Anna Hultquist, PhD

Dean of Counseling, and Human Behavior, Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Anna Hultquist was appointed dean for the counseling and human behavior department in the Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2012. Previously, Dr. Hultquist served as associate dean for the department of counseling and human behavior since 2008.  Dr. Hultquist’s educational background includes a PhD in adult education from the University of Connecticut, a MS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences from Framingham State University.  Current studies include doctoral work in Business Administration.

Dr. Hultquist has over 25 years of experience in higher education serving in the fields of counselor education, human services, and human behavior. Dr. Hultquist has held positions as faculty, program director, associate dean and dean in several institutions.  Additionally, Dr. Hultquist is a licensed family therapist, nationally approved clinical supervisor who created two community-based counseling centers where she served as executive director and clinical supervisor. Service to the profession has included professional licensure initiatives, appointment to the Oregon State Board for Professional Counselors and Therapists, membership on community boards, Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Counselor, and numerous conference presentations and professional articles.

Melissa McIntyre, PhD

Associate Dean, School of Education

Dr. McIntyre joined Capella in 2004 as an adjunct faculty member. Since then she has served as a core faculty, EdS colloquia lead, P12 first course lead, and specialization lead. More recently, she served as faculty chair for P-12 Leadership programs. Prior to joining Capella, she worked as a teacher, administrator, and recruiter in public schools and a as consultant supporting low performing schools in urban school systems.

She earned her PhD in Elementary and Secondary Education Administration from Capella University, her MS in Organizational Management and MEd in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, and her BS in Social Studies Education from the University of Central Texas.

Lisa McKenna, PhD, LPC-S

Assistant Dean, Counseling and Human Behavior, Harold Abel School of Counseling and Human Services - Counseling Education Unit

Dr. McKenna began teaching in the Counseling Education Unit at Capella University in 2007 as an adjunct instructor, and became core faculty in 2010.  She served as the faculty chair for the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision programs from 2013 to 2017.

Dr. McKenna has published articles in the Journal of Aging, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and Aging and Mental Health, and has presented at professional conferences including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Gerontological Society of America, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Society for Research on Adolescence, Society for Research on Human Development, and the National Institute for General Medical Sciences. She has worked as a counselor in the Youth and Family Development Program and the Psychological Services and Counseling Center at Florida International University, the Student Counseling Center at Nova Southeastern University, and in private practice.  She is a licensed professional counselor and board-approved clinical supervisor in the state of Texas.

Dr. McKenna earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology, her MS in Counseling Psychology, and her BS in Psychology from Florida International University.

Elizabeth Riley, PhD

Dean, Harold Abel School of Psychology

Dr. Riley has served as faculty at a number of universities and was chair of the General Psychology and Addiction Psychology programs at Capella University for several years before becoming research chair for the Psychology department, and later academic director of Doctoral Affairs. Before returning to Capella to assume her role as dean, Dr. Riley served as vice president of instruction at a nursing and allied health sciences university, where she functioned as the provost and chief academic officer.

In addition to her research and higher education consulting work, Dr. Riley is an avid supporter of the arts and serves on the Board of Directors of Angels Gate Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Riley he earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology and her MA in General Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Music from Chapman University.

Bridget Roberts, DNP

Interim Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Bridget Roberts has been with Capella since 2014 and has served in adjunct, part time, and core faculty roles. She was the Chair of Undergraduate Nursing before assuming her current position. She has been a nursing professional for 20 years and has served in clinical roles in medical-surgical nursing, telemetry, oncology, and ambulatory care. She also has served quality improvement roles. Beginning her nursing education career by serving as a clinical instructor, she eventually served as an associate professor at a state university where she led various committees on the department and school levels before coming to Capella.

Dr Roberts holds several scholarly articles and presentations to her credit, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and American Nurses Association. She has been a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing since 2011.

Dr. Roberts earned her DNP, MSN, and BSN from Eastern Kentucky University.

Jennifer Straub, PhD

Assistant Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Straub is the Assistant Dean for the Division of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Straub received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Neuroscience Research from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2004. She then pursued her Post-Doctoral Studies in Neuroscience and Cancer Biology at the University of Vermont, where she researched the genetic etiology of the pediatric cancer Neuroblastoma. As a graduate and post-doctoral student, she was selected to speak at several conferences for her research, including the Keystone Symposia and Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Conference. Dr. Straub’s experiences in higher education include teaching both undergraduate and graduate studies, including the graduate Molecular Neurobiology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and undergraduate Health Sciences, Biology, and Liberal Arts/General Education courses at Eastern Connecticut State University, Johnson State College, Kaplan University, and the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Straub has been with Capella University since 2010; prior to becoming an Assistant Dean at Capella, she taught undergraduate learners in the field of Biology, and served as Chair of General Education and the Division of Arts and Sciences. In her leadership roles, Dr. Straub has led several university-wide projects, including a remote, undergraduate faculty conference. She currently serves as the remote co-chair for Capella’s 2017-18 Together for Good Campaign, our annual employee giving campaign.

Board of Directors

Mark Brown, MBA

Mark joined the board in 2018. Mark is a former chief financial officer at Strayer Education, Inc. Before that role, he was most chief financial officer of The Kantar Group, the information and consultancy division of WPP Group, the multi-national communications services company. Prior to that, for nearly 12 years Mark held a variety of management positions at PepsiCo Inc. including director of corporate planning for Pepsi Bottling Group and business unit chief financial officer for Pepsi-Cola International. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Adrian Butler, DM

Adrian Butler is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, DineEquity, Inc. In his role as Chief Information Officer (CIO), Adrian is responsible for Information Technology (IT) transformation and strategy, innovation, and technology delivery as well as building and enhancing the organization’s digital, mobile, social-media and data capabilities focused on growing the business and enhancing the guest experience.

Adrian joined DineEquity in August 2015 with more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience in IT. Most recently, Adrian was Vice President in the Technology Services division of Target Corporation. He started his IT career serving as an officer in the United States Air Force, leaving as a Captain.

Following his Air Force career, Adrian has had experience in IT across several industries including financial services/insurance, hospitality and retail.

Throughout his career, Adrian has been recognized for outstanding leadership and performance, and was awarded Officer of the Year honors at both the organizational and Air Force base level, as well as various organizational and industry awards once his military career ended, including being named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld magazine.

Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Grambling State University, a master’s degree from Embry Riddle University, and a doctorate degree from University of Maryland. Adrian and his wife have three children and reside in the Los Angeles metro area.

Frank Hughley, MS CISSP

Hughey serves as the learner representative for the Capella University Board of Directors and is an Information Technology doctoral candidate in the School of Business and Technology, with an emphasis in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. Currently, while completing his dissertation, Hughey works for the MITRE Corporation where he is a principal cybersecurity engineer supporting Air Force space missions. He is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Hughey holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Regis University.

Eric Jolly, PhD

President and CEA, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations

Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., joined Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations in 2015 after 10 years as president of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Before that, Jolly served as vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts. His career began with successive academic roles in several colleges and universities, including professor, dean, assistant chancellor, and director for Affirmative Action and Diversity. Jolly serves on a number of local and national boards, including the Bush Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Widely recognized for his work with communities and policy makers, he has published articles and books and has lectured around the world about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.

Jolly has a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in psychometrics from the University of Oklahoma.

Christopher King, PhD

Christopher J. King is a healthcare executive, educator, researcher and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As a senior fellow of the American Hospital Association’s educational affiliate, Health Research & Educational Trust, Christopher’s research and scholarship advances how health systems are organized, delivered and financed to promote health equity and improve the health of the nation.

As an associate professor and director of the Georgetown University graduate program in health systems administration, Christopher is an academic administrator and strategist. To advance policy and practice at the intersection of medical care, public health, and systemic racism, Christopher lectures at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.

In his former roles, Christopher served as the first Assistant Vice President of Community for a $5B not-for-profit healthcare system in the mid-Atlantic. In this capacity, he advanced the system’s capacity to promote health and better align with health reform priorities and emerging payment models. As Director of Programs for a Federally Qualified Health Center in southern Maryland, Christopher managed a Women, Infants and Children’s Program, Ryan White HIV Services, and specialty care referral contracts. As Chairman of the Board for the Consumer Health Foundation, his leadership was instrumental in shifting a philanthropic strategy from access to racial equity and economic justice as a means of improving the health of historically marginalized populations.

Christopher’s investigations and thought leadership have been published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Medical Quality. Most recently, his epidemiological investigation on health disparities in the nation’s capital served as a cue to action for policymakers and cross-sectoral stakeholders.

Christopher is board certified in healthcare management. He received his PhD in Health Services Administration with a focus on vulnerable populations from the University of Maryland College Park. He has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the region’s most influential leaders.

Rena Palloff, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Palloff is lead core faculty and mentor lead in the Doctor of Social Work program at Capella University, and she was appointed as faculty representative to the Board in August 2018.  She has worked for Capella in adjunct, part-time, and core positions since 2001. She has served on the President’s Advisory Council, the Faculty Review Panel, and the Curriculum Committee for the School of Public Service Leadership. She has also served as a subject matter expert in the development of numerous courses at Capella and the residency experience for capstone and doctoral learners.

Dr. Palloff has consulted extensively in health care, academic settings, juvenile justice, and addiction treatment for well over 20 years and has also taught in higher education for over 20 years.  She has written eight books on the topic of online distance education, three of which have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish, and is considered a pioneer in that area.  She has been presenting this work across the United States and internationally since 1994 as well as consulting to academic institutions regarding the development of effective distance learning programs.  She is the 2012 winner of the Richard Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.

Dr. Palloff earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Lori Riley, MBA

Lori Riley joined the EVine as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for Human Resources, Facilities and Loss Prevention in December 2016. Most recently, Ms. Riley served as Vice President Human Capital at UnitedHealth Group where she accelerated the company’s talent analytics strategy, drove innovative HR operations to scale with global growth, reinvigorated the diversity & inclusion strategy and established a values-based, positive culture with strong customer service focus. Previous to that, she spent 15 years at Target Corporation in numerous Human Resource positions, including Human Resources Manager, Director of Compensation, Human Resources Director, Vice President Human Resources Operations, and Vice President Target Technology Service, Corporate Systems. Ms. Riley serves as an advisory group member of Pacer Center helping children and families with special-needs. She is also a member of the board of directors for Capella University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in personnel & industrial relations, an MBA and a MS, Business Education from Northern Illinois University.

Steven Snyder, PhD

Steven Snyder’s firm, Snyder Strategic, works with organizations to accelerate their capacity for strategic innovation. 

Early in his career, Snyder worked for Microsoft, when that company was in its infancy. His work there secured the relationship with IBM during a crucial stage in Microsoft’s growth.  Promoted as Microsoft’s first business unit general manager, Snyder led the company’s Development Tool business where his team won PC Magazine’s Technical Excellence Award three times.

After leaving Microsoft, Snyder earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Minnesota. Snyder then worked at Personnel Decisions International (PDI), a worldwide human resources consulting firm.

Snyder was co-founder and CEO of Net Perceptions, where he brought to market real-time personalized recommendations that have become central to the online shopping experience, with Amazon.com, the company’s first customer. Snyder’s work at Net Perceptions received numerous awards, including the first-ever World Technology Award for Commerce, and the MIT Sloan E-Commerce Technology Innovator Award.

Snyder is on the adjunct faculty of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.  He serves on the board of directors of Stemonix, winner of the Minnesota Cup.

Dwaun Warmack, EdD

Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack serves as president of Harris-Stowe State University and at the time of his appointment was one of the youngest serving presidents of a four-year institution in the nation. Since his arrival in 2014, Harris-Stowe has witnessed a transformation, unheralded in its 160 years. Prior to his appointment as president of Harris-Stowe, he served as the senior vice president, administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University. His successes include oversight of a multi-million dollar renovation of the institution’s residence halls. Prior to his tenure at Bethune-Cookman, he was the associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he had oversight of student affairs including judicial affairs, student activities, Greek life, new student and parent orientation and multicultural affairs. Warmack has also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and Delta State University.

Warmack currently serves on the boards of the Cortex Innovation Community, the Saint Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Muny, and the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America. His past board memberships include the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Foundation, and the Alumni Board of Directors for Delta State University. Warmack is a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, the largest regional accreditation body in the United States.

Warmack earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sociology from Delta State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and his post-doctoral studies in educational leadership at Harvard University School of Education.

Harry Williams, PhD

Dr. Harry L. Williams became the 10th President in the 123-year history of Delaware State University on January 10, 2010, after serving as the institution's provost and vice president for academic affairs. During the first eight months of his tenure, Dr. Williams held more than 200 meetings with constituencies, including White House officials, Governor Jack Markell, the Delaware Congressional delegation, state legislators, alumni groups, community organizations and others. Dr. Williams also took several trips abroad to sign new collaborative agreements with institutions of higher education in China and South Africa.

Prior to his arrival at DSU, Dr. Williams served the University of North Carolina General Administration as interim associate vice president for academic affairs beginning in September 2007. He was elevated in March 2008 to interim senior associate vice president for academic and student affairs in which he focused on access and outreach for the 17 campuses of the UNC system. In addition to his experience within institutions of higher education, from 2002 to 2008 Dr. Williams was a national marketing and recruitment associate consultant with Noel-Levitz, the top national consultation firm for enrollment and management solutions in the country. In that capacity, Dr. Williams provided consultation expertise to 14 different institutions of higher education, including Delaware State University.

Dr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Broadcasting and a Master of Arts in Educational Media, both from Appalachian State University. He earned an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.

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