2022-2023 Catalog

Administrators of the University

President of the University

Andréa Backman, President

Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Virginia; M.A., DePaul University; B.A., The Pennsylvania State University

General Administration

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Antoinette Farmer-Thompson, D.H.Ed., A.T. Still University; Executive Women in Leadership Certification, Cornell University; M.B.A., Healthcare, Grand Canyon University; M.A.Ed., Adult and Continuing Education, University of Phoenix; B.S., Criminal Justice, Arizona State University 

Associate Vice Provost, Academics

Dimetri Horner (Richardson), Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Liberty University; M.S., Secondary Education, The University of Southern Mississippi; B.A., English Literature, Southern University

Associate Vice Provost, Academic Operations & Continuous Quality Improvement

Lisa Raisor, M.S., Education, Instructional Design for Online Learning, Capella University; B.S., Computer Science and Mathematics, Western Michigan University

Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Quality

Kevin Perrotta, M.B.A., Strayer University, Jack Welch Management Institute; B.S., Sport Management, St. John Fisher College 

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics

Trevor Belcher, Ph.D., Psychology, Capella University; M.S., Psychology, Capella University; B.S., Ministry/Theology, Mid-America Christian University

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics

Joseph Duerr, Ph.D., Postsecondary and Adult Education, Capella University; M.S., Leadership for Higher Education, Capella University; M.S., Computer Information Systems, University of Phoenix; B.B.A., Marketing, Wichita University

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics 

Stephanie Hawkins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Union Institute and University; M.A., Dance/Movement Therapy, Goucher College; B.A., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics 

Ben Luce, Ed.D., Educational Leadership, The University of New England; M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Southern Maine; B.A., Media Studies, University of Southern Maine

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics

Carla Henryhand, Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University; M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Phoenix; M.S., Accounting, Strayer University; B.S., Accounting, University of South Carolina

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics

JoeAnn Parker, Ed.D., Leadership & Professional Practice, Travecca Nazarene University; M.B.A., Human Resource Management, Liberty University; B.A., Business Administration, Saint Leo University

Senior Vice Provost and Dean Jack Welch Management Institute

Mary Carr, J.D., St. Louis University, Certificate in Health Law; B.A., Boston College

Vice President, Advising and Student Services

Damita Goods, D.B.A., Management, Argosy University; M.B.A., Management, Trevecca Nazarene University; M.S., Human Resources, Trevecca Nazarene University; M.B.A., Healthcare, Western Governor's University; B.A., Management and Human Relations, Trevecca Nazarene University

Vice President, Student Success

Caroline Masse, M.A., Instructional Design and Technology-Instructional Systems, University of Central Florida; B.A., History, University of Florida

Vice President, Insights and Operations

Ben Sibley, M.B.A., Management, Strayer University; B.A., Business Management, James Madison University 

Chief Diversity Officer, Special Assistant to the President

Jacqueline Palmer, Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership, University of Pennsylvania; M.S., Administrative Science, Johns Hopkins University; B.S., Administrative Science, Yale University

Vice President, Institutional Insights

Laura Fingerson, Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University; M.S., Sociology, Indiana University; B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, University of Minnesota

Vice President of Education, Strategic Education Inc. Bootcamps

Meggie Mahnken, B.A., Psychology and Gender and Women's Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Vice Provost, Student Affairs

Christy Karnes, Ph.D., English, Miami University; M.A., Teaching, Miami University; M.A., English, Xavier University; B.A., English, Xavier University

University Registrar

Alison Morrison, M.Ed., Strayer University; B.S., Child Development and Family Relations, University of Maine  

University Librarian

Mary Snyder, M.L.S., University of Maryland; B.A., History, George Mason University

Senior Vice President, Operations

Dean Sippel, M.B.A., Saint Louis University; B.A., Westminster College

Senior Vice President, Continuation and Advising

Cale Holman, M.S., Ocean Systems Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.B.A., Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S., Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy

Vice President, Campus Operations

Brian Christie, B.B.A., Strayer University

Vice President, Admissions & Transformation

Amanda Maliczyszyn, B.A., English, University of Delaware

Vice President, Campus & Community

Teri Shields, M.B.A., Strayer University; B.S.B.A., Strayer University

Vice President, Advising & Transformation

Christopher Stout, M.S., Business Administration, Strayer University; B.S., Business Administration, Longwood University

Senior Director, Admission, Transformation, Q&A, Training

Mary Kate Hodowanec, M.B.A., Strayer University; B.A., Communications, East Stroudsburg University

Senior Director, Admissions

Heather Skinner, M.B.A., Management, Strayer University; B.S., Accounting, University of Utah

President Emerita, Director of Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs

Sondra F. Stallard, Ph.D., Education, University of Virginia; M.A., History, Morehead State University; B.A., History and Government, West Virginia Institute of Technology

President Emeritus

Brian W. Jones, J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law; B.B.A., Finance, Georgetown University

Program Deans

Undergraduate Business

Regina Henry, Ed.D., Leadership and Professional Practice, Trevecca Nazarene University; M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee State University; M.B.A., Master of Business Administration, Regis University; B.B.A., Business Information Systems, Tennessee State University

Accounting and Graduate Business

Erik Spoelstra, Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Northcentral University; M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Phoenix; B.S., Business Management, Utah Valley State College; A.S., Business Administration, Ricks College

Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Paul Fontaine, M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Alabama; B.S., Criminal Justice, Athens State University; A.A., Police Science, Calhoun Community College


Joe Ann Pace, Ph.D., Business Administration and Human Resource Management, Capella University; M.S., Aeronautical Science, Curriculum Development, Instructional Systems Design, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; Aeronautical, Aerospace Educational Technology; M.A.S. Professional Aeronautics, B.S. Aeronautical Science, Aeronautical/Aero Systems Safety, A.A. Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Aeronautical/Aerospace Systems Safety; A.S., Airway Science, Master AF Faculty/Instructor, Executive Leader, Aerospace Warning Systems Schoolhouse, Air Education/Training Command; Community College of the Air Force

General Studies

Lauren Philip, Ph.D., English, The George Washington University; M.A., Education Technology Leadership, The George Washington University; B.A., English, Bucknell University

Health Services

Paul Fontaine, M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Alabama; B.S., Criminal Justice, Athens State University; A.A., Police Science, Calhoun Community College

Information Technology

Carlo Sapijaszko, Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Central Florida; M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary; B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary


Kathleen Thompson, Ph.D. (candidate), Business Management, Capella University; M.B.A., Jack Welch Management Institute, Strayer University; B.S., Criminal Justice-Forensic Behavioral Analysis, Kennesaw State University