The President's Cabinet is comprised of senior level administrators responsible for all functions of the university.
Members Marylou Batt Vice President for Administration Ms. Batt has held her current position at Lesley since 2002. From 2001 - 2002 Ms. Batt was the Director of Centers and Institutes, providing leadership and coordination for the six University Centers. Prior to joining Lesley, Ms. Batt was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, a position she held from 1993 - 2001. She also served as the Deputy Secretary of Administration and Financial Affairs of the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction in Boston, Massachusetts from 1983 to 1991. Ms. Batt earned a BA in Political Science from Marymount College in 1969, followed by a Master's of Public Administration in Government and Public Administration from the American University in 1972.Bernice BradinVice President/Chief Financial Officer Ms. Bradin joined Lesley in November 2006, and has primary responsibility for the fiscal stewardship of the University's resources with a focus on planning and strategically positioning and managing assets to maximize their utilization in achieving the University's academic mission. She is responsible for Information Technology and the Financial Operations, which include Accounting, Budgeting/Planning, Cash Management and Procurement. With over 30 years of professional experience in finance, Ms. Bradin has served as Chief Financial Officer for several portfolio companies of Schooner Capital Corporation, a private equity firm in Boston, and for numerous small and start-up clients of Corporate Initiatives, a firm she co-founded. She spent eight years prior to joining Lesley as a senior partner for Argo Global Capital, a venture capital firm specializing in wireless telecommunications in Wakefield, Massachusetts, which managed $435 million of assets and prior to that, was a Partner at Advent International, focusing on Asian investments. Ms. Bradin is a board member of the Financial Executives International, Boston Chapter, where she is Chair of the Academic Relations Committee. Additionally, she has held similar high-profile financial positions at Harvard University as Director of the Budget Office and at the University of Massachusetts as Vice President for Management. She also was the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Bunker Hill Community College. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Amy DonovanChief Information OfficerMs. Donovan joined Lesley in September 2015. As Chief Information Officer, she is responsible for Information Technology. From 2007-2015, Ms. Donovan was Chief Information Officer for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a graduate school with multiple campuses and online programs. From 1991-2007, Ms. Donovan served in Information Technology roles with a global non-profit, a nationwide retailer, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (F.D.I.C.). She has been involved in volunteer relief and development projects in the Caribbean, Middle East, South Africa, and U.S. Ms. Donovan earned her B.S. in Business Administration from George Mason University and has completed graduate studies in Workplace Ethics.
ML (MaryLou) Dymski Vice President for Budgeting/Financial PlanningMs. Dymski came to Lesley in 2002. She oversees the Budgeting and Financial Planning of the University. From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Dymski was the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of eRoom Technology, a software startup company. In the 1990s, Ms. Dymski held positions at a number of software companies, including the Vice President of Finance at Stream International and Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Corporate Software incorporated. Prior to that, Ms. Dymski was employed by Intel Corporation for 11 years. She received her BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College in 1977, and an M.B.A. with distinction from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1982. Jack Gillette, Ph.D. Dean of the Graduate School of Education Dr. Jack Gillette joined Lesley University as Dean of the Graduate School of Education in July 2011. Dr. Gillette comes to Lesley from Yale University where he served for 10 years as Director of the Teacher Preparation and Educational Studies Program. He previously served as Director of Professional Development and Consultation for the School Development Program of the Child Study Center at Yale University. While at Yale, Dr. Gillette established a new Master of Arts in Urban Education Studies program in partnership with the New Haven Public Schools. He also redesigned the undergraduate education majors to meet NCATE standards for the successful approval of all undergraduate and graduate programs at the university. As Director of Professional Development and Consultation for the School Development Program of the Child Study Center, Dr. Gillette managed the scale up and implementation of the School Development Program across the United States and in Trinidad, expanding the program's reach from 400 to 1100 schools under his leadership. He trained and supervised all national faculty in the 1100 schools and managed 8 University-District Partnerships. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in New Haven, CT. Dr. Gillette earned his Ph.D. from Yale University, his M.A. at Wesleyan University, and his B.A. from Harvard College. Lisa Ijiri, Ph.D.Associate Provost for Academic Program and Resource PlanningDr. Lisa Ijiri, Associate Provost for Academic Program and Resource Planning has been a member of the Lesley community since 2012. During that time, she has led key initiatives such as the establishment of the Global Education Center and the 2015 10-year NEASC accreditation process. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Ijiri is a seasoned academic administrator with extensive international program experience. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Learning Disabilities and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Lesley, Dr. Ijiri was Associate Dean at Curry College in Milton, MA and served for fourteen years as Director of the internationally renowned Program for Advancement of Learning, a comprehensive program for college students with learning disabilities. She is a member of the Massachusetts American Council for Education (ACE) Women’s Network Executive Board, a state chapter of the national ACE organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in higher education. David Katz, Ph.D.Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social SciencesDr. Katz joined Lesley as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences in 2016. He is a licensed psychologist (Illinois) and board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology. Prior to joining Lesley he was the Chair of the Psychology Department at Adler University in Chicago. He earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky with an emphasis on neuropsychology and medical behavioral sciences. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katz held program directorship, teaching and clinical research positions at Indiana University and Purdue University - Indianapolis, Alliant International University, and the University of British Columbia. He served in clinical positions both in the U.S. and internationally in diverse clinical settings including a university counseling center, and several hospitals and academic medical centers. Dr. Katz's research and service interests focus on three main areas: neuropsychology of emotion, higher education leadership, and international human rights issues of LGBTQ individuals. During his graduate and post-graduate education his research focused on neuropsychology of emotional processing using MRI techniques. He created two neuropsychological tests related to emotional processing. One is the Emotional Memory Test and the other is the Emotional Facial Recognition Memory Test (EFRMT). Dr. Katz received a grant by the University of British Columbia/Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute to explore the validity of the EFRMT in epilepsy. He is interested in effective leadership of change management in higher education and how to successfully integrate diversity within higher education. International human rights of LGBTQ individuals and transgender psychology is an area of interest to Dr. Katz that was developed while serving as a board member at the LGBTQ center in Vancouver. He is interested in developing models to assist LGBTQ individuals in countries that oppress their human rights, policy and human rights issues of transgender individuals, as well as psychology issues related to wellbeing and identity issues.MaryPat Lohse, Ph.D. Vice President for Strategy & ImplementationDr. Lohse joined Lesley in 2009 and has over two decades of experience in higher education administration. Dr. Lohse has primary responsibility for handling a wide range of matters on behalf of the president. She also works closely with the Board of Trustees, is responsible for university-wide communications, and oversees operations within the office of the president. A member of the president's Cabinet, she works closely with the president on the development, implementation, and assessment of the university's strategic plan, the development of university partnerships with other educational and cultural institutions, and the implementation of other university initiatives. Dr. Lohse provides leadership, coordination, and oversight in the development of defined core initiatives for the university and serves as the president's primary liaison with university constituencies. Prior to joining Lesley, Dr. Lohse worked at Brandeis University, Boston College, and Wheelock College. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Canisius College, a Master's degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Janis MartinsonVice President of Institutional AdvancementMs. Martinson brings two decades of experience in the field to her Advancement work for Lesley University, most recently as Chief Advancement Officer for Miss Hall’s School, where she partnered with a robust volunteer corps to raise over $75 million through two capital campaigns; launched and led nationally recognized programs, in particular an annual round table on women and philanthropy; and oversaw prize-winning marketing efforts. In addition to leading Advancement programs for educational and arts institutions, she has been a high school English teacher and a speech and drama coach. A graduate of Princeton University with an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass-Amherst, she has spoken at national conferences across the country, including the National Association of Independent Schools, the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education, the National Coalition of Girls Schools, and the Association of Junior Leagues International. She is also a member of the Board of the National Coalition of Girls Schools, for which she chairs the Research Task Force. Nathaniel Mays, Ph.D. Dean, Student Life and Academic Development Nathaniel Mays is the Dean of Student Life and Academic Development at Lesley University. Prior to joining Lesley in the summer of 2004, Dr. Mays served in several Student Affairs positions at Brandeis University; he was Protestant Chaplain from 1989 - 2002, the Director of the Intercultural Center from 1992 - 2002, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs from 1995 - 1999, and the Assistant Dean of Student Life and Coordinator of Diversity Services from 1999 - 2004. Dr. Mays has a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College, Dallas, Texas, a Masters of Divinity and an M.A. in Religious Education from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Connecticut. His work in higher education has focused on building a safe, respectful, vibrant, and engaged community of students, faculty, and staff from various walks of life with the express purposes of fostering an environment that encourages learning and an appreciation of campus community. Shirin Philipp, Esq. Vice President and General Counsel Shirin provides legal advice to the University. She works with the Board of Trustees, faculty, and administrators on a variety of legal matters, including governance, contracts, student affairs, employment, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and risk management. Prior to joining Lesley, Shirin was a partner at the law firm Foley Hoag LLP, where she led the nonprofit organizations practice group and also represented investment managers and private funds. She joined the firm following a clerkship with the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Shirin has her J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. degree from Dartmouth College.
Tim RobisonVice President for Enrollment ManagementTim Robison is the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Lesley University. Mr. Robison has worked in various aspects of enrollment services since 1985. His career began at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business where he served as Assistant Director of Admission and Financial Aid before advancing to the position of Director of Admission at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1990 he moved to California, assuming the role of Director of Admission at the San Francisco Art Institute where he was promoted to positions of progressively greater responsibility, resulting in the promotion to Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services. Looking for a new challenge at a mission-driven institution with a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs, Mr. Robison moved to Arizona, serving for a number of years as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Prescott College. He remained at Prescott for seven years before becoming a consultant on enrollment management and marketing assessment at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.Mr. Robison earned a BFA and MFA at Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Illinois. He has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).Steven S. Shapiro, Ph.D.Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and SciencesSteven Shapiro joined Lesley University in August 2016. Dr. Shapiro comes to Lesley from Guilford College where, over a 21 year span, he served in many capacities including Professor of Physics, Associate Academic Dean, Director of Academic Advising, and Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. In collaboration with colleagues from across the Guilford campus, he proposed and implemented a Student Success Program that received the 2011 Outstanding Collaborative Initiative Award from the American College Personnel Association. In addition, he instituted a yearly evaluation of faculty advisors (approved by the faculty) and a yearly monetary award to recognize academic advisors who have demonstrated sustained excellence and extraordinary commitment to student support and guidance. In 2015, he received an Outstanding Advising Administrator Award from NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. Dr. Shapiro has taught all levels of undergraduate physics (including courses designed for scientists and non-scientists alike). With his students, he designed and taught in-school science activities and after-school science programs for elementary and middle school students. For several years, in collaboration with a colleague in Education Studies and the Guilford County Schools, he organized and hosted, at Guilford College, the annual county-wide science fair. Dr. Shapiro has received grants from Analog Devices, the Research Corporation, the National Science Foundation, and Syngenta. He has published papers on mantle convection and on results from a test of General Relativity. Dr. Shapiro earned a B.A. in physics from Colby College and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Selase Williams, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Prior to joining Lesley University in August 2011 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Selase Williams worked at Southern Connecticut State University, where he served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs since 2005. He previously served for 17 years in the California State University System, beginning as Chair of the Pan African Studies Department at the Northridge campus and rising to Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at the Dominguez Hills campus. While at Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Williams worked collectively with faculty, students, and staff to create a comprehensive First-Experience Program that increased graduation and retention rates, and included: the re-design of the New Student Orientation; the establishment of learning communities; a freshman seminar course "Introduction to Intellectual and Creative Inquiry;" and a Seminar Teaching Academy. He chaired the institution's strategic planning process and, through strategic faculty recruitment and professional development, increased federal and private foundation grant funding for research and research training. Outgrowths of these efforts have been the establishment of various centers, such as the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, the Center for Marine and Coastal Studies, the Center for Nanotechnology, and the Center for Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders. As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Dr. Williams established procedures and practices that increased faculty diversity by 25%, secured funding to create programs to prepare under-represented minority and women students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dr. Williams and his colleagues solicited funding from the Ford Foundation to support scholarship and curriculum in the new field of Global Diasporic Studies. Dr. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University, his M.A. in African Languages, and his B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Richard ZauftDean, College of Art and DesignRichard Zauft is the dean of the College of Art and Design. Prior to Lesley, Mr. Zauft was the associate vice president of academic affairs for Emerson College in Boston, where he also served as executive director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, interim dean of liberal arts, and dean of graduate studies. Previously, Mr. Zauft served as associate dean of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for six years, and chair of the art department at the University of South Dakota. He was a professor of visual arts for 24 years and is a two-time project grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master of fine arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned a certificate in the management development program at Harvard University. Mr. Zauft’s commitment to diversity led to the creation of the annual New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium’s Diversity Recruitment Conference. Outside academia, Mr. Zauft has served for three years as president of the College Book Art Association and two years as president of the Society of Printers. Mr. Zauft has lectured extensively and exhibited across the country. He has been recognized as a visiting artist at Columbia College of Art and Design in Chicago, at Indiana University, Washington University in St. Louis, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Dartmouth College, Wellesley College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
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