ANN ARDIS, Interim Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, works closely with deans, department chairs and graduate program directors to provide leadership supporting the continued enhancement of graduate and professional education and postdoctoral studies. She previously served as Deputy Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center (IHRC). A member of the UD faculty since 1989, she has held appointments as Director of Graduate Studies in English, Director of the Honors Program and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She has published extensively on turn-of-the-20th-century British literature and culture.
ALAN BRANGMAN serves as Vice President for Facilities, Real Estate and Auxiliary Services, with responsibility for campus design, construction and maintenance and, working with senior leadership, the strategic development of the Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Campus. He also leads enterprises, including the UD Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Dining Services, Hotel and Conference Services, Parking and Transportation, Real Estate and Printing. Before taking his current post, he was Associate Vice President of Facilities, Real Estate and University Architect at Howard University. Earlier, he served as Architect and Campus Planner at UD. He earned his bachelor of architecture degree at Cornell University and holds an executive master's in leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
SCOTT R. DOUGLASS is University of Delaware's Executive Vice President and University Treasurer. In this role he is responsible for administrative services,facilities/real estate/auxiliary services, information technologies, finance, investments, campus and public safety and the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships. Previously, Mr. Douglass served as Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of the University of Pennsylvania, after twelve years at the Wharton School, serving first as Associate Dean and then as Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. Mr. Douglass' prior work experience also includes serving as Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware and Delaware's State Budget Director. After leaving state government, he chaired the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council from 1993 to 2000. Mr. Douglass holds bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from the University of Delaware and has completed work in the doctoral program in political science/public administration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School.
JEFFREY W. GARLAND is Vice President and University Secretary, providing administrative support for the Board of Trustees and its chairman. He also oversees Commencement and Convocation ceremonies and the University's records management and archives operation. Before he joined UD, Mr. Garland served as Senior Leader for Partnership and Business Development with Fisker Automotive. Previously he was Senior Vice President for Enterprise Affinity Marketing at Bank of America and Executive Vice President and Director of American Express Product Sales and Marketing at MBNA America Bank. He served as State Director and Assistant to the late U.S. Sen. William V. Roth Jr. and as Special Assistant to Delaware Gov. Michael N. Castle. Mr. Garland is a graduate of Duke University.
DOMENICO GRASSO is Provost at the University of Delaware. As the chief academic officer, he is responsible for the quality of the academic programs, the research and the scholarship of the University. The Provost drives the success of the University's faculty members and students. The Deans of the seven colleges report directly to him as do the Vice President for Student Life and the Vice Provosts for Research, for Graduate and Professional Education and for Libraries, and the Associate Provosts for Administration and Enrollment Services and for Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Before coming to UD, Dr. Grasso served as Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College of the University of Vermont, where he earlier served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Previously, he was Rosemary Bradford Hewlett Professor at Smith College and founding Director of its Picker Engineering Program. In his research, he studies the ultimate fate of contaminants in the environment and develops new techniques to reduce the risks associated with these contaminants to human health or natural resources. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he holds a master's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and his doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.
DEBORAH L. HAYES is Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs. A communications professional with experience in nonprofit public affairs, the entertainment industry and government, she previously served as Managing Director of Communications for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for communications, institutional messaging, strategy planning, branding and media outreach. Earlier she was founding partner and President of Media Strategies at Westhill Partners in New York, Director of Media and Corporate Relations for Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Productions in Chicago and Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications at MTV Networks in New York City. Ms. Hayes holds a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in Nashville.
CAROL HENDERSON is Vice Provost for Diversity, working to advance the University’s academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights. A member of the UD faculty since 1995, she is the author of a number of books and essays on the representations of race, gender and sexuality in print and visual culture. At UD, she has served on the Diversity and Equity Commission, the African Heritage Caucus, the Commission for the Status of Women, the College of Arts and Sciences' Recruitment and Retention Advisory Committee, which she chaired, the Ronald McNair Advisory Board, and the Arts and Humanities Summer Institute Advisory Committee. Henderson has been honored on campus for her teaching and her commitment to diversity. A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, she earned her master's degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and her doctoral degree from the University of California, Riverside.
CARL JACOBSON is Vice President for Information Technologies and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Jacobson is a 1972 graduate of the University of Delaware. After teaching mathematics and computer science in the Newark School District, he began his career at the University in 1978 and has held various positions during his time at the University. Mr. Jacobson has served on the boards of a number of national information technology organizations.
MATT KINSERVIK is Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, charged with ensuring that the University recruits, nurtures and retains high quality faculty. He joined UD’s English faculty in 1997, specializing in 18th-century British literature. He has served in a number of administrative roles, including director of graduate studies and chair of the Department of English and, since 2011, associate dean for the humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. A member of the Path to Prominence Strategic Planning Committee, Kinservik currently co-chairs the new Strategic Planning Initiative’s Working Group on “Models for the New American Research University.” He has served on the executive committee of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and on the board of the University of Delaware Press. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and political science and a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a doctorate in English from Penn State University.
CHRISTOPHER LUCIER is Vice President for Enrollment Management, with responsibility for identifying, attracting, yielding, funding and ensuring the success of UD’s undergraduate students. He oversees the offices of Admissions, the Registrar, Student Financial Services and the University Tutoring Center. Before joining UD in 2014, he was at the University of Vermont, serving as a member of the president’s senior leadership team, helping shape and manage overall university strategy. Reporting to the provost, he was responsible for developing enrollment management strategy and implementing and assessing operational programs to recruit, admit, retain graduate and undergraduate students. Previously, he was at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Lucier began his career in enrollment management after serving in the U.S. Army for 21 years. He earned his bachelor of science degree in renewable natural resources from the University of Arizona and his master’s degree in public administration from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College.
SANDRA MILLARD, Interim Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, works closely with administration, faculty and students to provide leadership and resources that enhance research, learning and service at the University. All of these efforts are aligned in response to the rapidly changing and information-driven academic environment and help promote the global visibility of University programs. She joined UD in 1987 and later became Associate University Librarian for Services, Outreach and Assessment. Prior to her arrival at Delaware, she held professional library positions at the University of Connecticut Health Center Library, Yale University Medical Library and St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Jersey.
FRANKLIN NEWTON serves as Acting Vice President and Chief of Staff. He joined the UD staff in 1994, serving in several positions, most recently as assistant dean in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. A member of several national educational organizations, he has presented to and been a consultant for numerous organizations, municipalities and academic institution. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Framingham State University in Massachusetts, a master's degree in education with a specialization in college student development from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.
LYNN OKAGAKI is Interim Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, with responsibility for undergraduate academic affairs. She works with the Provost on the administration of academic policies and faculty appointment and promotion. She also works with the Provost to establish global collaborations and partnerships to extend the University's global role, leadership, geographic presence and visibility. Okagaki joined UD as dean of the College of Education and Human Development in 2011, after serving as commissioner for Education Research in the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Previously she held appointments at Purdue University, Yale University, Cornell University and the University of Houston. She received her bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral sciences from the University of California at Davis and her doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University.
GREGORY S. OLER serves as Vice President for Finance and Deputy Treasurer, providing leadership, planning and coordination for the University’s financial operations. He has direct oversight of treasury services, financial analysis and reporting, general accounting, tax planning and reporting, federal cost accounting, procurement and risk management. Before joining UD, Oler was at the Johns Hopkins University for more than a decade, serving as Director of General Accounting for six years and as University Controller since 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola College.
JAMES RICHARDS, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, works closely with deans, department chairs and graduate program directors to provide leadership supporting the continued enhancement of graduate and professional education and postdoctoral studies. A member of the UD faculty since 1980, Richards has served as Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology since 2003 and has held leadership roles in the College of Health Sciences, including terms as deputy dean and associate dean. A former president of the Faculty Senate, he has been active in numerous University-wide committees. His research in the areas of sports biomechanics and rehabilitation biomechanics is well-known internationally.A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he earned his master's degree in biomechanics from UD and his doctoral degree from Indiana University.
CHARLES RIORDAN serves as Vice Provost for Research, with responsibility for advancing the University's research enterprise, including oversight of six University-wide research institutes. Dr. Riordan is an inorganic-organometallic chemist whose research is supported by the National Science Foundation. A member of the UD faculty since 1997, he served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2002-07 and was Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education from 2010-12. Dr. Riordan served on the University's Path to Prominence strategic planning committee and received the University's outstanding doctoral graduate advising and mentoring award in 2008. A fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, he has served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and Dalton Transactions. He earned his bachelor's degree at the College of Holy Cross and his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University.
MONICA TAYLOR LOTTY joined the University as Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations in September of 2007. Previously, Ms. Taylor served as executive director of external affairs of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In this role, she oversaw alumni relations programming worldwide for Wharton's undergraduate and graduate alumni and managed the operations for the Wharton School's Campaign for Sustained Leadership. Ms. Taylor's prior work experience includes development positions for the University of Pennsylvania, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Georgetown University's alumni and university relations office. Ms. Taylor is a graduate of Georgetown University, and holds a law degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Ms. Taylor is an active member of the Artisan's Bank Board of Directors.
DAWN THOMPSON serves as Vice President for Student Life. She joined the University in 2008 as Assistant Vice President for Student Life and was named Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Life in 2009. Before coming to Delaware, she served as Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Earlier she held administrative assignments at Ithaca (N.Y.) College, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Ms. Thompson holds a master's degree in student personnel work in higher education from Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration from Wittenberg University.
LAWRENCE WHITE was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in July of 2009. In this role he serves as chief legal counsel at the University and works on a variety of law-related and policy-making issues ---including litigation, compliance, risk management, internal audit, employment, and business and commercial transactions. Mr. White's prior work experience includes serving as: Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, University Counsel at Georgetown University, Deputy General Counsel at the University of Virginia, counsel to the University System of Maryland, and Associate Secretary and Assistant Counsel at the American Association of University Professors. A frequent speaker, lecturer, writer and consultant on higher education issues, Mr. White has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Wharton School of Business. Mr. White is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
ERIC ZIADY joined the University of Delaware in November 2012 as Director of Athletics and Recreation Services. Previously, he was at Boston College for 14 years -- most recently as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Business Operations. At Boston College, he was responsible for both long-range fiscal and strategic planning and day-to-day administration of all business and financial operations, as well as overseeing five of the men's and women's athletic programs. Earlier, he was at Northeastern University for nine years, serving in a variety of posts including Assistant Director of Athletics. A graduate of Providence College, he earned both a master's degree in sports management and an MBA at Northeastern.