Meet the Team | Dean's Office College of Arts and Sciences | Webster University

Dean's Office: Meet the Team

The dean's office works to strengthen the College in three broad areas: academics, administration, and communication.       

        Anton S. (Tony) WallnerDean 
        Kimberly (Kim) Jackson, Director of Operations
        Kathryn (Katy) Watkins Wors, Dean's Assistant and Communications Coordinator
        Linda Dahlgren, Senior Grant Analyst      

Anton S. (Tony) WallnerWallner
Dean, Professor of Chemistry (Full bio)

Anton (Tony) Wallner is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Webster University. He works with faculty, staff and students of the university to provide high quality academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional programs, maintain adherence to university and college policies, and create new programs as well as engagement with community and global partners.

Tony earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has his M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Michigan and the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He began his academic career at Missouri Western State University. In 2000, he took the position of Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. In 2008, he was appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Barry University. He has mentored research projects with over 20 undergraduate students in his area of expertise, NMR spectroscopy, obtained funded grants, and developed a variety of new courses and programs. He has also engaged in various outreach activities with local community members and schools to promote STEM education in underrepresented populations.

Besides his passions for liberal arts and sciences education, STEM literacy, and NMR spectroscopy, Tony enjoys travel,sports and exercise, movies, theater, reading, and his rescue dogs and cats.

Kimberly (Kim) JacksonJackson
Director of Operations

Kimberly (Kim) Jackson is enthusiastic to return to her alma mater as the Director of Operations for the College of Arts and Sciences at Webster University. She received her BS in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and her MA in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

Kim will work collaboratively with the dean’s office, the College, and the University to support and manage their goals around operations and budget management. She is also excited to lend her expertise toward special events and projects for the College of Arts and Science.

In her spare time, her focus is on creating adventures, crafting and cooking for her daughter, family and friends.

Watkins WorsKathryn (Katy) Watkins Wors 
Dean's Assistant and Communications Coordinator

Katy is a key contact at the College of Arts & Sciences for communication efforts and office management. She earned a B.A. in Biology here, and is currently pursuing a Master’s program in Cybersecurity at Webster University.  

After graduating with her BA in 2014, Katy worked as a Certified Medical Assistant, Financial Analyst and Project Coordinator, and as an Administrative Coordinator for a research lab at Washington University.  She also bring with her experience in social media marketing from the private sector.

She enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, traveling, hiking, riding her bike, volunteering her time, and living life to the fullest every day.

Linda DahlgrenLinda Dahlgren headshot 
Senior Grants Analyst, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Linda Dahlgren is based in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) as a liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences. She assists faculty in finding external funding opportunities and developing proposals for support of scholarships, research, professional development, and other activities that advance institutional goals. As a part of ORSP, Linda collaborates with other institutional resources to build faculty and staff interest in and capacity for grant seeking.

Linda has worked in the field of non-profit development since 1996 and has secured and implemented more than $10 million in private, public, and corporate funding. She's been privileged to work on a variety of projects that made a positive difference in the world, from a State Department exchange program for Russian entrepreneurs to a vision and hearing screening program for St. Louis area schoolchildren. A native St. Louisan, Linda holds a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics from Mizzou. She is working toward an MA in Education and Innovation from Webster.