Dean's Office: Meet the Team

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

        David Carl Wilson, Dean
        Jennifer Broeder, Associate Dean of Professional Programs
        Danielle MacCartney, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences Programs
        Debby Miller, Director of Operations
        Hannah Verity, Director of Global Programs
        Emily Grise, Communications Coordinator
        Anita Manion, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
        Erin Cornell, Executive Assistant
        Cathy Sullivan, Development Officer
        Linda Dahlgren, Grants Officer
        Jennifer Starkey, Associate Director of Public Relations
        Gracie Gralike, Graduate Assistant

David Carl WilsonDean David Carl Wilson
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences 
Professor of Philosophy

David Carl Wilson is the dean of Webster University’s College of Arts & Sciences, which serves over 3,500 students with 39 degree programs at campuses in seven different countries. As Dean, he has worked to raise the College’s profile, to build its enrollments and quality, and to strengthen its resource base. His tenure has seen the establishment of Webster’s first endowed professorship and the launch of many new programs, ranging from an undergraduate emphasis in health and medicine to the Global MA in International Relations.

Wilson also serves as a professor of philosophy at Webster, teaching a variety of courses and lecturing widely on topics such as reasoning, ethics, science, religion, higher education, and leadership. He earned his PhD in philosophy from UCLA, where he taught and served as Vice Provost until he came to Webster in 2002. He is the author of the highly regarded McGraw-Hill textbook, A Guide to Good Reasoning, and is on the editorial board of Philosophy of Management

Wilson is actively involved in national higher education issues, having served in Boston for a year as a Fellow with the American Council on Education. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of ACE’s Council of Fellows. 

Wilson is a leader in the St. Louis region. He is an engaged board member for the Academy of Science-St. Louis, the Missouri Biotechnology Association, the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, the Missouri Humanities Council, and Cinema St. Louis. He also serves on the steering committee of the Saint Louis Humanities Festival and has been a fellow with Leadership St. Louis.

Jennifer Broeder
Associate Dean of Professional ProgramsJenny Broeder

Jennifer Broeder serves as Associate Dean of Professional in the College of Art and Sciences. Jenny oversees the Division of Professional Programs, which encompasses the Departments of Professional Counseling, Legal Studies, Nurse Anesthesia, and Nursing. She is responsible for the entire range of academic quality control and curricular development issues, including accreditation, assessment, and new program development.

Jenny holds a BSN from SIU-Edwardsville, and her MSN and PhD in Nursing from Saint Louis University. She began her career as a registered nurse at St. Louis Children's Hospital and within 2 years became a nurse educator at that institution. After attaining her MSN, she taught courses in the nursing of children at SIU-E School of Nursing before coming to Webster University as an adjunct faculty member in 1995. In 2002, she began teaching full time at Webster University in the Nursing Department where she became the MSN Program Coordinator and, most recently, served as Chair from 2010-13. As Associate Professor in Nursing, her teaching interests include nursing theory, research, and leadership, while her research interest is mothering preterm infants. Jenny is currently consulting on a study about nurses who have given birth to preterm infants. She serves on the YMCA Kirkwood-Webster Groves Board of Directors. When not working, she enjoys exercising, gardening, cooking, and traveling to visit her grown sons.

Danielle MacCartneyDanielle MacCartney
Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences Programs

Danielle (Dani) MacCartney serves as the Associate Dean for the College's Liberal Arts and Sciences programs, which include the Departments of Biological Sciences; Anthropology and Sociology; English; History, Politics, and International Relations; Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies; International Languages and Cultures; Philosophy; and Religious Studies. She is responsible for academic quality control and curricular development issues, including accreditation, assessment, new program development/approval, online program development, under-enrolled classes, and student complaints.

Dani holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine, and is an Associate Professor of Sociology, former Chair of the Women and Gender Studies program, and fellow of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.  Her research focuses on race, class, gender, and sexual orientation inequality, especially in public policy. She is currently working on research projects regarding sexual orientation in the workplace, domestic violence, hate crimes, rape, and sexual orientation in international human rights law. Dani teaches a variety of courses at Webster, focusing on the topics of stratification, deviance, and social justice.

Debby MillerDebby Miller
Director of Operations

Debby, as administrative officer and chief of staff, manages the overall administrative operations of the College. She oversees budgets, facilities, staff support, and space issues for the Dean's office and all departments within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Debby has a BA in Psychology from Webster University, and is currently working on a MA in Management and Leadership. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with her two children.

Hannah VerityHannah Verity
Director of Global Programs

As Director of Global Programs for Webster University’s College of Arts & Sciences, Hannah works to advance the university’s mission of global citizenship through the development, implementation and oversight of all global initiatives within the college. She serves as director of the unique Global Master of Arts programs offered in International Relations and International Nongovernmental Organizations. This involves program management and logistical coordination of the programs across eight international sites. In addition, Hannah partners with academic units to conceptualize and develop international opportunities for A&S students and faculty, including an array of short-term immersion experiences, innovative global degree programs, faculty mobility, and new partnerships with organizations and institutions abroad.

Hannah is a St. Louis native and holds a BA in American Studies and a Global MA in International Relations, both from Webster University. Because she believes that cultural exchange and education are key components in addressing the complex domestic and global issues of today, Hannah is happy to return to Webster as a staff member and help provide students with the same quality of global education and international experience that she received as a student.

Hannah is engaged in the community. She is Chair of the Young Board of the International Institute of St. Louis and is a fellow of Webster University’s Global Leadership Academy Class of 2013. For leisure, she enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures, reading (mostly non-fiction), and Cardinals baseball.

Emily GriseEmily Grise
Communications Coordinator

Emily serves as Communications Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences. In this capacity, she oversees marketing and communications initiatives for all programs, events, and activities in the College, and works cooperatively with the Global Marketing & Communications Department to support the College's continuity with Webster's overall branding.

Emily holds a BA in English from Transylvania University – a small liberal arts college in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky – and an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Her poems have appeared in several national literary journals, and she also volunteers as Associate Poetry Editor for WomenArts Quarterly – a St. Louis-based publication which seeks to nurture and promote the work of women writers and artists. Outside the office, Emily enjoys reading, writing, spin class, and baking. If you get her started, she'll wax extravagantly on the merits of the semicolon. 

Anita ManionAnita Manion
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Anita Manion is the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, Anita identifies, advances, and sustains strategic initiatives for the College, collaborating with academic and nonacademic departments within the university, as well as external constituents. 

Anita is a St. Louis native who holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Management from Fontbonne University and is completing her PhD in Public Policy Analysis from Saint Louis University.  Anita’s research interests include the impact of public policy on access to and completion of higher education. When she’s not at work, Anita volunteers for the United Way and enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and of course, rooting for the 49ers.

ErinErin Cornell
Executive Assistant

Erin Cornell is the Dean’s assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she supports the day-to-day activities of the Dean’s Office, including the Dean’s calendar and working on a variety of projects for the office. Erin is a native of Jacksonville, Illinois, and holds a BA in Education from Illinois State University and a BS in Advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Erin is a licensed special educator for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and served as a special educator at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, where she taught language arts at the secondary level for five years. She also has experience in public relations and marketing communications, having worked as an account executive for Fleishman-Hillard in Chicago, Illinois.     

Cathy SullivanCathy Sullivan
Development Officer, Alumni & Development Office

As the Development Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences, Cathy is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding alumni and other donors in support of the College's priorities,
including academic programs, scholarships, endowed chairs and campus improvements. She works closely with the Dean to manage the Advisory Board and other volunteers, and coordinates positive and purposeful donor relations. In addition, Cathy works collaboratively with her development colleagues to implement meaningful and strategic engagement opportunities to ensure the University reaches its financial goals.

Cathy holds a BJ from Mizzou's School of Journalism. She started her career in government relations in Washington, DC before settling back in her native St. Louis and getting in development and alumni relations. Prior to joining Webster, Cathy worked as a development professional at Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the American Red Cross St. Louis Chapter. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys traveling, reading, spinning, and spending time with family and friends.

Linda Dahlgren headshotLinda Dahlgren
Grants Officer, Alumni & Development Office

Linda Dahlgren is based in the Office of Alumni & Development's Corporate, Foundations, and Government Relations Team (CFGR) as a Grants Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences. She helps to identify external funding opportunities and develop proposals for support of scholarships, research, professional development, course development, and other activities that advance institutional goals. As part of the CFGR Team, Linda collaborates with other institutional resources to identify projects for grant solicitation and 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 $8 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, including a State Department exchange program for Russian entrepreneurs and a program offering vision and hearing screenings for area schoolchildren.

A native St. Louisan, Linda holds a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics from Mizzou. She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and gardening with her husband and two young children; she plans to pursue an MA in Media Literacy when her youngest is out of preschool.

StarkeyJennifer Starkey
Associate Director of Public Relations, Global Marketing and Communications

Jen is the Associate Director of Public Relations within the Global Marketing and Communications unit of Webster University. She works to enhance the University's reputation locally, nationally and internationally focusing on the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Communications and the School of Education.

Starkey has 10 years of experience in media relations for both nationally focused non-profits and international corporations. Prior to working in public relations, she worked as a television news producer in central Missouri before working as a producer at a 24-hour cable news network in Austin, Texas. She received awards from both the Houston and Dallas Press Clubs for newscasts she produced.

Starkey is a native St. Louisan and Webster Groves resident. She holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and is pursuing a master's degree in Communication Management at Webster University.

GralikeGracie Gralike
Graduate Assistant

Gracie is currently serving as the Web and Marketing Communications Graduate Assistant for the 2013-2014 academic year. Her responsibilities include assisting the Communications Coordinator with the creation and updating of department websites for the College of Arts and Sciences; contributing to Global Thinking, the College's blog; and assisting with the College's photography, social media, and graphic design needs.

Gracie holds a BA from Webster University in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She is currently pursuing her MA at Webster University in Communications Management. In her spare time, Gracie enjoys doing art. Her artwork has appeared in the Huffington Post four times. She has also designed greeting cards for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Autism Speaks and a book cover for The Executioner’s Song by DB Dakota, as well as having her artwork displayed in the President’s Office at Webster University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, studying, exercising, and drawing.