Julian Z. Schuster became President of Webster University in 2019 after serving as Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010. During this time, he has led the institution through a period of transformation and development. In the past years, a new general education curriculum has been adopted and implemented, the most diverse and academically qualified freshman classes have been recruited, and retention and graduation rates improved significantly.
Webster’s $55 million capital campaign concluded successfully, and several endowed chairs were established. During this time, the University has completed over $100 million in construction projects, increased the number of full-time faculty and launched more than 15 new academic programs, including several STEM-related offerings.
Webster University, comprising a network of international campuses in Europe, Asia and Africa, has enhanced and expanded its international visibility under Dr. Schuster’s leadership. A new location for Webster-Vienna has been secured, providing space for projected growth in academic programs and student housing needs. Under Dr.
Schuster’s leadership, new international initiatives in Cuba, Georgia, Uzbekistan, China and Italy are being developed.
Dr. Schuster’s efforts to make Webster a national leader in global experiential education resulted in Webster's long-term study abroad programs being ranked in the top 10 among all U.S. master's degree-granting institutions, and first in the same category among Midwestern institutions, according to the Institute of International Education's annual Open Doors Report. Dr. Schuster led the establishment of Webster’s first campus on the African continent in Ghana, opened in 2013-14, as well as a campus in Uzbekistan and additional partnerships in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Webster University now ranks among the top 15 comprehensive universities in the Midwest and boasts nationally ranked programs in a number of majors across fine arts, business, nursing, nurse anesthetist, education, communications, and the liberal arts and sciences.
President's Council/Senior Administration
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
John Buck joined Webster University in 2000. He provides leadership for all functional areas of student affairs, works closely with campus student leaders, develops student life policies and procedures, and consults with colleagues throughout Webster’s worldwide network on student life issues. Prior to joining Webster, Dr. Buck spent nine years working in student affairs at Saint Louis University.
Dr. Buck's responsibilities include: Campus Dining Services, Career Planning and Development Center, Counseling and Life Development, Dean of Students Office, First-Year Experience Program, Housing and Residential Life, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs, Office of Student Engagement, Student Health Services, Student Conduct, and the University Center.
As an adjunct full professor at Webster, Dr. Buck has taught courses on leadership thought and theory for undergraduate and graduate students. His research interests include decision making in crisis situations occurring on college campuses, which was the focus of his dissertation. Buck is also a long-time faculty member for the Foundation for Teaching Economics “Economics for Leaders” program.
Dr. Buck holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in management and leadership, and a doctorate in management (DMgt), both from Webster. He is also a 2014 graduate Webster University’s Global Leadership Academy.
Dean of University Libraries
Eileen Condon leads all aspects of operations and programming in Webster’s global library network, whose mission is to empower Webster’s diverse, global community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to fulfill their research, learning, and information needs now and in the future. She oversees all areas of library operations, including development, provision, and management of resources, collections, and services. She coordinates with staff at Eden Theological Seminary on the operation of the Webster-Eden Library System, a cooperative program that supports the teaching, research, and intellectual pursuits of Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary. Dean Condon serves as editor of the Webster University Press, managing the existing catalog as well as acquisition and publication of new titles.
Dean Condon holds a master’s in library and information science from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and a bachelor’s in English with a minor in Spanish from Truman State University. She has been with Webster since 1992.
Interim Dean of the School of Education
Thomas Cornell has lead the School of Education as it's Interim Dean since January, 2018. He is an associate professor in the field of education, with a focus on reading, literacy, and writing. Dr. Cornell has held various positions in the School of Education, including chair of the Language, Literacy, and Leadership Department, and program director of the MA in multimodal literacy for global impact program. Prior to joining the university in 2008, Dr. Cornell worked for the Rockwood School District and Ferguson-Florissant School District, served as President of the St. Louis Suburban Council of the International Reading Association, President of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, and served on the board of directors for Gateway Media Literacy Partners. He holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University, an MA in Reading Education from Michigan State University, and a BS in Social Studies from Northern Michigan State University.
Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Sponsored Programs
Carolyn Corley serves as Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Sponsored Programs. She has been with Webster since 2002, having served as Foundation and Government Relations Officer and Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations. Her current position is a dual appointment to the Office of the President, where she directs the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), and the Office of Advancement. The ORSP team is responsible for developing, submitting, and managing the University’s comprehensive efforts to advance faculty research and secure grants.
Ms. Corley is also the University’s primary point of contact with members of congress, managing governmental relationships for the President’s office to inform strategy and respond to challenges and opportunities related to federal legislation. Before coming to Webster, she worked in grant development for Land of Lincoln Legal Services in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Ms. Corley has a master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Ecology from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Associate Vice President for Administrative Services
Ken Creehan is the University's Associate Vice President, Administrative Services. The Associate Vice President has responsibility for Public Safety, Facilities Operations and Planning, Procurement, Payroll, Insurance and the Loretto-Hilton Center. His position is part of the University's Leadership team and the President's Council.
Ken joined the University in January, 2003 serving in various roles within the Finance and Administration Department including Director of Procurement Services, Director of Process Improvement and Special Projects. In these capacities, he championed numerous projects including the two new residential housing units on the main campus, the East Academic Building, the Palias Wenkheim, Webster's new campus in Vienna, the Gateway Campus in the Arcade Building, and the new Browning Hall Science Building. He also led cross-functional teams for the installation of both the purchasing card system and the automated payroll system. Prior to Webster, Ken invested 30 plus years in various corporate roles within the coal industry sharpening his business acumen.
Ken earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While working at Webster, he earned three masters degrees starting with a Master of Arts in Procurement and Acquisition Management, then a Master of Business Administration, and finally a Master of Science in Finance. Ken is also an adjunct faculty member for the George Herbert Walker School of Business.
Dean of George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
Simone Cummings serves as the chief academic officer for the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. In this role, she’s responsible for providing leadership, management, and oversight of all aspects of the Walker School, including program planning and development; enrollment and retention; curriculum; hiring, training, and supervising faculty; accreditation; and business and community engagement -- at our primary location in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as at our more than sixty military, metro, and international locations.
Dr. Cummings joined the Walker School in 2013 as an Associate Professor of Management, having previously held faculty positions with Washington University in St. Louis and Simmons College in Boston. She holds a BSBA with a Concentration in Marketing from Washington University, an MHA with a Concentration in Finance from the Washington University School of Medicine, and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from UNC–Chapel Hill.
Dr. Cummings serves on the Advisory Board of #GIRLSWITHPOWER, a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri program. She’s also a board member of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and the Missouri History Museum Sub-Commission. Dr. Cummings is an active tennis player and also enjoys reading horror novels. She’s married to Donald Lawrence and they have two daughters, Nina Marie and Madison Elise.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Thao Dang-Williams leads efforts to improve degree progression, retention, and completion for graduate students. She will also manage programming to strengthen undergraduate enrollment and student success, including Dual Credit, and will help to build and improve services and programs for adult learners.
Previously, Thao Dang-Williams served for six years as Dean of Extended Education for Webster’s St. Louis metropolitan locations at Gateway, Westport and WingHaven. In that position, she worked with Webster University's five schools and colleges to enhance student services, led a coordinated enrollment effort, strengthened programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, and built educational partnerships in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Dr. Dang-Williams has had an extensive career in higher education. At Ranken Technical College, she held the positions of Assistant Registrar, instructor, and then later became the first female department chair of the college. She then assumed the position of Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division at St. Louis Community College. She has been with Webster since 2010, serving first as the Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences and then as Interim Associate Vice President and Director of the Online Learning Center, prior to her appointment as Dean of Extended Education in 2014.
Dr. Dang-Williams earned her BA cum laude with a double major in Communication and Government with a minor in the Classics from Monmouth College. She also holds an MA in Communication and an EdD in Higher Education Administration, both from Saint Louis University.
Chief Diversity Officer
Vincent C. Flewellen joined Webster University in October, 2018. He provides key leadership for the University’s core value of advancing diversity and inclusion as part of the educational mission through the University’s network of domestic and international locations.
With almost two decades of experience weaving diversity, inclusion and equity into the culture of education in the St. Louis area, Flewellen most recently served as director of equity & inclusion at The College School in Webster Groves. Before taking his role at The College School, he taught in the Ladue School District and for Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. He also served as center director of the University City Children’s Center. Additionally, Flewellen has served as an adjunct professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis for the past six years, and he served as a consultant to Washington University in St. Louis in 2006 and 2007. For the past 16 years, he has served as a consultant on diversity and inclusion issues for a variety of schools and organizations, including: the Kirkwood School District; the John Burroughs School; the Forsyth School; the Cochran Community Center; and FOCUS St. Louis.
Flewellen has also served as the director of development for St. Louis non-profit Neighborhood Houses (now known as Unleashing Potential). Flewellen served as managing director of program for Teach For America-St. Louis and he was the speakers bureau coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. Flewellen holds a Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and his BA in education is from Maryville University.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Cheryl Fritz is Webster University's Chief Human Resources Officer. Reporting to the President, her position is part of the senior leadership team. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration magna cum laude from Truman State University and received a Master of Human Resources Management with honors from Webster University in 2013.
Prior to joining Webster in 2010 as Manager, Benefits and Compensation, Fritz gained over 20 years of experience within the Mercy system in management roles covering benefits, compensation and human resources systems. At Mercy, Fritz was involved in the strategic aligning of the Human Resources department, as well as the health system’s business transformation and change management.
Fritz was a fellow of the 2015 cohort of Webster's Global Leadership Academy. Her professional certifications include Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) through the Society of Human Resources Management and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) with WorldatWork.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Nancy Hellerud leads the Office of Academic Affairs, oversees Student Affairs and six of Webster’s international campuses.
As Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hellerud is responsible for Academic Affairs divisions and programs that support and strengthen student success, including Academic Advising, the Reeg Academic Resource Center, and the Faculty Development Center. She is coordinating collaborative initiatives among the schools and colleges of Webster University. In support of global mobility for students and faculty, she oversees Study Abroad, Global Program Development, the Webster International Network of Schools (WINS) Program, and the Confucius Institute. In addition, she manages Webster’s institutional accreditation and oversees the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Prior to joining Webster in 2011, Hellerud served as interim dean and associate dean of the Hamline University School of Business in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law, an MA in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, and a BA in English and German, also from Hamline.
Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Michael R. Hulsizer is the interim dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, effective January 2021. A professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, Hulsizer will succeed Anton (Tony) Wallner, who has announced he will retire at the end of the fall 2020 semester.
Hulsizer has been a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences since he arrived at Webster in 1997. He teaches introduction to psychology, social psychology, and biopsychology as well as applied psychology classes on topics such as motivation and emotion, prejudice and discrimination, and advanced statistics. He is also a fellow in Webster’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.
Hulsizer has written about various topics related to the teaching of psychology, research methods, peace psychology, social justice, hate groups, and genocide. He is co-author, with fellow Webster professor Linda M. Woolf, of A Guide to Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices (Wiley-Blackwell). He is a past recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University and the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and he has received or shared multiple awards for research and instruction from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Hulsizer holds a BA in Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo and an MA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University.
Director of Athletics
Scott Kilgallon was named the Director of Athletics for Webster University on April
21, 2014 after an extensive search. Kilgallon previously served at the University
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC), where he was Athletic Director for ten years.
Kilgallon helped build UWEC's reputation in one of the most competitive conferences in the NCAA III, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Prior to UWEC, Kilgallon served for seven years as Director of Athletics and cross-country and track coach at Southern Vermont College. At Webster, Kilgallon oversees the department's 16 teams and close to 300 student-athletes.
On joining the Webster staff, Kilgallon noted, "I am very excited and honored to lead the Webster University athletics program. It is an exciting time for Gorlok Athletics and I feel fortunate to join the coaches, support staff, University and student-athletes as we continue to move the program forward."
"There is a strong desire to provide our student-athletes with a great experience in a program in which everyone, from faculty and staff to our alumni and community, can be proud of their academic, athletic, and community service successes."Kilgallon also noted one of his strong reasons for coming to Webster was "the commitment from upper administration to our faculty and staff is at a high level. It is important for me that there exists a shared philosophy of working together to
continue to build a strong program as our students work toward the attainment of their college degree.”Kilgallon becomes just the sixth Director of Athletics in the 30 years of the program's existence.
Jamie Loftus leads enrollment management for the global Webster University system. This area includes recruiting and retraining prospective students as well as current student services, including financial aid, student affairs, housing and residential life, athletics and the registrar.
Loftus has extensive experience in higher education leadership, serving as a university president and as head of enrollment and strategy teams. Prior to joining Webster in 2021, he twice led enrollment management for St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, from 1998-2011 and returning in 2017. From 2011 to 2017 Loftus served as president of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, where he helped the university prioritize liberal arts and professional programs and promote core activities of teaching, learning, scholarship and service.
He holds a PhD in Planning, Policy, Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa, and an MBA and a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
A career shifter, John Link spent the beginning years of his career in K-12 education as a fourth grade teacher and later as an elementary school administrator. John earned an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education and B.S. in Elementary Education, both from Indiana State University.
Link's team assists online students with their career decision making through goal setting and planning, job/internship search strategies, preparing customized application materials, and more. Through phone, e-mail, or a virtual visit via WebEx, technology has made it easy to connect with students near and far.
Link originally joined Webster in 2015. In his role as director of the Career Planning & Development Center (CPDC), he oversees all phases of planning and implementation of career programming and services at the CPDC.
Associate Vice President for Online Education
Dr. Michelle Loyet joined Webster in 2007 as Assistant Director of Academic Advising. In 2014, she moved to Online Learning and was named Associate Dean of the combined Military Campuses and Online Learning organizations in January of 2018.
In her role as Associate Vice President for Online Education, she leads the online area across all of Webster’s network as well as the academic area (e.g. academic programs, advising) for military programs. She has a PhD in Anthropology and teaches classes on human origins, osteology and old world archaeology.
President of the Faculty Senate
Bill Lynch joined the faculty of Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts in 1992 and has served in several leadership roles. Prior to coming to St. Louis, Bill worked as a professional actor throughout the United States and Canada. Lynch earned his BA, University of Maryland, 1984 and MFA, Florida State University, 1992.
Since coming to Webster he has served as the vocal coach or director for over 40 productions and has taught workshops for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Black Rep and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. A member of Actor's Equity since 1989, Bill has appeared in over thirty professional St. Louis productions, including Footloose, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, 110 in the Shade (Stages St. Louis), I am a Man, Train is Comin' (St. Louis Black Rep), Art (Ozark Actor's Theatre), Evita, Camelot, Annie (the Muny) and Falsettos (New Jewish Theatre: Best Actor in a Musical; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Best Musical; Riverfront Times).
Bill is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Stages St. Louis and a founding board member of the new Kevin Kline Awards celebrating excellence in professional theatre in St. Louis. In 2004 Bill was selected by the American Council on Education to participate in the ACE Fellows Program. The Fellows Program is recognized as the premier higher education leadership program in the country and is dedicated to creating a diverse pool of leaders who are capable of achieving and maintaining excellence and equity in higher education.
Chief Financial Officer
Rick is a Missouri-licensed CPA with extensive experience in executive leadership, board management, non-profit management, finance & accounting, construction & engineering, forensic accounting, litigation support, insurance, M&A, and ERP implementation.
His previous experience includes a Big-4 CPA firm, regional construction company, and a large international construction/engineering firm. Rick is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and serves as the voluntary CFO of two non-profit Veteran Service Organizations.
Chief Information Officer
Margarita (Margie) Muthukumaru has lead the Webster University Enterprise Information Systems team as it's director since 2010. She is a well-seasoned information systems manager and strategist with 25+ years of experience in higher education enhancing operational efficiencies, developing solutions, deploying and upgrading technologies and directing major technology and business initiatives. Passionate and result-driven to make IT responsive, cost effective, and service-oriented. Collaborative leader and business partner. She has achieved a MS in Management, MS in Systems Engineering, BS in Management and Industrial Engineering and a BS in Chemical Engineering.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Extended U.S. Campuses
Donavan Outten oversees Webster’s U.S. Extended Campuses more than 25 metropolitan campuses in the United States, providing leadership and strategic direction for this important segment of the university’s student body. His major responsibilities include coordinating budgets, monitoring enrollment, facilitating programs, working with Deans and faculty to ensure student success.
Dr. Outten has extensive experience in higher education, as well as experience with both extended, multi-state campus structures and online education. He has served as associate vice president of academic extension at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, and director/associate vice president for distance learning at Unity College in Unity, Maine. As a faculty member, Dr. Outten taught courses in education and business including educational leadership and administration, urban special education leadership, educational assessment, human resource management, and business policy and strategic planning.
Dr. Outten earned his BS in Psychology from Bethune-Cookson University an MS in Human Resource Development and Administration from Barry University, and an EdD from Nova Southeastern University, all in Florida.
Chief Communications Officer
Rick Rockwell leads the Global Marketing and Communications (GMC) unit responsible for aligning marketing, communications and brand marketing activities across the St. Louis, metro, military, and online programs with the University's mission and vision. This division includes the offices of Creative Services, Digital Marketing and Communications, Strategic Communications and Public Relations. It is responsible for creating awareness of the University's global brand and managing institutional reputation.
Rockwell is the co-author of the book, “Media Power in Central America,” which won a national Choice Award from the American Library Association, among other accolades. He has worked as a radio and television producer for ABC News, a freelance reporter/producer for the PBS “NewsHour,” and a senior producer for Discovery Communications. Rockwell earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) degree in radio-TV journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in international journalism from the University of Southern California.
Dean of the School of Communications
Eric Rothenbuhler was previously Associate Dean of the Scripps College of Communication and Professor of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University (2010–2012), director of the Media Studies MA Program at New School University (2001–2004), and a faculty member at University of Iowa (1985–2001) and Texas A&M University (2004–2010). He earned his PhD in 1985 from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California with a dissertation on the living room celebration of the television audience for the 1984 Summer Olympic games.
As a scholar, teacher, and administrator, Dr. Rothenbuhler has long pursued the integration of differing approaches to the study and practice of communication and media, and built a record of engagement with interdisciplinary programs, international scholarship, student media, outreach, and educational access.
Dr. Rothenbuhler's teaching and research address media anthropology, media history, and communication systems ranging from ritual through community to media industries, with special interest in music, sound, and radio. He is author or co-author of more than 60 articles, chapters, essays, and reviews on media, ritual, community, media industries, popular music, and communication theory. He has been a keynote or invited speaker at conferences and universities in China, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and at many universities in the US.
Associate Vice President of Development
Andrea Soto leads Webster’s team of development officers in the Office of Advancement, reporting to Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble.
Soto joined Webster after a 20-year career at Mastercard. During her last chapter with the company, she served as the Vice President of Customer Intelligence and Experience as well as the Chief of Staff to the President of Mastercard Technologies. Soto began her career at Mastercard in operations services and customer management for the U.S. and Latin America. She rose to the vice president’s level after a variety of promotions into the areas of technology management, along with sales and business development. Throughout her career she has advanced the values of diversity and inclusion, expanding career options for others.
Soto founded She’s Got Game, where she delivers strategic career consulting at the intersection of the women’s golf community, in hopes to encourage more women to opt into the game and leverage it for their business careers. Following her passion of community engagement, she also co-founded Women in Technology St. Louis, a regional initiative to support women in technology fields. She serves as the vice president of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of St. Louis.
In 2017, Hispanic Executive Magazine recognized her for her business leadership and her impact with the Hispanic community. She was named among the most influential business women by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2015. She holds a BA in Mass Communications from Lindenwood University.
Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
Paul Steger is the Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. He was previously
the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, and the inaugural
Director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Steger is a fight director, action designer, director, and actor with credits on Broadway and in numerous regional theatres. He is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and holds certificates from the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, the Nordic Stagefight Society, and Fight Directors Canada. He recently worked in Ireland creating fights for the History Channel series Vikings with his colleague Richard Ryan, and was invited to participate and present at the inaugural “World Combat Teachers Conference” in Toronto.
He is a member of AEA, SAG, and the National Theatre Conference among others. Recent speaking engagements included the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 National Association of Schools of Theatre Conferences (NAST). He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Theatre Conference, previously served on the Board of Directors for NAST, and has directed more than 50 productions for the educational and professional theatre. His collaborations with a variety of video and performance artists have played such venues as Franklin Furnace (NYC), Randolph Street Gallery, Club Lower Links, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Contemporary Museum of Art (Glasgow), and the Ljubljana Festival (Slovenia).
Mr. Steger shares his joy of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre with his wife Sara Bucy and their daughter Cooper.