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 an action-oriented global network with students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and in a robust learning environment online, 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 16 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.
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Lisa Blazer serves as the Vice President for Enrollment Management. In this role, she leads strategic enrollment efforts, including oversight for Admissions, Registrar, Enrollment Technology, Financial Aid, International Admissions and Services, Online Learning Center, and Military Campus Operations. In collaboration with academic units and university departments, campuses and partners, Blazer oversees the development and implementation of the University’s strategic enrollment plan, building initiatives to expand opportunities for students to attend Webster’s online and face-to-face undergraduate and graduate programs.
Prior to joining Webster, Blazer served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services at Texas A&M University and served in multiple roles at the University of Texas at San Antonio, including Senior Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, Interim Vice President for Strategic Enrollment and Associate Vice President for Financial Aid & Enrollment Services. Blazer is the recipient of the Alan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). She served as the 2016-2017 NASFAA National Chair, and served as president in state and regional associations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Missouri Baptist University, and her master’s degree in organizational development and her doctoral degree in education with a focus on organizational leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.
Interim Chief Communications Officer
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, Buck spent nine years working in student affairs at Saint Louis University.
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, 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.
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. Condon serves as editor of the Webster University Press, managing the existing catalog as well as acquisition and publication of new titles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simone M. Cummings
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.
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.
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. 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, 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.
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 and 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.
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.
Associate Vice President of New Student Enrollment
Vincent C. Flewellen
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 and 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 nonprofit 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, Acting Dean of the School of Education
Michael R. Hulsizer is the interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and the acting dean for the School of Education.
Hulsizer has been a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts and 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.
Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Advancement Strategy
Stacey Hutchens joined Webster University in May 2020 as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Advancement Strategy. She assists Webster’s Chancellor in developing and guiding a comprehensive and results-oriented advancement plan to achieve major gifts, and leads the team responsible for donor relations and engagement.
Hutchens brings more than 15 years of experience managing high-profile corporate relationships, individual donors, clients, and projects for both business and nonprofit enterprises. She came to Webster from Saint Louis University, where she was the executive development director for the School of Medicine and Clinical Programs. She holds an MBA from Saint Louis University and a BS of Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Vice President of Business Development & Office of Corporate Partnerships
Dawn Jensen serves as the Vice President of Business Development, focusing on extended campus operations, recruitment efforts, and strategic partnerships. Reporting directly to the President, this position was created in 2021 as part of a strategic realignment to help focus on sustainment and viability through enrollment growth, retention, and innovation. As Vice President of Business Development, Jensen serves as a liaison by connecting staff with the resources and tools needed to thrive within their role. She also facilitates growth and innovation with extended campus directors by developing and implementing innovative recruitment initiatives to drive enrollments across the United States. In addition to overseeing metro campus operations and providing leadership management to extended campus directors, she also serves as the Chief of Corporate Partnerships. While under her management, the Office of Corporate Partnerships has successfully grown the University’s corporate cohort program by establishing new enrollment opportunities and cultivating corporate relationships.
Prior to Webster, Jensen worked in corporate sales for over 20 years. While working with Anheuser-Busch and Sanofi, she strengthened and fine-tuned her client and territory management skills. Her goal-oriented background has allowed her to apply her vast knowledge of business, in-depth sales strategies, and presentation skills to her current role within Webster University.
When not at work, Jensen enjoys traveling abroad. She is also a volunteer ambassador for the local nonprofit, The Covering House.
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.
Associate Vice President for Online Education
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.
Interim Chief Information Officer
Greg Malone joined Webster in 2015 as a senior program manager, later becoming a director and, in 2021, the interim chief information officer, where he leads Webster's global Information Technology team.
Malone is an accomplished information management executive, with a career scope that includes executive level leadership, program management, operations management, and organization development leading several multi-million dollar development efforts that reduced costs, improved operational efficiency and effectiveness, and improved customer responsiveness for several Fortune 500 corporations, utilizing Information Technology, Six Sigma, Program Management, and Organization Development methodologies.
Richard (Rick) Meyer
Chief Financial Officer
Rick Meyer is a Missouri-licensed CPA with extensive experience in executive leadership, board management, nonprofit 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. Meyer is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and serves as the voluntary CFO of two nonprofit veteran service organizations.
Julie (JP) Palmer
Faculty Senate President and Professor of Business
Julie (JP) Palmer is a professor in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and became president of the Faculty Senate in 2021.
She received a BS in Animal Science and Chemistry from Colorado State University, MBA from the University of Nebraska and her PhD from the University of Missouri. Palmer's areas of teaching are human resource management and organizational behavior. Her areas of research include management education, recruitment and organizational reputation. Palmer is the Walker School of Business' faculty advisor for Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). She has been published in Academy of Business Research Journal, Academy of Management Proceedings, and Midwest Academy of Management Proceedings.
Eric W. Rothenbuhler
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, 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.
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 United States.
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 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).
Steger shares his joy of art, dance, music, and theatre with his wife Sara Bucy and their daughter Cooper.
Director of Global Program Development
As Director of Global Program Development (GPD) in the Office of Academic Affairs, Hannah Verity provides strategic leadership and direction for the development and launch of global academic programs that support Webster’s internationalization goals, including a strong focus on programs that support mobility for faculty and students.
In collaboration with academic units and Webster’s international network of campuses and partners, Verity oversees the development of thematically focused and high-impact study abroad programs which take advantage of Webster’s academic expertise and our campuses’ and partner institutions’ unique locations. These programs range from short-term faculty led and full-term programming.
A key activity in support of these efforts is establishing and maintaining relationships with global partner institutions and organizations.
As a strong component of the goals of Global Program Development, Verity leads faculty mobility efforts through internal mobility programs and with external partners, including facilitating visiting international faculty and scholars to the St. Louis home campus.