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Senior Leadership

Sue Ott Rowlands
President


Sue Ott Rowlands

Education:

B.S. Education with a Speech/Theatre emphasis (Oklahoma Christian College); M.F.A. Acting and Directing (University of Oklahoma)

Previous positions/organizations:

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Theatre (Northern Kentucky University); Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Professor of Theatre (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Film, Professor of Theatre (The University of Toledo); Head of the Acting/Directing Program, Associate Professor of Theatre (The Ohio State University); Head of the Acting Program, Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Assistant Professor of Theatre (Webster University, St. Louis)

Professional organizations:

Founding Artistic Director, Glacity Theatre Collective in Toledo; Founding Artistic Director, Cleveland Women’s Theatre Project; Associate Artistic Director, Round House Theatre, Washington, D.C.; Managing Director of The Actor’s Space, New York City.

Professional memberships:

International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD); Phi Beta Delta; Actor’s Equity Association (AEA); Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

 

Steve Willis
Special Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees

Steve Willis

Oversees:

Office of the President, and serves as strategic advisor to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees

Education:

B.A. in English/Dramatic Arts & Speech (Averett University), M.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting/Directing (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Previous positions/organizations:

Dean of Arts & Sciences; Associate Professor of Theatre & Speech; Interim Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs (Bennett College), Executive Director (High Point Theatre & Exhibition Center)

Civic/Professional organizations:

Board Member, Riverviews Artspace; Board Member, The Links Project

 

Keesha Burke-Henderson
Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Office of Identity, Culture, and Inclusion


Keesha Burke-Henderson

Oversees:

Identity, Culture, and Inclusion, International Students

Education:

B.F.A, M.A. (New York Institute of Technology)

Previous positions/organizations:

Director of Diversity and International Students, Mount Mercy University

 

Travis G. Carter
Dean of Admission


Travis Carter

Oversees:

Admission and Financial Aid

Education:

B.B.A. Business Administration (Roanoke College)

Previous positions/organizations:

Associate Director of Admissions for Freshman Recruitment, Radford University; Assistant Director of Admissions, Roanoke College

Civic/Professional organizations:

Treasurer, Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors (VACRAO); Member, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

 

Elizabeth Perry Sizemore
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Liz Perry-Sizemore

Liz Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore

Oversees:

All areas of the academic program, Academic Advising, Academic Services Center, Access Services, Athletics, Campus Safety and Security, Career Development Center, Center for Student Research, Lipscomb Library, Maier Museum of Art, Registrar, Sponsored Programs, Student Success, Study Abroad, and the Writing Lab.

Education:

B.A., Economics (Randolph-Macon Woman’s College); M.A., Ph.D., Economics (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Previous positions/organizations:

Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Economics and Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Head (Randolph College)

 

John F. Keener
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Registrar


John Keener

Oversees:

Tracking internal data; reporting data to external state, federal and other agencies; analyzing data for areas of improvement; all goal-setting operations; process whereby goals are assessed; compliance activities and reports.

Education:

B.A. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); M.A.( University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Ph.D. (University of Kentucky)

Previous positions/organizations:

Director of Institutional Research, Randolph College; Professor of English, chair, Division of Humanities, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty; Dean of Planning, Research & Records and Registrar; Associate Provost for IR, Planning and Effectiveness; Vice President for Enrollment Management (Lees-McRae College).

Civic/Professional Organizations:

Member, Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS); Registry, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); Volunteer, Endstation Theatre Company

 

Farah Marks
Vice President for Institutional Advancement


Farah Marks

Oversees:

Institutional advancement, development, college relations, and alumni relations including major gifts, planned gifts, the Annual Fund, advancement services, corporate and foundation relations, donor relations, reunions and homecoming, alumni chapter events, and prospect research.

Education:

B.S. Business Administration (Mary Washington College)

Previous positions/organizations:

Randolph College: Director of Development, Director of Advancement Services, Assistant Director of Donor Relations, Stewardship Coordinator, Assistant Director of Operations (Admissions)

Civic/Professional organizations:

President of the Board, Forte Chamber Music; Board Member, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra; Parent’s Council, Hampden-Sydney College; Board Member, Endstation Theatre Company; Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

 

Nickcole Maynard-Errami
Director of Human Resources


Oversees:

All areas of human resources, staffing, development, compensation, safety and health, and employee and labor relations, and serves as a Title IX Investigator.

Education:

B.S. (Appalachian State University); M.P.A. (Appalachian State University)

Previous positions/organizations:

Senior Human Resources Manager/Deputy Title IX Coordinator; Human Resources Manager/Deputy Title IX Coordinator; Senior Human Resources Generalist/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Sweet Briar College; Human Resources Analyst, City of Hickory, North Carolina; Social Worker-Child Welfare, North Carolina, Florida; Disney Cast Member, Walt Disney World

Civic/Professional organizations:

Secretary of the Board, Lynchburg Regional Chapter Society of Human Resources (SHRM); Member, National Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM); Former Board Member I-CARE, INC. Community Action Agency (Statesville, North Carolina)

 

Jonathan Tyree
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer


Jonathan Tyree

Oversees:

Business Office, Information Technology, Buildings and Grounds, Nursery School, Aramark (Dining Services), Campus Store, and liaison to several Board Committees

Education:

B.B.A. Accounting (James Madison University)

Certifications:

Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia

Previous positions/organizations:

Randolph College: Director of Finance and Budget, Controller

Civic/Professional organizations:

Former Board Member and Treasurer, Lynchburg Sheltered Industries (LSI) now Achieve Central Virginia; Former Board Member, Miller Home for Girls

 

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