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University Administration

University administration works with the Board of Regents to shape policy and direction for the University.



Executive Leadership

James A. Gash (JD '93)
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sara Young Jackson ('74)

Jay L. Brewster
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Sean Burnett
Senior Vice President for Integrated Marketing
Communications and Chief Marketing Officer

Lila McDowell Carlsen
Interim Vice Provost

Lauren W. Cosentino ('97, MBA '12)
Vice President for Advancement and
Chief Development Officer

Daniel J. DeWalt
Vice President and Chief of Staff

Gary A. Hanson (JD '80)
Senior Executive Vice President

Connie Horton ('82)
Vice President for Student Affairs

Thomas H. Knudsen ('91)
General Counsel

L. Timothy Perrin
Senior Vice President for
Strategic Implementation

Phil Phillips ('88, JD '92)
Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

Greg G. Ramirez ('03)
Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Rohde ('10)
Chief Investment Officer

J. Goosby Smith
Vice President for Community Belonging and
Chief Diversity Officer

Tim Spivey ('97, MS '00, MDiv '00)
Vice President for Spiritual Life

Nicolle Taylor ('98, JD '02) 
Vice President and 
Chief Business Officer


Academic Deans

Lee Kats
Interim Dean
Seaver College
of Letters, Arts,
and Sciences

Paul L. Caron
Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean
Caruso School of Law

Deborah Crown
Graziadio Business School

Farzin Madjidi (MBA '88, EdD '91)
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Pete N. Peterson (MPP '07)
School of Public Policy

Michael E. Feltner 
Academic Initiatives 

Mark S. Roosa
Dean of Libraries