Senior Leadership

President of Allegheny College

President James H. Mullen, Jr.

mullen-600x600James H. Mullen, Jr. became the 21st president of Allegheny College on August 1, 2008. With more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles in higher education, and a keen appreciation for Allegheny’s history and traditions, he is continuing the work of earlier presidents in building community while at the same time enhancing the College’s reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent colleges of the liberal arts and sciences.

During Dr. Mullen’s tenure, Allegheny celebrated its bicentennial and also publicly launched the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in College history, both in 2015. In addition, one of his key initiatives has been the establishment of the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life, which was created in 2011 to annually recognize two political figures, one liberal and one conservative, who argue passionately but with civility for their beliefs.

Dr. Mullen has served as chair of board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association with a base of more than 1,800 member institutions. He continues to serve ACE as a representative of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), which represents more than 1,000 private nonprofit institutions of higher learning on higher education policy issues with federal and state governments.

Dr. Mullen also serves on boards for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Meadville Medical Center.

In addition to his leadership roles in higher education and civic organizations, Dr. Mullen has been a sought-after lecturer in public policy and civility in public discourse, where his work focuses on the American presidency, as well as history and political science. Dr. Mullen is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a master of public policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Administrative Executive Committee

The Administrative Executive Committee (AEC) is the primary policy-making body of the College. The AEC reviews all major financial, administrative, academic, and programmatic issues.


bensel-600x600Terry Bensel

Associate Provost and Director of The Allegheny Gateway, Professor of Environmental Science

Terry’s primary responsibility is in faculty development, and he is also director of the Freshman Seminar Program and faculty liaison to the Learning Commons. Terry came to Allegheny in 1994 after completing his Ph.D. in natural resources at the University of New Hampshire. He has taught in the Department of Environmental Science at Allegheny since 1994, chaired the department from 2007 to 2012, and has served on the Faculty Review Committee and on Faculty Council. His teaching interests include ecological economics, environmental issues in the developing world, energy and the environment, and sustainable forestry. He received the Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010. Terry also received a Fulbright teaching/research award to work in the Philippines in 2001-2002, and he has published extensively on issues of energy and environmental change in that country since 1992. He recently co-authored two textbooks through Bridgepoint Education: Contemporary Environmental Issues and Global Socioeconomic Perspectives.


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Provost, Dean of the College, Professor of Geology

An Allegheny College graduate, Ron joined the College’s faculty in 1994 and was appointed provost and dean of the College in 2015. He earned his M.S. and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. As chief academic officer, Ron works closely with the faculty, the chief operating officer, and the president to help shape and manage the academic program and strategic initiatives of the College. Allegheny’s deans are responsible for the academic mission including curriculum, student experiences through the Allegheny Gateway, faculty recruitment, and faculty development. Ron has held leadership positions throughout his time at Allegheny, including as chair of the College’s Finance and Facilities Committee and the Department of Geology. In addition, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as moderator for faculty meetings. He was also elected to and chaired both the College’s Faculty Review Committee, which makes recommendations to the president regarding promotion and tenure, and Faculty Council, which advises the president and provost in the development of general College policies. He has also served as a member of the College’s Diversity Task Force. Ron has maintained an active student-focused research program at Allegheny with funding from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the American Chemical Society. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Assistant: Samantha Stephens

diaz-600x600Ande Diaz

Associate Provost for Diversity and Organizational Development

Ande, who joined Allegheny College in August 2014, provides direct leadership for the implementation of programs to create a welcoming and inclusive campus and support efforts to diversify the campus community. Before coming to Allegheny, she served in a variety of roles in higher education, including senior research consultant at the Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University; media, arts and public service career advisor at Harvard College; and assistant dean for multicultural affairs and interim director of the Pace Center for Community Service at Princeton University. Most recently she directed the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University, where she also taught American Studies and first-year seminars. Her research areas include civic engagement, inter-ethnic alliances and intergroup dialogue. She serves on the board of The Democracy Imperative, a national network of higher education professionals and community practitioners dedicated to infusing deliberative democracy policies and practices into campus and community decision-making. Ande holds a B.A. from Yale University, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in human and organizational development from Fielding Graduate University. She also holds a Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts.


kimf-600x600Kimberly Ferguson

Vice President and Dean of Students

Kimberly Ferguson joined Allegheny in February 2016 as vice president and dean of students. As the College’s chief student affairs officer, Kimberly works collaboratively with the senior administration, faculty, staff and students to provide a comprehensive living and learning environment that challenges students to be leaders and engaged citizens, creates a campus environment respectful of differences, and prepares students for a lifetime of contribution to society. She directly oversees the areas of Residence Life, Spiritual and Religious Life, Student Involvement, Student Conduct, Safety and Security, the Counseling Center, Health Center and the Center for Intercultural Advancement. In addition, she partners with colleagues in the offices of academic affairs, Title IX and athletics—as well as with the leaders of the engaged learning and civic engagement initiatives centered in the Allegheny Gateway—to address campus climate, student engagement and institutional retention. Kimberly earned a B.A. in philosophy and sociology from Ashland College, a master of arts in educational administration from the University of Akron and a Ph.D. in higher education from Ohio University.

Assistant: Lynette Watkins

ferrey-600x600Patricia Ferrey

Director of Human Resources

Pat, who has worked at Allegheny since January 1998, was hired as the College’s first Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining Allegheny, she had more than 15 years of experience working in human resources for an international consulting firm in Chicago. Since joining Allegheny, Pat has been responsible for establishing the human resources office, developing policies and procedures, and implementing procedures to ensure legal compliance with state and federal laws. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in human resources management from Loyola University of Chicago. For several years, she served as President for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources’ Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter. In her role as the College’s Director of Human Resources, she manages and supervises human resources activities related to payroll, employment, recruitment, employee relations, salary and benefits, training, safety, performance evaluations, job descriptions, policy development, and legal compliance.


hoeg-600x600Portia Hoeg

Director of Athletics and Recreation

A native of Dallas, Texas, Portia was named the Allegheny Director of Athletics and Recreation in December 2011. While earning her undergraduate degree in marketing at Trinity University, Portia was a standout on the women’s basketball team, before going on to earn an MBA at North Park University. She began her career in athletic administration at Smith College, where she worked as the coordinator of marketing, promotions, and special events from 2002-04. She then moved on to Vassar College as the interim assistant athletic director, overseeing scheduling, transportation, and NCAA compliance. In 2005, Hoeg was hired as assistant athletic director at Lake Forest College, before being promoted in 2008 to associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, supervising internal operations of the department, including NCAA compliance, personnel, and special programs, while also serving as a liaison with admissions and student affairs. From 2010-13, she was a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council, a group of 20 select administrators responsible for overseeing the governance of the NCAA’s largest classification, and served as the committee’s 2012-13 vice chair. At Allegheny, Hoeg oversees all operations and facilities of the school’s 21 varsity sports, as well as its numerous club and intramural sports.


holmgren-600x600Richard Holmgren

Vice President for Information Services and Assessment, Chief Information Officer

Rick Holmgren is head of the College’s Learning, Information, and Technology Services group, which includes the Library, Computing Services and Institutional Research. He came to Allegheny in 1988 after earning his Ph.D. in mathematics from Northwestern University. A tenured member of the Department of Mathematics, Rick accepted an administrative position as Associate Dean of the College with primary responsibility for faculty development in 1999. As Associate Dean, he had a number of responsibilities, serving as Director of First-Year/Sophomore programs and advising, chairing the College’s accreditation review team, assisting with the College’s strategic planning efforts, and founding the College’s Learning Commons. In 2005 he attended the Frye Institute. He was appointed head of the Learning, Information, and Technology Services group shortly thereafter.


klein-600x600Marjorie Klein

Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs

Marjorie Klein has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising and constituent relations. She has directly and indirectly raised over a quarter-billion dollars for two major educational institutions and contributed her expertise to thousands of donors, volunteers, non-profit organizations and employees. She recently received the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive award.

Marjie has been with Allegheny College since 2000, holding the positions of director of development and major gifts, associate vice president for development and alumni affairs, and vice president since 2006. As vice president, Marjie oversees all of the College’s development and alumni affairs programs and is a member of president’s senior staff and the college’s Administrative Executive Committee. She works closely with the college president, executive vice president and trustees to formulate and execute engagement and philanthropic opportunities for the college’s most promising donors. She maintains a personal portfolio of high net worth national and international constituents.

Marjie is presently leading Allegheny’s largest-ever comprehensive capital campaign, Our Allegheny: Our Third Century Quest, having a $200 million goal. She oversees a 35 member team of Development and Alumni Affairs professionals including Alumni Affairs, Annual Fund, Volunteer Engagement, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Donor Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Prospect Research, and Principal Gifts. Marjie completed the Harvard University Management Development Program in 2004 and holds a B.A. in Theatre and Communication Arts from Gannon University.

Assistant: Diane Patton

lesane-600x600Cornell B. LeSane II

Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

Appointed dean of admissions in 2014, Cornell has more than 15 years of experience working in higher education. He has served on the steering committee for the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, a magnet school for 6th through 12th graders, and as committee chair for College Success 101, an outreach program geared toward inner-city youth in the Pittsburgh area. He has also served as a judge for the Hightower Scholarships to underrepresented students in southwestern Pennsylvania and the Dominion Award of Achievement Scholarship. Cornell has also served as a faculty member for the College Exploration Experience and College For Every Student, two programs designed to help high school students prepare for, gain access to and succeed in college. He earned a B.A. in political science from Hampton University and a master of public management from Carnegie Mellon.

Assistant: Elly Rush

petula-600x600Eileen E. Petula

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Eileen leads financial services, human resources, development and alumni affairs, student affairs, college relations, athletics, admissions, financial aid, retention and overall enrollment planning. Eileen has more than 27 years of progressive management experience in public accounting, non-profit management and higher education. Most recently with Swarthmore College as associate vice president for finance and treasurer, Eileen provided leadership for a broad range of areas including financial accounting and reporting, auditing, budgeting, financial services, grants administration, purchasing, insurance, contract review and financial risk management. Previously she spent 11 years at Lafayette College in a variety of progressive financial roles. She began her career in the accounting industry in the Pittsburgh office of KPMG Peat Marwick. Eileen is a Pennsylvania certified accountant and is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of CPAs and Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society recognizing business excellence. She earned her B.S. in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MBA, with a concentration in finance and strategic management, from Villanova University.

Assistant: Patti Kidd

Salton-600x600Susan K. Salton

Vice President for College Relations

As the College’s chief communications and marketing officer, Susan oversees the College’s marketing, branding, and communications functions, including both internal and external communications for a wide variety of stakeholders. She manages the areas of design and publication, web and social media, editorial services, media relations, video and photography, and event promotion. Susan has held leadership roles both in higher education and in the corporate world, including at Hartwick College; Cornell University; Corning Inc., and Fidelity Investments. She earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, where she majored in political science, and has studied communications at Boston University.

Assistant: Elly Rush

wetsell-600x600Linda Wetsell

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Linda, who has worked at Allegheny College since 2000, was promoted to chief financial officer and treasurer in 2013, after serving as associate vice president for finance. Prior to Allegheny, she served as the interim director of finance for UPMC-Horizon and chief financial officer for D.T. Watson Rehabilitation Hospital. She graduated from Thiel College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration. In her role as the College’s chief financial officer, she supervises the Offices of Financial Services, Physical Plant, the Merriman Bookstore, and Conference and Event Services.