Senior Leadership

Dr. Ron Cole


Professional headshot of Ron ColeRon Cole became provost and dean of the college at Allegheny College in 2015 where he served as a faculty member for 20 years and held leadership positions as department and natural science division chair, faculty moderator, a member of the Trustees diversity task force, and chair of faculty council, the faculty review committee, and finance and facilities committee. As provost he promoted data-informed change to improve student access and success leading to curricular revisions in STEM and humanities fields and increased student retention. He led strategic work to achieve operational savings while investing in new academic programs and advanced diversity of faculty and the curriculum with an interdisciplinary cohort program in race, gender, and social justice. Cole has been directly or indirectly involved with securing and managing over $4M in foundation funding in support of institutional initiatives. Cole is a speaker on campus leadership for the Council of Independent Colleges national workshop for division and department chairs and has been a panelist at national higher ed conferences on topics that include leading transformational change, crisis communication, global internships, community engaged learning, and the value of the liberal arts. He was recognized in 2021 by the Council of Independent Colleges with their Chief Academic Officer Award. As a teacher-scholar Cole teaches at all levels of the curriculum, received the Allegheny College Thoburn Award for excellence in teaching, and established an active student-focused undergraduate research program in the geosciences with over $500k in funding from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the American Chemical Society and over 100 published articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. Before his career in higher education, Cole worked in the environmental consulting industry.

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Allegheny College President’s Cabinet

The president’s cabinet is composed of the senior college administrators who report directly to the president; the rotating chair of Faculty Council also serves as part of the cabinet. They work closely together with the president, trustees, faculty and staff to provide advice, develop and implement college-wide initiatives and policies, and oversee college operations. The cabinet meets weekly with the president; administrative cabinet members are invited to attend Board of Trustee meetings. Cabinet members serve as a resource for the College’s shared governance committees, as well as to the Board of Trustees committees.

Ian Binnington

Dean for Student Success, Professor of History and Black Studies

Dean for Student Success and Professor of History and Black Studies, Ian oversees the Maytum Center for Student Success. The Center provides holistic, integrated, and student-centered academic advising and support. He also provides leadership support for student retention efforts, to the Allegheny Bound Orientation and Transition Program for new, first-year and transfer students, and to the Class Deans. Ian came to Allegheny in 2006 after completing his Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and after four years teaching at Eastern Illinois University. He has taught in the Departments of History and Black Studies since 2006, chaired Black Studies from 2012 to 2016, and has served on the Academic Standards and Awards Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Diversity and Gender Equity Committee, and Faculty Council. He currently serves on the Retention Council and the Students of Concern team. His teaching interests include nineteenth century American history, the American Civil War, and African-American history. He has published on the history of Confederate nationalism and on role-immersion play into college classroom.

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Angela T. Haddad

Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Angela T. Haddad serves as Allegheny’s chief academic officer and a member of the College’s senior leadership team, providing vision and direction for the academic program of the College. The Provost’s Office at Allegheny also supports and advances the teaching and research goals of the College’s faculty and supports ongoing professional development within a diversifying and inclusive culture. Angela previously served as senior associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Hunter College in New York City. During her nine years at Hunter College, she developed and implemented initiatives that support faculty development and academic innovation, along with programs to promote academic excellence and strengthen student success and retention. Prior to Hunter College, Angela served as associate provost of Barnard College, where she initiated projects to support faculty development and curricular innovation and led efforts in developing, coordinating, and implementing academic and institutional assessment plans and practices. Before joining Barnard College, she was an associate professor and department chair in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Central Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Angela has presented at a wide range of academic and professional conferences and authored or co-authored numerous scholarly publications and successful grant proposals.

Assistant: Samantha Stephens

Ellen JohnsonEllen V. Johnson

Vice President for Enrollment Management

As Vice President for Enrollment Management, Ellen Johnson serves as the College’s chief enrollment officer and has oversight of institutional marketing and communications. Ellen provides leadership in the design and implementation of marketing, recruitment, and enrollment practices that seek well-prepared students, promote retention to graduation, and advance the mission and goals of Allegheny. She previously served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at The College of St. Scholastica, leading the recruitment of traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students, setting financial aid strategies and student financial services priorities, and overseeing marketing, branding, and communications. Prior to her leadership role at St. Scholastica, Ellen served as Director of Undergraduate Admission at Simmons University, where she led the recruitment efforts for all first-year, transfer, and non-traditional undergraduate students. She previously held positions at Lesley University, the higher education marketing firm Carnegie Dartlet, and Valparaiso University. Ellen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education leadership at Colorado State University. She earned a Master of Education in policy, planning, and administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in elementary education and a minor in music, from The College of St. Scholastica. Active in service to her profession, Ellen has presented at regional and national enrollment management conferences on a range of issues related to diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and data analytics.

Headshot of Kevin KKevin Kovalycsik

Chief of Staff

As chief of staff, Kevin Kovalycsik will play an active role in moving the president’s strategic priorities forward, managing complex, high-priority projects and initiatives across campus and with outside communities and agencies. Among many other responsibilities, he will also serve as a liaison for the president with other administrative leaders and staff. Kovalycsik previously served as chief of staff of Engineering Medicine at Texas A&M University and chief of staff at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Prior to these experiences, he also taught economics and business courses at a number of institutions in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to his career in higher education, he worked in athletic operations for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the United States Tennis Association and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.Kovalycsik has volunteered with several community organizations in the Houston region, and he has participated in education and healthcare service experiences in Cambodia, South Africa, Uganda and the U.S. In addition, he has served on the Alumni Council of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service for the state of New Jersey. Kovalycsik earned an M.P.A. from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University, and a B.A., with a major in journalism and mass media and minor in political science, from Rutgers University.

Headshot of Jen PJennifer Padlan

Director of Human Resources

Jennifer Padlan was appointed Director of Human Resources and Title IX Deputy in March 2017. She manages and supervises human resources activities related to payroll, employment, recruitment, employee relations, retirement, immigration, compensation, benefits, training, safety, performance evaluations, job descriptions, policy development, and legal compliance. Prior to joining Allegheny, Jennifer worked for nine years with The Erie Insurance Group, holding progressively responsible positions including senior HR business partner and interim vice president for compensation, HR information systems, and payroll. Jennifer also has served as HR business partner at Hamot Medical Center and was employed by Lockheed Martin Corporation in varying program management positions, each with a differing focus, including compensation, diversity, and equal employment opportunity. Jennifer earned a B.S. in industrial/organizational psychology with a concentration in business from The Pennsylvania State University, and she has earned an MBA in human resource management and is Six Sigma certified. Jennifer has received professional certifications from many organizations, including the Society of Human Resource Management, HR Certification Institute, the Human Capital Institute, World at Work, and the Equal Employment Advisory Council.

Heather Moore Roberson

Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Community and Justice Studies and Black Studies

As Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Heather Moore Roberson serves as the senior diversity officer of the College and leads the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The office works to advance inclusive excellence by shaping, implementing, and supporting policies, strategies, and initiatives in support of the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, Heather partners with a wide range of other departments and offices on campus on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and initiatives. Heather joined the Allegheny faculty in 2015 and received tenure in 2021, becoming one of the first Black women to do so in the College’s history. As a faculty member, she has promoted inclusive excellence in teaching by creating new courses such as Black Meadville and Multicultural Education. She also served as the College’s inaugural Director of Faculty Diversity & Inclusion, chaired the Community & Justice Studies Department, and received the Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020. Heather is a proud native of Buffalo, New York, who earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies from Purdue University and two B.A.s in Education Studies and American Studies from Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut). Her research explores the intersections of race, education, and Black identity. Her first solo-authored book focuses on the images of Black boys on television. In addition, Heather has published articles in journals including Radical Teacher, Professing Education, and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity, along with several book chapters.

Bill Ross

Director of Athletics and Recreation

A member of the Allegheny Athletic Department since 1996, Bill Ross was named the Director of Athletics and Recreation in February 2019. He currently is helping to spearhead major capital athletic projects that include a renovation of the baseball field and the Athletic Hall of Fame area. Bill had served as the Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation since July 2018 and as the Associate Director of Athletics for facilities and recreation services from 2010 to 2018. He has been responsible for overseeing all of the recreation and intramural programs offered by Allegheny while also managing all Allegheny athletic facilities. He serves as the Co-Chair of the North Coast Athletic Conference Sports Caucus, is a member of the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee as well as the National Association of Athletic Directors, and leads the Athletic Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee. Prior to being named Associate Athletic Director, Bill was the Head Coach of the Gators cross country and track and field teams from 1996 to 2010, where he earned 31 NCAC Coach of the Year Awards.

Matthew P. Stinson

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

As Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Matt Stinson leads a team of professionals in Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Annual Giving, Donor Relations, Foundation & Corporate Relations, Gift Planning, and Reunion Giving. Also, he leads the team and efforts for Career Education, utilizing the Gator Alumni network’s power to assist our students. Finally, as a part of President Link’s strategic vision, he oversees a new Office of Economic, Civic, and Community Engagement. Matt has more than 25 years of progressive management experience in higher education, nonprofit, and business organizations. Most recently, as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement with Westminster College (PA), Matt provided leadership and revamped a program that is now recognized nationally for its work. Before joining Westminster College, Matt was with the University of Mount Union as Director of University Advancement. He began his second career in nonprofit fundraising while serving as the administrator for the Copeland Oaks Foundation.

Before his work in non-profit advancement, Matt spent over 10 years in the for-profit technology startup industry, helping to shape product releases and sales and marketing strategies for emerging technologies. He has experience with acquisitions and initial public offerings. Matt also helped launch the entrepreneurship program at the University of Mount Union, serving in administrative and lecturer roles. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving as a past board member of the Mahoning-Shenango chapter. He was a former board member and president of the East Ohio United Methodist Foundation.

Matt earned his Master of Education from Westminster College in 2020 and an MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship from Jones International University in 2005. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Mount Union College/University.

wetsell-600x600Linda Wetsell

Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Administration

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 she manages the operating budget and endowment, oversees the implementation of the campus master plan, and she supervises the Offices of Financial Services, Sustainability, Physical Plant, Auxiliary services, and Conference and Event Services.