Senior Leadership

President of Allegheny College

President Hilary L. Link

Dr. Link has more than 20 years of experience across a broad range of institutions of higher education, from large public and private universities to small private colleges. She has built programs, increased resources, enhanced institutional visibility, and created innovative interdisciplinary and experiential approaches to education.

Prior to her arrival at Allegheny, Dr. Link served for six years (2013) as dean of Temple University Rome. As the senior Temple University administrator in Rome, she was responsible for all aspects of Temple Rome’s campus, which annually enrolls more than 600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. She strategically expanded and revamped curriculum to enhance enrollment by including more contemporary topics and developed new courses and internships with Temple’s Klein College of Media and Communication; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Technology; College of Engineering; and School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, among other divisions. Dr. Link was instrumental in leading recruitment initiatives to achieve an enrollment that was the highest in the 52-year history of the campus, and she initiated and garnered support for a full-fledged development program, including creation of a Temple Rome Board of Visitors.

Dr. Link’s professional and academic accolades include membership in the Stanford University Associates, honoring her long-term service to Stanford; selection as a Presidential Fellow of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); the Administrator of the Year Award from the Barnard College Student Government Association; the Elizabeth Deering Hanscom Fellowship in the Humanities at Yale University; and the Pi Mu Iota Award for the highest achievement in the Italian Department at Stanford University. She is currently the vice chair of the American Overseas School of Rome Board of Trustees and is a member of the Centro Studi Americani Board of Directors.

A transdisciplinary and globally oriented scholar of Italian art and literature, Dr. Link is a professor at Allegheny College. She has taught at Temple University Rome, Barnard College, New York University, Columbia University, and Yale University. She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University in Italian language and literature.

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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 directs the Allegheny Gateway, a center that supports students as they explore their interests, turn those interests into experience, and then apply what they’ve learned to opportunities both in their careers and in their communities. He is also Director of Allegheny’s First-Year/Sophomore program, a series of three courses that encourages careful listening and reading, thoughtful speaking and writing, and reflective academic planning and self-exploration. 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 and Sustainability 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 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. Terry also received the Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

Ian Binnington

Dean of Curriculum and Registrar, Associate Professor of History and Black Studies

Dean of Curriculum and Registrar, Associate Professor of History and Black Studies, Ian oversees the Office of the Registrar, the Maytum Learning Commons, and the Office of Student Disability Services. These offices support students as they navigate the Allegheny curriculum. He also provides leadership support to the Allegheny Bound Orientation and Transition Program for new, first-year and transfer students, and to the First-Year Experience. 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 Diversity and Gender Equity Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and Faculty Council. He currently serves on the Curriculum Committee, the Academic Standards and Awards Committee, the FS Leadership Team, Dean’s Council, 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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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.

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Dr. Kristin Nicole Dukes

Dean for Institutional Diversity

Dr. Kristin Nicole Dukes joined Allegheny in July 2018, bringing with her more than a decade of experience working in higher education and institutional diversity. Prior to Allegheny, Kristin served as an associate professor of psychology at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Simmons, Kristin was a member of the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Council, which plays a substantial role in determining that college’s priorities and policies regarding equity and inclusion. Also while at Simmons, she was involved in curriculum design and implementation, and diversity and inclusion workshop facilitation. Kristin earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from Tufts University with a research focus on stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Prior to her tenure at Simmons, she worked with the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Rice University and served as a consultant in the Africana Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity at Tufts. While at Tufts, she was involved in recruitment and retention of students from historically underrepresented groups.

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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.

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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.

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 a major capital athletic project that includes the building of a new turf competition complex for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse, the construction of two grass playing fields, the resurfacing of the Wise Center’s sports forum (Blue Courts), and the installation of new scoreboards and a sound system in the Wise Center performance arena. 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. Bill has been responsible for coordinating all scheduling, maintenance, and staffing at the David V. Wise Center and the Robertson Athletic Complex. He is a member of the school’s Safety Committee and Forest Management Committee and previously sat on the Finance and Facilities Committee and the Communications Leadership Team. 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. He is a 1984 graduate of Slippery Rock University.

Megan RyanMegan Ryan

Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management

Meg joined Allegheny College as executive director of admissions and financial aid in May 2018 and was appointed interim vice president for enrollment management in January 2021. Meg, who has more than a decade of experience working in higher education and customer relations, previously served as associate director of admission at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2013, Meg received the James McKeever Promising Professional Award, given to individuals who have demonstrated both outstanding job performance and meaningful professional services beyond their institutions, from the Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling. Meg serves as membership chair on the association’s executive committee, and has previously served as an at-large delegate, chaired sub-committees during its annual conferences, and presents frequently to colleagues and prospective students through the organization. She also is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Meg holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication, with minors in history and Irish studies, from Villanova University, a Master of Arts in Irish studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Master of Public Management, with highest distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University. She oversees the admissions and financial aid departments, and she serves as a member of the Gator Success Grants, Allegheny Bound, and Satisfactory Academic Progress committees.

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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.

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, Development Resources, Donor Relations, Foundation & Corporate Relations, Gift Planning, and Reunion Giving. Matt has more than 20 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 their 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.

Prior to his work in 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 to launch the entrepreneurship program at the University of Mount Union, serving in both 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, and 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.

April Thompson

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students

April Thompson joined Allegheny in August 2018. She is the chief student affairs officer responsible for key aspects of the student experience and leads the Division of Student Life, which includes the Dean of Students Office, counseling and health and wellness services, residence life, spiritual and religious life, student leadership and involvement, and public safety. She also collaborates closely with colleagues in the offices of academic affairs, Title IX, and athletics and recreation, as well as with the leaders of the engaged learning and civic engagement initiatives in the Allegheny Gateway. April earned her master of education in higher education leadership from the University of Arkansas in 1996 and holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining Allegheny, April was associate vice president and dean of students at Binghamton University in New York. She also worked at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, holding progressively responsible positions in undergraduate judicial affairs and the dean of the college office, where she oversaw residential life, the campus center, the Dartmouth Skiway and outdoor programs. She also has worked in residence life at Sonoma State University and Ohio University.

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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 as the College’s chief financial officer, she supervises the Offices of Financial Services, Physical Plant, the Merriman Bookstore, and Conference and Event Services.