Senior Leadership

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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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, 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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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

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Dr. Kristin Nicole Dukes

Dean for Institutional Diversity

As the Dean for Institutional Diversity, Kristin Nicole Dukes, Ph.D. is charged with shaping and implementing policies, strategies, and initiatives in support of the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to assuming the senior diversity officer role at Allegheny, Dr. Dukes was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Simmons University. Dr. Dukes has more than a decade of experience in institutional diversity in higher education including recruitment and retention, curriculum design, delivering diversity and inclusion competency workshops, and serving as a consultant to various college offices. She has published research in various outlets including the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Journal of Social Issues, and Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy and presented at numerous conferences including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and Society of Experimental Social Psychology. Dr. Dukes 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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 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.