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 national 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. In 2017, the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania was awarded at the state level for the first time.

Dr. Mullen has served as chair of board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, 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 as chair of the board of directors of the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) and has served as vice president of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).

Dr. Mullen also serves on boards for 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 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.


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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


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.


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

Senior 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

Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

Appointed Dean of Admissions at Allegheny College in 2014, and subsequently, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, Cornell LeSane has over 18 years of experience working in higher education. Prior to Allegheny, he served in a progression of leadership roles at Carnegie Mellon University. He has developed and overseen the implementation of numerous initiatives designed to foster the mission of the institution and assist students and families in all aspects of college selection and beyond.

LeSane has been active both in professional associations and in his community, having served on the steering committee for the Pittsburgh Science and Technology School, a magnet school for 6th–12th graders, and as a Committee Chair for College Success 101, an outreach program geared towards inner-city youth in the Pittsburgh area; he currently serves on the board of directors for Meadville Medical Center. He participated as a long-standing instructor for College Exploration Experience and College for Every Student, two programs designed to assist high school students to prepare for and navigate the college search process. Likewise, LeSane was a faculty member for the inaugural PACAC College Counselor Leadership Institute geared toward assisting those interested in becoming a Director of College Counseling. While at Carnegie Mellon, he was nominated and received CMU’s Andy Award — named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon — for outstanding commitment to students.

LeSane holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University and a Master of Public Management, Concentration in Leadership in Higher Education, from Carnegie Mellon University.


Jennifer MangusJennifer Mangus

Director of Human Resources

Jennifer Mangus was appointed Director of Human Resources in March 2017. 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. 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, the Human Capital Institute, World at Work, and the Equal Employment Advisory Council.


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, the Title IX Office, admissions and financial aid, and overall enrollment planning. Before joining the College in 2016, she has spent more than 27 years of progressive management experience in public accounting, nonprofit administration and higher education. After serving for three years as controller at Swarthmore College, Eileen was promoted to assistant vice president for finance and controller in 2008 and to associate vice president for finance and treasurer in 2014.

As associate vice president for finance and treasurer at Swarthmore, Eileen provided leadership for a broad range of areas including financial accounting and reporting, auditing, budgeting, financial services, financial aid, grants administration, insurance, contract review and financial risk management. Prior to Swarthmore, Eileen held positions at Lafayette College, Community Action Southwest in Washington, Pennsylvania, and in the accounting industry with KPMG Peat Marwick, where she began her career.

A Pennsylvania certified public accountant, Eileen is a member of the Meadville Medical Center Corporate Board of Directors and is on the Board of Corporators for the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County. She holds membership in the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of CPAs and Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society recognizing business excellence. Eileen 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


Bill Ross

Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation

A member of the Allegheny athletic department since 1996, Bill Ross was named the interim director of athletics and recreation in July 2018. 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 associate director of athletics for facilities and recreation services since 2010. 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.


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.


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.


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.