Saint Joseph’s University Magazine | Fall 2019

Building Our University Leadership

Saint Joseph’s University's Leadership Council has evolved into a team of new hires and longer-tenured leaders who possess a strategic and complementary mix of institutional knowledge, wide-ranging skills and rich professional backgrounds and experiences. Composition and representation have changed in recent years to include more operational and academic areas, and women now constitute nearly half of the Council. According to University President Mark C. Reed, "I have a desirable and trusted team of advisers. The collaboration and energy of this Council inspires me and affirms my confidence in our ability to move this University forward while remaining grounded in our mission and identity."


Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., President

Length of Service: 4 years

Previous Institutions: Fairfield University, Xaverian Brothers High School, St. Joseph’s Prep

Standout SJU Moment: Shaking the hands of each graduate at commencement.


Cheryl A. McConnell, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Length of Service: 3 months

Previous Institution: Rockhurst University

Standout SJU Moment: The strength of our senior leadership and faculty and their commitment to our mission.


David R. Beaupré, MBA, Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer

Length of Service: 3 years

Previous Institutions: Duquesne University, Loyola University Maryland, Booz Allen Hamilton, Arthur Andersen

Standout SJU Moment: Giving the welcoming remarks at the Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart program graduation ceremony.


Joseph P. Kender, MBA, Vice President, University Relations

Length of Service: 6 years (2004-2007, 2016-present)

Previous Institutions: Lehigh University, Georgetown University

Standout SJU Moment: Experiencing the transformative impact of the $50 million gift from the Maguire Foundation as it raises the University's endowment, supports scholarships and financial assistance to our students, and expands University programs.


Cary M. Anderson, Ed.D., Associate Provost and Vice President, Student Life

Length of Service: 12 years

Previous Institutions: Canisius College, College of the Holy Cross

Standout SJU Moment: The University’s vision and commitment to a quality student experience that the acquisition of the Maguire campus and the upcoming campus master plan provide.


Jill R. Bodensteiner, J.D., MBA, Director of Athletics

Length of Service: 1 year

Previous Intuitions: University of Notre Dame; Bryan Cave; The Honorable Catherine Perry, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Missouri; Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Standout SJU Moment: Watching the field hockey team win their second consecutive Atlantic 10 championship on Ellen Ryan Field with a huge crowd of supporters.


Joseph A. DiAngelo, Ed.D. ’70, Dean, Erivan K. Haub School of Business

Length of Service: 19 years

Previous Institution: Widener University

Standout SJU Moment: Seeing our business programs achieve national rankings prominence on a regular basis, with insurance, accounting, marketing, finance and data analytics consistently rated in the top 25 by U.S. News and World Report.


Fran J. DiSanti '79, M.S., Chief Information Officer

Length of Service: 22 years

Previous Institution: West Chester University

Standout SJU Moment: Participating in leadership development programs like the Ignatian Colleagues Program and Ignatian Leadership Program.


Zenobia Hargust, Chief Human Resources Officer

Length of Service: 4 months

Previous Institutions: Swarthmore College, Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Lutheran Children and Family Service

Standout SJU Moment: Joining the community during the recent influx of new leadership at SJU, each with diverse ideas and experiences, has made this an exciting transition. There is great energy among the leadership to continue to support the strategic plan of SJU.


Daniel R.J. Joyce, S.J. '88, Executive Director, Mission Programs

Length of Service: 14 years

Previous Institution: Wheeling Jesuit University

Standout SJU Moment: Seeing so many of my colleagues accompany others, especially students, through versions of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, which offers a life-long spirituality of discernment and deepens each person’s relationship with God.


Robert J. McBride, M.A., Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management

Years of Service: 6

Previous Institutions: La Salle University, Holy Family University

Standout SJU Moment: As a first-generation student and beneficiary of the Pell grant program, I was grateful to be part of the effort to significantly increase the number of Pell recipients in the freshman class in 2018.


Angela Rowe McDonald, Ph.D., Dean, School of Health Studies and Education

Years of Service: 3 months

Previous Institutions: University of North Carolina at Pembroke, East Carolina University, College of William & Mary

Standout SJU Moment: I’ve really enjoyed working with Provost McConnell and appreciate her approach to new leadership on campus, her dedication to academic programming, faculty development and student experiences.


Timothy A. McGuriman, M.Ed., Associate Vice President, Administrative Services

Years of Service: 3

Previous Institution: Loyola University Chicago, Susquehanna University

Standout SJU Moment: The engagement that we now have with students, as paraprofessionals working within our departments, as critical voices on various committees and in the selection of new business partners at SJU.


Shaily Menon, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Years of Service: 2

Previous Institution: Grand Valley State University, San Francisco State University

Standout SJU Moment: Working with passionate and engaged students and faculty on social justice issues and innovative initiatives.


Karen A. Pellegrino, M.A., Vice President, Enrollment Management

Years of Service: 1

Previous Institution: Fairfield University, Fordham University, Boston College

Standout SJU Moment: Enrolling 27 students from Puerto Rico for the Class of 2023.


Sarah F. Quinn ’89, ’09 (EMBA), Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff

Years of Service: 23

Previous Institution: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Standout SJU Moment: The day I discovered that over four generations of my family has earned 25 degrees from SJU, including two honorary degrees.   


Wadell Ridley ’19 (MBA), Interim Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

Years of Service: 12 (2006-08, 2009-present)

Previous Institutions: Mayor’s Office of Community Services in Philadelphia, 4th District of Philadelphia

Standout SJU Moment: I’ve been most impressed by the University’s commitment to the Samuel Gompers Elementary School. The partnership between Saint Joseph’s faculty and students and the University’s neighbors in the Wynnefield and Overbrook communities has transformed the lives of hundreds of young children.


Marianne Schimelfenig, J.D., M.A., General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Years of Service: 11

Previous Institutions: Saint Mary's College of California, Regents of the University of California system, Clorox Co., Georgia-Pacific, U.S. House of Representatives   

Standout SJU Moment: Supporting and witnessing the evolution of the myriad uses, and physical integration of, the Maguire Campus for the benefit of the University’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.


Marie Williams, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Years of Service: 1

Previous Institutions: Edelman, University of Pennsylvania , Temple University

Standout SJU Moment: Collaborating on the programming and communications to support the campus visit of Congressman John Lewis.