Office of the President

Cabinet Member Profiles

  • David J. Baird

    Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

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    The vice president for information technology and chief information officer oversees the full spectrum of technology issues at the university – from infrastructure to digital information – and provides strategic direction and cohesion to the various parts of ITS as well as advocating for ITS at the university level.

    Biography
    David Baird joined Wesleyan in 2012. He holds a PhD in geophysics from Cornell University and obtained his undergraduate degree in geology and physics from the University of New Brunswick (Canada).  He has 18 years of leadership experience using technology to improve education, and worked previously at Colgate and at Lawrence Universities.

  • Debbie Colucci

    Interim Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer

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    Equity Compliance Director and interim vice president for equity and inclusion/Title IX officer works closely with the offices of Academic Affairs, Admissions, Student Affairs, and University Relations on issues of inclusion and equity as they relate to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and national origin in the areas of recruitment, admission, retention, hires, promotion, and fundraising – and is responsible for maintaining proper university reporting procedures and policies as they pertain to federal and state laws.

    Biography
    Debbie Colucci arrived at Wesleyan in 2014, serving as Equity Compliance Director and Deputy Title IX Officer. She has a BA in Art and Psychology from Bowling Green State University and an MS in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. She has for many years now developed and implemented workshops and courses for campuses, schools, and workplaces in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity & respect, team-building, communication, supervision, mediation, conflict resolution, employee success, and student success. She writes on issues related to sexual misconduct in higher education for Paperclip Communications and serves as a facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute. Prior to joining the ADL, she worked in Student Affairs as campuses in NY, IL, FL and CT.

  • Joyce Jacobsen

    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Andrews Professor of Economics

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    As chief academic officer, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (SVP) oversees: the University curriculum and new curricular initiatives; faculty hiring and promotion; support for faculty research and teaching; and the administration of all academic departments, interdisciplinary and certificate programs, centers, and colleges, graduate programs, study-abroad programs, the athletics department, the library, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Institutional Research. The provost and VPAA is a core participant in the University's budget development and strategic planning and has bottom-line responsibility for meeting budget targets for faculty compensation and for academic departments and programs, as well as athletics and the library.

    Biography
    Joyce Jacobsen, Andrews Professor of Economics, has a BA in economics (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard, a MSc in economics from London School of Economics, and a PhD in economics from Stanford. She has published books and articles mainly in the area of labor economics, including work on sex segregation, migration, and the effects of labor force intermittency on women's earnings, and also on the economics of wine and other collectibles. She has been a visiting professor at Colorado College, Harvard, Northwestern, and University of Groningen, and taught at Rhodes College before coming to Wesleyan in 1993.  She has consulted for the World Bank and other nonprofit organizations as well as doing litigation consulting for the ACLU and other entities.

  • Nancy Hargrave Meislahn

    Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

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    The vice president and dean of admission and financial aid supervises the admission and financial aid offices, directs all aspects of admission, and provides general supervision in the area of financial aid. The 25-member admission staff is responsible for the recruitment and selection of all entering undergraduates: a first-year class of 765 and 75 new transfers each year (15 matriculating each spring). The financial aid staff of eight administers roughly $55 million of grant assistance in a need-based program and counsels families on matters related to affording a Wesleyan education.

    Biography
    Nancy Hargrave Meislahn has been dean of admission and financial aid at Wesleyan since January 2000. Prior to coming to Wesleyan, she was the director of undergraduate admissions at Cornell University for 15 years. She served on the Ivy League admission and policy committees and was president of the New York State Association of College Admissions Counselors, from which she received the inaugural President’s Award for Excellence in Counseling in 1989. Nancy served on the board of the Test of English as s Foreign Language (TOEFL), and consults for the U.S. State Department and College Board as the senior member of the advisory committee for the Overseas Schools Project.

  • Key Nuttall

    Senior Vice President for External Relations

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    The Senior Vice President for External Relations leads the coordination of our work with Admission, University Relations, Communications and other outwardly facing functions towards the strategic goal of enhancing recognition of our university. The SVP provides direction for Wesleyan’s communications and marketing activities, develops a clear vision for branding and messaging in all tactics and media and serves as the institution’s senior marketing and public relations advisor.

    Biography
    Key Nuttall joined Wesleyan in 2015, having served most recently as assistant vice president for university marketing at the University of Washington, where he led a 23-person team responsible for all campus-wide marketing activities. He had previously held a variety of marketing and management positions at Microsoft Corporation, concluding as director of strategy and marketing for the Learning Business unit. He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

  • Gilbert L. Skillman

    Chair of the Faculty, Professor of Economics

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    The chair of the faculty consults regularly with the provost and vice president for academic affairs and with the president; coordinates the work of the University's standing committees; establishes the agenda for and presides over the faculty meetings; convenes and presides over the Faculty Executive Committee; is the faculty representative to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees; serves on the Budget Priorities Committee; attends the meetings of the President's Cabinet.

    Biography

    Gilbert L. Skillman is Professor of Economics and a Tutor in the College of Social Studies. Professor Skillman received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and his M. A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. Gil’s research features the application of game theory to issues in political economy, and he has also studied related questions in economic philosophy, the theory of the firm, and the history of economic thought. He has published over 30 articles and reviews in addition to co-authoring Labor Markets and Employment Relationships with Joyce Jacobsen. A recipient of the Binswanger Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, Gil teaches courses in microeconomic theory, political economy, mathematical economics, game theory, and the history of economic thought. Prior to coming to Wesleyan, Gil taught at Brown University. In addition to serving a previous term as faculty chair, Gil has served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Andrus Public Affairs Center at Wesleyan.  

  • Andrew Y. Tanaka '00

    Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer

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    The Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer is the chief administrative officer of the university providing leadership for managing the institution's financial resources and achieving its overall strategic goals. The Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer is responsible for operations including, finance, budget, legal, human resources, facilities, and sustainability. Reporting directly to the President and as a member of the Cabinet, the Senior Vice President serves as Wesleyan’s Treasurer, an appointment conferred by the Board of Trustees.

    Biography
    Prior to joining Wesleyan in 2004 as a major gift officer in University Relations, Andrew Tanaka worked for the consulting firm Towers Perrin and then as a national accounts executive at Aetna. He most recently served in the President's Office as Vice President and Chief of Staff. A Freeman Scholar, he graduated from Wesleyan with a B.A. in economics and earned his MBA through the executive program at Cornell University.

  • Michael Whaley

    Vice President for Student Affairs

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    The vice president for student affairs supervises a large and complex office and works with the vice president for academic affairs to develop programs that connect faculty and students outside the classroom in a variety of co-curricular activities. The vice president supervises the offices of the Dean of Students, Academic Advancement (class deans), Public Safety, and Graduate Student Services.  The vice president collaborates with academic affairs on the faculty advising program as well as various co-curricular programs that contribute to the intellectual life of the campus. In conjunction with faculty and student committees, the office is responsible for a wide range of policies and issues affecting students’ academic and co-curricular experience.

    Biography
    “Dean Mike,” as he is known among students, was appointed vice president for student affairs in February, 2008. A native of upstate New York, he holds a BS in microbiology from Cornell University and a MS in counseling and higher education from Central Connecticut State University. Beginning in 1997, he served as Wesleyan’s dean of students, becoming interim dean of the college in 2007. He has worked with students and faculty in numerous capacities, including the development of a strategic facilities plan, improvement of relations with city residents, enhancement of services for students with disabilities, oversight of the student judicial system, and improvements to orientation activities. Throughout his tenure he has been a strong advocate for effective student governance as well as active student participation in institutional decision-making.

  • Barbara-Jan Wilson

    Vice President for University Relations

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    The vice president for university relations cultivates lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, and friends; grows pride in the Wesleyan community; and develops support for university initiatives. To accomplish these objectives, the vice president directs a team that conceives, plans, and administers Wesleyan’s outreach activities, including development/fundraising, alumni, and parent relations; career resources for students and alumni; and events, including Homecoming/Family Weekend and Reunion/Commencement. A principal component of these responsibilities is oversight of the University’s comprehensive development campaigns to increase gift and volunteer support to Wesleyan. The THIS IS WHY campaign concluded in 2016 having raised over $480 million.

    Biography
    Barbara-Jan Wilson has been vice president for university relations at Wesleyan since the spring of 1999. These responsibilities include fundraising, communications, alumni programs, events, and career resources. From 1990 to 1999, she was dean of admission and financial aid; from 1982 to 1990, she was director of career resources and associate dean of the college, also at Wesleyan. Previously, she worked at Williams College, at the Ethel Walker School, and in the Vermont public school system. She received her BA and MA in English from the University of Connecticut (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She is an avid Yankees, Patriots, UConn Huskies and Wes Cardinals fan!