Meet the leadership team of St. Edward’s University
Our leadership team brings a depth of experience, a passion for education and a dedication to service.
Marianne Ward-Peradoza leads the faculty and the division of Academic Affairs as the university’s Interim Provost, which includes oversight of all academic schools, the Registrar’s Office, Sponsored Programs and the Munday Library. Ward-Peradoza serves on the president’s cabinet and as administrative liaison for the Institutional Oversight and Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Associate Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs
Glenda Ballard leads a highly motivated and talented team of educators within the university's Office of Graduate and Professional Programs. The office oversees graduate programs in Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership and Global Studies, as well as undergraduate Teacher Education and Adult Continuing Studies.
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Christie Campbell leads the university’s marketing, communications, government and community relations teams. Together, they are responsible for communicating the St. Edward’s story to increase awareness, engagement and connections on the hilltop and with external audiences, attract resources, and achieve the university’s reputation and enrollment goals.
Vice President for University Advancement
Joe DeMedeiros leads a team that cultivates lifelong relationships with alumni, family and friends of the university to support two basic activities: extending the St. Edward's experience beyond graduation, and supporting today's students with gifts of time, talent and treasure.
Rebecca Frost Davis
Associate Vice President for Digital Learning
Rebecca Frost Davis provides leadership and oversight of the department of instructional technology, whose work includes support, training and consultation for educational technologies; instructional design and production for online and blended courses; learning spaces for technology-enhanced active learning; and the Digital Media Center.
Associate Vice President, Business Services
Rebekah Desai provides leadership and oversight to Business Services, which includes responsibility for risk management, compliance, policy administration, real estate management, event and conference services, and auxiliary services. These services support divisional and institutional strategic priorities by preserving organizational assets and resources, ensuring the organization’s adherence to legal, ethical, and regulatory obligations, and ensuring the provision of quality services that enhance the campus experience for students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.
Melissa G. Esqueda
Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Diversity and Inclusion; Title IX Deputy
Melissa Gonzales Esqueda supports university efforts in the development of a strong culture by delivering a positive experience for all employees. Esqueda is responsible for talent acquisitions, training development, talent management, equity, diversity and inclusion, benefits, compensation and employee relations.
Associate Vice President for Finance
Kelli Green oversees the development of the university’s budget and finance operations, including treasury, accounting, student accounts, audit and financial reporting.
Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In her role as associate vice president of Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (FDEI), Monique Jiménez-Herrera sets and implements an overarching vision of FDEI with the goal of eliminating systemic racism and organizational marginalization, as well as promoting inclusion and anti-racist practices through our systems and processes.
Vice President for Student Affairs; Title IX Coordinator
Lisa Kirkpatrick leads the Division of Student Affairs, including Athletics, Dean of Students Office, Diversity and Inclusion, Healthy & Counseling Center, Recreation and Wellness, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Student Transitions and Family Engagement. She also oversees the university’s Title IX compliance, education and investigation efforts.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Kimberly Kvaal serves as the university’s chief financial officer and is a member of the president’s cabinet. In her role, Kvaal has responsibility for budget and finance, facilities, master planning and construction, human resources, auxiliaries, public safety, and risk management. She serves as primary resource to the Fiduciary and Facilities Committees of the Board of Trustees.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Tracy Manier leads the admission and financial aid operations. Together with her teams, she works to further the university’s strategic enrollment goals by recruiting a talented and diverse student body and by helping to make our transformative brand of education affordable for all.
James H. Morris, III
Associate Vice President for University Operations
James Morris leads University Operations, uniting facilities and campus safety to support the university’s mission. He oversees a wide array of services and solutions that maintain a high performing, efficient and secure learning environment.
Gregory S. Perrin
Associate Vice President for Development
Gregory Perrin leads the development and alumni relations teams in the Office of University Advancement to increase alumni engagement, support and participation — advancing both the Holy Cross mission and the university's strategic initiatives. Perrin also collaborates with donors, families and friends to expand opportunities for students through volunteerism and philanthropy.
Associate Vice President of Advancement Operations
Cheri Sullivan leads and manages the team responsible for annual donor acquisition and retention, database management, data and technology services, reporting and analytics, gift processing, prospect development and research, and office management for the Office of University Advancement. She ensures the alignment of support services and infrastructure with the strategic priorities of the division and the university.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Tom Sullivan assists with the management and strategic interests of the division. He also provides leadership to the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Recreation and Wellness, Student Activities, and Student Transitions and Family Engagement. Within Student Affairs, he is responsible for a dynamic co-curriculum that supports student success; as well as affinity development of alumni and family members.
Associate Vice President for Digital Effectiveness
Angela Svoboda oversees support, development, implementation, and enhancement of the university's enterprise software and systems, including the ERP, identity management, and primary web and mobile properties.
Nicole Guerrero Trevino
Associate Vice President for Student Success
Nicole Guerrero Trevino is responsible for overseeing the Student Success Center, developing and coordinating strategic plans and programs for university retention, and working with the university leadership teams on retention initiatives.
Associate Vice President for Athletics
Debbie Taylor provides oversight to all aspects of intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation.
Vice President for Information Technology
David Waldron is responsible for all aspects of information technology, including networking and telecommunications, administrative computing, instructional technology and client support.
Father Peter Walsh, CSC
Director of Campus Ministry
Father Peter Walsh develops social and spiritual programs focused on young adult ministry.