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Elizabethtown College is a non-profit corporation chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founder by members of the Church of the Brethren in 1899. The College is now governed by an independent Board of Trustees while affirming its heritage and relationship to the church.

Board of Trustees

The board has final legislative authority in all matters pertaining to the purpose of the College and the policies for fulfilling the statement of purpose. Among the board's primary functions are selecting the president of the College, developing and sustaining the philosophy and policies of the College, setting the costs of tuition and fees, adopting the annual budget, and approving plans for developing and maintaining the physical plant.

Board of Trustee List

President of the College

Elizabethtown College has had 13 presidents, leaders who epitomize the Church of the Brethren philosophy and the ideals of a liberal arts education.

With the vision and dedication of these presidents, Elizabethtown College has grown into a leading liberal arts college in the northeast.

Meet our president, Carl J. Strikwerda.

Senior Staff

The senior staff works with the president in a collaborative and advisory capacity to assist in setting the strategic direction for the College. Members of the senior staff have management responsibility which represents all areas of the College.

Susan Traverso
Provost and Senior Vice President

Susan has been the Provost and Senior and Senior Vice President at Elizabethtown College since 2007. She is the Chief Program Officer of the College and acts in place of the President in his absence. She is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing the college’s academic policies as well as for oversight of the College’s academic expense budget. As the chief academic officer, the Provost provides oversight for all personnel issues related to the educational program of the College and represents the administration on the Executive Council of the Faculty Assembly and represents the College in its relationship with the Brethren Colleges Abroad. Dr. Traverso is responsible for advising the President on all major matters of resource allocation within the academic areas of the College including construction and other capital projects, space allocation, and distribution of new positions within the faculty. She is the chief planning officer of the College and sits on the Resources and Planning Committee.

Richard (Rick) L. Bailey
Vice President for Financial Services and Treasurer

As VP for Finance, Rick is responsible for the financial management of the College and member of the Senior Management Team. Specific responsibilities include accounting, financial reporting, audit, accounts payable, student accounts, card services, treasury management, endowment, annual budget, planning, and risk management. Recommend and facilitate agendas and discussions among Sr. Staff, College committees, and with Board of Trustee committees for Finance, Audit, and Investments.

Robert M. Wallet
Vice President for Administration

As Vice President for Administration, Bob is responsible for many of the operational areas of the institution including, Campus Services, the College Store, Dining Services, Facilities Management and Construction and Human Resources. He is also a Core Team Member of the Emergency Management Group, and serves on several College committees, such as Facilities and Planning Construction Committee and the Hiring and Compensation Review Committee.

David Beidleman
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations

As Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations David is responsible for overseeing the Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Major Giving, Gift Planning, Foundation, Government, Community Relations, and Church Relations at Elizabethtown College. He works extensively with the Board of Trustees, Leadership Council, Alumni and Parent Councils to advance the engagement with all constituencies including alumni, parents, and friends. David holds a BA and MEd from Lehigh University and has served in advancement field for 25 years in various roles at Elizabethtown, Lehigh, Lafayette and Franklin and Marshall College. David remains actively engaged with organizations within our community including his service on the Fulton Theater Board and the Manheim Township School District Foundation Board.

Paul Cramer
Vice President for Enrollment

As Vice President for Enrollment, Paul monitors the comings and goings of students at Elizabethtown College. He works with the Office of Admissions and the Financial Aid Office to recruit and enroll new students of quality. Equally important is his responsibility for coordinating a team of faculty and staff from all corners of the campus to track and project campus-wide enrollment (retention and graduation) to promote and enable successful persistence for all Elizabethtown students.

Marianne Calenda
Dean of Students

The Dean of Students is responsible for the administrative oversight and enhancement of the student learning/living environment. She reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President and collaborates with the Dean of Faculty. The Dean’s specific responsibilities include oversight of co-curricular programs and services including athletics, health services, diversity, student rights and responsibilities, religious life, residence life, and student activities. In addition, she oversees coordinated academic support services which are delivered through the Center for Student Success. The Center houses academic advising, career services, counseling services, disability services and learning services.

Fletcher McClellan
Dean of Faculty

The Dean of Faculty brings vision and leadership to the College’s academic programs in collaboration with the faculty. Working closely with the department chairs and Academic Council, the Dean advances educational excellence through curricular offerings that are aligned with the College’s Educational Philosophy and Student Learning Goals. A champion of faculty development, the Dean provides resources for the faculty’s continued professional growth as teacher-scholars and experts in their field. Within a shared governance framework, the Dean evaluates faculty members and maintains expected standards of excellence in teaching, research, and service. The Dean of Faculty, in partnership with the Dean of Students, integrates curricular and co-curricular programs to advance student learning beyond the classroom. As a member of Senior Staff, the Dean serves as the primary advocate for academic programs and faculty concerns. Together with faculty leadership, the Dean ensures that academic excellence and student learning remain the primary focus of the institution.

John Kokolus
Dean of the Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning

The Dean of Continuing Education and Distance Learning is the chief academic officer and chief administrator of the Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning. The Dean is responsible to the Provost and Senior Vice President for planning, implementing, and managing all of the Center’s academic (credit) and non-academic (non-credit) programming, student policies, distance learning initiatives, identification, development, and assignment of the Center’s faculty, recruitment of adult learners by appropriate standards, evaluation and approval of all adult learner transfer credits to Elizabethtown College, evaluation of adult credit for prior learning, and final approval of the Center’s candidates for graduation and degrees. The Dean also maintains the Center’s academic and professional standards.

Elizabeth (Liz) Braungard '86
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications

Liz has overseen all aspects of marketing and communications for the College since 2010. She is responsible to the president and collaborates with a team of professionals in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Her responsibilities include: brand management and creative direction, advertising, public and media relations, crisis communications, internal communications, athletic communications, web design and content, video production and social media. She is the senior staff liaison to the Enrollment and Marketing Committee of the Board of Trustees, is a member of the Emergency Management Group, the Employee Wellness Committee and is the advisor to Melica (all-female student a cappella group) and to the Conestogan, the College’s yearbook.

Richard (Rick) E. Basom, Jr.
Director of Research and Planning

Rick has led the Office of Research and Planning since it was established in January 2008. He is responsible to the President for institutional research, institutional assessment and externally sponsored research administration at the College. In addition to those responsibilities, Rick represents the College on the Innovation Transfer Network Board of Advisors, serves on the College Educational Assessment Committee, and leads the Institutional Assessment Advisory Committee.

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