AU PRESIDENT’S CABINET
The primary function of a university cabinet is to recommend and review principles, policies, and rules of university-wide significance. The president seeks the advice of this senior leadership team on issues of university direction, policy, and planning, including, but not limited to: long-range planning for faculty and academic program development; strategic planning on financial, facilities, and fundraising matters; faculty and student affairs; and personnel policies and other matters as appropriate or necessary.
Assumption’s president, Greg Weiner, Ph.D., assembled a new cabinet and serves as its chair. The membership includes the provost and vice president for academic affairs, vice president for mission, vice president for finance and administration, vice president of enrollment management, vice president for University advancement, vice president for student affairs, general counsel and vice president for strategy, vice president for student success, and chief marketing officer.
When asked how he went about building his team, President Weiner — in his signature humble and humorous style — answered, “One of me is enough!” He went on to explain his plan to surround himself with people who have genuine differences of perspective, providing healthy debate but with a common commitment to the mission of the University. As cabinet chair, he purposefully facilitates disagreement in order to elicit challenging views.
Most of the current cabinet members are relatively new to Assumption and/or their positions.
“I think the personal and professional chemistry is terrific,” says Weiner. “It’s a team of people who support one another and try to lift each other up.”
Aside from sharing information, the cabinet focuses on their time together as forward-looking and strategic. Reflecting on their first cabinet retreat in May, he remembers noticing that, despite how shallow and new their personal relationships were so early on, there was a “profoundly deep and immediate connection to the educational enterprise as we are trying to conduct it here.”
In developing a new strategic plan, the cabinet has made a concerted effort to use existing governance structures instead of creating extra committees. This puts more of a burden on these leaders, but they are up to the challenge and are cultivating the same spirit of constructive and open dialogue within their divisions as they practice in cabinet meetings.
QUOTE FROM BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIR, CANDACE RACE ‘78:
“I couldn’t be more impressed with the cabinet that has been assembled in the last several months. Without exception, the team is obviously engaged, strategic, and clearly demonstrates deep expertise in each of their disciplines. I look forward to working with Greg and his cabinet in our new chapter for Assumption. We are set up for success!”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
“I am honored and humbled to be in a position where each day I have the opportunity to advance and infuse the essential academic interests and ends of an Assumption education across our University.”
Professional Goal: To place Assumption’s distinctive intellectual, educational, and academic goals at the center of every decision as we make strides as a University.
Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A.
Vice President for Mission
“As the senior member of the cabinet, I hope to join my knowledge and love of the University’s mission to the renewed impetus provided by a fresh and bold strategic plan.”
Professional Goal: To assist in a community-wide reflection on the nature and goals of Catholic liberal education in the Assumptionist spirit.
General Counsel and Vice President for Strategy
“As a proud alumna, it is a privilege to serve this institution under Greg Weiner’s leadership. I owe an incalculable debt of gratitude to AU for the transformative education I received here, and I look forward to helping the University thrive in the years to come.”
Professional Goal: To provide excellent strategic guidance, consultation, and support to senior University administrators, faculty, and staff on a comprehensive range of legal and associated issues involved in carrying out the mission of the University.
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Treasurer
“It is an honor to be a member of the president’s cabinet and to be part of a dedicated team adding value to the Assumption University experience, using a collaborative approach to deliver business service, finance, human resources, information technology, and public safety functions.”
Professional Goal: Work closely with the president, cabinet, Board of Trustees, and the entire campus community to implement continuous improvement and achieve long-term financial stability for Assumption University.
Jill Wierbicki Abrahams
Vice President for University Advancement
“It is inspiring to be around a table with Greg and my cabinet colleagues to discuss ways in which we can ensure Assumption University thrives. Our commitment to the community, and especially our students, runs so deep that we each embrace Assumption as ‘my school.’ My 36 years of experience in philanthropy, largely in higher-education institutions, are enhancing our discussions and plans for Assumption’s very bright future.”
Professional Goal: Teaching and advising individuals on how to leverage their philanthropy to make a difference in the world; ensuring access to a liberal arts education, professional growth, and workforce development to all who seek it and are qualified to receive it; and creating a culture within higher education that welcomes and provides a platform for civil discourse.
Conway C.S. Campbell, Sr
Vice President for Student Success
“I am thrilled to work with my cabinet colleagues in understanding who our students are and to work together toward their success.”
Professional Goal: To help all students (especially those who are underserved) succeed in life and gain upward mobility.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
“Assumption has been a special place for a very long time. The students and teammates I get to work with every day are incredibly special. I am honored and excited to be at AU at this moment of positive change.”
Professional Goal: To play a role in helping Assumption University reach our strategic goals, including improving access and achieving record-level enrollment.
Fractional Chief Marketing Officer
“I am thrilled to be working with Greg and his brilliant cabinet on transforming Assumption into a top national liberal arts institution. I was lucky to benefit from Catholic liberal education myself and feel fortunate to be able to define and promote its benefits in this role.”
Professional Goal: Build sustainable, best-in-class teams that can navigate the future of higher education with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
“I am honored to be a member of the cabinet and work alongside colleagues who are devoted to the growth, sustainability, and impact of Assumption University. I am inspired by the work of my colleagues, but even more importantly, by the dedication and engagement of AU students.”
Professional Goal: To promote a student-centric mentality and approach to daily work across campus and provide intentional opportunities for students to learn and grow outside the classroom.