College Administration

Board of Trustees

The Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees oversees the property, business, and affairs of the College.

President of the College

The president of the College is both the leader of educational policy and Mount Holyoke's chief executive officer. Sonya Stephens was named the president of the College on July 1, 2018.

Shared Governance

Mount Holyoke has a strong tradition of shared decision-making among its administration, faculty, and students. Students and faculty have an important role in shaping institutional policy and practice, in particular through the Student Government Association and the various standing committees.

Institutional Policies

Library of official policies governing the College, organized by area are available on the Institutional Policies website.

College Leadership

Mount Holyoke's academic and administrative operations are organized into functional areas, each overseen by a Vice President.

The Cabinet is specified in the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees and consists of the President, the Vice Presidents, and the Secretary of the College.

The Cabinet and Senior Leadership Team work closely together on all institutional-level decisions. They support the College President in ensuring Mount Holyoke College achieves its mission to provide an intellectually adventurous education in the liberal arts and sciences at a women’s college that is gender diverse. 

President

Sonya Stephens

President
President Sonya Stephens

Cabinet

Amber Douglas

Professor of Psychology and Education; Dean of Studies; Director of Student Success Initiatives

Amber Douglas is a licensed clinical psychologist. She teaches courses related to psychological distress, mental health, trauma, resilience and research methods. Her work lies at the intersection of social psychology and clinical psychology, specifically the interactions between social contexts and individual differences. She examines the impact of traumatic stress on cognitive processes, interpersonal health, and mental health in her work. In addition, Douglas investigates how race and other aspects of identity intersect with one’s appraisal and experience of stress, trauma and psychological well-being. Most recently, her work examines the role of psychological distress and resilience in academic contexts.

Photo of Amber Douglas

Shannon D. Gurek

Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer
Shannon Gurek

Marcella Runell Hall

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Marcella Runell Hall

Kassandra Jolley

Vice President for College Relations
Kassandra Jolley

Dorothy E. Mosby

Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Mary E. Woolley Professor of Spanish

Dorothy E. Mosby is the chief academic officer at Mount Holyoke College. She is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the College’s academic mission and for supporting the 35 academic departments and programs; Library, Information, and Technology Services; academic centers; and the academic support offices, including the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Success and Advising, and the Teaching and Learning Initiative.

Dorothy Mosby

Robin Randall

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Robin Randall

Kijua Sanders-McMurtry

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Kijua Sanders-McMurtry will play a key role at Mount Holyoke as the first vice president for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

Alex Wirth-Cauchon

Chief Information Officer and Executive Director Library Information and Technology Services
Alex Wirth-Cauchon

Senior Leadership Team

Penny Davis

Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Penny Davis

Alicia Erwin

Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Strategic Operations
Alicia Erwin

Tiffany Espinosa

Executive Director of Professional and Graduate Education

Tiffany Espinosa

Patricia Gallagher

Associate Vice President for Finance
Patricia Gallagher

Gary Gillis

Norman Wait Harris and Emma Gale Harris Foundation Professor of Biological Sciences; Associate Dean of Faculty; Director of the Science Center

Gary Gillis is interested in the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of animal locomotion. He has worked on systems ranging from swimming fish to running mammals and has been involved in projects exploring plasticity in muscle function and the effects of body size on locomotor movements. Most recently his lab has been using toads to study the control of rapid deceleration during landing. In 2012 and 2013 Gillis served as a Program Officer for the National Science Foundation. Gillis is the point-person for summer student programming, federal grant submissions, and Faculty Fridays.

Gary Gillis

Paul S. Kandel

Associate Vice President for Strategic Projects
Paul Kandel

Stacey Lyons

Associate Vice President for College Relations Operations

Stacey Lyons serves as the associate vice president for advancement operations. In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the office and provides leadership for the College’s advancement services, annual giving and stewardship functions.

Stacey Lyons

Elizabeth K. Markovits

Associate Dean of Faculty; Professor of Politics; Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative

Elizabeth Markovits teaches courses in political theory, ranging from ancient Greek thought to contemporary feminist and democratic theory. She is the author of Future Freedoms: Intergenerational Justice, Democratic Theory, and Ancient Greek Tragedy & Comedy (2018) and The Politics of Sincerity: Plato, Frank Speech, and Democratic Judgment (2008). Markovits is the contact for faculty recruitment and hiring procedures, mentoring and development, the Teaching & Learning Initiative, and Title IX and diversity and inclusion efforts.

Elizabeth Markovits

Keith Michel

Associate Vice President for Development

As Associate Vice President for Development, Keith Michel oversees the College’s major gifts program as well as the Advancement division’s planned giving and research efforts.

Keith Michel

Leykia Nulan

Dean of Admission

I believe in the transformative power of the educational experience Mount Holyoke provides its students. This is an institution dedicated to the development of purposeful leaders who will change the nation and the world. I am proud to be part of a community filled with kind, driven, and highly capable individuals.

Leykia Nulan

David Powicki

Associate Chief Information Officer and Director of Technology Infrastructure and Systems Support
David Powicki

Polly Prewitt-Freilino

Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Evaluation
Polly Prewitt-Freilino

Ana Yankova ’97

Chief Investment Officer
Ana Yankova