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 appointed as Mount Holyoke's acting president on July 1, 2016.

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.

Officers of the College

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

The Officers of the College are specified in the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees and are the President, the six Vice Presidents, and the Secretary of the College.

Officers

Sonya Stephens

Acting President
Sonya Stephens

Jon Western

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty; Carol Hoffmann Collins '63 Professor of International Relations

Jon Western, the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, is the chief academic officer at Mount Holyoke College. He is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the College’s academic mission and for supporting the 38 academic departments and programs; Library, Information, and Technology Services; the research and teaching centers; the athletics program; and the academic support offices, including the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Success and Advising, and the Teaching and Learning Initiative. Western, a scholar of international relations, has been a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and with the Five College Consortium since 2000. 

Jon Western, Dean of Faculty

Gail Berson

Vice President for Enrollment, Dean of Admission

Gail Berson oversees admission, enrollment management, and student financial services. She works collaboratively and directly with other vice-presidents on a number of special initiatives, including but not limited to Mount Holyoke’s participation in the Posse Foundation partnership, on integrated marketing communications, strategic planning, and convenes the Enrollment Management Group, a cross-divisional initiative to improve enrollment prediction. Gail serves as a member of the president’s cabinet.

Gail Berson

Elizabeth Conlisk

Interim Chief of Communications and Marketing

As interim chief of the Office of Communications and Marketing, Elizabeth Conlisk leads the College’s strategic communications efforts, including brand management and marketing, media relations, web communications and digital and social media. She also works with the president, executive officers and other campus leaders to set policy and manage issues.

Elizabeth Conlisk

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 Advancement fundraising and institutional support
Kassandra Jolley

Lenore Reilly

Senior Advisor to the President and Secretary of the College; Assistant Professor of Education
Lenore Reilly

Senior Staff

Tiffany Espinosa

Executive Director of PaGE

Tiffany Espinosa has been in higher education administration for 16 years in both public universities and private colleges. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, financial and administrative operations, program development and assessment, graduate education, online and distance learning, marketing and community engagement, and policy development with the goal to increase accessibility and flexibility for students.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke College.  

Photo of Espinosa

Lori Hendricks

Chair of Physical Education; Director of Athletics; Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Athletics
Lori Hendricks

Vivian Hsu

Ombudsperson
Vivian Hsu, Ombudsman

Alex Wirth-Cauchon

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