College Administration: Senior Staff
Provost and Francis B. Gummere Professor of English
The Provost is the chief academic officer of the College, with oversight of the Faculty, the curriculum, general education, faculty research, the three Academic Centers, the Library, and all other academic and instructional support services. Kim Benston came to Haverford from a teaching post at Yale in 1984. His scholarly interests range from Shakespeare to African-American literature to critical animal studies. Kim was Director of the Hurford Center for Arts and Humanities at Haverford from 2002-2005 and 2007-2009.
Associate Vice President of Finance and Director of Investments
The Associate Vice President of Finance and Director of Investments partners with the Vice President of Finance & Administration in managing a broad portfolio of financial functions at the College, and has specific oversight of the College’s endowment in collaboration with the Investment Committee of the Board of Managers. Prior to arriving at the College in 2007, Mike Casel held several senior investment management positions, and has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst designations and was named a Rising Star of Endowments and Foundations in 2009. He is also Chair of the Investment Committee at American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia.
Dean of the College
The Dean of the College is the chief student affairs officer and works to support the College’s academic goals and the co-curricular life that undergirds them. Because of its unusual history as both an academic and student affairs office, the Dean of the College's office embraces three sets of responsibilities: academic advising; provision of academic policies and programs; and co-curricular and student affairs, including Athletics, Residential Life, Career Development, Health Services, and Counseling & Psychological Services. Martha Denney served as Assistant Dean of Students for International Affairs, Director of Off-Campus Study and Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Colby College. Before coming to Haverford in 2009, she was at Georgetown University, where she was Associate Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Services.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Assistant Secretary, The Corporation of Haverford College
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement, working closely with the President, the Board of Managers, the Corporation, and other key volunteers, oversees Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Development, College Communications, and Advancement Services at Haverford. Before arriving at Haverford in 2008, Michael Kiefer was Vice-Principal for Development & Alumni Relations at McGill University and Chief Advancement Officer at Amherst College.
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
The Dean of Admission and Financial Aid oversees all aspects of student admission and aid, including recruitment, application review, and enrollment. The Dean is also responsible for working with senior leadership and constituencies on the evaluation and development of admission and aid policies. Before arriving at Haverford in 2005, Jess worked in admission at Pomona College and Brown University. Jess is also a member of the Haverford Corporation and the Advisory Committee of the Corporation.
Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Managers
The Chief of Staff is the administrative lead in the Office of the President and represents the President and the College to internal and external constituencies. As Secretary to the Board of Managers, the Chief of Staff also oversees Board business and serves as liaison between the Board and the campus community. Jesse Lytle came to Haverford in 2012. He has held administrative, research, and teaching roles at Amherst College, the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently Mount Holyoke College, where he also served as founding coordinator of the Women’s Education Worldwide international alliance of colleges and universities.
Chris Mills ‘82
Assistant Vice President for College Communications
College Communications manages internal and external messaging and communications. Internal clients include all departments with the exception of Athletics; platforms include the main and academic websites and printed material, from catalogs and brochures to posters and invitations. The AVP also functions as the College's spokesperson and collaborates on strategic messaging with senior leadership, including the Board of Managers. Chris Mills '82 was a journalist before returning to the College in 2007. His online and television work has been honored with multiple awards, including Emmys for films such as the "Black Hawk Down" documentary that aired on CNN.
Chief Information Officer
The Chief Information Officer is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the enterprise-wide IT function including Instructional Technology, Client Services, Enterprise Systems and Core Services. The CIO works with senior leadership and constituencies across Haverford to ensure an organizational structure, systems infrastructure and business direction to guide information technology investments. Joe Spadaro has a background and experience in both IT and Libraries. Prior to coming to the College, he was Chief Information Officer at St. Joseph’s College, New York, and Director of Programs and Services at the Metropolitan New York Library Council.
G. Richard Wynn
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, The Corporation of Haverford College
The Vice President for Finance and Administration serves as the chief financial officer of the College and oversees all the critical business functions of the institution, including Human Resources, Accounting and Financial Services, Facilities Management, Conferences and Facilities, Dining Services, Institutional Research, Investments, and Safety and Security. Dick brings nearly 40 years of expertise in finance in higher education and is the author of books and articles assessing the financial stability of private colleges.