The Senior Staff comprises the leadership of each of the College's organizational divisions. As a group, it oversees the administrative policies of the College and serves as the president's cabinet.
The Senior Staff supports the president in setting strategic direction for the College, prioritizing and implementing administrative initiatives, and administering the annual operating budget.
Interim Vice President of Finance Administration
Yvonne began her service to Haverford as interim vice president for finance and administration and treasurer of the College on July 1, 2022. In this role, she directs the College's financial affairs while overseeing a portfolio of operational activity that includes dining services, facilities, human resources, and campus safety. A veteran of higher ed business affairs, she has served in leadership roles at a variety of schools including Cal Arts, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Carroll University, and, most recently, Elmhurst University in Illinois. Her term will likely continue through January 2023, by which time a nationwide search will have recruited a permanent successor. She earned her BA from the University of South Florida and MBA from Rollins College while she was assistant treasurer.
Chief Investment Officer and Assistant Treasurer
The Chief Investment Officer 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 20 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 a prior member and Chair of the Investment Committee at American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia.
Interim Co-Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Dean of First Generation/Low Income (FGLI) Student Support & Programming, Associate Director of the Office of Academic Resources
As Interim Co-Chief Diversity Officer, Raquel works to advance and steward institutional goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. Raquel's roles in the Dean's Office and Office of Academic Resources support students through teaching, mentoring, and disrupting notions of who belongs in academia. She began at Haverford in 2012 as a Faculty Tutor in the Writing Center and then a Learning Specialist in the Office of Academic Resources, and has over 20 years of experience in education across middle school, high school, and higher education.
Chief Information Officer
The Chief Information Officer provides the vision and strategy for information technology in support of the mission of the College. The CIO also oversees a service-oriented IT organization, Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS), which supports all of the college’s academic, administrative, client-service and infrastructure needs. Prior to coming to Haverford in 2015, Megan served as CIO at Beloit College. She has a variety of additional work experiences in higher education, including Kenyon College, and the private sector, including research work on telecommunications and technology for a boutique consulting/litigation support firm. She has a B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and an M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan.
Vice President and 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.
Vice President and Chief of Staff
The Chief of Staff represents the President and the College on wide ranging business and is the administrative lead in the Office of the President, serving as Secretary of the Board of Managers and Assistant Secretary of the Corporation, as well as Chief Sustainability Officer. The Chief of Staff plays a lead role in institutional planning and assessment and oversees the Office of Institutional Research. Before coming to Haverford in 2012, Jesse Lytle held administrative, research, and teaching roles at Amherst College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Mount Holyoke College.
Dean of the College
The Dean of the College oversees all aspects of student life at Haverford, including academic advising, accessibility services, athletics, diversity, equity, and inclusion and Title IX services, new student programs, residential life, student counseling, student conduct, student engagement, student support and outreach, and student wellness.
John previously served as the dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College, and has also held roles in intercultural development, multicultural affairs, and student life at Lafayette College and Lehigh University.
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.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
The Vice President for Institutional Advancement, working closely with the President, the Board of Managers, the Corporation, and other key volunteers, oversees Alumni Relations, Development, and Advancement Services at Haverford. Serjoie joins Haverford following a long career in mission-driven organizations and fundraising, most recently at North Carolina’s Guilford College. Serjoie, who lived in Tehran, West Berlin, and London before moving to the United States to pursue post-secondary education, earned his Ph.D. in higher education leadership and human resource studies at Colorado State University. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Utah with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences from Utah State University.
Provost and Professor of African and Africana Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies
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. In November 2020, Linda was named Interim Chief Diversity Officer, and as of January 1, 2021, served as Interim Co-Chief Diversity Officer alongside Raquel Esteves-Joyce. Before beginning as Haverford's Provost in 2020, Linda served as Provost, Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and General Studies at Berea College, where she had taught since 2002.
Thelathia "Nikki" Young
Vice President for Institutional Equity and Access
Nikki is Haverford’s inaugural vice president for institutional equity and access, and a professor of religion and gender and sexuality studies. She directs the College's diversity and equity work. Nikki comes to Haverford from Bucknell University, where she served as associate provost for equity and inclusive excellence since 2020 and taught in both the women’s and gender studies and religion departments since 2011. Nikki earned her Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Emory University, where she also earned two master’s degrees: a master of theology, with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality and a master’s of divinity with a specialization in ethics. She also holds a B.A. in biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.