Cabinet Member Profiles

  • David J. Baird

    Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

    dbaird@wesleyan.edu

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    The vice president for information technology and chief information officer oversees the full spectrum of technology issues at the University – from infrastructure to digital information – and provides strategic direction and cohesion to the various parts of ITS as well as advocating for ITS at the university level.

    Biography
    David Baird joined Wesleyan in 2012. He holds a PhD in geophysics from Cornell University and obtained his undergraduate degree in geology and physics from the University of New Brunswick (Canada).  He has 19 years of leadership experience using technology to improve education, and worked previously at Colgate and Lawrence universities.

  • Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez '96

    Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

    agonzalez03@wesleyan.edu

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    The vice president and dean of admission and financial aid supervises the Admission and Financial Aid offices, directs all aspects of admission, and provides general supervision in the area of financial aid. The 25-member admission staff is responsible for the recruitment and selection of all full-time undergraduates: a first-year class of roughly 780 and 65 new transfers each year (15 matriculating each spring). The financial aid staff of ten administers $65 million of grant assistance in a need-based program and counsels families on matters related to affording a Wesleyan education.

    Biography
    Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez '96 returned to Wesleyan in 2019. His higher education admission experience spans 15 years at three highly selective colleges and universities: Yale, Wesleyan and Swarthmore. Prior to his most recent return to Wesleyan, he served as director of admission at Choate Rosemary Hall for three years. Before leading the Choate Admission Office, he served as associate director of undergraduate admission and co-director of multicultural recruitment at Yale University for eight years. In every professional role he has occupied, he has been a strong advocate for underrepresented students, especially those of first-gen and/or extremely modest backgrounds. As a student at Wesleyan, he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, studied abroad in Egypt, and earned his bachelor’s degree in history.


  • Anne Martin

    Chief Investment Officer

    amartin@wesleyan.edu

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    The chief investment officer manages the University’s endowment to provide enduring support for Wesleyan’s academic mission by releasing a sustainable and reliable flow of funds to the operating budget. Reporting to the president and working closely with the Investment Committee, the CIO oversees the day-to-day activities associated with managing the Wesleyan investment portfolio.

    Biography
    In 2010, Anne Martin became Wesleyan University’s chief investment officer. She previously was a director at the Yale Investments Office where she worked primarily on the Natural Resources and Private Equity portfolios. Prior to joining Yale, Anne worked as a general partner of private equity firm Rosewood Capital in San Francisco, California where she focused on Internet, software, and business service investments. Prior to that, Martin was a managing director at Alex. Brown (a/k/a BT Alex Brown) in its technology practice, where she worked on corporate finance and merger and acquisitions in the information technology sector. She is a graduate of Smith College, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School.
  • Sean McCann

    Chair of the Faculty, Professor of English

    smccann@wesleyan.edu

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    The chair of the faculty consults regularly with the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and with the president; coordinates the work of the University's standing committees; establishes the agenda for and presides over the faculty meetings; convenes and presides over the Faculty Executive Committee; is the faculty representative to the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees; and serves on the Budget Priorities Committee.

    Biography
    Sean McCann is professor of english and director of academic writing. Professor McCann received his BA from Georgetown University (cum laude) and his PhD in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Sean’s research focuses on the relationship between American literature and the history of American political development. He has authored two books, Gumshoe America: Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2000) and A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government (Princeton University Press, 2008), and published two dozen articles and essays. He is currently editor of the journal Post45. A recipient of the Binswanger Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, Sean teaches courses in American literature and literary theory and criticism. In addition to his work as director of academic writing, Sean has served as chair of the Department of English and of the American Studies Program and director of the Center for Faculty Career Development.  

  • Rob Rosenthal

    Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, Emeritus

    rrosenthal@wesleyan.edu

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    As chief academic officer, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (SVP) oversees: the University curriculum and new curricular initiatives; faculty hiring and promotion; support for faculty research and teaching; and the administration of all academic departments, interdisciplinary and certificate programs, centers, colleges, graduate programs, study-abroad programs, the Athletics Department, the library, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Institutional Research. The provost and SVP is a core participant in the University's budget development and strategic planning and has bottom-line responsibility for meeting budget targets for faculty compensation and for academic departments and programs, as well as athletics and the library.

    Biography
    John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Rob Rosenthal, served as Wesleyan’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2010-2013, and as director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life from 2014-2017. He has worked for the past 30 years with community groups in Middletown, CT, including as one of the founding directors of Wesleyan’s Service-Learning Center and the Center for Community Partnerships.

    Rosenthal received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and arrived at Wesleyan in 1987. He has written and taught in the areas of housing, homelessness, community research, the politics of decision-making, and the use of music in social movements. He’s the author of Homeless in Paradise, co-winner of the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award (1994-95), Playing for Change (with Richard Flacks, 2011), and co-editor with Sam Rosenthal of Pete Seeger In His Own Words (2012).

  • Andrew Y. Tanaka '00

    Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer

    atanaka@wesleyan.edu

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    The senior vice president, chief administrative officer and treasurer is the chief administrative officer of the University providing leadership for managing the institution's financial resources and achieving its overall strategic goals. The SVP is responsible for operations including, finance, budget, legal, risk management, human resources, facilities, and sustainability. Reporting directly to the president and as a member of the cabinet, the SVP serves as Wesleyan’s treasurer, an appointment conferred by the Board of Trustees.

    Biography
    Prior to joining Wesleyan in 2004 as a major gift officer in University Relations, Andrew Tanaka worked for the consulting firm Towers Perrin and then as a national accounts executive at Aetna. He most recently served in the Office of the President as vice president and chief of staff. A Freeman Scholar, he graduated from Wesleyan with a BA in economics and earned his MBA through the executive program at Cornell University.

  • Michael Whaley

    Vice President for Student Affairs

    mwhaley@wesleyan.edu

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    The vice president for student affairs supervises a large and complex office and works with the senior vice president for academic affairs to develop programs that connect faculty and students outside the classroom in a variety of co-curricular activities. The vice president supervises the offices of the Dean of Students, Academic Advancement (class deans), Public Safety, and Graduate Student Services.  The vice president collaborates with Academic Affairs on the faculty advising program as well as various co-curricular programs that contribute to the intellectual life of the campus. In conjunction with faculty and student committees, the office is responsible for a wide range of policies and issues affecting students’ academic and co-curricular experience.

    Biography
    “Dean Mike,” as he is known among students, was appointed vice president for student affairs in February, 2008. A native of upstate New York, he holds a BS in microbiology from Cornell University and a MS in counseling and higher education from Central Connecticut State University. Beginning in 1997, he served as Wesleyan’s dean of students, becoming interim dean of the college in 2007. He has worked with students and faculty in numerous capacities, including the development of a strategic facilities plan, improvement of relations with city residents, enhancement of services for students with disabilities, oversight of the student judicial system, and improvements to orientation activities. Throughout his tenure he has been a strong advocate for effective student governance as well as active student participation in institutional decision making.

  • Alison P. Williams '81

    Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer

    awilliams@wesleyan.edu

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    The vice president for equity and inclusion/Title IX officer works closely with the offices of Academic Affairs, Admission, Student Affairs, and Advancement on issues of inclusion and equity as they relate to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and national origin in the areas of recruitment, admission, retention, hires, promotion, and fundraising – and is responsible for maintaining proper university reporting procedures and policies as they pertain to federal and state laws.

    Biography
    Alison P. Williams '81 returned to Wesleyan in 2019. She has been a champion of improving access to higher education and has developed modules for improvedg campus environments for students, staff and faculty, including enhancing cross-cultural communication and mentoring, diversifying the faculty, and developing inclusive pedagogies. She received her BA from Wesleyan in chemistry and her MS and PhD from the University of Rochester in biophysical chemistry. Nationally recognized for mentoring and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the sciences, she spent 25 years as a member of various faculties of chemistry, including at Wesleyan, specializing in physical properties of nucleic acids, before moving to administration. She serves on steering committees for the Consortium for Faculty Diversity and the Ohio Diversity Council, and regularly consults with colleges and universities seeking to develop more inclusive environments.

  • Frantz Williams Jr. '99

    Vice President for Advancement

    fwilliams@wesleyan.edu

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    The vice president for advancement cultivates lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, and friends; grows pride in the Wesleyan community; and develops support for University initiatives. To accomplish these objectives, the vice president directs a team that conceives, plans, and administers Wesleyan’s outreach activities, including development/fundraising; alumni and parent relations; and events, including Homecoming/Family Weekend and Reunion/Commencement. A principal component of these responsibilities is oversight of the University’s comprehensive development campaigns to increase gift and volunteer support to Wesleyan. The THIS IS WHY campaign concluded in 2016 having raised over $480 million.

    Biography
    Frantz Williams has worked in alumni relations at Wesleyan since 1999. He was part of the leadership team during the THIS IS WHY fundraising campaign and was a member of the development team during the Wesleyan Campaign. He has acted as liaison with the Admission Office while also volunteering as a mentor to students. Frantz has served as co-chair of AFCA (Administrators and Faculty of Color) and chair of the board of MARC Community Resources (an organization that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities) and currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

  • David Winakor

    General Counsel and Secretary of the University

    dwinakor@wesleyan.edu

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    The general counsel represents Wesleyan University, its trustees, officers, faculty and staff, in their official capacities, on all issues impacting the University. The general counsel supports the University in its strategic efforts as well as its operational functions in finance, human resources, real estate, policy and procedure, contracting, student affairs, academic affairs, risk management and dispute resolution/litigation.

    Biography
    Prior to serving as General Counsel, David was assistant general counsel and vice president for business development for The Stanley Works, now Stanley Black and Decker. At Stanley, David was responsible for general legal advice for all of Stanley’s business units, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and business reorganizations. Prior to Stanley, David practiced corporate and commercial law at Murtha Cullina, LLP in Hartford, CT after serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. He holds a BA from The Ohio State University and a JD from The University of Connecticut School of Law.

  • Renell Wynn

    Vice President for Communications

    rwynn@wesleyan.edu

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    The vice president for communications provides strategic direction for Wesleyan’s communications and marketing activities, develops a clear vision for branding and messaging in all tactics and media, and serves as the institution’s senior marketing and communications advisor.

    Biography
    Renell Wynn joined Wesleyan in 2019. She has deep experience in higher education, including leading efforts to elevate institutional reputation, playing a critical role in successful fundraising campaigns, and serving as a trusted senior advisor at institutions such as the University of Denver, George Mason University, and the College of William & Mary. She holds a BA in English and mass communication from Spelman College, and an MBA from William Woods University. In addition to her work in higher education, she recently served as executive board committee chair of the Public Relations Society of America, Counselors to Higher Education.