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 20 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 785 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.
  • Andrea Patalano

    Chair of the Faculty; Professor of Psychology; and Professor, Neuroscience and Behavior

    apatalano@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
    Andrea Patalano is a professor of psychology and neuroscience. She received her BA in Cognitive Science from Brown University and her PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the mental and neural processes of individual differences in judgment and decision making bias. She has published 38 scientific articles and chapters, including recent papers entitled: “Intuitive symbolic magnitude judgments and decision making under risk in adults” in Cognitive Psychology, and “Gratitude intervention modulates P3 activity in a temporal discounting task” in the International Journal of Physiology. Her research is funded by several ongoing grants from the National Science Foundation. Andrea teaches courses in cognitive psychology, judgment and decision making, and statistics, and directs undergraduate research in the Reasoning and Decision Making laboratory. She has served as chair of the Department of Psychology and on numerous University committees and task forces (e.g., undergraduate advising, equity and inclusion, global studies), and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.  

  • Nicole Lynn Stanton

    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Dance; Professor, African American Studies; and Professor, Environmental Studies

    nstanton@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, Olin 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

    Nicole Stanton is a dance artist and educator. Through choreography and performance, she explores the intersections between personal, cultural, political and physical experiences with an eye towards celebrating the complexities of black cultures and creating platforms that cultivate community. Her artistic practice emphasizes collaboration, including work with historians, scientists, anthropologists, musicians and media artists.

    She conceives of her creative research, which she calls "Dancing at the Crossroads," as a constellation of embodied and liberatory practices. The name alludes to the Crossroads mythology of the African Diaspora and suggests a nexus of different paths - a locus of both potential and danger. Her choreography weaves diverse vocabularies such as Contact Improvisation, Senegalese Sabar, Euro-American Release Technique and Cuban Orisha dancing; and it is grounded in varied theoretical perspectives including dance studies, critical race theory, and eco feminism.

    She is the recent recipient of an Artist's Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, a Threads interdisciplinary artist's residency from the Albers Foundation, and a New England Choreographer's grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Find out more at: http://nicolestanton.net/.

  • 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. Andy serves on the boards of the Middlesex YMCA and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.

  • 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 to enhance co-curricular learning as well as students’ campus life experience. As a FGLI undergraduate himself, he has been dedicated to improving FGLI student support and success. Throughout his tenure he has been a strong advocate for social justice, effective student governance, and active student participation in institutional decision-making. He proudly works with Wesleyan’s Posse veterans and serves as team mentor for both Men’s Soccer and Men’s Lacrosse.

  • 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 has served on national steering committees to diversify the professoriate 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.