President’s Cabinet – Albright College

President’s Cabinet

 

President’s Office

Bethany L. Kirkner 
Executive Assistant to the President 
Office: Teel Hall 
Email: bkirkner@albright.edu 
Phone: 610-921-7600 
President’s Office 

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Academic Affairs

Karen A. Campbell
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: Teel Hall
Email: kcampbell@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7643
Academic Affairs

Karen Campbell took on the role of acting provost in 2018 and, following the recommendation of the Faculty Executive Committee, was appointed to the permanent position in 2019. Campbell’s service to Albright College began in 1989 when she joined the faculty in the biology department. She has spent the last three decades teaching a variety of classes ranging from general biology for first-year students to advanced physiology and senior seminars in behavioral endocrinology and neurobiology. Named the P. Kenneth Nase Chair of Biology in 1999, she is also known as Albright’s own “Batwoman,” thanks to an interest in the study of bats sparked as the result of an undergraduate field experience. This interest has continued over her career at Albright through her work with students in the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) program. She is a Qualified Indiana Bat Surveyor for the USFWS. Campbell currently serves as a member of the Berks County Workforce Development Board, and United Way’s  Ready.Set.Read!, and is a trustee of the Oley Valley Youth Character Building. An active Rotarian, Campbell serves on the STEM YEA (Youth Explorer Academy) development board, and is a member of the District 7430 Environmental Sustainability Team. 

Campbell earned a bachelor of science in biology from Queen’s University, a master of science from York University, and a doctorate in physiology and zoology from Indiana University. She is the recipient of numerous distinguished teaching awards, including the Dr. Henry P. and M. Paige Laughlin Award and the Lindback Foundation Award, and she is a member of AAC&U’s Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century (PKAL F21) Class of 1999.     

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Athletics

Richard E. Ferry
Co-Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Office: Bollman Center
Email: rferry@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7825
Athletics

Rick Ferry has served as head men’s basketball coach since joining Albright in 2001 and was appointed co-director of athletics in 2009. A graduate of Susquehanna University, Ferry started his professional career in accounting, working as an auditor for KPMG for three years. After earning an MBA from Ohio University, he started his coaching career at Susquehanna University as a part-time assistant coach.  He was at Susquehanna for seven years.  He also worked in the Business Office as the controller of the University.  Ferry was hired as the head men’s basketball coach at Juniata College in 1996 and worked there until joining Albright. He is currently serving his second stint on the NCAA National Basketball Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Reading Berks Basketball Association. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and is a former Congressman for the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He has the second most wins in school history, is a four-time Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and has led his team to three conference championships as well as three NCAA tournament appearances.   

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Digital Strategy and Infrastructure

Jason U. Hoerr ’08
Vice President for Digital Strategies and Infrastructure and Chief Information Officer
Office: Computer and Mathematics Building
Email: jhoerr@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7221
Digital Strategy and Infrastructure

Jason Hoerr was asked to step into the role of acting chief information officer in August 2019 and was appointed to the position in November 2020. For the last 25 years, Hoerr has served the college in the information technology division in multiple roles. He has knowledge and professional experience in networks, information security, storage, programming, user services, academic technology, and data centers. While technology has played a role in his life from a very early age, helping others achieve their goals drives his passion. Creating solutions and solving problems through technology is his mechanism to apply that passion. An alumnus of Albright College, Hoerr has served on Albright’s Alumni Association Board. Along with the other Alumni Board members, they established an Advancing Lives scholarship for Albright students. He also proudly serves on the United Way of Berks County and Ready Set Read boards. 

Athletics

Janice J. Luck ’96
Co-Director of Athletics and Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Office: Bollman Center
Email: jluck@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7824
Athletics

Janice Luck is a 1996 graduate of Albright College. In her time as a psychology and business student she was captain and member of both the field hockey and women’s basketball teams. While completing her master’s in sports administration at West Chester University she served as an assistant coach of the Rams. In her return to Albright, Luck held positions in the admission and advancement offices. In 2002, she was named head women’s basketball coach and was appointed co-director in 2009. Luck has held leadership positions and served on various committees for the Middle Atlantic Conference, the Women’s Basketball Coaching Association and the NCAA Regional Committee. She also serves on the PA Sports Hall of Fame, Berks County Chapter Committee. Luck is the winningest coach in Albright women’s basketball history. Under Luck, the women’s program includes five trips to the NCAA tournament, one trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and the first ever MAC Championship. She has coached three All-Americans, has been named MAC Coach of the Year five times, ECAC Coach of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year twice. She currently serves on the NCAA Regional Committee for Women’s Basketball, and the NCAA National Committee for Women’s Lacrosse.  

Advancement

Wendy Parsons, CFRE
Vice President for Advancement
Office: Camp Building, 3rd floor
Email: wparsons@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7504
Advancement

Wendy Parsons, CFRE, joined Albright in January 2020. She is an accomplished fundraising executive with over three decades of experience and has served in senior leadership roles at four different institutions.  Parsons brings to her role at Albright College a broad base of knowledge and experience of all functional areas of advancement with strong leadership experience in strategic planning and managing front-line fundraising teams in major, planned and principal gifts. Her professional values, which closely align with Albright’s mission and core values, have made her effective at developing relationships and building teams that have achieved high levels of alumni engagement and philanthropic support. 

Prior to joining Albright, Parsons served as associate vice president for development at Monmouth University in New Jersey. During her time at Monmouth, she worked closely with the deans and directors of development for the university’s six schools, and managed the major gifts program across the university working collaboratively with her colleagues on creating and executing successful donor strategies. She spent a decade with Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, first as assistant vice president and later named associate vice president. Spearheading operational management and strategic leadership for the university’s major gifts, parent program, corporate and foundation relations, and planned giving program, Parsons was instrumental in helping the university’s Strength to Dare Campaign raise over $152 million. Earlier, she served as assistant vice president at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia where she built a grateful patient major gifts program. Throughout the course of her career, she has staffed five different campaigns and has worked extensively with trustees, campaign committees, advisory councils, and key alumni leaders to help each of these institutions meet and exceed their fundraising goals. Parsons holds a bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College and a master of arts degree from Stanford University. 

 

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Communications

Jennifer P. Stoudt
Vice President for Communications
Office: Camp Building, 3rd floor
Email: jstoudt@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7511
Communications

A skilled writer, editor and strategic-thinking communications professional, Jennifer Stoudt joined Albright College in 1998 after serving as communications manager for a nonprofit, economic development company in Wilmington, Del. She brought with her to Albright a love for writing, a passion for telling stories and an energetic commitment to being a part of a higher education community – an interest that began when she worked as part of the team that brought the Delaware College of Art & Design to Wilmington, Del. At Albright, Stoudt has served in numerous roles within the Communications division, working in editorial services, publications management, media relations, photography, and as editor of the award-winning Albright Reporter magazine. In her role as vice president, she leads a team of talented creative professionals in the implementation of clear, consistent and engaging strategies that enhance public understanding and support of Albright College, its people and its value to the world. Stoudt earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications from the University of Delaware. She serves on the board of Pennsylvania Americana Region and as a member of the organization’s Governance Committee. She is an active member of College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP), and has served for several years as the Awards Chair. She was the 2015 recipient of Albright College’s Edward R. Gilbert Annual Pride Award. 

Administrative and Financial Services

Jeffrey L. Strader, CPA
Vice President for Finance and Strategic Partnerships
Office: Camp Building, 2nd floor
Administrative and Financial Services

Jeffrey Strader joined Albright as vice president for finance and strategic partnerships in February 2020. Strader brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as a well-rounded flexible C-level financial professional with widespread experience in different industries across both the private, non-profit and governmental sectors as well as extensive experience in contract and debt negotiations and management. Over his 30plus year career, he has developed extensive financial modeling and capital funding skills having issued over $400,000,000 in commercial and bond debt in order to meet market demand opportunities. Prior to joining Albright, Strader served as vice president of administration and chief financial officer at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., where he renegotiated the terms associated with a $7,000,000 line of credit facility extending the term for an additional 36 months. He also successfully negotiated the exclusion of a growing concern opinion in the university’s financial statements which afforded the necessary timing to work through a financial and academic restructuring effort. Strader earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Pfeiffer University and his master of accounting from the University of North Carolina. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in both North Carolina and West Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.  

Enrollment Management

Dwayne Walker
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Office: Selwyn Hall
Email: dwalker@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7700
Admission Financial Aid

Dwayne Walker joined Albright as vice president for enrollment management in September 2019. Walker brought to Albright an exciting energy and vision stemming from his 20-year career in higher education where he has served in a variety of roles focused on admissions, financial aid, enrollment management, enrollment marketing, athletics, and coaching. Prior to Albright, he served as the vice president for enrollment management at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa., where he developed and implemented both strategic and operational initiatives to help grow new student and overall enrollment at the institution. He led Delaware Valley’s enrollment and recruitment marketing strategies through the institution’s marketplace repositioning as part of two strategic plans, and a status change from college to university. In addition, he led the planning process towards the launch of six new athletic programs, the institutions membership with the Common Application, implementation of a new CRM, and the development and launch of a strategic transfer student initiative. Prior to his time at Delaware Valley, Walker served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility within enrollment management at Alvernia University, where he also served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for eight seasons. Walker earned a bachelor of arts degree in business management and a master of business administration from Alvernia as well. At Albright, Walker provides leadership and oversight for the offices of undergraduate admission, enrollment information systems, and financial aid. 

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Student and Campus Life

Samantha J. Wesner, DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC
Senior Vice President of Student and Campus Life and Chief Health Officer
Office: Selwyn Hall South
Email: swesner@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7611
Student and Campus Life

During her 23 years at Albright College, Samantha Wesner has found her passion for creating and bringing new wellness initiatives to the college. Her knack for creative problem solving has led to many new initiatives at the college, including the development of community partnerships and the successful acquisition of grants to address high-risk drinking behaviors, Title IX related behaviors and childhood obesity. 

Wesner earned a diploma in nursing from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing; an associate degree of science from Franklin and Marshall College; an obstetric and gynecologic nurse practitioner certificate from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Family Planning Council, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; a bachelor of science in nursing from Eastern University; a master of science in nursing from Drexel University; and a doctor of nursing practice from West Chester University. In 2008, she was a recipient of the Albright College Pride Award, and in 2009, she graduated from Leadership Berks. Wesner is a member of the Richard J. Caron Foundation’s Central PA Advisory Board, the American College Health Association, the Nu Eta and Sigma Theta Tau Chapters of the International Honor Society of Nursing and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In 2022, she was named one of Lehigh Valley’s Women of Influence.