Karen Campbell’s dedication to student success shines through everything she does as the college’s chief academic officer – from her leadership of academic affairs to the exciting work Albright is doing to transform the college’s approach to learning and outcomes. This work is thanks to a more than $2.2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Karen 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. Karen’s service to Albright College actually began 31 years ago 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, Karen is also known as Albright’s own “Batwoman,” thanks to a 35-year interest in the study of bats, which began in Ontario, Canada, where she was participating in an undergraduate field study. This interest has continued through her work with students in the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) program.
Karen earned a bachelor of science 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.
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 1985 graduate of Susquehanna University, Rick started his professional career in accounting, working as an auditor for KPMG for three years. After earning an MBA in finance from Ohio University, he started his coaching career at Susquehanna University as a part-time assistant coach. He also worked in the Business Office as the controller. Rick was hired as the head men’s basketball coach at Juniata College in 1996 and worked there until joining Albright.
Rick serves on the NCAA National Basketball Committee and the Board of Directors of the Reading Berks Basketball Association. He is a former Congressman for the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Digital Strategy and Infrastructure
Jason U. Hoerr ’08
Janice Luck is no stranger to the Albright family. Janice 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 for the Rams. In her return to Albright, Janice held positions in the admission and the advancement offices. In 2002, she was named head women’s basketball coach and was appointed co-director of athletics in 2009.Janice 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.
Wendy Parsons, CFRE, who joined Albright in January 2020, is an accomplished fundraising executive with nearly three decades of development experience in wide-ranging advancement roles. 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.
Most recently, Wendy served as the associate vice president for development at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. During her time at Monmouth, she worked closely with the deans and directors of development for the university’s six schools, and was also responsible for mentoring team members in creating and executing donor strategies. Wendy also spent a decade with Saint Joseph’s University, first as assistant vice president (2008) and later named associate vice president (2013). Spearheading operational management and strategic leadership for the university’s major gifts, parent, corporate and foundation relations, Wendy was instrumental in securing an $8 million gift to establish the Maguire-Wolfington Welcome Center at Saint Joesph’s.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College and a master of arts degree from Stanford University.
Jennifer Stoudt loves to tell stories – Albright stories! For the last 20 years she has honed her skills as a writer, editor and strategic-thinking communications professional at Albright College. Jennifer joined Albright in 1998 after three years 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. She has served in numerous roles within the Communications division (formerly known as College Relations & Marketing), 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 enjoys leading 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. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Delaware and is an active member of College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals (CUPRAP). She was the 2015 recipient of Albright College’s Edward R. Gilbert Annual Pride Award.
Administrative and Financial Services
Jeffrey L. Strader, CPA
Dwayne Walker, M.B.A., joined Albright as vice president for enrollment management in September 2019. Dwayne brings to Albright an exciting energy and vision stemming from an 18-year career in higher education where he has served in a variety of roles focused on student recruitment, admissions, financial aid and enrollment management.
Most recently, Dwayne 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 enrollment. He led DelVal’s enrollment and marketing strategy through the institution’s status change from college to university, the launching of six new athletic programs, 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 DelVal, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility within enrollment management at Alvernia University, where he also served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for eight seasons. Dwayne earned a bachelor of arts degree in business management and a master of business administration from Alvernia as well.
Student and Campus Life
Samantha J. Wesner, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., R.N.C.
During her 20 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 and Title IX related behaviors.
Samantha 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. Samantha is a member of the Richard J. Caron Foundation’s Central PA Advisory Council.