Brenda Bretz

Brenda Bretz
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Inclusivity
Phone: 717-245-1392
Office: West College (Old West)

Brenda Bretz began her duties as vice president for institutional effectiveness and inclusivity in September 2017. In this role she provides leadership on initiatives that will assure the institution’s viability and competitive advantage. She co-chairs the Task Force on Intercultural Competency and the President’s Commission on Diversity, aligning the work with the college’s strategic vision. She oversees assessment activities for all area of the college and serves as the college’s liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Bretz holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Dickinson College, a master’s in American studies from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in sociology/administration & leadership studies from Indiana University of Pa. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education. Having worked at the college since 1982, Bretz has served in a number of roles, most recently as senior associate provost.  

Website: Diversity at Dickinson

Brontè Burleigh-JonesBronte Jones, VP for Finance and Administration
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Phone: 717-245-1943
Office: West College (Old West)

Brontè Burleigh-Jones joined Dickinson as the vice president for finance and administration in September 2013. In her role, she oversees all areas of finance and campus operations, including Facilities Management, Dining Services, Human Resource Services, Financial Operations, Conferences and Special Events, Bookstore, Mail Center and Children's Center. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in finance and an MBA from American University and a doctorate in higher-education administration from the University of Texas, Austin. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the Higher Education Resource Services Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College. Previous leadership positions include treasurer of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., and vice president for administration and finance at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas.

Website: Financial Operations, Facilities Management, Dining Services, Conferences and Special Events, The Children's Center, Mail Center, Bookstore

Photograph of Joyce BylanderJoyce Bylander
Vice President and Dean of Student Life
Phone: 717-245-1639
Office: Holland Union Building

Joyce Bylander, who joined the Dickinson community in 1998, began her duties as vice president for student development in 2013 and became the vice president and dean of student life in 2014. In this role, she oversees Student Conduct, Department of Public Safety, Residence Life & Housing, Career Center, Women's & Gender Resource Center, LGBTQ Services, Student Leadership & Campus Engagement, Intramurals & Recreation, Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, Wellness Center, Spirituality, Service & Social Justice, the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, and the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center. Bylander previously held the positions of special assistant to the president for institutional and diversity initiatives, associate provost for academic campus life, dean of students and associate dean of students at the college. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and social service from Cleveland State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of South Carolina.

Website: Student Development

Karen Neely Faryniak '86Karen Faryniak
Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College
Phone: 717-245-1323
Office: West College (Old West)

Karen Neely Faryniak began her duties in the Office of the President in August 2010. As chief of staff and secretary of the college, she serves as the main liaison to the Board of Trustees and oversees the operation of the Office of the President. Having worked at the college since 1986, Faryniak has served in a number of roles, including those in alumni relations, major gifts, reunion giving and annual giving. She most recently served as the associate vice president for enrollment and communications, where she oversaw media relations, publications, Dickinson Magazine, the college's Web presence, photography and videography. She graduated from Dickinson with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Website: Board of Trustees, Office of the President

Connie McNamaraConnie McNamara
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: 717-245-1813
Office: 50 Mooreland

Connie McNamara leads the marketing and communications team that works to enhance the national and global reputation of Dickinson as a world class liberal-arts college. She provides strategic communications advice to senior leadership throughout the college. Connie joined Dickinson as the executive director of marketing and communications in October 2012. Her team tells the story of Dickinson across online, print and multimedia channels. She oversees the website, Dickinson magazine, communications to prospective students and parents and to alumni, as well as outreach to media. Connie holds bachelor’s degrees of history and journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Previous leadership positions include vice president of communications for Hershey Trust Company, Milton Hershey School and executive director of The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.

Website: Marketing and Communications

Stefanie D. NilesStefanie Niles
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Phone: 717-245-1287
Office: Waidner Admissions House

Stefanie Niles began her duties at Dickinson as vice president for enrollment management in July 2015, providing leadership and oversight to the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid and Athletics. Niles holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, a master's degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and a doctorate of education in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Previous leadership positions include serving as the chief enrollment officer for Hollins University, Bryn Athyn College and DePauw University.

Website: Admissions, Financial Aid, Athletics

Robert Renaud
Vice President and Chief Information OfficerPhotograph of Robert Renaud
Phone: 717-245-1072
Office: Waidner-Boyd Lee Spahr Library

Robert Renaud joined Dickinson in 2001 as director of library services and assumed his current position as vice president and chief information officer with the 2004 merger of the college's library and information technology divisions. Before his arrival at Dickinson, Renaud held positions in information services at Connecticut College, the University of Toronto, McGill University, the research branch of the Toronto Public Library and the University of Arizona. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Vassar College and a master of library science degree from the University of Toronto. He also completed the Frye Leadership Institute at Emory University and the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Renaud's related experience includes work in technical standards organizations, EDUCAUSE and consulting engagements.

Website: Library and Information Services

Dana Scaduto
General CounselPhotograph of Dana Scaduto
Phone: 717-245-1013
Office: West College (Old West)

Dana Scaduto joined Dickinson as general counsel in 2002. Previously, she was in private practice in Harrisburg, Pa., where she chaired her firm's education law practice and represented several Pennsylvania private colleges, including Dickinson. Scaduto is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) where she has served as chair of the board and as chair of multiple committees. Scaduto is also a frequent presenter at NACUA conferences and workshops, as well as for several other higher education associations. Scaduto is a member of the Legal Services Review Panel of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Cumberland County bar associations. She holds a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law.

Kirk Swenson
Vice President for College AdvancementKirk Swenson
Phone: 717-245-1029
Office: 50 Mooreland

Kirk Swenson joined Dickinson as vice president of college advancement in June 2016. Kirk leads the Office of Advancement, which is responsible for building the relationships and securing the philanthropic resources needed to move Dickinson forward. Kirk holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. Previously, Kirk served as chief advancement officer of St. Mark’s School and held positions at the University of Rochester and MIT.

Website: Giving

Neil B. Weissman
Provost, Dean of the College and Professor of HistoryNeil Weissman
Phone: 717-245-1321
Office: West College (Old West)

Neil Weissman has served since 1998 as dean of the college and since 2002 as provost. Additionally, he served as interim president for the 2016-17 year. He joined Dickinson in 1975 as an instructor in history and went on to rise through the ranks of assistant, associate and full professor. He has served as chair of the Department of History; coordinator of the Russian and Soviet Area Studies, International Studies and East Asian Studies programs; director of the Clarke Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Contemporary Issues; and project director for international education. Weissman received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude as valedictorian from Colgate University and holds master's and doctoral degrees in Russian history from Princeton University. He is a published scholar in the field of Russian and Soviet history, working on issues of government, policing and deviance.

Website: Dean's Office