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 President’s Commission on Inclusivity, aligning its work with the college’s strategic vision. She oversees assessment activities for all areas 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 and Inclusion, Institutional Effectiveness & Inclusivity

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

Catherine McDonald Davenport '87Cathy Davenport '87
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions
Phone: 717-245-1287
Office: Waidner Admissions House

Cathy Davenport has worked in Dickinson’s Office of Admissions for 30 years and has served in a variety of roles ranging from admissions counselor to executive director of admissions and in July 2014 became the dean of admissions. She became vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions in March 2019. Cathy graduated from Dickinson in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in religion and political science. She earned her master’s degree in education in 1992 from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Cathy also holds a secondary school counseling certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is involved with several professional associations including the PA Association for College Admissions Counseling (PACAC) and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)

Website: Admissions

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 works with the president of the college to further institutional goals,  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. Prior to her work in the Office of the President, she 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

Kendall D. IsaacKendall Isaac
General Counsel
Phone: 717-245-1013
Office: West College (Old West)

Kendall Isaac joined Dickinson as general counsel in September 2018. As chief legal officer for the college, he provides legal counsel and services to institutional leaders and Board of Trustee members, and works collaboratively with inside and outside stakeholders to ensure that risks are managed in ways that are most advantageous to the realization of Dickinson’s strategic initiatives. His previous experiences in higher education have included serving as an assistant law professor, chief of staff, chief human resource officer, and director of graduate programs and strategic planning. He has also provided supervisory leadership over departments such as compliance, events management, sponsored programs, government relations and campus safety. Kendall received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, his law degree from Capital University Law School and his doctorate of education from Columbus State University. He is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and he has published extensively on legal issues.

Website: The Office of General Counsel

Connie McNamaraConnie McNamara
Vice President for 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

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

George StroudGeorge Stroud
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Phone: 717-245-1639
Office: Holland Union Building

George Stroud joined the Dickinson community in July 2018 as vice president of student life and dean of students. With 25 years of higher education experience, Stroud oversees Residence Life & Housing, Career Center, Athletics, Department of Public Safety, 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, the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center and Student Conduct. Most recently, Stroud was assistant vice president for student life at Cabrini University, where he was a member of the president’s cabinet and served on the Student Engagement Committee of the Board of Trustees. He was responsible for leading residence life, student diversity initiatives, dining services, public safety, health services and counseling services. He has previously served as assistant director for staff supervision, recruitment and training for residence life at the University of Pittsburgh, assistant director at the office of minority student affairs/cultural diversity at Slippery Rock University and as counselor for Carnegie Mellon’s Action Project at Carnegie Mellon University. Stroud has a doctorate in higher education administration from Widener University and a master’s degree in student personnel from Slippery Rock University.

Website: Student Life

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