Senior Leadership

Wellesley’s senior leadership shares a common goal: providing the richest educational experience for women available in any undergraduate institution anywhere.

Paula JohnsonPaula Johnson, President of the College

"Women’s leadership is recognized today as transformative—in families, communities, and nations across the globe. Through the richness of the liberal arts, Wellesley provides young women with an exceptional educational experience and cultivates their ability and determination to make their difference in the world." Office of the President

Andrew ShennanAndrew Shennan, Provost and Lia Gelin Poorvu ’56 Dean of the College

"The mission and educational philosophy of Wellesley College are inextricably linked: to provide a vibrant, intellectually challenging education to women intent on serving their community and influencing their world." Office of the Provost and Dean of the College

Sheilah Shaw Horton, dean of studentsSheilah Shaw Horton, Vice President and Dean of Students

“Wellesley is both a rigorous institution of learning as well as a home in the best sense of the word, where we value inclusion and belonging and where we work to give every student an equal chance to contribute and be heard.” Office of the Dean of Students

Elizabeth Gildersleeve, Chief Communications Officer

"Our work celebrates Wellesley’s faculty, students, and alumnae, highlighting their ideas, achievements, and the College’s remarkable track record of producing women leaders in every arena." Office of Communications & Public Affairs

Debby Kuenstner, Chief Investment Officer

"Wellesley’s educational mission and commitment to meeting 100 percent of calculated need for admitted students are supported by our large endowment, the result of the generosity of generations of alumnae and friends."

Piper Star OrtonPiper Star Orton, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

"Wellesley’s mission of providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world has never been more vital." Office of Finance and Administration

Karen PetrulakisKaren Petrulakis, General Counsel

"Wellesley prepares our students to navigate an increasingly complex and changing world, helping them to develop a capacity to bridge difference and to work collaboratively and with purpose."

Joy St. JohnJoy St. John, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

"Wellesley looks for a distinct type of student: someone who has an intellectual curiosity about the world, who is interested in many points of view, and who seeks an education that will support her in making a difference in her world." Office of Admission and Financial Aid

Carolyn SlabodenCarolyn Slaboden, AVP for Human Resources & EO

"We strive to attract and retain diverse, high-caliber faculty and staff members who are deeply engaged in serving our educational mission."

Ann Velenchik, Dean of Academic Affairs

"The Wellesley curriculum is specifically designed to encourage students to step outside their comfort zone, explore new fields, and discover their passion." Office of the Provost and Dean of the College