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

Crystal DaughertyCrystal Daugherty, Vice President of Development

“Wellesley alums live lives of service and leadership, and are passionately committed to ensuring today’s students and faculty have the resources they need to thrive. I believe in the vital role of women’s education in shaping the leaders of tomorrow, and together we can continue to empower the next generation.” Office of Development

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

Michael Jeffries, Dean of Academic Affairs

“The Wellesley curriculum is carefully built by our faculty, such that our academic program prioritizes adventure, collaboration, and learning with purpose.” Office of the Provost and Dean of the College

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.” Investment Office

Tara MurphyTara Murphy, Chief Communications Officer

“Our work celebrates the ideas and achievements of Wellesley’s remarkable faculty, students, and alumnae and the many ways they make a difference in the world.” Office of Communications & Public Affairs

Megan NunezMegan Núñez, Dean of Faculty Affairs

“Wellesley’s world-renowned faculty of scientists, artists, researchers, and scholars is central to its mission of fostering a community in which all students thrive.” Office of the Provost and Dean of the College

Piper OrtonPiper Starr 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.”
Office of the General Counsel

Carolyn SlabodenCarolyn Slaboden, Chief Human Resources Officer

“We strive to attract and retain diverse, high-caliber faculty and staff members who are deeply engaged in serving our educational mission.” Office of Human Resources

T. Peaches ValdesT. Peaches Valdes, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

“Wellesley seeks students who are discovering their agency as scholars, community builders, and changemakers. While they are here, they will develop the toolkit to live lives of consequence that will prepare them to contribute to a global community.” Office of Admission and Financial Aid