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Drake Leaders

Board of Trustees

  • Chair
    Larry D. Zimpleman
    Chairman, CEO & President
    Principal Financial Group
    515-247-5752

Administrative Leaders

  • President
    David Maxwell
    (515-271-2191)
  • Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the University
    Linda Ryan
    (515-271-2147)
  • Provost
    Deneese Jones
    (515-271-3751)
  • Vice President for Finance and Administration
    Deborah Newsom
    (515-271-3710)
  • Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
    Debra Lukehart
    (515-271-2017)
  • Vice President for Alumni and Development
    John P. Smith
    (515-271-2969)
  • Vice President for Admission and Student Financial Planning
    Thomas F. Delahunt
    (515-271-2092)
  • Director of Human Resources
    Venessa Macro
    (515-271-3962)
  • Director of Athletics
    Sandy Hatfield Clubb
    (515-271-2889)

Deans

  • College of Arts and Sciences
    Joe Lenz
    (515-271-3939)
  • College of Business and Public Administration
    Charles C. Edwards Jr.

    (515-271-2872)
  • Cowles Library
    Rodney N. Henshaw
    (515-271-1936)
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Wendy Duncan
    (515-271-2900)
  • School of Education
    Janet McMahill
    (515-271-3829)
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
    Charles C. Edwards Jr.
    (515-271-2872)
  • Students
    R. Sentwali Bakari
    (515-271-2835)
  • Law School
    Allan W. Vestal
    (515-271-3985)

Academic Department & Division Chairs

  • Accounting, Business Law, Information Systems
    Lou Ann Simpson
    (515-271-2007)
  • Actuarial Science & Statistics, Insurance, Finance, Economics
    William Boal
    (515-271-3129)
  • Art and Design
    Robert Craig
    (515-271-3185)
  • Biology, Environmental Science and Policy
    Jerry Honts
    (515-271-2768)
  • Chemistry
    Maria Bohorquez
    (515-271-2595)
  • English
    Jody Swilky
    (515-271-2853)
  • Extension Education
    Chuck Sengstock
    (515-271-2184)
  • History
    Glenn McKnight
    (515-271-2764)
  • Institute for Character Development
    J. Scott Raecker
    (515-271-1911)
  • Law, Politics, and Society
    Renee Cramer
    (515-271-2870)
  • Leadership, Counseling, Adult Development
    Wade Leuwerke
    (515-271-3943)
  • Mathematics/Computer Science
    Larry Naylor
    (515-271-2855)
  • Military Science
    Joel Soenksen
    (515-271-3952)
  • Music
    Clarence Padilla
    (515-271-3101)
  • Pharmaceutical, Biomedical, Administrative Sciences
    Robert Soltis
    (515-271-3020)
  • Pharmaceutical Clinical Sciences
    June Johnson
    (515-271-1849)
  • Pharmacy Experiential Programs
    Cheryl L Clarke
    (515-271-3899)
  • Pharmacy Student Programs
    Jennifer Tran
    (515-271-1803)
  • Philosophy/Religion
    Jennifer Harvey
    (515-271-2885)
  • Physics/Astronomy
    Charles Nelson
    (515-271-3034)
  • Politics and International Relations
    Debra DeLaet
    (515-271-1844)
  • Management, International Business, Marketing, Public Administration
    Brad Meyer
    (515-271-2490)
  • Psychology
    Maria Clapham
    (515-271-4129)
  • Study of Culture and Society
    William Lewis
    (515-271-1883)
  • Teaching and Learning
    Catherine Wilson Gillespie
    (515-271-4602)
  • Theatre Arts
    Deena Conley
    (515-271-2819)
  • World Languages and Cultures
    Marc Cadd
    (515-271-3923)
  • School of Accounting
    Stephen Gara
    (515-271-2156)
  • School of Actuarial Science
    Rahul Parsa
    (515-271-3770)

Directors of Inter-Disciplinary Programs

  • Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
    Charisse Buising
    (515-271-2756)
  • The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship
    David Skidmore
    (515-271-3843)
  • Chinese Cultural Exchange Program
    Kirk Martin
    (515-271-3035)
  • Drake Curriculum and First Year Seminars
    Amy O'Shaughnessy (Interim)
    (515-271-3804)
  • Environmental Science & Policy
    Thomas Rosburg
    (515-271-2920)
  • Undergraduate Science Collaboration Institute
    Maria Valdovinos
    (515-271-2847)
  • Honors
    Jennifer McCrickerd
    (515-271-2250)
  • Law, Politics & Society
    Renee Cramer
    (515-271-2870)
  • Study Abroad Programs
    Jen Hogan
    (515-271-3073)
  • Women's Studies
    Nancy Reincke
    (515-271-3563)