University Leadership

Leading Strong

Investing in Tomorrow’s Future, Today

Great leadership is key to building and maintaining a successful university. Our leaders at Urbana University are dedicated to creating a positive learning environment for students, faculty and staff, and to achieving educational goals.



Dr. George Lucas Jr.


Dr. Alice Grimes, Dean of Assessment and Academic Quality
Dr. Jeffrey Kalbus, Dean, College of Professional and Applied Sciences
Dr. Willis Pond, Dean, College of Arts, Sciences and Education


Ellen Clapp, Controller
Joshua Derrick Brashears, Director of Facilities
Larry Gleeson, Coordinator of Campus Safety
Dr. John Gore, Dean of Students
Vanessa Kumar, Global Operations Manager
Goldie Langley, Director of Financial Aid
Evelyn Levino, Chief of Staff
Julie McDaniel, Director of Library Services
Cassie Newcomer, Assistant Registrar
David Ormsbee, Interim VP of Advancement
Mitali Rai, Human Resources Generalist
Donnell Wiggins, Director of Admissions

Athletic Administration

Larry Cox, Athletic Director
Nikki Pluger, Associate Athletic Director of Compliance/SWA

Board of Trustees


Dr. David R. Decker, Ph.D., President, Franklin University

Vice Chair

Gary Flynn, President (retired), Ross Products, Div. of Abbott Labs

Board Members

Marcia Bailey, Director, Champaign Economic Partnership

The Rev. Elizabeth Coffman, Clinical Counselor, Positive Perspectives Counseling Center - Minister, Urbana Swedenborgian Church 

Mary Duchi, Vice President (retired), Battelle Memorial Institute

Angelo Frole, CSC, Columbus State Community College, Dean of the Business and Engineering Technologies

Gary James, President, Dynalab, Inc.

David Phillips, Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management North America, for Rittal Corporation

John (J.C.) Wallace, President, Troy Development Council and Troy Area Chamber of Commerce

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