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 E. Lucas Jr.


Dr. W. Dean Pond, Chief Academic Officer, Dean, College of Arts, Science and Education
Dr. Tom Hrubec, Dean, College of Professional and Applied Studies
Ms. Kelly Evans-Wilson, Director of Assessment and Academic Quality 


Mr. Joshua Derrick Brashears, Director of Facilities
Mr. Nick Christian, Executive Director of Student Affairs
Ms. Ellen Clapp, Controller
Ms. Goldie Langley, Director of Financial Aid
Ms. Evelyn Levino, Chief of Staff
Ms. Julie Markin, Administrative Assistant to the President
Ms. Julie McDaniel, Director of Library Services
Ms. Cassie Newcomer, Assistant Registrar
Ms. Bonnie Quist, VP for University Advancement and Strategic Relations 
Ms. Mitali Rai, Human Resources Generalist
Dr. Brock Schroeder, Executive Director of Admissions and Programs
Mr. Curtis Smith, Security Manager

Athletic Administration

Mr. Larry Cox, Executive Director of Athletics
Ms. 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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