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Norman J. Beauchamp Jr.

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. is executive vice president for health sciences, overseeing the Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine as well as clinical practices. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Human Medicine.

Before joining MSU, Beauchamp served as professor and chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington, a role he assumed in 2002, as well as professor of neurological surgery and industrial and systems engineering at UW.

Beauchamp's research emphasis has been in developing MRI-based advanced imaging techniques to extend the treatment window in acute stroke and using imaging to identify risk predictors of stroke and dementia.

An alumnus of the MSU College of Human Medicine, Beauchamp is a national leader in the radiology community and is currently serving as chair of the International Outreach Committee for the American Roentgen Ray Society and on the board of directors of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments. He has served as the chair of the Radiology Research Alliance, the chair of the Coalition for Bioimaging Research and chair of the American College of Radiology Education Committee.

Norman J. Beauchamp Jr.

 

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
965 Wilson Road, Suite A110
East Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI 48823
616-233-1678
beauch66@msu.edu

William R. Beekman

Bill Beekman was named vice president for strategic initiatives in September 2021. In that role, he supports the implementation of the university’s strategic plan and serves as a senior adviser to the president.

An MSU alumnus, Beekman has served the university since 1995, holding five positions in the president’s cabinet in addition to his current role, including vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics, acting president, vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees, and executive director of the MSU Alumni Association. Beekman also has served as senior consultant to the provost and to the vice president for finance and operations, assistant dean for planning and finance in the College of Human Medicine and acting chief executive officer of the MSU HealthTeam.

While in athletics, Beekman balanced the department’s budget despite a pandemic-related decrease in revenue of $80 million and hired Mel Tucker as head football coach after Mark Dantonio’s retirement. In his prior roles, Beekman led MSU’s negotiations with McLaren Health System to develop a hospital adjacent to campus and, with several colleagues, negotiated the expansion of the College of Human Medicine to Grand Rapids. He has taught health policy and health finance in the College of Human Medicine and the College of Law.

Beekman earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a law degree from Wayne State University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in justice, morality and constitutional democracy from MSU’s James Madison College.

William R. Beekman

 

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Wills House, Room 201
beekman@msu.edu

Jabbar R. Bennett

Jabbar R. Bennett is MSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer. Bennett works to advance MSU’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategic priorities along with staff in the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and partnerships among senior executives, deans, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Bennett is also a professor of medicine in the College of Human Medicine.

Prior to joining MSU in December 2020, Bennett served as the inaugural associate provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Northwestern University. Previously, he worked as associate dean of the Graduate School and associate dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University. Bennett also has held administrative appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. He has served on the faculty at Harvard, Brown and Northwestern.

Bennett received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in Spanish from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed postdoctoral research training at Harvard Medical School and is an alumnus of the Harvard University Administrative Fellows Program and Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program.

Jabbar R. Bennett

 

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
426 Auditorium Rd, Rm 444
Administration Building
517-353-3924
vpcdo@msu.edu

Dan Bollman

Dan Bollman is vice president for strategic infrastructure planning and facilities. A registered professional engineer with decades of experience in design- and construction-related activities, Bollman previously was director of Engineering and Architectural Services, where he was responsible for all estimating, design and construction activities on campus related to construction of new facilities, renovations, maintenance and repair, infrastructure and landscape.

After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, Bollman spent five years managing the construction of major projects with the United States Naval Civil Engineer Corps. He then returned to MSU to work in various capacities within Engineering and Architectural Services before becoming director.

Bollman holds a master's degree in resource development, is a LEED-accredited professional and a certified educational facilities professional. He is active in the Construction Owners Association of America, Association of Physical Plant Administrators and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Dan Bollman

 

Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
1147 Chestnut Road, Room 101
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Building
517-355-3366
dbollman@ipf.msu.edu

Christina Brogdon

Christina Brogdon is the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, leading MSU’s human capital agenda, including talent acquisition and retention; leadership and organizational development; compensation and classification; benefits; employee and labor relations for staff and executive management.

Christina has proven excellence in the oversight and delivery of human resources strategy. She is a visionary leader with expertise in the opportunities and challenges facing higher education human resources. Her utilization of core people skills, ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, and create a problem-solving approach has led to a career with demonstrated improvement, workforce leadership, and skill in change management.

Before joining MSU in 2022, Christina served as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Prior to her role at North Carolina A&T, Christina served as Chief Human Resources Officer at West Georgia, Radford, and Bluefield State, in addition to having leadership roles at Virginia Tech. Christina earned her Bachelor of Science in Management at Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Averett University.

In addition to her MBA and B.S., Christina received a certificate in Strategic HR Leadership from the Industrial & Labor Relations School of Cornell University and has her Professional in Human Resources certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

Christina champions diversity, equity, and inclusion and employs best practices that facilitate discourse to source, select, engage, develop, and retain a highly qualified, diverse workforce. She serves on the Pamplin College of Business Advisory Council at Virginia Tech and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She is also a member of the College & University Personnel Association (CUPA-HR) and has held leadership roles at the state, regional, and national levels, including the national board.

Christina Brogdon, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

 

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
1407 S. Harrison Road
517-355-3366
brogdonc@hr.msu.edu

Michael Brown

Dr. Brown is the founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (CHM). After graduating from CHM in 1986, he completed his EM residency training at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids where he subsequently joined the faculty. It was during this period when he developed a passion for summarizing evidence in a form that is useful to clinicians. This interest led to a MSc degree in Epidemiology with a focus on evidence synthesis (i.e., meta-analysis). Dr. Brown serves on the Editorial Board for Cochrane and the Key Advances Panel for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Michael Brown

 

University Physician
463 East Circle Drive, Room 123
517-353-8933
uphys@msu.edu

Lisa A. Frace

Lisa A. Frace was named senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer in May 2021. In this role, Frace oversees financial management for the university and is responsible for managing financial progress including developing long-range financial plans. She brings more than 15 years of higher education leadership experience, having served as senior associate vice chancellor and chief finance and budget officer for the University of California, Davis and as associate vice president, budget and planning and chief budgeting officer for Arizona State University. Prior to joining higher education, Frace had more than 20 years of experience in several private sector industries, with a background in strategic planning, financial management, and treasury. During her career, Frace has led the re-imagining of financial processes, budgets, and integration of resource allocation with strategic vision.

She has been in higher education association, serving on the board, in a variety of professional development leadership roles, and as an instructor with the Western Association of College and University Business Officers. She also recently served on the board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Frace received the association’s Rising Star Award in 2017.

Frace received a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration and a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from Pennsylvania State University. She also attended the executive program in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Lisa A. Frace

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
426 Auditorium Road, Room 412
Administration Building
lfrace@msu.edu

Doug Gage

Doug Gage is vice president for research and innovation, overseeing strategic initiatives and support for the university’s multi-million-dollar annual research programs. He is also a professor in the College of Natural Science Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Gage began his career at MSU as a postdoctoral researcher in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory and later served as the director of the Mass Spectrometry Facility. In 2002, Gage left the university to work in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to MSU in 2007. He is active with the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Hub, and the board of the Spectrum Health-MSU Research Alliance. He currently serves as research chair for MSU’s partnership with Henry Ford Health Center.

Gage earned a doctorate in botany from the University of Texas and holds a master’s degree in biological sciences and bachelor’s in psychology from Florida State University.

Doug Gage

 

Vice President for Research and Innovation
426 Auditorium Road
Administration Building
(517) 355-0306
gage@msu.edu

Vennie Gore

Vennie Gore is the Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement at MSU. Gore administers a residence hall system, including apartments, with a capacity for 17,500 students, as well as the Culinary Services program, which serves more than 50,000 meals daily. In his role, Gore also oversees various units within the areas of Diversity, Equity and Belonging; Student Involvement and Leadership; the Career Center; Registered Student Organizations; Transition; Experiential Learning; and Health, Wellness and Safety. He also provides oversight for the Dean of Students’ office.

Student Life & Engagement also includes the MSU Union, MSU Bakers, University Concessions, MSU dining halls and food courts, Sparty’s markets, coffee shops, Food Stores, Spartan Linen Services, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center and the State Room Restaurant, Kellogg Catering, University Conference Services, the Breslin Center, Forest Akers Golf Courses, the MSU Tennis Center and the MSU Alumni Chapel.

Gore served as co-chair of MSU’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and currently serves as a member of the project steering committee for MSU’s new multicultural center.

Before joining MSU in 2007, Gore served in various leadership roles in housing and food services at the University of Washington, University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin.

Gore received his master’s degree in college student personnel from Indiana University and his executive management certification from the Foster School of Business. Most recently, he participated in the Institute for Educational Management in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gore also has served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Student Segmentation Advisory Board and has been a member of the board of directors for the Capital Area United Way.

Gore has been recognized with a number of outstanding leadership, alumni and service awards.

Vennie Gore

 

Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement
550 S. Harrison Road, Room 3010D
1855 Place
517-884-6450
vgore@msu.edu

Emily Gerkin Guerrant

Emily Gerkin Guerrant is vice president for media and public information. In this role, Guerrant oversees daily media relations related to issues and administration, manages crisis communications and works with the University Communications team to advance strategic communications efforts.

Prior to joining MSU, Guerrant was the senior vice president of marketing and communications at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state's marketing arm. She managed the strategic direction for all marketing campaigns, including the successful Pure Michigan tourism campaign and the more recent PlanetM campaign to position Michigan as a global leader in mobility and autonomous vehicle development. Guerrant also led strategic media communications projects for the state's economic development arm, focusing messaging around Michigan's comeback economy and successes since the end of the recession. 

Prior to MEDC, Emily spent 10 years at two statewide public relations agencies where she focused on issues management and advocacy communications. She started her career as a press secretary to state lawmakers and the Speaker of the House in the Michigan Legislature.  

Guerrant earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in public relations from Michigan State University. 

Emily Gerkin Guerrant

 

Vice President and University Spokesperson
408 West Circle Drive, Room 401
Olds Hall
emilyg@msu.edu

Alan Haller

Alan Haller is vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at MSU. Haller is a professional administrator with more than 20 years of experience in athletics, law enforcement and higher education.

A former MSU football player and member of the track and field team as well as a former cornerback in the NFL, Haller joined MSU Athletics in 2010, following a 13-year career with the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety. Haller was promoted to deputy athletic director in 2019 after serving as the chief of staff and senior associate athletic director the previous three years.

During his time with MSU Athletics, Haller oversaw coordination of external relations, capital projects, athletics facilities and event management. Haller has extensive experience working directly with teams as a sport administrator, including football. He also has led coaching search committees, including playing a prominent role in the hiring of football head coach Mel Tucker. Haller previously led the senior staff/sport administrator group responsible for administration of all varsity sports and provided leadership, direction and supervision to sport supervisors.

Haller works directly with campus leadership in providing guidance on a wide range of issues, including serving as a liaison to the General Counsel’s Office, Office of Institutional Equity, Residential and Hospitality Services, Student Affairs and student governing organizations. His relationships with current and former student-athletes continues to be an important asset for the athletic department and the overall well-being of student-athletes.

Haller holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from MSU and a master’s degree in human resources from Central Michigan University.

Alan Haller

 

Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Thomas Jeitschko

Thomas D. Jeitschko is the Interim Provost Designee. Prior to assuming the interim provost designee role, he served as senior associate provost, senior advisor to the provost, and acting provost.

In his role as senior associate provost, Jeitschko helped guide the budgeting process of the Office of the Provost and oversaw Office of the Provost communications and events, Institutional Research, and Institutional Space Planning and Management, as well as the Apple Developer Academy, Student Information System project, and ethics initiative. He also served as the provost’s liaison to the Budget Subcommittee of the University Committee on Faculty Affairs, where he consulted with, listened to, and engaged with faculty on the university’s academic budget allocations and the annual salary adjustment process.

Jeitschko is a Professor of Economics who holds an advanced degree from the University of Münster in Germany in Economic History and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Mathematical Economics. At MSU he has taught graduate courses and served on Ph.D. committees in the College of Social Science, the Broad College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Ag and Natural Resources, and the Law College.

His research interests are in applied economic theory, including game theory, industrial organization, and law and economics. He has published in a wide variety of journals and served on multiple editorial boards. He has also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, advises States Attorneys General throughout the U.S. and has been retained by the USDOJ as an expert. Prior to his current appointment at MSU, Jeitschko has held faculty positions at Royal Holloway College, University of London in the United Kingdom, and Texas A&M University as well as shorter appointments at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown Universities.

Thomas Jeitschko

 

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
426 Auditorium Road, Suite 430
517-355-6550
provost@msu.edu

Marlon C. Lynch

Marlon C. Lynch is the vice president for public safety and chief of police for Michigan State University. Lynch leads the university’s Department of Police and Public Safety, including community engagement and support, emergency management, parking and traffic engineering. His emphasis is on community policing and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Prior to this role, Lynch served as the inaugural chief safety officer for the University of Utah Department of Public Safety. His career progression includes more than 25 years of law enforcement experience in municipal and campus environments.

He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from MSU and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Boston University. Lynch is also a graduate of the 216th session of the FBI National Academy and the 256th class of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Lynch serves as a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and is a past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Marlon Lynch, Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police

 

Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police
1120 Red Cedar
Police and Public Safety
517-432-3888
lynchm@police.msu.edu

Brian Quinn

Brian Quinn is the vice president for legal affairs and general counsel. Before joining the Office of the General Counsel, where he practices litigation, Quinn was a partner at the Honigman law firm in Lansing, Michigan, where he had a diverse litigation practice. Previously, he served as a law clerk for Justice Michael F. Cavanagh of the Michigan Supreme Court. Quinn received his law degree summa cum laude from MSU College of Law and his bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University.

Brian Quinn

 

Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
426 Auditorium Road, Room 494
Administration Building
517-353-3530
quinnbri@msu.edu

Heather C. Swain

As vice president for marketing, PR and digital strategy, Heather Swain is responsible for MSU's branding, marketing, strategic public relations, digital and insights and analytics functions. She has worked in higher education for more than two decades and in senior leadership positions for more than 15 years.

Swain oversaw development of the university's Spartans Will campaign, and under her leadership MSU's communications work has been recognized with numerous awards, including Tellys, Emmys and Addys, as well as top recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Swain received the American Marketing Association Higher Education Marketer of the Year Award in 2016.

Prior to joining MSU in 2006 as assistant vice president for university relations, Swain spent six years as the senior communications officer at Ball State University where she led a major rebranding tied to the institution's strategic planning and governmental relations efforts. Swain also spent five years at Indiana University Bloomington in a variety of communications roles, culminating in the position of associate director for university-wide marketing in which she worked with IU campuses across the state.

Swain has served as co-chair of the American Marketing Association Symposium for Higher Education and a member of the CASE Commission on Communications and the Public Affairs Committee of the Association of American Universities. She is a board member for Futurity, a multimedia consortium of more than 60 leading research universities from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia, and The Conversation, an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public.

Swain received her bachelor's degree in English from the College of William and Mary and completed the postgraduate Educational Management program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

Heather C. Swain

 

Vice President for Marketing, Public Relations and Digital Strategy
408 West Circle Drive, Room 405
Olds Hall
517-355-2262
swainh@comms.msu.edu

Kim Tobin

Kim Tobin serves as vice president for University Advancement, a position she has held since May 2022. In this role, she oversees all fundraising and alumni relations efforts, and leads an Advancement team of more than 300 through planning and execution of the institution’s next comprehensive campaign.

Prior to joining MSU, Tobin worked at Colorado State University for nearly two decades. She joined the CSU team in 2003 and was appointed vice president in 2017. Tobin managed a division of more than 150 staff. Under her leadership, CSU saw its highest fundraising year in 2021, raising more than $200 million.

Born and raised in Canada, Tobin is an alumna of the University of Toronto, where she studied arts management. She went on to study at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she earned a master’s degree in philanthropy and development. A strong believer in lifelong education, Tobin earned her doctorate in higher education leadership in 2018 at Colorado State, focusing her dissertation on the impact of negotiation on the careers of women leaders in higher education.

Tobin began her advancement career at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Toronto, before applying her development skills at Lakehead University in her hometown of Thunder Bay. At Colorado State, Tobin was promoted into a central leadership role, progressing from an executive director to assistant vice president and then associate vice president overseeing units such as planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, regional fundraising and principal gifts.

Kim Tobin

 

Vice President for University Advancement
535 Chestnut Rd, Room 300
Spartan Stadium
517-884-1008
tobinkim@msu.edu

Kathleen M. Wilbur

Kathleen Wilbur is MSU's senior vice president for government relations, previously serving as executive vice president for government, communications and advancement beginning in March 2018. Before coming to MSU, Wilbur served as a vice president and interim president at Central Michigan University. She has also served on the MSU Board of Trustees and is the only woman to have directed three departments for the State of Michigan.

Before her MSU appointment, Wilbur was vice president for government and external relations at CMU. She also served as interim president and as vice president for development and external relations, joining CMU in 2002.

Prior to that she was director of the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services, director of the Michigan Department of Commerce, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Commerce and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Wilbur earlier was chief of staff to State Senator William Sederburg, who chaired the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, among other assignments.

She was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees in 1984 and served through 1990. Her peer reviewed journal publications and conference presentations focus on the role of institution trustees in higher education.

A 2007 inductee into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, Wilbur earned a doctorate in higher education administration, a master's degree in higher education administration and a bachelor's degree in journalism from MSU.

Kathleen M. Wilbur

 

Senior Vice President for Government Relations
426 Auditorium Road, Room 484
Administration Building
517-353-9000
schlage6@msu.edu

Melissa Woo

Melissa Woo is the executive vice president for administration, providing leadership for Campus Sustainability, Human Resources, Information Technology, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, Land Management and University Services. Additionally, Woo serves as MSU’s chief information officer and as president of the MSU Foundation.

Throughout her career, and since joining MSU in 2019 as senior vice president for information technology and chief information officer, Woo has proven herself as a skilled administrator and strong collaborator with academic units to optimize institutional effectiveness and align administrative services with the university’s mission.

Woo previously served as senior vice president for information technology and enterprise chief information officer for Stony Brook University and has held IT leadership roles at the University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she earned her doctorate in biophysics. She received her bachelor’s degree in biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2019, Woo was the recipient of the inaugural EDUCAUSE DEI Leadership Award for her actions leading to improved diversity, equity and inclusion in the higher education IT community. She also received the 2012 EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award, recognizing her as an emerging leader in higher education IT.

Woo currently serves as chair of the Merit Network board of directors, authors articles and is a frequent conference presenter.

 

Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Information Officer
426 Auditorium Road, Room 412
Hannah Administration Building
517-355-5014
evpa@msu.edu

Phil Zecher

Philip Zecher is MSU's first chief investment officer. A former hedge fund manager with a doctorate in physics from MSU, Zecher oversees all of the university's long-term investments, including its endowment.

From 2010 to 2014, Zecher served on the MSU Foundation board of directors and from 2011 to 2014 on the Board of Trustee's investment advisory subcommittee. He also has served as senior adviser to the president for investments and as an executive-in-residence and professor of finance in the Eli Broad College of Business.

Zecher earned his PhD in nuclear physics from MSU in 1996 and worked with Deloitte Consulting in New York, focusing on technology solutions for financial risk measurement. In 1999, he and a fellow alumnus started Investor Analytics, a risk assessment firm focusing on hedge fund risks. He later served as a partner and chief risk officer of EQA Partners, a Connecticut-based hedge fund.

Phil Zecher

 

Chief Investment Officer
Office of Investment
426 Auditorium Road, Room 412
Administration Building
517-355-5018
zecher@msu.edu

Michael Zeig

Michael Zeig was named chief of staff to the President in September 2018. In this role, Zeig serves as the President’s main liaison with other university vice presidents and executives to advance the university’s strategic priorities. He also supervises the operations of the President’s Office and staff.

Zeig joined MSU in 2012 and served as director of university planning prior to assuming his current role. Prior to joining MSU, he worked at Central Michigan University and in the Executive Office of the Michigan Governor in the education policy and external affairs divisions. As part of his scholarly work on higher education strategy and governance, he has been published nationally in journals including Innovative Higher Education and Change as well as other publications such as Trusteeship and Inside Higher Ed. He has taught legal issues in higher education as an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at CMU.

Zeig has a bachelor's degree in political science from CMU and master's and doctoral degrees in higher education administration from MSU.

Michael Zeig

 

Chief of Staff to the President
426 Auditorium Road, Room 450
Administration Building
517-355-6560
zeigmich@msu.edu