Christopher A. Capuano, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher A. Capuano became the University’s eighth president on July 1, 2016, following the retirement of President Sheldon Drucker. Dr. Capuano previously held a series of leadership positions at the University over a period of more than 25 years, most recently as University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
As the key leader in the development of the University’s strategic plan, his main focus is implementing the plan and further raising the University’s stature. Among other things, the University under his leadership has created more centers of excellence, embarked on a historic capital campaign, and focused greatly on its longstanding goal of fostering greater access and affordability for students from all walks of life.
As University Provost, Dr. Capuano provided important decision making in identifying and appointing a strong leadership team in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which resulted in consistent enrollment growth and full accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. In addition, he was instrumental in securing a large gift to support the University’s new Daniel and Martina Lewis Center for Healthcare Innovation and Technology. Moreover, he was the driving force in developing the University’s 2015-2020 strategic plan, working with President Drucker, the Board of Trustees, and faculty and staff across the University, including at the University’s two international campuses in Canada and England.
Working closely with the Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs, the Associate Provost for Educational Resources and Assessment, the College Deans, and the Academic Policies and Research Committee of the Faculty Senate, Dr. Capuano has led much-needed changes to the University’s nationally recognized University Core program, the adoption of the Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) system for both instructional and course assessment and development, and important changes to requirements for completion of baccalaureate degrees at the university, including the establishment of uniform general-education requirements across similar programs.
Prior to becoming University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Capuano served as Vice Provost for International Affairs. In that position, he provided oversight of the University’s Office of Global Partnerships and worked closely with the University’s Office of Global Learning to facilitate study abroad and other international initiatives. Moreover, he led the development of the University’s new campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, providing oversight of academic and non-academic responsibilities, including accreditation of the campus and all its programs, the hiring of faculty and staff, developing and monitoring the campus’s budget, and ensuring that the campus met the objectives outlined in its strategic plan. In addition, Dr. Capuano served as the Vancouver Campus Provost for a year during a critical transition period.
As Director of the School of Psychology for nearly 15 years and a former doctoral faculty member in the University’s Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology and Psy.D. Program in School Psychology — the second of which he helped to develop, Dr. Capuano provided important leadership in developing the school into one of the largest and more prestigious schools at the University. His many accomplishments in this position included establishment of the postdoctoral certificate program in clinical psychopharmacology and its transition to a postdoctoral Master of Science degree program — a program that has earned national recognition and is currently only one of just a few programs recognized by the American Psychological Association for postdoctoral training in clinical psychopharmacology.
As a former faculty member and biopsychologist by training, Dr. Capuano introduced and taught key compulsory courses in both doctoral programs in the School of Psychology. His research included the design, implementation and supervision of experiments in neuropsychopharmacology and health psychology, from planning and evaluating new research to working on the development of compounds and behavioral interventions for clinical use. Moreover, he supervised numerous doctoral dissertations and master’s theses and has published numerous abstracts and research articles with colleagues and former students in various scientific journals.
Dr. Capuano earned his Ph.D. in Biopsychology and two master’s degrees from the Graduate and University Center of the City University of New York, as well as his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Purdue University.
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Vice President for Enrollment, Planning and Effectiveness
Luke Schultheis, Ph.D.
Dr. Luke David Schultheis was appointed to the newly created position of Vice President for Enrollment, Planning and Effectiveness on December 1, 2017.
A national leader in enrollment management, Dr. Schultheis has over 20 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, chair, dean, and senior administrator, following an initial career in the hospitality industry. He is known widely for his expertise in ensuring student success, particularly for underserved populations, and served as Vice President for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers from 2014 to 2017, where he served as inaugural chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for two years.
Dr. Schultheis most recently served as the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Director of the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative at Michigan State University. He previously served as Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management at Virginia Commonwealth University, and before that as Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
While at Virginia Commonwealth, Dr. Schultheis’ efforts led to significant increases in retention and graduation rates, increased degree production, stronger and more diverse undergraduate, graduate and professional enrollments, and revenue increases that were channeled back into student support and the academic enterprise. In addition, he successfully addressed disparities in student success, bridging the gap in graduation rates along racial/ethnic and socioeconomic lines. Concurrently, racial/ethnic minorities and Pell Grant recipients entered graduate and professional schools at higher rates than majority students within three years of earning their undergraduate degrees, an outcome that garnered national attention. His leading-edge work in applying microgrants to support student graduation led to him mentoring three universities on developing microgrant programs through the Association of Public Land Grant Universities–Urban Serving Universities.
Dr. Schultheis has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on enrollment management best practices over the past 15 years. Moreover, he has reviewed over 50 proposals for scholarly societies, and has authored numerous book chapters and journal articles on admissions and enrollment management. He is a member of the Editorial Review Board for Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly and the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Journal, and has reviewed articles for the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice.
Dr. Schultheis received his Ph.D. in Education Studies from the University of Nebraska, an Ed.M. and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, an M.S. in Hospitality Industry Studies from New York University, a B.S. in English from the City University of New York, and an A.S. from Johnson & Wales University.
Assistant to the President
Ms. Jeanne Mazzolla is Assistant to the President. Prior to becoming Assistant to the President, Ms. Mazzolla served as Assistant to the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Ms. Mazzolla joined the University in 1994 and previously held positions in the Office of International Affairs and School of Psychology.