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The College of St. Scholastica

Barbara McDonald, President

Barbara McDonaldTower Hall, Room 2107

Barbara McDonald is the chief administrative officer of the College. She works with the Board of Trustees to build a shared vision for St. Scholastica’s continued growth and excellence. With the President’s Cabinet, she plans and implements strategies for achieving that vision.

Amy Bergstrom, Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Portrait of Amy BergstromTower Hall, Room 2108

As the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Amy Bergstrom is responsible for leading the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts and achieving inclusive excellence goals in close collaboration with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and the Human Resources office.

Sister Kathleen Del Monte, Associate Vice President for Mission Integration

Sister Kathleen Del MonteTower Hall, Room 2602

In her role as Associate Vice President for Mission Integration, Sister Kathleen helps people new to our college community (faculty, staff, students, board members, etc.) learn about and appreciate our Catholic Benedictine identity. In addition to serving as a resource for the college community in living out our values drawn from the Rule of St. Benedict and our 1,500+ year lived tradition, she also serves as a bridge/liaison between the College and the Monastery.

Benjamin Deneen, Chief Information Officer

Portrait of Benjamin DeneenTower Hall

Benjamin Deneen serves as St. Scholastica’s Chief Information Officer. He oversees the College’s Information Technology Division which supports both infrastructure and customer-facing enterprise IT services.


Rachel Fox, Executive Assistant

Portrait of Rachel FoxTower Hall, Room 2109

Rachel Fox serves as the Executive Assistant to the President at St. Scholastica. In addition to supporting the President, she also serves as the administrative assistant to the Board of Trustees at the College.


Jill Larson, Executive Director of Finance/CFO

Portrait of Jill LarsonTower Hall, Room 2608

Jill Larson serves as St. Scholastica’s Executive Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. She oversees financial operations, which includes budget, grants, accounts payable and p-card administration, student accounts and accounts receivable.


Chris Mueller, Vice President for College Advancement

Christopher MuellerTower Hall, Room 1410A

Chris Mueller is the vice president for College Advancement. He oversees St. Scholastica’s strategic operations in advancement, which includes fundraising, alumni engagement, and foundation and government relations.


Ryan Sandefer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Ryan SandeferTower Hall, Room 2111

Ryan Sandefer is the College’s vice president for Academic Affairs. He serves as a leader and stabilizing force in the College’s academic mission, with an appreciation of its Catholic Benedictine heritage and commitment to graduating well-rounded professionals grounded by a liberal arts education.

Diane Vertin, Chief Operating Officer

Diane VertinTower Hall, Room 2106

As St. Scholastica’s Chief Operating Officer, Diane Vertin provides leadership to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Human Resources. She oversees the strategic planning and accreditation processes that inform the Board of Trustees and the College community regarding the institution’s operational effectiveness and compliance.