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The College of St. Scholastica

Barbara McDonald, President

Barbara McDonald

Tower 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.

Najam Saeed, Interim Chief Information Officer

Najam Saeed

Tower Hall, Room 1624

Najam Saeed has been appointed Interim Chief Information Officer for the College. Saeed brings significant experience as an IT leader within institutions of higher education, and recently retired as CIO from St. Paul College after 20 years of service.


Amy Bergstrom, Chief Diversity Officer

Portrait of Amy Bergstrom

Tower Hall, Room 2108

As Chief Diversity Officer, 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 Monte

Tower 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.

Steve Lyons, Vice President for Student Affairs

Steve Lyons

Tower Hall, Room 2145

Steve Lyons is the chief Student Affairs officer of the College. He is responsible for creating an environment that promotes the personal and educational development of traditional, non-traditional and graduate students. This includes student advocacy to the decision-making bodies of the College.

Chris Mueller, Vice President for College Advancement

Christopher Mueller

Tower 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

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 Vertin

Tower Hall, Room 2106

As St. Scholastica’s Chief Operating Officer, Diane Vertin will provide direct oversight of the College’s strategic plan and priorities, and develop an institutional effectiveness model that will inform the College community and the Board of Trustees in its decision-making for the future.