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President's Cabinet


Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
B.M.E., Texas State University
M.A., Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester
Ph.D., Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester
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Dr. Boomgaarden became Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2014. Previously, he served as dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans, a position he held since 2009.

Dr. Boomgaarden is a distinguished scholar, educator and administrator with more than 30 years experience, including a decade serving in teaching and leadership positions at sister Jesuit schools. Before arriving in New Orleans, he served as a faculty member, department chair, and assistant vice president at a number of institutions, including Ithaca College, the University of Salzburg, Loyola University of Maryland and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, Austria, and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

Dr. Boomgaarden is a noted historian of eighteenth-century opera, music aesthetics and harmonic theory. His writings include a book, “Musical Thought in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Germany,” and articles in “The New Grove Dictionary,” “The New Grove Dictionary of Opera,” and the “British Dictionary of National Biography.” His articles and reviews have also been published in many scholarly journals including the “Journal of Musicological Research,” “Journal of Music Theory,” “Ad Parnassum,” and the “Journal of Education and Learning.” 

Dr. Boomgaarden has been active in New Orleans as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Opera and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a member of the New Orleans Historical Society, Louis Armstrong Foundation and Louisiana Basset Hound Rescue. He continues to perform regularly as a concert pianist and also as a country fiddler.

St. Thomas Hall, Room 5124
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510-4633
Phone: 570.941.7520
FAX: 570-941-4386
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Robert W. Davis, Jr.

Chief of Staff 
B.S., M.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
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Robert W. Davis, Jr., was appointed Chief of Staff in 2011. In this role, he oversees the Department of Athletics and manages the essential administrative functions of the Office of the President.  He is responsible to the University President for a broad set of assignments related to the duties of the President including but not limited to the direction and management of the President’s agenda and priorities.

He joined The University of Scranton in 2006 and has served in various capacities across campus.  His previous roles include, Area Coordinator and Assistant Director for Housing Operations in the Office of Residence Life.  Most recently in the Division of Development & Alumni Relations, Bobby served as Interim Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations.  In addition, he was Assistant Director and then Director of the Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign that raised $129 million to support scholarships and capital projects on campus.  Prior to his time at the University, he was a volunteer in the Alumni Service Corps at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

Bobby earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Philosophy, a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Business Administration all from The University of Scranton.

Office of the President
Scranton Hall
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941-7500
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Robert B. Farrell, J.D.

General Counsel
A.B. The College of the Holy Cross
J.D. The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
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A 20-year Pennsylvania practitioner, Rob Farrell, J.D., spent a decade in private practice of the law with a concentration on civil matters, primarily corporate and municipal. Following private practice, he worked as the city solicitor for the city of Scranton responsible for the legal representation of the City and management of its law department and a staff of three lawyers. He joined The University of Scranton in January of 2008, serving in several roles in the President’s Office before becoming general counsel in the summer of 2010.

The Office of the General Counsel serves as legal counsel to the University. Its focus is the protection of the corporation and its legal interests ranging from litigation and contracts to intellectual property and employment issues. Principal in its function are issues related to compliance at both the state and federal level. The office provides services to all divisions of the University.

Office of the General Counsel
The University of Scranton
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941-6213
Fax: (570) 941-6470
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Anitra McShea, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Student Formation & Campus Life
Ph.D., Marywood University

M.A., Bowling Green State University

B.A., Elizabethtown College
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As Vice Provost for Student Formation & Campus Life, Anitra McShea, Ph.D.,  is responsible for the overall management of Career Services, Counseling Center, Center for Health Education and Wellness, Center for Student Engagement, Dean of Students, Multicultural Affairs, Off Campus and Commuter Student Affairs, Office of Campus Ministries, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Student Conduct and Assessment, Student Government, Student Health Services, Public Safety, and the Women’s Center. She is responsible for the management of all budgets, personnel, tactical planning, and assessment within the division. Dr. McShea also serves as the chief liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Student Life Committee and holds memberships on the President’s Cabinet, Financial Management Committee, and Admissions, Residence Life & Financial Aid Committee among others.

Dr. McShea joined the University community in 2002 as the Director of Student Activities and Orientation. In 2004, Dr. McShea was named the Dean of Students and served in this role for 10 years before being named Interim Vice President of Student Affiars in January 2014.

Office of the Vice Provost for Student Formation & Campus Life
201 DeNaples Center
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941- 7680
Fax:  (570) 941- 7963
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Gary R. Olsen

Vice President for University Advancement
B.A., M.S., Villanova University
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Gary R. Olsen is vice president for university advancement. For the past 20 years, Olsen has served as associate vice president for alumni relations and executive director of the alumni association at Villanova University, Villanova.

At Villanova, Olsen played a leading role in crafting its integrated development and alumni relations program. He serves as a member of the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education (CASE) Board of Trustees and chairs the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations. He has presented at national and international educational programs and conferences, and frequently contributes to CASE Currents, the organization’s magazine.

Before joining Villanova in 1993, he served at several Philadelphia area institutions, including as executive director of the National Adoption Network, executive director of the Alcoholism & Addictions Council, and administrative director of the Lincoln Center for Family and Youth.

Office of the Vice President for University Advancement
600 Linden, 4th floor
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: 570-941-7723
Fax: 570-941-6351
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Ryan Sheehan

Interim Executive Director, Jesuit Center
B.A., University of Delaware
M.A., Western New Mexico University
J.D., Arizona State University
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Ryan first experienced Jesuit education as a student at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia.  He went on to earn a BA in English from the University of Delaware, a Master’s in education from Western New Mexico University, and a law degree from Arizona State University.

Ryan has six years of experience working and living with Native Americans in Arizona and New Mexico, including 3 years as a teacher and coach at St. Michael Indian School, a Catholic school on the Navajo Reservation.

Prior to coming to the University, he practiced law in southern California, including significant work on behalf of the mentally ill.  He and his wife Karina have four children: Mira, Thomas, Cascia and Selah.

The Jesuit Center

The University of Scranton

St. Thomas Hall, 2nd Floor

Scranton, PA 18510

Phone: (570) 941-6480


Edward J. Steinmetz, Jr., C.P.A.

Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration
B.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
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Edward J. Steinmetz, Jr., was named vice president for finance/treasurer in 2008. He joined the University in 1991 to develop the internal audit function and served as The University of Scranton’s first internal auditor. Steinmetz was promoted to assistant vice president for finance in 1993, and was named associate vice president for finance in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master of business administration degree from The University of Scranton, and became a certified public accountant in 1982. Prior to joining the University, he worked for 10 years in public and private accounting positions. Steinmetz was co-chair of the steering committee for The University of Scranton’s last Self-Study Report for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He also serves on various other committees, including the President’s Cabinet, University Planning Committee, Financial Management Committee and the Committee on University Image and Promotion. He is a resource member for a number of the Board of Trustee committees. He has delivered presentations at various technology and professional business and finance association meetings. In addition, Steinmetz has been a member of Pennsylvania Department of Education teams that evaluate proposed status changes for other educational institutions in the Commonwealth. He is an active member of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers.

Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration
St. Thomas Hall, Room 201
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510-4694
Phone: (570) 941-7413
Fax: (570) 941-7595
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Gerald C. Zaboski

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & External Affairs
B.A., M.S., The University of Scranton
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Gerry Zaboski serves as the vice provost for Enrollment Management & External Affairs with divisional responsibility for public relations, marketing, community relations, undergraduate admissions and the University’s Small Business Development Center.  He previously served as vice president for External Affairs from 2012-2014, and as vice president for Alumni and Public Relations from 2008 -2012. He has worked at Scranton since 1988 in various positions, including executive assistant to the president, a post he held for eight years, and director of public relations. Prior to joining the University, he worked as public information manager for the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. He serves as secretary on the Executive Committee of the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA), on the Communications Advisory Council of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, on the board and executive committee as First Vice President of the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency, and as treasurer of the West Wyoming Hose Company #1. He is a past member of the board of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education and a past president of the Scranton Lions Club. Gerry earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The University of Scranton.

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & External Affairs
600 Linden Street, 2nd Floor
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941-7900
Fax: (570) 941-4097
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