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President's Cabinet


Robert W. Davis, Jr., Ed.D.

Chief of Staff 
B.S., M.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
President's Office Website
Athletics Website

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.

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
Divisional Website

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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Patricia Harrington, RN, Ed.D

Acting Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
B.S., Medgar Evers College

M.S., Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

M.Ed., Ed.D., Columbia University
Divisional Website

Dr. Harrington is the Acting Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is a nurse and was a member of the nursing faculty from 1984 to 2014. From 1994 to 2014 she served as the Chairperson for the Department of Nursing. During that time enrollment in the nursing major more than doubled, new programs were initiated including the graduate program family nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse anesthesia tracks. In the Spring of 2014 she served as Interim Provost; followed by almost two years in the role of Interim Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness.

A strong advocate for vulnerable populations, Dr. Harrington supports student involvement in social justice issues. She was a founding member of the AIDS Awareness Committee and the Education for Justice Task Force and Advisory Committee. She served as an HIV/AIDS prevention consultant for nurses in Africa, part of a Marquette University USAID Grant project, and serves as a member and former co-chair of the Northeast Regional HIV/AIDS Planning Coalition.

In 2008, she co-led the Nursing Department’s first international nursing mission to Haiti, and for three years she co-taught a travel course in Uganda – “Health Issues in Africa”, part of an interdisciplinary partnership with faculty from Nursing, Theology, and Philosophy. She believes that the way a person’s life story impacts their health is best learned through service experiences that allow students to ‘walk with’ others who are marginalized by illness, poverty, and stigma.

Her passion for service has informed her scholarship and influenced others to incorporate Service-Learning in nursing courses. She is co-editor and contributing author of “Integrating Community Service Into Nursing Education: A Guide to Service-Learning,” which received the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year award.

Dr. Harrington’s leadership roles in nursing include national, state and local organizations with five years as the American Nurses Association liaison to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) program on blood resources (NBREP); two years as vice president for the Pennsylvania Higher Education in Nursing Schools Association (PHENSA); and ten years as the treasurer for the Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs (JCNP).

Prior to joining The University of Scranton faculty, she worked as a nurse in Brooklyn, New York. Her graduate work in nursing includes a Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter Bellevue – School of Nursing, City University of New York, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Nursing from Teachers College – Columbia University.

Office of the Provost/Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
St. Thomas Hall
901 Linden St., Room 5124
Scranton, PA 18510-4633
Phone: (570) 941-7520
Fax: (570) 941-4386
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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
Divisional Website

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
Divisional Website

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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Patricia L. Tetreault, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Associate Vice President for Human Resources
A.S., B.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
Divisional Website

Patricia L. Tetreault, SHRM-SCP, SPHR was appointed to the position of Associate Vice President for Human Resources in July 2014. She joined the University in 2009, first as the Director of Compensation and Benefits and was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Human Resources in 2011. Patricia served as Interim Vice President for Human Resources for the period September 2013 – June 2014. She earned an Associate Degree in Health Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and a Master Degree in Business Administration, all from The University of Scranton. She holds the national SHRM-SCP and SPHR Human Resources certifications and has more than 20 years of Human Resources/Employee Benefits experience in a variety of industries. 

Patricia serves on various University committees, including the President’s Cabinet, Faculty Personnel Committee, Budget Advisory Group and CIO Executive Advisory Committee and is the Cabinet liaison to the Staff Senate. She served as a member of the Financial and Institutional Resources sub-committee for the most recent Middle States Periodic Review Report.  Patricia formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Pennsylvania Society for Human Resources (NEPA SHRM) and currently serves as Vice-President of the St. Joseph’s Center Board of Directors. She has completed the AJCU Jesuit Leadership Seminar and the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP). Through ICP, Patricia participated in an Immersion experience at the Kino Border in Nogales Arizona/Mexico.

In her current role as Associate Vice President for Human Resources, she is responsible for the Office of Equity and Diversity and all components of Human Resources operations including employment, performance management, training, compensation and employee benefits.

Office of the Associate Vice President for Human Resources
St. Thomas Hall, #100
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941-7767
Fax: (570) 941-4636
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Gerald C. Zaboski

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & External Affairs
B.A., M.S., The University of Scranton
Divisional Website

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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