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President's Cabinet

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Daniel Cosacchi, Ph.D.

Vice President for Mission and Ministry
B.A., Fordham University
M.T.S., Boston College
Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago


Daniel Cosacchi, Ph.D., joined the University in 2022 as Vice President for Mission and Ministry. In this role, he is responsible for the various departments that comprise the University’s Mission and Ministry division.

Dr. Cosacchi previously served as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Marywood University. In addition to teaching core and elective courses in theology and religious studies there, he was the College of Arts and Sciences representative on the Mission Integration Committee and Director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program. He also served as Marywood’s representative to the Synod on Syondality.

Prior to his service at Marywood, Dr. Cosacchi taught at Fairfield University and was a Canisius Postdoctoral Fellow there from 2016 to 2019. He served as faculty moderator for the Canisius Academy, planning and hosting prominent events centered on social justice and the Catholic intellectual heritage, and moderating mini-lectures on Catholic topics. He also served as a mentor for Ignatian Residential College.

Dr. Cosacchi is co-author and editor of the book “The Berrigan Letters: Personal Correspondence Between Daniel and Philip Berrigan,” which includes excerpts of letters between the brothers, who were known for their social activism. He has also published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Jesuit Studies, among others.

Dr. Cosacchi earned his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, his master’s from Boston College, and his doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago.

Through his education at Jesuit universities and his experience in higher education at Catholic schools, Dr. Cosacchi understands well and values greatly the important role Catholic and Jesuit education plays in the formation of our students.  

Division of Mission and Ministry
200A DeNaples Center
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570)-941-6651
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Robert W. Davis, Jr., Ed.D.

Vice President for University Advancement
B.S., M.S., M.B.A., The University of Scranton
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Divisional Website

Robert W. Davis, Jr., was appointed Vice President for University Advancement in 2022.

He leads the Advancement team, which seeks to assist students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends as they strive to achieve the University's mission through engagement and philanthropic activity. 

Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President for Student Life from 2018 to 2022. He was responsible for the overall management of the division which includes Athletics, University Police, the Center for Career Development, the Center for Health Education and Wellness, the Center for Student Engagement, the Counseling Center, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life, Recreational and Club Sports, Student Conduct and Assessment, Student Health Services, Student Government, Dining Services and the University Bookstore. 

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.  In the Division of Development & Alumni Relations, Bobby served as Interim Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations.  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. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff in the Office of the President.  Prior to his time at the University, he was a volunteer in the Alumni Service Corps at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

University Advancement 
Louis Brown Hall 305
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570)-941-7661
Fax:  (570) 941- 6351
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Robert B. Farrell, J.D., Ed.D.

General Counsel and University Secretary 
A.B. The College of the Holy Cross
J.D. The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University
Ed.D. The University of Pennsylvania
Divisional Website


Robert B. Farrell was appointed General Counsel in 2010 with the additional role of University Secretary in 2015. Dr. Farrell has practiced law for over 27 years with extensive legal and management experience in university, municipal and nonprofit settings. Over his career, he has specialized in higher education, municipal, employment, labor and corporate law. Dr. Farrell oversees all University legal affairs and is responsible for Scranton's overall legal strategy. He serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and advises the President, Board of Trustees and the administration on a wide range of legal matters.

Dr. Farrell joined Scranton as Director of Community Relations in 2008, and served as the Executive Director of Community Relations and Public Safety in 2009, prior to becoming General Counsel. In these roles, Dr. Farrell served on the President's cabinet and advised the President on matters related to the University's position in the broader community. He also oversaw the transition of the Public Safety force to armed University Police.

Prior to joining Scranton, Dr. Farrell served as the City Solicitor to the City of Scranton. He was a partner in the law firm of Kreder, Brooks, Hailstone & Ludwig before working for the city, and spent his first year out of law school as a judicial law clerk.

Dr. Farrell earned his A.B. in history from the College of the Holy Cross in 1987. He earned his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 1992. He earned an Ed.D. in higher education management, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. 

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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Elizabeth M. Garcia, Esq.

Special Assistant to the President, Executive Director for the
Office of Equity and Diversity, and Title IX Coordinator
B.A, Wheaton College
J.D., Temple University
Divisional Website


Elizabeth Garcia joined the University in 2018 as the Executive Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity and Title IX Coordinator.  In 2020, she was named Special Assistant to the President and appointed to the President’s Cabinet. 

Prior to joining the University, Ms. Garcia was a shareholder at the Parker McCay, P.A. law firm in southern New Jersey, where she worked for over 18 years. Her practice heavily centered on labor, employment, civil rights, local government and education law.  She also held judicial law clerk positions in State and Federal Court.  Her leadership roles included, but were not limited to, President of the Burlington County Bar Association, Vice Chair of the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Burlington County Bar Foundation.

Ms. Garcia earned her B.A. in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 1997 and her J.D. from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 2000. 

Office of Equity and Diversity
The University of Scranton
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941-6645
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Carl Hurst

Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
B.S., Wilkes University


Carl Hurst joined the University's Information Technology Staff in 2017 and has since played a leading role in the development and coordination of comprehensive technical and IT operational plans, as well as special projects, such as the migration of Royal Drive. He assisted the CIO with facilitating an IT governance strategy, researched emerging technologies and helped to evaluate and assess our current technology and operations to guide future decisions. He also managed IT security, IT security audites and performed vendor security assessments, among other duties.

He became Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer in April 2022. 

Prior to joining the University, Mr. Hurst was the Director of Technical Infrastructure at TMG Health. Previously, he was the Manager of Network and Desktop Infrastructure at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvnania, and Manager of Windows and Desktop Server Systems at Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from Wilkes University.

Alumni Memorial Hall #128
Phone: (570)-941-7923
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Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 
B.S., Georgetown University
M.A., Union Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley)
Divisional Website 


Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D. is Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

She began her tenure at the University in 2020 as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to her arrival at Scranton, she was Professor of Religious Studies, Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Education, and Executive Director of the Office of Academic Enhancement at the University of Miami. In that role, she implemented substantial revisions to Miami’s general education requirements and worked with their Enrollment Management division on recruitment strategies with an emphasis on historically underrepresented and first-generation students, among other duties. 

Dr. Maldonado earned her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, her Master’s degree from the Union Theology Seminary and her Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union, working primarily at the Jesuit School of Theology.

Her research and teaching interests include Latino/a, Latin American, and Feminist Theologies, as well as inter-disciplinary work in Afro-Caribbean Studies.

She is the author of multiple books including Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas (Orbis Books, 2003), Afro-Cuban Theology: Religion, Race, Culture and Identity (University Press of Florida, 2006), Embracing Latina Spirituality: A Woman’s Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2009), Shopping: Christian Explorations in Daily Living (Fortress, 2010), and Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: An Introduction to Monotheism (co-authored with Aman De Sondy and William S. Green, Bloomsbury, 2020).  

Dr. Maldonado is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion, and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS). She is a past-president of ACHTUS and recently collaborated with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops creating bilingual follow-up materials for the 5th National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.

Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs 
St. Thomas Hall, #5122
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570)-941-7520
Fax: (570)-941-4386
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Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed.

Interim Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
B.A.., Bucknell University
J.D., M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
Division of Student Life website 


Lauren S. Rivera, J.D., M.Ed., is the Interim Vice President for Student Life and the Dean of Students for the 2022-23 academic year. 

She joined the University in 2009 as the Director of Student Conduct and Assessment. In 2015, she was named Associate Vice Provost for Student Formation and Campus Life and Dean of Students, a role that allowed her to focus her efforts on student advocacy and support while working with colleagues to foster a vibrant and transformative learning experience for our students. 

In 2018, she was named Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, providing oversight for the Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW), the Center for Student Engagement, the Cultural Centers (Jane Kopas Women's Center and Multicultural Center), the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of Residence Life. She has championed our Resilient Royals and other innovative programming initiatives. She also serves as moderator for Student Government. 

Previously, Lauren worked in the Office of Judicial Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned both a Juris Doctorate and Master of Education. She graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and religion.

Division of Student Life
201 DeNaples Center
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941- 7680
Fax:  (570) 941- 7963

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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

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 Vice President for Human Resources in July 2018. 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, and Associate Vice President for Human Resources in 2014. 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 25 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, the Information Security and Advisory Council and is the Cabinet liaison to the Staff Senate.  Patricia formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Pennsylvania Society for Human Resources (NEPA SHRM) and currently serves as 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 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 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

Senior Vice President for the Office of the President
B.A., M.S., The University of Scranton


Gerry Zaboski serves as Senior Vice President for the Office of the President, with divisional responsibility for news and media relations, marketing communications, community engagement, government affairs, and printing and mailing services. He previously served as  Vice President for Enrollment Management & External Affairs, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & External Affairs, Vice President for External Affairs, and Vice President for Alumni and Public Relations. He has worked at Scranton since 1988 in various positions, including executive assistant to the president 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 on the board and executive committee as First Vice President of the Agency for Community Empowerment, on the Executive Committee of the Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises  and as treasurer of the West Wyoming Hose Company #1. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) and on the Communications Advisory Council of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. 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 f​rom The University of Scranton.

Scranton Hall, Second Floor
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 941-6668
Fax: (570) 941-4097
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Shannon Zottola

Vice President for Enrollment Management 
B.S., M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh


Shannon Zottola joined the University in 2022 as Vice President for Enrollment Management. She previously served as Vice President and Dean for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Ursinus College.

A native of Scranton, Ms. Zottola has over 17 years of leadership experience in enrollment management. She is strongly committed to Catholic and Jesuit education that is grounded in liberal arts and centered around students. After beginning her service at Ursinus in 2018, she led the school’s effort to successfully recruit three of the largest, most diverse and academically talented classes in the school’s history. Ms. Zottola also created a strategic enrollment plan that is now considered a “best practice” among her peers in higher education. Her work in admissions and marketing has won numerous Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania (CUPRAP) awards.

Previously, Ms. Zottola held several positions in admissions at Cabrini University, including Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. She also served at Marywood University in several capacities, including Assistant Director of Retention and Advising. She was a faculty fellow at Cabrini and an instructor at Marywood.

Ms. Zottola is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Ms. Zottola earned a both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management 
Estate Building #204
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570)-941-4073
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