President's Executive Council and Cabinet

Beth Bower, Salem State's Chief of Staff

Beth Bower, Chief of Staff to the President,, ext. 6134
Ms. Bower joined Salem State in December 2007, bringing over 20 years of government affairs and higher education experience to this position. She previously served as the special assistant to the provost and archivist, and director of the Moakley Institute at Suffolk University, as well as director of external affairs for the Central Artery Project. Ms. Bower holds an MA in anthropology from Brown University, and a BA in history from Simmons College.

Chunju Chen

Chunju Chen, Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Decision Support,, ext. 2046

Dr. Chen joined the Salem State University community in 2016. Chen has 15 years of experience as executive director of institutional research at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She subsequently served as assistant provost of institutional research, planning and assessment at Northern Michigan University. Dr. Chen has extensive experience working across divisions to provide a full range of institutional research functions and strategic planning support to promote a climate of data-driven decision-making. Dr. Chan holds a PhD and an MA in Vocational and Technical Education from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a BA in Foreign Languages for Science and Technology from China University of Geosciences. 

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Karen House, Vice President for Finance and Business,, ext. 6120
Ms. House joined Salem State university in 2014 and is responsible for the development of the institution’s annual budget and the multi-year financial plan, including the allocation of fiscal resources in support of the university’s academic and administrative programs; and for overall fiscal accountability. A graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, she holds in addition a master’s degree in business administration and a graduate certificate from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. House has extensive experience in the private sector as an accountant, internal auditor and management accountant. She began her career in academia at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, progressing to associate vice president for business affairs/comptroller before joining Keene State College in 2000.

Scott James

Scott James, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Life,, ext. 6243
Dr. James joined the Salem State University community in 2008 and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Before joining the team here at Salem State, he served at Lesley University, first as the university registrar and then as the associate vice president of enrollment management. Dr. James holds an EdD in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University, an MEd in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, and a BA in psychology from Boston University.

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John Keenan, General Counsel and Vice President of Administration,, ext. 6400
A former Massachusetts state representative for the 7th Essex District, John D. Keenan joined the university in 2014 and is responsible for the university’s day-to-day operations in support of its academic mission. He is also responsible for the oversight of capital planning and facilities, human resources and equal opportunity, information technology, risk and asset management, and university police. Additionally, he oversees the maintenance of appropriate internal controls consistent with the rules and regulations of the state and the board of trustees. John Keenan, who resides with his family in Salem, is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Suffolk University Law School. Prior to his election as state representative, he served as an assistant district attorney for the eastern district of Essex County, city solicitor for the city of Salem and an attorney in his own law practice.

Cynthia McGurren, Vice President of Institutional Advancement,, ext.7591
Ms. McGurren joined the Salem State community in 1983 and has over 20 years of higher education, public affairs and, more recently, fundraising experience. She has served as vice president since 2004, during which time the university's endowment has increased by 120 percent. Previous positions at the university include director of college relations and special assistant for external affairs for Salem State president emerita Nancy Harrington. From Dec. 1996 to Apr. 1999, Ms. McGurren was the district coordinator for U.S. Representative John F. Tierney. She holds a BS in general studies from Salem State University. 

David Silva, Salem State's Provost and Academic Vice President

David J. Silva, Provost and Academic Vice President,, ext. 6240
With over 15 years of administrative experience, Provost Silva joins Salem State in March 2015. He has served in numerous capacities at the University of Texas at Arlington, including his role as founding department chair of the newly established department of linguistics. In 2007, he was appointed vice provost for academic affairs where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of academic initiatives, and then went on to become the university’s vice provost for faculty affairs. As a scholar of linguistics, Dr. Silva has an extensive research portfolio that focuses on phonetic variation and language change in Korean. He has also published and presented on issues germane to university-level teaching and assessment. His scholarly work has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Korea Foundation, and the Academy of Korean Studies, among many others. Dr. Silva holds a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University, a master of arts in linguistics degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in linguistics, both from Cornell University. His teaching career began at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he became a full professor of linguistics.

Cabinet Members for Academic Year 2016-2017

Patricia Ainsworth, chief information officer, Information Technology Services,, ext. 6446

Gualter Almeida, director, Facilities,, ext. 6096

Neil Andrito, director, Residence Life,, ext. 6416

Russ Bethoney, controller, Finance and Business,, ext. 6885

Nicole Bousquet, director-foundation controller, Institutional Advancement,, ext. 7588

Beth Bower, chief of staff, Office of the President,, ext. 6134

Joseph Cambone, dean, School of Education,, ext. 6266

Peggy Carl, director, Athletics and Recreation Programs,, ext. 6517

Chunju Chen, executive director, Strategic Planning and Decision Support,, ext. 6517

Mary Churchill, associate provost for innovation and partnerships, Academic Affairs, dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and interim dean, School of Graduate Studies, ext. 6324

Corey Cronin, assistant vice president, Marketing and Creative Services,, ext. 7517

Cheryl Crounse, campaign director, Institutional Advancement,, ext. 7527

Neal DeChillo, associate provost, Academic Affairs, and dean,, ext. 6630

Joseph Donovan, associate vice president, Finance,, ext. 6119

Bonnie Galinski, assistant vice president, Enrollment Management and Student Life,, ext. 2532

Karen House, vice president, Finance and Business,, ext. 6120

Scott James, vice president, Enrollment Management and Student Life,, ext. 6243

John Keenan, general counsel and vice president, Administration,, ext. 6400

Richard Kelley, director, Budget and Financial Planning,, ext. 2712

Gene Labonte, assistant vice president, Public Safety and Risk Management,, ext. 2370

Adria Leach, director, External Affairs,, ext. 7524

Cynthia Lynch, director, Center for Civic Engagement,, ext. 2873

Matt McAuliffe, deputy CIO, ITS and Applcation Services,, ext. 6151

Cynthia McGurren, vice president, Institutional Advancement,, ext. 7591

Megan Miller, university registrar, Registrar's Office,, ext. 7537

Zachary Newell, interim director, Library, Instructional, and Learning Support,, ext. 7406

Shawn Newton, assistant dean, student life,, ext. 6442

Linda Nowak, dean, Bertolon School of Business,, ext. 6640

Eileen O'Brien, assistant vice president, Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving,, ext. 7529

Samuel Ohannesian, director, Enrollment Management Services and Veterans Affairs,

Bruce Perry, assistant dean, Enrollment Management and Student Life,, ext. 2823

Mark Quigley, assistant vice president, Human Resources and Equal Opportunity,, ext. 6078

Mike Rose, deputy CIO, ITS and Applcation Services,, ext. 6987

David Silva, provost and vice presidnet, Academic Affairs,, ext. 6240

Scott Stanton, senior director of continuous improvement, Finance,, ext. 3004

Laura Swanson, executive director, Enterprise Center, ex-officio,, ext. 7039

Ben Szalewicz, assistant vice president, Campus Planning and Facilities Management,, ext. 7115

Carla Tharp, dean of students, Student Life,, ext. 2932

Evelyn Wilson, director, purchasing and vendor relations,, ext. 7321