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.

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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, 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.

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Tom Torello, Vice President of Marketing and Communications,, ext. 2591
Mr. Torello joined the university community in 2012 and has worked in higher education since 1995. Before coming to Salem State University, he served as the vice president of university relations at Pace University in New York. Mr. Torello attended the Management Development Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds a BS in communications from Ithaca College.

Cabinet Members for Academic Year 2014-2015

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

Karen M. Cady, senior director, University Relations,, ext. 7503

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

Mary Churchill, associate provost for innovation and partnerships, Academic Affairs,, ext. 6324

Susan Cirillo, dean, Library, Instructional and Learning Support,, ext. 6232

Corey Cronin, senior director, Marketing and Creative Services,, ext. 7517

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

Neal DeChillo, associate provost, Academic Affairs, and dean, College of Health and Human Services,, ext. 6630

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

K. Brewer Doran, dean, Bertolon School of Business,, ext. 6640

Amy Everitt, assistant provost for administration and faculty, Academic Affairs,, ext. 6242

Bonnie Galinski, associate dean for admissions, Enrollment Management,, ext. 2532

Richard Kelley, director, Budget and Payroll Services,, ext. 2712

Gene Labonte, director, University Police,, ext. 2370

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

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, interim assistant vice president, Humans Resources and Equal Opportunity,, ext. 6078

Timothy Shea, director, Athletics,, ext. 6517

James Stoll, associate vice president and dean of students, Student Life,, ext. 6401

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

Michele Sweeney, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences,, ext. 6582

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