Administrative Staff

Our staff in the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office is ready to assist you. We are a kind and caring group that values the meaningful work we do as we learn and grow together, striving to create balance in a thriving and inclusive community. You can contact us any time at as@richmond.edu and your inquiry will be routed to the appropriate staff member who will respond.

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  • Dr. Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, Dean

    Jennifer CavenaughDr. Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, Dean
    Professor of Theater

    Phone: (804) 289-8416
    Email: jcavenau@richmond.edu

    As dean, Jennifer serves as the head academic officer for the largest school at the University of Richmond, and represents Arts & Sciences to the University and the broader community. Her role includes faculty hiring, reviews, and development; leading Academic Council; strategic planning and budgeting; and setting a strategic direction for A&S. Jennifer is a professor of theater and an active teacher and scholar. Read her full bio.

  • Dr. Sharon Feldman, Associate Dean, Division I

    Sharon Feldman

    Dr. Sharon Feldman, Associate Dean, Division I
    Professor of Spanish and Catalan Studies
    William Judson Gaines Chair in Modern Foreign Languages

    Phone: (804) 287-6419
    Email: sfeldman@richmond.edu

    Sharon serves as point of contact for academic departments and programs in Division I, Arts, Languages, and Cultures. Her additional responsibilities include supervising teaching assignment projections and overseeing contingent faculty hires; coordinating new and revised course proposals and curricular changes; serving as liaison for chairs and interdisciplinary program coordinators on enrollment management; and assisting with the merit review process. Sharon is a professor of Spanish and Catalan studies and holds the William Judson Gaines Chair in Modern Foreign Languages. Read her full bio.

  • Dr. Manuella Meyer, Associate Dean, Division II

    Manuella Meyer

    Dr. Manuella Meyer, Associate Dean, Division II
    Associate Professor of History
    Global Studies Concentration Advisor: Politics and Governance

    Phone: (804) 287-6374
    Email: mmeyer@richmond.edu

    Manuella serves as the point of contact for academic departments and programs in Division II, the Humanities and Social Sciences. Manuella’s additional responsibilities include assisting with merit reviews; overseeing academic program review; and serving as liaison to interdisciplinary programs. Manuella is an associate professor of history and a global studies concentration advisor. Read her full bio.

  • Dr. Kelling J. Donald, Associate Dean, Division III

    Kelling Donald

    Dr. Kelling J. Donald, Associate Dean, Division III
    Professor of Chemistry

    Phone: (804) 289-8418
    Email:kdonald@richmond.edu

    Kelling serves as the point of contact for academic departments and programs in Division III, the Natural and Applied Sciences. His additional responsibilities include coordinating the merit review process; overseeing the Undergraduate Research Committee; planning for equipment replacement and physical space renovations; managing the Kresge process. He is also a professor of chemistry. Read his full bio.

  • Dr. Andrea Simpson, Associate Dean, Thriving, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE)

    Andrea SimpsonDr. Andrea Simpson, Associate Dean for Thriving, Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity

    Phone: (804) 289-8739
    Email: asimpson@richmond.edu

    Andrea builds capacity for the marshalling, training, and assessment of equity and inclusion efforts in the School of Arts & Sciences. She will coordinate efforts around inclusive pedagogy and classroom climate; coordinate recruiting efforts to ensure diverse candidate pools; and work with departments and offices around campus to strengthen diversity and inclusion initiatives. Andrea is an associate professor of political science. Read her full bio.

  • Cindy Glavas, Director of Financial Planning & Operations

    Cindy GlavasCindy Glavas, Director of Financial Planning & Operations

    Phone: (804) 287-6587
    Email:cglavas@richmond.edu

    Cindy oversees the operational aspects of the School. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, finance and budget, including short term and long range financial planning and projections.

  • Sarah Orr, Budget & Operations Manager

    Sarah OrrSarah Orr, Budget & Operations Manager

    Phone: (804) 287-1917
    Email: sorr@richmond.edu

    Sarah manages and provides accounting, financial, and administrative guidance and direction for the departments and interdisciplinary programs across the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Jennifer Lo Prete, Communications Manager

    Jennifer Lo PreteJennifer Lo Prete, Communications Manager

    Phone: (804) 289-8926
    Email: jloprete@richmond.edu

    Jennifer works in collaboration with the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, University Communication, and A&S faculty, staff, and students to produce and update content for the School’s web sites, newsletters, print publications, and other communications channels.

  • Robert Plymale, Grants and Research Specialist

    Robert Plymale

    Robert Plymale, Grants and Research Specialist

    Phone: (804) 289-8367
    Email: rplymale@richmond.edu

    Robert manages all aspects of student and faculty research funding for Arts & Sciences. He also serves as liaison to the central Grants Office and plays an active role on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

  • Liza Williams, Academic Employment Coordinator

    Liza WilliamsForthcoming, Academic Employment Coordinator

    Phone: (804) 287-1826 
    Email: lwillia9@richmond.edu

    Liza performs, coordinates, and analyzes personnel work within the School of Arts & Sciences, specializing in employment matters for all faculty positions.

  • Carolyn Smart, Assistant to the Dean

    Carolyn Smart

    Carolyn Smart, Assistant to the Dean

    Phone: (804) 289-8416
    Email: charris6@richmond.edu

    Carolyn provides administrative support to the Dean. She manages the Dean’s calendar and correspondence; provides administrative support for faculty meetings and academic council; plans School events; and supports faculty searches and tenure and promotion cases.

  • Forthcoming, Academic Administrative Assistant


    Forthcoming, Academic Administrative Assistant

    Phone: (804) 289-8417
    Email: as@richmond.edu

    The academic administrative assistant provides administrative support to the Associate Deans including scheduling and calendar management. This position manages several administrative processes and assists in planning School events. This position also provides administrative support to departments and interdisciplinary programs as needed.