Eric T. Baumgartner, Ph.D.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMICS
Eric Baumgartner is executive vice president of academics at MSOE. He provides strategic leadership and direction for all of the academic programs and academic support units across campus. Prior to joining MSOE he served as dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio Northern University. He previously was a senior member of the engineering staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Baumgartner also taught at UCLA and Michigan Technological University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND CAMPUS INCLUSION
Seandra Mitchell is vice president of student affairs and campus inclusion. She provides leadership and direction to help improve diversity and strengthen the climate of equity and inclusion on our campus. Mitchell oversees the Office of the Dean of Students, campus life, multicultural affairs and the Raider Center for Academic Success. She plays a key role in developing and implementing training programs to raise awareness of diversity, inclusion and respect for MSOE faculty, staff and students, and provides guidance to MSOE student organizations to further strengthen their climate of inclusion. Mitchell also works collaboratively with the university’s CREATE Institute to strengthen the MSOE Mindset among our graduates and engages with other Milwaukee organizations that can positively impact campus climate. She previously served as MSOE’s Dean of Admissions. Mitchell holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from UW-Whitewater and is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration from Georgetown University.
Kevin A. Morin
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Kevin Morin is vice president of operations for MSOE. He directs the strategic planning and day-to-day operations of key departments that support the university’s mission through efficient, effective and sustainable practices. These include the MSOE Bookstore, Custodial Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities, Maintenance and Grounds, Grohmann Tower Apartments, Human Resources, Kern Center and Public Safety. Morin holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University as well as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) National Certification obtained through the HR Certification Institute. His career at MSOE includes cross-functional expertise and positions of increased leadership and responsibility in Admissions, the Registrar’s Office, Human Resources and Operations. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Morin was a highly successful wrestling coach. He was named coach of the year six times, and was inducted into both the MSOE Athletic Hall of Fame (2008) and the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2013).
VICE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT
Jeff Snow is vice president of university advancement and brings more than 25 years of development experience in higher education. Snow directs MSOE’s development and alumni affairs efforts including a comprehensive development program, alumni relations and advancement services. Prior to joining MSOE, Snow served as the director of college advancement for the University of Kentucky College of Engineering where he was responsible for planning and managing the college’s $110 million capital campaign. Snow previously held development roles at Valdosta State University, Georgia Southern University and the University of Central Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Valdosta State University; a master’s degree in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Central Florida.
Dawn Thibedeau, CPA
VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND CFO
As vice president of finance and CFO, Dawn Thibedeau is responsible for the financial integrity of the university. She works in close partnership with university leaders to plan and implement strategic objectives while developing a sustainable financial model. Thibedeau provides executive level direction and management oversight for financial planning, budget and budget analysis, accounting and business operations, finance controls and reporting, financial aid strategy, treasury management and investments, risk management and insurance, capital planning, purchasing and contracts, regulatory compliance and operations, and information technology. She serves as the assistant secretary of the MSOE Board of Regents and as staff officer for the audit-finance, investment and facilities committees. Prior to joining MSOE, Thibedeau served at a not-for-profit agency as VP of Finance, at UW-Milwaukee as Controller and at Alverno College as Executive Director of Finance. A certified public accountant, Thibedeau holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lakeland College. She is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Sebastian Thachenkary directs the university’s brand and marketing strategy including web, social media, print, video, digital, and media relations. He oversees the Marketing Communications Department, the Grohmann Museum and WMSE 91.7FM, the university’s independent, non-profit and listener-supported radio station. His marketing experience spans several industries and includes corporate communications, public relations, integrated brand and marketing strategy, web and digital communications, business development, corporate sponsorships and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining MSOE, he served as director of marketing communications for Alverno College, vice president of marketing communications for Johnson Financial Group and brand manager and marketing director for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Tim Valley, Ph.D.
VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT SERVICES AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
As vice president of student services and enrollment management, Tim Valley sets the strategic direction for enrollment management at MSOE including traditional, international, transfer and graduate students. Valley also oversees all aspects of MSOE’s NCAA division III athletics programs, spanning more than 20 collegiate sports. He also directs the functions that support a holistic approach to education through Student Life. Valley holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.