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College Leadership

McDaniel College is led by President Julia Jasken, and a Board of Trustees. The senior leadership team supports the functions of the college and make up the President's Council.

The Board of Trustees

McDaniel College's board of trustees is the governing body of the college. Their governance encompasses many duties and responsibilities, including responsibility for strategic planning and oversight of the president. As the final authority for the college, our trustees make legal and fiduciary decisions, and are responsible for developing and approving the school’s mission, strategic goals and objectives.

Julia Jasken

McDaniel's 10th President Dr. Julia Jasken, President

On June 1, 2021, Dr. Julia Jasken became the 10th president of McDaniel College and the second woman president in the college’s 154-year history. Over her tenure at McDaniel, Dr. Jasken has assumed increasing responsibility in administrative positions, serving the college’s executive vice president and provost immediately preceding her presidency. Her expertise spans community engagement; new academic program development; academic and campus life restructuring; student success initiatives; oversight of institutional diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; adjunct faculty union contract negotiations; and building and supporting a culture of safety compliance.

Senior Leadership Team  

The senior leadership team is comprised of talented higher education administrators that bring significant experience to McDaniel College. In addition to overseeing units within the college, members of the senior leadership team also serve as trusted advisors to President Jasken.

Wendy Morris

Wendy Morris, Acting Provost & Dean of the Faculty

Areas of Oversight:  Academic program, including curriculum, staffing, instruction, assessment, faculty development, as well as Academic Life

Dr. Morris is Acting Provost and Dean of the Faculty for the 2022-2023 academic year. Dr. Morris joined McDaniel College in 2005 as a faculty member and has been the Dean of the Faculty since 2018. In prior years, she served as Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Department Chair.  Dr. Morris has experience developing initiatives to support both faculty and students.

Contact Dr. Morris: wmorris@mcdaniel.edu

Eric Simon

Eric Simon, Vice President for Administration and Finance

Areas of Oversight: Auxiliary Services, facilities management, financial services, human resources, and information technology.

Mr. Simon joined McDaniel as the vice president for administration and finance after serving as assistant vice chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). In addition to breadth and depth of experience in finance, facilities, and human resources, Mr. Simon also brings a background in student life that informs his holistic and student-centered approach to administration and finance.

Contact Mr. Simon: esimon@mcdaniel.edu 

Janelle Holmboe

Janelle Holmboe, Executive Vice President for Constituent Engagement

Areas of Oversight: Admissions, financial aid, marketing and communications, alumni engagement 

Ms. Holmboe joined McDaniel College in 2018 after serving as the vice president of enrollment and marketing at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. A proven enrollment leader, Ms. Holmboe has a wide range of strategic enrollment and marketing experience in addition to strong financial skills and leadership expertise. 

Contact Ms. Holmboe: jholmboe@mcdaniel.edu 

Dave Sears

Dave Sears, Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Areas of Oversight: development, annual giving, alumni engagement, advancement engagement, advancement services

Mr. Sears joined McDaniel College in 2022 after serving as senior vice president of advancement and community engagement at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. He previously served as director of athletic development at Georgetown University and vice president of advancement at Loyola University Maryland. Mr. Sears brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education fundraising and development to McDaniel.

Contact Mr. Sears: dsears@mcdaniel.edu