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President's Cabinet

Gloria Cordes Larson, BA, Esq.

President

Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq., joined Bentley University as its president in July 2007 after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to the Boston area business school because of its approach to redefining business education -- by integrating a business curriculum with the arts and sciences.

During Larson’s tenure, the former Bentley College became a university and established a number of new programs focused on the value of a business education.  At the undergraduate level the school recently expanded its commitment to a “fused” curriculum with additional courses co-taught by business and arts & sciences faculty.  Its most recent innovation, the Bentley MBA, is an 11-month global program where students pursue four 10-week modules in a collaborative, studio-based setting.  Larson also launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley in 2011 focused on advancing shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and developing women business leaders.  

Before joining Bentley, Larson was widely recognized for her significant influence in economic policy at the state and federal level.  She was co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP, prior to joining the university, and worked in the public sector before that serving as secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor William Weld and deputy director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.

Larson is well known for her significant corporate leadership and civic involvement. Recent honors include the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians;” Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston;” and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “Collaborative Leadership Award” and “Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award.”

Larson received her bachelor of arts with honors from Vassar College and earned her juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Kenneth B. Cody, BS, MSF '88

Vice President for Administration and Finance

Named to this newly created position beginning December 1, 2012, Cody comes to Bentley with more than 25 years of experience as a finance and administrative professional in higher education, with a history of significant accomplishments, most recently as vice chancellor and treasurer/CFO for the University System of New Hampshire (USNH). USNH comprises four institutions, including UNH in Durham, and serves more than 30,000 students. Among Cody’s many accomplishments, working closely with colleagues at UNH, was designing and implementing a multi-year financial planning framework for aligning budgets and financial plans to strategic plans. In fiscal year 2012, he led a collaborative process which enabled UNH to maintain a positive operating margin while managing a $50 million cut in state appropriations. During the economic crisis, a multi-year capital building program, and severe state cutbacks, Cody maintained excellent and transparent relationships with investors and bankers to maintain USNH’s Aa3/A+ bond rating. He was instrumental in restructuring UNH’s administrative services into shared business centers to deliver improved services to faculty while reducing costs.  And he was also part of a UNH steering committee for a multi-year project that resulted in renewable methane gas providing two thirds of the campus’ total energy. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration at Plymouth State University, received a master’s degree in finance from Bentley University in 1988, and worked as a CPA prior to his career in higher education.

Ann Dexter, BA, JD

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Ann Dexter joined Bentley in 2010 as the chief human resources officer for the university.  In this role, she is responsible for aligning Bentley’s HR programs with the University’s strategic goals and academic mission.  Dexter oversees all aspects of human resources for Bentley’s 1000+ faculty and staff including labor and employee relations, compensation, benefits, recruitment, policy development and implementation, diversity, learning and development and HRIS.  Dexter is also the EEO officer for the university.  Prior to joining Bentley, Dexter held senior HR positions at Harvard University from 2003 – 2010.  Dexter holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, and her bachelor’s degree in history, cum laude, from Carleton College, Northfield, MN.  Before moving into HR, Dexter practiced employment law for 18+ years.  She was a partner in the labor and employment law practice group at Goodwin, Procter LLP and was a principal and co-founder of Hsu & Dexter LLP, a specialty employment law firm.

Daniel L. Everett, PhD

Dean of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Everett joined Bentley University as dean of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2010. He previously served as department chair for Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Illinois State University since 2006, where he was also named that institution’s first University Professor. Prior to joining Illinois State, Everett was professor of Phonetics and Phonology at the University of Manchester in England from 2000 to 2006. From 1986 to 2000, he was professor of Linguistics and Anthropology and chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also served on the Advisory Board and later as dean of the Semester-at-Sea program. Everett earned his PhD in linguistics at the State University of Campinas in Brazil, where he also taught from 1980 to 1986. In addition to his 14 years of administrative experience, Everett is an accomplished scholar with much of his research centering on the study of the Pirahã people living in the Amazonian jungle in Brazil. He has published more than 90 articles and six books. Profiles about his research have been published in The New Yorker, New Scientist, GEO magazine, Gehirn & Geist, Scientific American Mind and Science News.

Carolina Figueroa, BS,MS

Vice President Enrollment Management

Carolina Figueroa joined Bentley in 2016 as the vice president for enrollment management. Figueroa provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of recruitment strategies. She oversees Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, as well as Institutional Research, Financial Aid and Enrollment Systems and Services. Prior to joining Bentley, Figueroa served as vice president for Enrollment Development at Brandeis University. She has also held senior leadership positions at George Mason University and George Washington University. Figueroa holds a master’s degree in management of information systems from George Washington University, and a bachelor of science in biological sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Valerie Fox, BSBA, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer

Valerie Fox oversees all aspects of marketing, branding, and communication at Bentley, providing strategic direction for integrated marketing programs, the institutional website, public and media relations, social media, creative services, advertising, print publications, and events. Since joining Bentley in January 2012 to drive digital strategy and marketing, Fox has led efforts to implement integrated, content-driven marketing programs and has restructured teams and built processes to provide institutional partners with unprecedented levels of support and strategic advisement. Prior to joining Bentley, Fox served as vice president of marketing for a VC-backed startup and led the marketing strategy and evolution of digital platforms at Forrester Research. With more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, Fox brings expertise in connecting with audiences in an increasingly digital landscape. She holds an MBA in marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, and an undergraduate business degree from American University.

Judith A. Malone, BA, JD

General Counsel, Secretary of the Corporation

Judith Malone, JD, an accomplished counselor and advocate with broad experience representing clients in higher education and other nonprofit activities, joined Bentley as General Counsel in March 2008. Previously Malone was a partner at national law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (formerly Palmer & Dodge LLP) since 1990 where she practiced in the areas of labor and employment law and litigation. Prior to joining Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Malone was a Teaching Fellow at Boston College Law School and previously worked as an associate at Arent, Fox, Kinter, Plotkin & Kahn in Washington, DC and at Bowker, Elmes, Perkins, Mecsas & Gerrard in Boston. Malone was named the Leading Massachusetts Lawyer in Employment each year from 2002-2007 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and was chosen one of America's Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA each year from 2003-2008. She is also a member of the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations. Malone received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and earned her juris doctorate from Boston College Law School, magna cum laude, where she served as articles editor for the Boston College Law Review.

J. Andrew Shepardson, BA, MEd, PhD

Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students

Andrew Shepardson oversees the social, recreational, cultural, health and behavioral growth offered to students through educational programming and activities. He manages Athletics, the Center for International Students and Scholars; Health, Counseling and Wellness; the Dean of Student Affairs Office; Graduate Student Programs and Engagement; the Multicultural Center; New Student Orientation; Student Conduct and Engagement; Student Programs and Engagement; the Residential Center; and University Police. Shepardson came to Bentley in 1993 as judicial coordinator and was promoted to assistant dean, associate dean and dean in 1996, 2002 and 2004 respectively, and to his current position on the Cabinet in 2011. He completed his PhD at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His research interests focus on student behavior and moral development. He has a MEd in Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and a BA in English from St. Michael's College in Vermont. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Bentley, Northeastern, and Suffolk Universities and has been named staff member of the year by Bentley students; won the Circuit of the Year award from the Association of Student Judicial Affairs; received the Founder's Day award from his colleagues at Bentley and the Dissertation of the Year by the Association of Student Judicial Affairs.  Dr. Shepardson was appointed and currently serves on the NASPA board of The James E. Scott Academy, a 21 member Vice Presidential board that provides advice and thought leadership on critical issues in student affairs and higher education.

Maureen Flores

Vice President for University Advancement

Maureen Flores was named Vice President for University Advancement in 2017. In this role she oversees all Fund-raising Programs, Alumni Engagement, Career Services, Advancement Communications, Sponsored Programs and The Center for Women and Business, with an emphasis on developing programs and initiatives that align with the university’s strategic mission and goals. Previously, she was the Associate Vice President for Development at the university, responsible for fund-raising programs including Annual Giving, Leadership Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Office of Sponsored Research and Advancement Operations. With a decades long career in the advancement arena, Flores has held senior fund-raising positions in higher education, including Fordham University, Harvard University, and the University of Cincinnati, secondary schools, and hospitals in New York City, Boston and Cincinnati. She has built and led successful fund-raising organizations that have achieved significant philanthropic goals, resulting in new facilities and enhanced programs, with an emphasis on mission-driven achievements at each of these organizations. She earned an undergraduate degree in English from the Honors Program at Fordham University in New York.

Roy (Chip) A. Wiggins, BA, MS, PhD

Dean of Business and the Graduate School, Director of the Bentley Microfinance Initiative

Chip Wiggins is the dean of Business and the Graduate School and the director of the Bentley Microcredit Initiative at Bentley University. Prior to that, he served as the chair of the Department of Finance and held the Edward F. Gibbons Research Professorship in Finance. His teaching and research interests focus on microfinance, corporate governance, ownership and control. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate and financial strategy, equity markets and microfinance. His research interests include board of director effectiveness and compensation, executive compensation, and corporate expansions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and reverse takeovers.  Wiggins began teaching at Bentley in 1996 as an assistant professor.  He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2002 and to full professor in 2007. Before moving to Boston, he taught at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University, both in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bob Wittstein, BS, MBA

Chief Information Officer 

Bob Wittstein joined Bentley in 2015 as the chief information officer for the university. Wittstein is charged with leading the Information Technology organization including the Academic Technology dept. and the Bentley Library, as well as developing and executing IT strategy in support of Bentley’s strategic plan. Prior to joining Bentley, Wittstein spent five years at Harvard, most recently as managing director of Administrative Technology Services & IT oversight for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences where he set strategy and lead initiatives for IT across Harvard, as well as serving on their CIO Council. Before moving into higher education, Wittstein worked for over 30 years in information technology, operations, procurement and manufacturing engineering, including as vice president procurement and CIO at Sappi Fine Paper North America and chief operating officer and chief information officer at Cyrk, Inc., a $1B promotional marketing company. Before joining Cyrk, Wittstein served as director of information systems at Warnaco, Inc. and at Owens Corning. Prior to this, he spent 14 years in manufacturing engineering at Sikorsky Aircraft. He holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and a bachelor of science in Engineering from the University of Connecticut.