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President's Cabinet

President's Cabinet

Donna Maria Blancero, MS, PhD
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Donna Maria has held numerous academic leadership positions at Bentley since joining the university in 2010. Prior to her appointment as Interim Provost, she served as the interim dean of the McCallum School of Business and associate professor of Management. Before joining Bentley, Donna Maria held leadership, faculty and research roles at Arizona State University, Cornell University, Touro University and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Donna Maria is the founding editor of The Business Journal of Hispanic Research and has received numerous awards including the Presidential Award from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s Brillante Award for Hispanic Education. Donna Maria received her PhD in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, master’s degree from New York Institute of Technology, and bachelor’s degree from SUNY, College at Old Westbury.

Josh Brand
Vice President for External Relations

Josh is responsible for building and strengthening the university’s relationships with external corporate partners. In this role, he oversees Bentley’s award-winning Center for Career Services, the Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women and Business, and the university’s executive education portfolio. Before Bentley, Josh served as the managing director at Harvard Business Publishing's corporate learning unit. He also served as a senior member of the executive education team at Babson College and adjunct faculty member at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, and he has spent over a decade as a management consultant specializing in formulating strategy for global organizations. Josh graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and holds a Master of Engineering and MBA from the University of Virginia.

George Cangiano, PHR
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

George joined Bentley in 2014 and has held numerous human resources roles including director of HR, director of talent management, and interim vice president of HR. As vice president and chief human resources officer, he is responsible for aligning Bentley’s HR programs with the university’s strategic goals and academic mission, and oversees all aspects of human resources for the university’s 1000+ faculty and staff. Additionally, George serves as the deputy Title IX coordinator for faculty/staff and is the EEO officer for the university. Prior to joining Bentley, George spent six years in senior HR positions at Tufts University, where he oversaw strategic initiatives ranging from organization management to workforce planning. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Business Management from Newbury College and a PHR certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Carolina Figueroa, MS
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Carolina joined Bentley University in 2016 as the vice president for enrollment management, bringing with her close to 20 years of higher education experience. In this role, she provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of recruitment strategies and oversees Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, as well as Institutional Research, Financial Aid and Enrollment Systems and Services. Prior to joining Bentley, Carolina served as vice president for enrollment development at Brandeis University, where she was responsible for leading university recruitment and enrollment programs including oversight of undergraduate admissions, student financial services and pre-college programs. Before serving in this role, she held senior leadership positions at George Mason University and George Washington University. Carolina holds a master's degree in Management of Information Systems from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Maureen E. Flores
Vice President for University Advancement

Maureen was named vice president for university advancement in 2017. In this role, she oversees all fundraising programs, alumni engagement and advancement communications, with an emphasis on developing programs and initiatives that align with the university’s strategic mission and goals. Prior to serving in this capacity, Maureen was the associate vice president for development at the university, where she was responsible for fundraising initiatives ranging from annual giving and leadership gifts to corporate and foundation relations. Before joining Bentley, she held several senior leadership positions in higher education advancement including at Fordham University, Harvard University and the University of Cincinnati.  Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Honors Program at Fordham University.

Maureen Forrester
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Maureen joined Bentley in 2018, bringing with her several years of experience in higher education and corporate financial management. In her current role, Maureen oversees all aspects of Bentley’s finances, including strategic budgeting and financial planning, risk management, financial accounting and reporting, student financial services, treasury and debt management and investment oversight. Prior to joining Bentley, Maureen spent nine years as university controller at Harvard, where she built upon her extensive experience in senior management in the corporate world. Before joining the non-profit sector, she held positions including vice president of finance for Staples’ U.S. retail business unit and senior auditor at EY, a professional services firm. Maureen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management from Babson College and is a certified public accountant.   

Valerie Fox, MBA
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Valerie joined Bentley University in 2012 with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and digital engagement. In 2016, Valerie was named vice president and chief marketing officer, where she is responsible for the university’s brand and marketing strategy and integrated marketing communications.  Since joining Bentley, she has been responsible for the development of an audience-centric and digitally-focused communications model to enhance university reputation, engagement and enrollment outcomes. Before joining Bentley, Valerie served as vice president of marketing for a VC-backed startup and led the marketing strategy and evolution of digital platforms at Forrester Research. 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.

Christopher J. Joyce
Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications and Chief of Staff to the President

Chris is responsible for the oversight of communications, public relations and social media for Bentley, where he ensures that university communications align with broader strategic goals, and for effectively managing the Office of the President. He joined Bentley in 2015 as an advisor and chief of staff to former President Gloria Cordes Larson, where he focused on public affairs and communications strategy. Chris has wide-ranging experience planning, executing and advising organizational development strategies, policy initiatives, media tactics and campaigns, with expertise in managing public relations and community outreach. Prior to Bentley, Chris worked on a variety of local, state and federal political campaigns as a campaign manager and served as the executive director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He also led teams for the successful reelection of President Barack Obama and the election of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Chris is a graduate of Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Philosophy.

Judith A. Malone, JD
Vice President/General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation

Judy, an accomplished counselor and advocate with broad experience representing clients in higher education and other nonprofit activities, joined Bentley as general counsel in 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 her time at this firm, Judy served as a teaching fellow at Boston College Law School and previously worked as an associate at firms in Washington, D.C., and Boston. Judy 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 from 2003-2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her juris doctorate from Boston College Law School, magna cum laude, and is a member of the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations.

J. Andrew Shepardson, MEd, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Andrew has been a member of the Bentley community since 1993, when he started as judicial coordinator. Following promotions to assistant dean, associate dean and dean during his tenure, he currently serves as the vice president of student affairs and dean of students, a role he began in 2011. In this capacity, Andrew oversees all aspects of student life on and off campus through the management of numerous student-facing officers. In addition to his roles on campus, Andrew has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Bentley, Northeastern and Suffolk Universities, and has been named staff member of the year by Bentley students and received Bentley’s Founder's Day award. Andrew holds a PhD from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, an MEd in Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. Michael's College in Vermont.

Bob Wittstein, MBA
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Bob joined Bentley in 2015 as the chief information officer, where he is charged with leading the Information Technology organization of the university and executing IT strategy in support of Bentley’s strategic plan. Prior to joining Bentley, Bob spent five years at Harvard, most recently as managing director of administrative technology services and IT oversight for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as serving on the CIO Council. Before moving into higher education, Bob worked for over 30 years in information technology, operations, procurement and manufacturing engineering, including as vice president of procurement and CIO at Sappi Fine Paper North America and chief operating officer and chief information officer at Cyrk, Inc., a $1 billion promotional marketing company. He holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Connecticut.