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President's Cabinet

Donna Maria Blancero, MS, PhD

Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Donna Maria Blancero has served as Bentley’s interim dean of business and associate dean of business, in addition to interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Previously, she served as associate professor of Management at Bentley and held faculty and research roles at Arizona State University and Cornell University. She also served as PhD director at Touro University and as a fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and she is the division chair for the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Dr. Blancero is the founding editor of The Business Journal of Hispanic Research and a national speaker on issues related to Hispanic leadership, inclusion and unconscious bias. She has received many awards including the Presidential Award (twice) from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science; the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s Brillante Award for Hispanic Education; the National Black MBA Diversity Educator Award; and Bentley’s MLK Leadership Award. Dr. Blancero 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.

George Cangiano, PHR

Interim Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

George Cangiano joined Bentley in 2014. In his tenure he has held the positions of senior business partner/labor relations, director of talent management, director of human resources, and now serves as the interim chief human resources officer. In this role, he is responsible for aligning Bentley’s HR programs with the University’s strategic goals and academic mission. Cangiano oversees all aspects of human resources for Bentley’s 1000+ faculty and staff including Talent Management, Total Rewards and HR Analytics and Operations. Cangiano is also the deputy Title IX coordinator for faculty/staff and the EEO officer for the university. Prior to joining Bentley, Cangiano held senior HR positions at Tufts University from 2008 - 2014. Cangiano holds a Bachelor of Science from Newbury College, cum laude, and two associate’s degrees in Culinary Arts and Business Management from Newbury College, both cum laude. Before moving into HR, Cangiano held various leadership positions in the hospitality and business services profession, working for companies such as Regency, Marriott and Starwood Hotels.

Carolina Figueroa, MS

Vice President for 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's degree in Biological Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Maureen E. 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.

Maureen Forrester

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Maureen Forrester oversees all aspects of University finances, including strategic budgeting and financial planning, risk management, financial accounting and reporting, student financial services, treasury and debt management, and investment oversight. Her administrative responsibilities include university purchasing, the conference center, facilities management and campus sustainability efforts. Forrester built her expertise in both corporate and nonprofit settings, including nine years as university controller at Harvard and 11 years in senior management positions at Staples, where she served as vice president of finance for the U.S. retail business unit, among other roles. Forrester began her career at professional services firm EY where she earned her CPA, serving last as a senior auditor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Management from Babson College.

Valerie Fox, MBA

Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Valerie Fox is responsible for brand and marketing strategy and integrated marketing communications for the institution. Since joining Bentley in 2012, Fox has developed an audience-centric and digitally-focused communications model to enhance university reputation, engagement, and enrollment outcomes. 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. 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  

Christopher J. Joyce oversees communications, public relations and social media, ensuring that the university's communications are closely aligned with broader strategic goals and helping to effectively manage the Office of the President. He joined Bentley in 2015 as an advisor and chief of staff to former President Larson, 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 an expertise in managing public relations and community outreach. Prior to Bentley, Chris worked on a variety of local, state and federal political campaigns. He served as the Campaign Manager for a Massachusetts statewide campaign, Campaign Manager for a United States congressional campaign, and 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. He 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

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 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, MEd, PhD

Vice President for Student Affairs and 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.

Bob Wittstein, MBA

Vice President and 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 $1 billion 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.