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President's Cabinet

Calvin Smith, Interim Vice President of Enrollment

Calvin Smith

Dr. Calvin Smith is the Interim Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management, where he leads the freshmen, transfer and international student admissions and financial planning efforts. He also serves on the Deans’ Committee and President’s Cabinet, providing leadership for the College’s strategic initiatives.

 Calvin joined Westminster College in 2016 as the Associate Vice President of the International Admissions Office. Previously he had led the international recruitment, admissions and student services components of Webster University’s European, Asian and African campus network for 18 years. He assumed his current role at Westminster earlier this year.

Prior to his career in international enrollment management, Dr. Smith served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, and studied abroad in Guatemala and The Netherlands. His international travels have taken him to 75 countries for both work and pleasure. Additionally, he has journeyed throughout the United States and lived previously in Colorado.

Dr. Smith holds a doctorate and Master of Arts from Webster University in St. Louis; and a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University in Springfield. He has served on several St. Louis area, national and international student advisory boards, as well as leadership positions for the Council of International Schools and the International Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Dan Haslag, Vice President of Campus Operations

Dan HaslagDan Haslag serves as Vice President of Campus Operations at Westminster College.  In this role, Dan leads a division providing all aspects of institutional supporting services, including Plant Operations, Campus Construction, Information Technology, Enterprise Data Management, Dining Services, Campus Safety & Security, Mail & Printing Services, Bookstore, Vending Services, Procurement, and Compliance .

Having also served as the Interim Vice President & Dean of Student Life from November 2015 to July 2017, Dan launched a number Student Life initiatives which brought a heightened focus on student success and persistence, and sense of belonging aimed to impact student retention.

Before joining Westminster College in 1995, Dan worked for fifteen years leading a variety of institutional support service departments, including Lincoln University and St. Mary’s Health Center.

Drawing on is many years’ experience in leading institutional supporting service operations in both higher education and healthcare settings, Dan now focuses on maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of campus operations in support the College’s mission.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and completed coursework at Lincoln University.

Dr. Carolyn Perry, Senior Vice President of the College & Dean of Faculty

Carolyn Perry

Dr. Carolyn Perry, Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty, came to Westminster in the fall of 1991 to teach English and develop the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program. In addition, she has served as the English Department Chair and the Humanities Division Chair; a supporter of the Women's and Gender Studies program and the Remley Women's Center; a host for international students; and an advocate for study abroad. 

Dr. Perry's accomplishments as Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty include helping hire outstanding faculty members, designing the first Undergraduate Scholars Forum, assisting with the design of the Churchill Institute for Global Engagement, including the development of international initiatives for students both on and off campus, helping to strengthen the programs in the Tomnitz Family Learning Opportunities Center, helping to develop Westminster's first-ever program for online courses and designing and teaching a seminar for transfer students. 

She has won the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year and the Westminster Parent Association Teacher of the Year awards. In May 2007, she took part in a faculty exchange with the University of Winchester in Winchester, England.

She has also edited three books: The Dolphin Reader, Southern Women's Writing: Colonial to Contemporary and The History of Southern Women's Literature, as well as publishing broadly and presenting papers at numerous academic conferences. 

Dr. Perry holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri, an M.A. from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri with a specialization in Victorian and Modern Literature.

She lives in Jefferson City, MO with her husband Greg and has three daughters--Jessica, Emily and Erin. 

Dr. David Jones, Associate Dean of Faculty

David Jones

Dr. David Jones is Associate Vice-President/Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Psychology.  He is also the Marshal of the College. 

Dr. Jones received his A.B. in psychology from the University of Southern California in 1984 and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. in social psychology from USC in 1991.

Dr. Jones began his career by teaching part-time at the University of Southern California, Scripps College, and California State University, Long Beach while in graduate school. After receiving his Ph.D., he taught full-time as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arkansas (now known as Lyon) College from 1991-1995 and joined the Westminster faculty in 1995 at the rank of Assistant Professor of Psychology. He received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology in 2001 and was promoted to Professor of Psychology in 2006. Additionally, he currently serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and as a member of HLC's Appeals Body. Dr. Jones also serves as an Advanced Placement (AP) Program Faculty Consultant for psychology and has previously served as Panel Reviewer for the Advanced Placement Incentive Program for the U.S. Department of Education, as an AP Program auditor, as a consultant to the Texas College Readiness Standards program, as the college representative to the Missouri Teaching and Learning Mentor (TLM) Program, and as a board member of the Family Counseling Center in Columbia, MO.

Though his training is in social psychology, Dr. Jones currently teaches a variety of courses in psychology including Psychology as a Social Science (one of the two introductory courses offered by the psychology department), Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Research Tools, Psychology of Religion, Social Psychology (and lab), Psychology of Personality (and lab), Psychology Seminar, Pre-Thesis, and Senior Thesis. He has also previously taught courses in applied psychology, in close relationships, a travel course (with Dr. Linda Aulgur) exploring the culture of Denmark, and a Westminster Seminar course on psychology and the media.

Dr. Gary Stocker, Chief of Staff

Gary Stocker

Dr. Gary Stocker has career experience in clinical health care settings, diagnostic capital equipment sales, consulting, management, and higher education.  He has earned his BS in Medical Technology, an MS in Health care management, and a doctorate in management.

His focus throughout much of his career has been on non-traditional student learning programs for business organizations.

Outside of the workplace, Gary has umpired little league baseball in St. Louis for 20 years.

Jacqueline Plunkett, Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Jackie Plunkett

Jackie Plunkett, Interim Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, joined Westminster College May 2017. Previously she served as Director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer for 19 years at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to that she was Director of Human Resources for 6 years at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri.

Jackie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute. 

Kelly Dopman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Kelly Dopman

Kelly Dopman, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Westminster College, is a seasoned fundraiser charged with engaging alumni and securing contributions from alumni, parents and friends to advance the mission of the College.

Kelly has over 20 years experience working in the field of development at three premier St Louis institutions: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri Botanical Garden, and, most recently, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) – her alma mater that she attended on a full scholarship. 

While at MICDS, Kelly played a leadership role in the Bold Action Campaign raising $82 million for MICDS.  Since joining Westminster College in October 2016, she has grown alumni participation from 6% to 15% and has increased the Westminster Fund 824% to a record $5.33 million.

Kelly has an M.B.A . from University of Missouri, Columbia MO and a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield MN.

Lana Poole, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Lana Poole

Lana Poole is the Vice President & Chief Communications Officer at Westminster College, where she serves on the President’s Cabinet as a key strategist to raise the College’s profile and advance its brand.

A native of central Missouri, Lana joined Westminster in 2016, bringing more than 30 years of experience in cultivating brands and championing effective and profitable marketing and communication strategies.

In her role at Westminster, Poole leads the Marketing and Strategic Communications team in developing and executing a strategic, integrated marketing and communications plan to leverage the College brand, including a major rebranding initiative aimed at reclaiming Westminster’s position in key markets.

Before Westminster, Lana served on Columbia College’s Administrative Council as Executive Director of Marketing. In addition, she was the founding Executive Director of First Chance for Children, a nonprofit dedicated to early childhood education. She also worked for the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center and Missouri Division of Highway Safety in marketing, communication and public information roles.

Lana holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and a bachelor of science degree from Missouri State University in Springfield. Lana is a graduate of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Class of 2015 and past President of the Central Missouri chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is active in numerous community organizations where she has served in various leadership roles.

Tim Riley, Director and Chief Curator, National Churchill Museum

Tim Riley

Timothy Riley is the Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College.

Before assuming the directorship of the National Churchill Museum in 2016 served as curator for the acclaimed “Paintings of Sir Winston Churchill” exhibition in St. Louis. Tim brings more than 20 years museum management and education leadership to his post, serving as the Executive Director of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, Executive Director at The Trout Museum of Art, and as a development director at his alma mater, Lawrence University. Previously Tim was an educator and curatorial assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at The Cloisters in New York City.

In his role at Westminster, Riley directs all aspects of the National Churchill Museum including planning and curating exhibitions in Fulton and throughout the country. He is the author of several articles about art, music, and Winston Churchill. Tim is an in-demand speaker and frequently gives talks about all aspects of Winston Churchill’s life, legacy and connections to Westminster College.

Tim has served as board chairman or president for several non-profit organization including: Melodious Accord, Inc. in New York, the Appleton Education Foundation, and the Pump House Regional Arts Center. He also served as a board of the Wisconsin Academy for Sciences, Arts and Letters.

Tim earned his bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University before pursuing graduate work in the history of art from Columbia University in the City of New York. He was inducted into the Association of Churchill Fellows of Westminster College in 2015.

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