The Messiah University President's Cabinet is comprised of senior administrators representing the various facets of the University's day-to-day operations. The cabinet meets weekly throughout the academic year and serves in an advisory role to the president.
Vice President for Diversity Affairs
Vice President for Diversity Affairstallen@messiah.edu 717-766-2511, ext. 2255
Dr. Allen fulfills a key role on the President’s Cabinet by giving focused attention to the institution’s diversity plan. He leads the Office of Diversity Affairs and will oversee new initiatives, such as the Inclusive Excellence Ambassador Program, a professional development opportunity for interested employees to become empowered, campus change-agents by serving as a liaison between their department and the diversity affairs office. Dr. Allen is the founder of the Common Ground Project, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement. He is a frequent lecturer on commemorative practices/public memory related to the Civil Rights Movement and also teaches in Messiah’s communication department.
As provost, Dr. Basinger provides administrative oversight to the University’s curricular and cocurricular programming. In this role, he gives leadership to all educational program development and the hiring, evaluation and development of all of the University’s faculty and cocurricular educators.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Vice President for Enrollment Managementjchopka@messiah.edu 800-233-4220
Dr. Chopka oversees the offices of admissions, financial aid, and volunteer & church relations. These offices are responsible for recruiting prospective students and working with strategic influencers (parents, guidance counselors, and youth workers).
Vice President for Human Resources and Compliance
Vice President for Human Resources and Complianceacoffey@messiah.edu 717-796-1800 ext. 3320
As vice president for human resources and compliance, Ms. Coffey oversees all aspects of professional employment for faculty and staff at Messiah University. Her office is charged with responsibility for the employment strategies and practices of the University. As such, human resources manages activities such as recruiting, professional development, employee relations, compensation and benefits so as to support the productivity and engagement of the University’s employees.
Vice President for Advancement
Barry Goodling `79
Vice President for Advancementbgoodlin@messiah.edu 717-796-5064
As vice president for advancement, Mr. Goodling oversees several vital functions of the University, including fundraising (development), marketing and communications and alumni and parent relations. These offices work in harmony to ensure that financial resources exist for the implementation of new programs, facilities and student financial aid; to further communicate the mission and brand of Messiah University to local, regional and national audiences; and to help parents and alumni feel connected to each other and the institution.
Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement
Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagementkhansen@messiah.edu 717-796-5234
Dr. Hansen-Kieffer leads the Division of Student Success and Engagement in their pursuit to develop and nurture the whole student through a holistic cocurriculum that continually assesses the outcome of each student's learning and character development. Her areas of oversight include: The Agape Center, Athletics, Career and Professional Development Center, University Ministries, The Engle Health and Counseling Center, Student Involvement and Leadership Programs, Residence Life & Housing, and the Intercultural office. She has been a frequent presenter and consultant on assessment and how assessment informs and improves Student Affairs work.
Vice President for Operations
Kathie Shafer `85
Vice President for Operationskshafer@messiah.edu 717-691-6003
Ms. Shafer oversees the division of the University that significantly impacts students’ and employees’ everyday life including the dining, custodial, facilities maintenance, conference and event services, safety, and grounds keeping teams. She also has responsibility for Messiah's sustainability initiatives and Messiah Press.
Vice President for Finance and Planning