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 Office of Diversity Affairs
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, which includes Multicultural and International Student Programs. Dr. Allen is the founder of the Common Ground Project, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement. He also teaches in Messiah’s communication department.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Vice President for Enrollment Managementjchopka@messiah.edu 800-233-4220 Admissions Office
Dr. Chopka oversees undergraduate and graduate admissions, recruitment and financial aid efforts. Areas of oversight include: Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Enrollment, Financial Aid, Enrollment Management Operations, Enrollment Partnerships and Admissions Hospitality. He and his team work closely with colleagues from across campus to ensure excellence in service to prospective students, families and partner organizations.
Vice President for Human Resources and Compliance
Vice President for Human Resources and Complianceacoffey@messiah.edu 717-796-1800 ext. 3320 Human Resources & Compliance
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 Provost for Student Success & Engagement
Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagementmgiovannetti@messiah.edu (717) 766-2511 ext. 5234 Division of Student Success & Engagement
Dr. Giovannetti 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 Academic Success Office, Agape Center, Career and Professional Development Center, Campus Ministries, The Engle Health and Counseling Center, Student Engagement, Leadership Programs and Residence Life & Housing. She also serves as advisor to the Student Government Association (SGA).
Interim Provostanoble@messiah.edu 717-796-5375 Office of the Provost
Dr. Noble earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002 and subsequently worked as a Senior Process Engineer for Intel Corporation in Portland, Oregon. She joined the Messiah faculty in 2010 and in addition to teaching chemistry, Dr. Noble has co-taught the Scandinavia Cross-Cultural course and mentored undergraduate students in her research lab. She was appointed Interim Provost in 2022.
As interim provost, Dr. Noble provides administrative oversight to the University’s curricular and cocurricular programming. In this role, she 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 Finance and Planning
Vice President for Finance and Planninggnowicki@messiah.edu 717-796-1800 ext. 2055 Office of Finance & Planning
Gary Nowicki holds a master’s degree (MBA) in Industrial Administration/Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and worked for many years as a Managing Director in the Higher Education department of a brokerage and investment banking firm. In that role, he worked with dozens of institutions on a variety of areas like enrollment management issues, asset monetization considerations, debt capacity analyses, economic impact of new programs, existing program disruptions, legal reviews of related documents and pro forma cash flow testing. Mr. Nowicki joined Messiah University's leadership team in 2022, where he provides oversight to the business office, endowment team, purchasing, and institutional research.
Vice President for Operations
Kathie Shafer '85
Vice President for Operationskshafer@messiah.edu 717-691-6003 Division of Operations
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, Messiah Press, the campus bookstore and crisis management protocols.
Vice President for Advancement
Vice President for Advancementjstuckey@messiah.edu 717-796-1800 ext. 3631 Advancement Division
As vice president for advancement, Dr. Stuckey 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.