Cindy Babington Vice President of Strategic Initatives
Born in Minnesota, but raised in Indiana, Cindy Babington has been around liberal arts colleges nearly her whole life. Raised by a faculty member who taught at Wabash College, attending Knox College and working at DePauw for the more than 20 years has given her a unique perspective on the value of the liberal arts.
While earning a doctorate in kinesiology at Indiana University, she had the opportunity to work with Division I athletes as an academic adviser. This experience solidified her desire to continue a career in higher education. At DePauw, Cindy has served as the Director of Institutional Research, Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Life, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid. On July 1, 2016, Cindy became the Chief of Staff for the new President of DePauw, Dr. Mark McCoy.
Her liberal arts background has allowed her to be prepared for and take advantage of many opportunities. Becoming Chief of Staff is only the most recent example. Cindy’s background in institutional research, student life, admission and financial aid allows her to bring a unique perspective to the position.
The friendly and warm environment at DePauw and in Greencastle have been the backdrop for raising a family and establishing an active and interesting life. Cindy is the mother of two grown children, a son and a daughter. Her husband, Pat Babington, also works at DePauw as a Professor in the Kinesiology Department. A favorite family activity is attending DePauw athletic events. Cindy and Pat make an effort to attend at least one game/meet/match of each team each year. When she's not working, Cindy runs, swims, bikes, gardens and practices at photography.
Renee Madison Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Compliance
Renee Madison joined DePauw University in the fall of 2014 and serves as Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator.
In this role, she advises the president, leads University efforts to promote a campus culture of respect and inclusion, and assist departments with regulatory compliance issues. Ms. Madison earned her B.A. degree in Sociology from DePauw in 1995 and her J.D. degree from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2000. Previously, she worked for the NCAA Enforcement Staff leading diversity and inclusion efforts within the department and providing education about NCAA compliance and investigating potential violations of NCAA bylaws by member institutions. Prior to her work at the NCAA, Ms. Madison was a domestic violence prosecutor in Marion County, Indiana.
Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Demmings Executive Assistant to the President
Betsy Koenig Demmings ’75, who majored in psychology, is the Executive Assistant to the President, a position she has held since 2000 during terms of three chief executives. She oversees the daily business of the President’s office, which requires extensive liaising with DePauw’s many constituencies, both internal and external.
Betsy has made her home in Greencastle since 1977. In addition to owning her own business for nine years, she served Putnam County as its Chief Juvenile Probation Office for 6years, and remains a member of the county’s Child Protection Team.
The mother of three grown children and grandmother to three, Betsy volunteers with area community organizations and within her church.
Anne Harris Vice President for Academic Affairs and Johnson Family University Professor of Art and Art History
Anne F. Harris received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Classical Languages from Agnes Scott College in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago in 1999. She started teaching at DePauw in the Art and Art History department, and the Women's Studies and Honor Scholar programs, working through ideas and issues such as "Gender and Medieval Art," "Stolen! Art Theft and Western Culture," and "Race and Difference in Medieval Art" with students.
Her service ranged from co-ordinating ArtsFest, to the chairship of the art and art history department to that of the Student Life and Academic Atmosphere committee. Publications include “Stained Glass Window as Thing: Heidegger, the Shoemaker Panels, and the Commercial and Spiritual Economies of Chartres Cathedral in the 13th century” in the on-line journal Different Visions (2008); “Medieval Belief and Modern Secularity: Teaching the Middle Ages to Contemporary College Students” in Literature Compass (2013); “Water and Wood: Eco-Materiality and Sacred Objects at the Chapel of Saint-Fiacre, Le Faouët (Brittany),” in Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014); and “Oceanic Valuation,” in Oceanic New York (2016). Since becoming Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015, initiatives of inclusive excellence, liberal arts advocacy, interdisciplinarity, and student engagement have informed her thinking and learning. It is an honor for Anne to advocate for student experiences empowered by the liberal arts, and to work in collaboration with the faculty, staff, and students of DePauw in this endeavor.
Communications and Marketing
Deedie Dowdle Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Dowdle previously worked at Auburn University as well as Kennesaw State University and has more than 30 years experience in marketing and communications in higher education, agencies, and private and public sector organizations.
Dowdle holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Alabama and master's in professional writing from Kennesaw State University. She has experience leading teams in branding, strategic planning, integrated marketing, public and media relations, advertising, web management, video production and crisis communications.
Development and Alumni Engagement
Steven J. Setchell Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement
Steve was appointed in April 2013 to lead an expansion of alumni involvement in the life and mission of DePauw.
Steve has served DePauw in admission, annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, and as campaign manager. He also chaired the University’s 175th Anniversary Planning Committee. In addition to his time at DePauw, Steve served three years as Associate Dean of Admission Operations at Ohio Wesleyan University. Steve is nearing completion of a Master of Public Affairs degree at Indiana University, and his civic engagements have included the Putnam County Community Foundation Board of Directors, where he chaired the Grants Committee, and the City of Greencastle Commission on Sustainability.
Bobby Andrews Vice President for Enrollment Management
Bio coming soon.
Finance and Administration
Bob Leonard Vice President for Finance and Administration
Robert R. (Bob) Leonard serves as Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration. He has more than 30 years of diverse business experience including strategy, business development, finance and operations.
Bob has served as a Partner with the big-four accounting firm KPMG and held executive positions (President, COO, CFO) with At-A-Glance Consumer Products, a leading publisher of pictorial calendars and posters. He has also held executive management positions with two entrepreneurial, web-based, start-up companies (one he co-founded), and most recently, prior to joining DePauw, Bob served as a consultant to both C-suite executives and entrepreneurs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and has been previously certified (no longer practicing) as a public accountant and personal financial specialist.
School of Music
Mellasenah Morris DEAN, DEPAUW UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Mellasenah Morris earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. She studied with Julio Esteban and performed in master classes with such artists as Leon Fleisher, Irvin Freundlich, Fernando Laires, and David Burge. Also, she has received coachings from Ann Schein and William Bolcom.
Dr. Morris gave a debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall. Since that time, her performances have included solo and lecture recitals throughout the east coast and mid-west, as well as at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, England; and numerous appearances as an accompanist and chamber music performer, specializing in contemporary music. She has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta University Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Maryland Women's Symphony Orchestra, the James Madison University Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, and The Ohio State University Orchestra.
Along with a varied performing career, Mellasenah Morris has enjoyed several academic appointments, including service on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. Other positions have included Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Peabody, Dean of the School of Music and Professor of Piano at Alabama State University, and Director of the School of Music and Professor of Piano both at James Madison University and at The Ohio State University. She has recently retired from her position as Dean of the Conservatory and Deputy Director of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and joined the DePauw University School of Music as Interim Dean.
Dr. Morris has been an active participant in the National Association of Schools of Music, serving as a panelist, moderator, and presenter for numerous sessions at annual meetings and chairing accreditation teams. Currently, she is in her second term as national treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee and Executive Board. Her most recent scholarly pursuits have included a biographical sketch on American composer Florence Price for Carlson Publications and pedagogical presentations for various chapters of Music Educators Association on intermediate-level French piano repertoire. Mellasenah Morris has been on the Friends Board of WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio, and on the Board of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Student Academic Life
Alan Hill Vice President for Student Academic Life and Dean of Experiential Learning
Alan P. Hill, a 1981 graduate of DePauw serves as Vice President for Student Academic Life and Dean of Experiential Learning, and re-joined the DePauw administration in August 2016.
Alan earned a master's degree from the University in 1983. He began his career as a marketing representative for IBM, and returned to DePauw where he spent a decade in several key administrative roles, including director of financial aid, dean of students and assistant to the provost. He served in his first vice president role at Alma College as the vice president for enrollment and student affairs. He then spent 14 years working at Franklin College, where he was vice president of enrollment and student affairs and later named vice president for enrollment and marketing. Prior to his return to DePauw, he most recently served as dean for professional development at Wabash College.
Hill and his wife Jennett ’85 have been married for 30 years and have two adult children, Courtney and Preston. Active in community service, Alan has served on the boards of Park Tudor School and the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High School in Indianapolis.