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President’s Cabinet

President's Office

Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Demmings Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Demmings Executive Assistant to the President

betsydemmings@depauw.edu (765) 658-4221 Administration Building

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.

Sarah Steinkamp Sarah Steinkamp Chief of Staff

sarahsteinkamp@depauw.edu Administration Building

Sarah serves as the Chief of Staff to President White.  In her most recent role, Sarah worked with Dr. White at Washington University in St. Louis as the Assistant Dean for Educational and Strategic Initiatives.

Academic Affairs

Dave Berque Dave Berque Vice President for Academic Affairs

dberque@depauw.edu 765-658-4359 Julian Math and Science Building

Dave holds a B.A. degree from Haverford College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Communications and Marketing

Deedie Dowdle Deedie Dowdle Vice President for Communications and Marketing

deediedowdle@depauw.edu 765-658-4416 101 E. Seminary

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.

Development and Alumni Engagement

Anne Cunningham Anne Cunningham Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement

Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center


Enrollment Management

Mary Beth Petrie Mary Beth Petrie Vice President for Enrollment Management

marybethpetrie@depauw.edu 204 East Seminary Street


Finance and Administration

Bob Leonard Bob Leonard Vice President for Finance and Administration

bobleonard@depauw.edu (765) 658-4161 Administration Building

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.

School of Music


kayhoke@depauw.edu (765) 658-4437 GCPA 1130

Kay Hoke earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Kentucky and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She began her academic career in Indiana, serving on the music faculty at Butler University for twenty years before accepting the position of Chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Professor of Music at Brevard College in North Carolina. More recently, she served as Director of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College before assuming the title of Professor of Music Emerita in 2018.

Student Affairs

Alan Hill Alan Hill Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

alanhill@depauw.edu (765) 658-4199 Student Union

Alan P. Hill, a 1981 graduate of DePauw serves as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and re-joined the DePauw administration in August 2016.

Cabinet Mission Statement 

Who we are:

The DePauw University Cabinet serves as an advisory body to the President of the University, providing operational and strategic advising related to the performance of her duties and responsibilities as the chief executive officer of the University, appointed by the DePauw University Board of Trustees to position the University for success. The Cabinet consists of the University's Vice Presidents, Executive Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to the President and other members appointed at the discretion of the president. The Cabinet is the principal conduit of communication between the DePauw Board of Trustees and the University and, with the President, is committed to sharing issues of importance with the campus community.   

What we do:

Toward guiding the university to achieve its mission and vision, the Cabinet meets on a regular basis to discuss issues of strategic importance to the institution, including though not limited to academics; financial, administrative and business affairs; student life; admissions and financial aid; marketing and communications; and, development and alumni engagement.  

How we do it:

The Cabinet is committed to seeking wide input, with respect to university operations and strategic planning, through the Vice Presidents from each Division, university committees and faculty committees, other members of the university community, and to transparency in decision-making. The President and the members of the Cabinet work collaboratively with and are advised and informed by a variety of committees and councils including the chair of the faculty, THE FACULTY PRIORITIES AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE, THE STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE, THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL, THE STAFF ADVISORY COUNCIL AND THE DIVERSITY AND EQUITY COMMITTEE.  At all times the Cabinet is guided by our university values and considers issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in its discussions, deliberations and decision-making practice.