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.
Sarah Steinkamp Chief of Staff
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.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Wells College, a Master of Science Degree in Health Education from Ithaca College, and a Doctorate in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Sarah is joined in Greencastle by her husband Tim.
Dave Berque Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dave holds a B.A. degree from Haverford College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He teaches a wide range of computer science courses and has particular teaching and research interests related to Human Computer Interaction and pen-based computing. Dave also teaches interdisciplinary courses related to design. He holds three United States Patents and is the originator of a pen-based instructional technology software system that is the basis of the commercial system now known as DyKnow.
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
Dawna Sinnet Wilson '82 Interim Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Engagement
Dawna is the interim associate vice president for development and alumni engagement.
A 1982 DePauw graduate of DePauw, she began her career in higher education working for her alma mater from 1982-87, as director of research during the Sesquicentennial Campaign. She returned to DePauw in 1989 as director of corporate and foundation relations before becoming director of stewardship.
Diversity and Inclusion
Amanda Kim Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion
Terry Cowdrey Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management
Originally from New Hampshire, Terry began her career in admissions as an undergraduate student at Wesleyan University. She held full-time admissions positions in the University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan, Pomona, and Vanderbilt admissions offices over a 15-year period.
In 1997, Terry became Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at St. Lawrence University where she led the enrollment team for 14 years. She then spent three years at Colby College in the same role. In 2014, Terry turned her attention to assisting college admissions offices, focusing on those amid a leadership transition and where programs and processes needed evaluation. Since starting this work, she has assisted sixteen colleges in fourteen states, including serving in interim roles at Beloit College, Hendrix College, Hollins University, Loyola University and, most recently, at Susquehanna University. She has loved getting to know colleges all over the country and greatly values the friends she has made along the way (and she accomplished her goal of visiting all 50 states)! Throughout her career, Terry has been active in professional organizations at the national and regional level including serving on the Common Application Board of Directors.
In addition to earning her B.A. in English, Terry earned a Master’s in Public and Private Management at Yale. While living in New Haven, she met her husband, Matt. They now live on a small mountain in central New Hampshire, with their two rescue dogs, Gemma and Jax.
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
Kay Hoke DEAN, DEPAUW UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
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.
Throughout her career, she has been active as a writer, speaker, and workshop leader. Dean Hoke served on the board of the College Music Society (CMS), chaired the Committee on the Status of Women, and was director of the CMS Institute on Women, Music & Gender held at Indiana University in 1996. Her work as a national workshop leader from 1996-2013 for Music! Words! Opera!, an educational program of Opera America, took her to regional opera companies throughout the United States.
While living in Indiana, Dean Hoke was the pre-performance lecturer for Indianapolis Opera and also a pre-concert speaker for the Ensemble Music Society. In North Carolina, she gave preview talks for Opera Carolina in Charlotte and was a program annotator for the Brevard Music Center.
As an administrator, Dean Hoke has been active in the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), elected as a member of the Commission on Accreditation in 2016, and serving as a visiting accreditor since 1998. An enthusiastic teacher of music theory and history courses as well as special seminars and honors courses on a wide range of topics throughout her career, she has also been involved in 21CM activities. For the Sunderman Conservatory’s 10th anniversary in 2015-16, she and her colleagues chose the theme “Making Music in the 21st Century: Innovation and Adaptation.” A symposium and residencies by Decoda, JACK Quartet, Imani Winds, Anonymous 4, and Duo Amal enlivened this yearlong celebration. She also was a presenter at the CMS Summit on 21st Century Music School Design in the summer of 2016, and gave a presentation, “A Journey Around the Curriculum: Affecting 21st-Century Changes at the Margins,” at the annual NASM meeting in 2015.
Student Academic Life
Alan Hill Vice President for Student Academic Life and Dean of Students
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.
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.