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President's Cabinet

Desiree Chen
Interim Director of the Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Desiree Chen leads the College’s strategic communications initiatives and manages its relationships with governmental and civic institutions. She came to Elmhurst in 2009 after 18 years at the Chicago Tribune, where she was deputy editor of the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and an editor and writer for the newspaper’s features and news sections. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Joseph R. Emmick

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Joseph R. Emmick leads the College’s initiative to build philanthropic support and strengthen ties to alumni. He joined Elmhurst in January 2012 after 14 years at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he led record-setting campaigns. During Emmick’s tenure as dean for college advancement, the college recorded its four highest annual fund totals. A comprehensive capital initiative, raised $136 million for scholarships, programs and facilities. Emmick graduated with honors from Wabash in 1992.

Heather L. Hall
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Heather Hall leads a talented faculty that is among the College’s most impressive assets. She joined the Elmhurst College administration in 2007 as associate dean of the faculty after serving 14 years as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Alma College, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Toledo.

Karen Kissel
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Karen Kissel provides leadership over the College’s financial and human resources operations as well as campus maintenance and security. She came to Elmhurst in August 2015 from Governors State University, where as vice president for finance and administration she co-authored a strategic plan for the university, managed the construction of several significant campus facilities, and played a pivotal role in issuing and managing several debt-refinancing instruments. She holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame.

James Kulich
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
James Kulich informs and leads the College's strategic initiatives. He joined the Elmhurst faculty in 1987 and served as chair of the Department of Mathematics before his appointment in 1997 as special assistant to the president. In 2004 he became executive vice president. A graduate of John Carroll University, he earned master's and doctoral degrees at Northwestern University. He serves as chair of the Advisory Council on Strategic Planning.

Timothy Ricordati
Dean of the School for Professional Studies and Interim Dean of Admission
Tim Ricordati leads the College’s educational initiatives for nontraditional students as well as admission operations for all student populations. With a long career focused on organizational development and operations for educational institutions, Dr. Ricordati has extensive experience in online education. Before joining Elmhurst in 2012, he served in senior faculty and leadership roles at DeVry University and as vice president of administration at American Quality Schools, a Chicago-based not-for-profit educational management company.

Eileen Sullivan
Dean of Students
Eileen Sullivan works to foster on the campus a deliberate sense of community, to make it a place where students pursue particular intellectual and personal interests while contributing meaningfully to the good of the whole. She came to Elmhurst in 2007 after prior administrative service at Loras College, Bowling Green State University and Northern Illinois University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University and her doctorate from Bowling Green.


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