The senior management team at Lasell College is made up of representatives from each department. The team is responsible for the strategic growth and vision of the college.
Michael B. Alexander, M.A. President
- A.B.D. toward Ed.D. in Higher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- M.A. in Education, Ohio State University
- A.B. in History and Literature of America, Harvard University
The educational and administrative leader of Lasell College, Michael Alexander supervises all affairs of the institution, keeps the Board of Trustees informed of appropriate matters and is responsible for executing actions of the Board.
He is an ex-officio member of the Board and its committees. Michael also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Lasell Village. Since becoming President in 2007, Michael has overseen a 59% increase in total enrollment, a 77% increase in full-time faculty, and an 85% increase in annual giving. The College now offers seven graduate degree programs. He has led a series of community-wide strategic planning sessions, setting goals for the future of the College and the Village, facilitated the creation of a Campus Master Plan and managed the financing and construction of three new residence halls, two underground parking garages, two new courtyards, a new fitness facility, the Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts, a totally renovated dining hall and many building renovations. Michael sees his job as providing an environment and resources in which the faculty and staff can make maximum use of their expertise and experience to contribute to the personal and intellectual growth of each Lasell student.
Pamela Faria, M.S. Vice President and Special Assistant to the President
- M.S. in Organizational Leadership, Cabrini College
- B.S. in Education, Northeastern University
Pam joined the Lasell community in January 2009 and has enjoyed more than 38 years in higher education administration. As Vice President and Special Assistant to the President, her primary role is to provide administrative and operational support to help facilitate the leadership and decision-making duties of the President. Pam maintains administrative oversight of the President’s Office; serves as liaison to the College’s Board of Trustees; coordinates a variety of special projects and events; and serves as Assistant Clerk for Lasell College and Lasell Village, and Clerk for Lasell, Inc. Pam also supervises and works closely with the Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety and the Director of Legal Affairs/Title IX Coordinator.
Diane M. Austin, M.S. Vice President of Student Affairs
- M.S. in Education and College and Agency Counseling, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
- B.A. in English, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
As the chief Student Affairs officer of the College, Vice President Austin oversees those areas that encompass the “out of classroom” experience for the student body. The Student Affairs functional units that report to Diane include: Athletics(intercollegiate, intramural and recreation), Career Services, the Center for Spiritual Life, the Conduct System, the Counseling Center, Disability Services, Health Services, International Services, Residential Life, and Student Activities and Orientation. Diane has direct responsibility for the production of the student handbook, and works with a full-time staff of over 35 professionals, (along with 50 undergraduate Resident Assistants, and numerous part-time athletic coaches), who are devoted to ensuring that all Student Affairs programs are framed within a student development context. Diane has over 40 years of higher education experience, and has been at Lasell since June 1995.
Dean Hickey, B.S. Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
- M.A. Philanthropy and Development; St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (December 2014)
- B.S. in Business Management, Central Connecticut State University
- Russian Language Graduate, Defense Language Institute
Dean joined Lasell in August 2013, after serving Becker College for nine years as Vice President. At Lasell he leads an ongoing effort to attract philanthropic support for the College’s mission. Additionally, he is focused on creating connections between alumni and current students to improve educational outcomes and reduce costs.
Michael J. Hoyle, Ph.D. Vice President for Administration and Finance
- Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, New York University
- M.P.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- B.S. in Accountancy, Bentley University
Vice President Michael Hoyle came to the College in 2008 after serving as President of McIntosh College in Dover, N.H. At Lasell he oversees the Business Office, Information Technology, Human Capital Management, Plant Operations, Student Accounts, Conference Services and Auxiliary Services. He also serves as the Vice President for Administration and Finance of Lasell Village. Dr. Hoyle has led collaborative efforts with area colleges to improve services and lower costs in the areas of IT, Campus Police, risk management and health insurance; refinanced $33 million in debt, and issued a $25M public debt offering and a $10m direct purchase bond. Dr. Hoyle directed the construction of three residence halls, an academic building and the major renovation of the Welcome and Admissions Center as well as the campus dining facilities.
Kathleen M. O'Connor, Ed.D. Vice President for Enrollment Management
- Ed.D. University of Massachusetts, Boston
- M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Lesley College
- A.B. in Political Science and Sociology, Regis College
- Additional: Higher Education Resource Services certificate, Wellesley College
Vice President Kate O’Connor oversees and provides strategic direction and support to the 36 full-time professionals working in the areas of Graduate and Undergraduate Admission, Student Financial Planning, Institutional Research, Office of the Registrar, Marketing, the Office of Communications and the College website. A member of the senior team since 1987, Kate has seen the enrollment grow by 400% and looks forward to continued growth. She has also served in several other senior roles at Lasell, including Dean of Student Affairs and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid.
James Ostrow, Ph.D. Vice President Academic Affairs
- Ph.D. Boston University
- M.Ed Boston University
- B.A. Johnston College, University of Redlands
As the chief Academic officer of Lasell College, Dr. Jim Ostrow oversees the planning, development, administration, promotion and evaluation of all curricular programs providing leadership in support of teaching and learning excellence. He is responsible for all hiring, development, funding, and evaluation processes and activities related to the faculty, and oversees student issues and programs related to the campus, as well as to the academic life of the campus including such programs as First Year Experience, Academic Advising, Honors and intergenerational learning. He has overseen the launch of graduate studies, several new undergraduate majors, as well as doubling of the size of the Lasell faculty. With the support of grants, the College has expanded technology throughout the curriculum, and created cross-curricular programming in such areas as service-learning and international study throughout the world.
Anne Doyle, MBA President, Lasell Village, Inc. and Vice President of Lasell College
- MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business
- BA summa cum laude in Political Science from Tufts University
- Fulbright Scholar in Sweden researching alternative models for elderly housing and health care
Anne Doyle oversees the strategic direction, operations, and educational programs for this innovative senior living and learning community on the campus of Lasell College. A member of the College’s senior management team, Anne is responsible for developing creative business partnerships and intergenerational programming between the College and the Village to enhance the experience of residents and students. Anne brings a background in health care and senior care with previous leadership positions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governeror’s Budget Bureau, the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Tufts Health Plan, and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She recently led business development and operations for a national education technology company serving senior living communities.
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