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Senior Management Team

The senior management team at Lasell University is made up of representatives from each department. The team is responsible for the strategic growth and vision of the University.

Michael Alexander

Michael B. Alexander, M.A.


  • 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 University, 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 University now offers seven graduate degree programs. He has led a series of community-wide strategic planning sessions, setting goals for the future of the University 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.

Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle, M.B.A.
President of Lasell Village, Inc. and Vice President of Lasell University


  • M.B.A. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • B.A. Tufts University
  • Fulbright Scholar in Sweden researching alternative models for elderly housing and health care

Anne Doyle is the President of Lasell Village and a Vice President of Lasell University. Anne brings over 30 years of management experience to the field of aging and health care. She has served in leadership roles in health systems, the public sector, the insurance industry, consulting, and with a healthcare technology start-up. Anne is a frequent speaker nationally including recent talks on innovations in senior living and learning, and making the case for senior living partnering with higher education. In November 2019, the Village was named as one of the Top 100 Women-led businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and The Boston Globe. Anne serves on several national and state-level Boards of Directors, and is an avid cyclist and fundraiser for health care and climate causes.

Chelsea Gwyther

Chelsea Gwyther, M.P.A.
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations


  • M.P.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies, Prescott College

Chelsea Gwyther joined Lasell in December 2018, after serving the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for four years, firstly as Executive Director of Development and then as Assistant Dean of Advancement in the College of Natural Sciences. At Lasell she leads an ongoing effort to attract philanthropic support for the University’s mission. Additionally, she is focused on creating connections between alumni and current students to improve educational outcomes and reduce costs.

Kathleen O'Connor

Kathleen M. O'Connor, Ed.D.
Vice President of 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 University 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

James Ostrow, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. Boston University
  • M.Ed. Boston University
  • B.A. Johnston College, University of Redlands

As the chief academic officer of Lasell University, Dr. Jim Ostrow oversees the planning, development, administration, promotion, and evaluation of all curricular and co-curricular programs at the campus, as well as providing leadership in support of teaching and learning excellence. He oversees all programing related to student services and development. Dr. Ostrow is responsible for all hiring, development, funding, and evaluation processes and activities related to the faculty and staff of Academic and Student Affairs. He has overseen the launch of graduate studies, several new undergraduate majors, as well as a doubling of the size of the Lasell faculty. With support of grants, the University has expanded technology throughout the curriculum, and created cross-curricular programming in such areas as service-learning and international study throughout the world.

Basil Stewart

Basil A. Stewart, M.B.A.
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer


  • M.B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.B.A. in Accounting, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Vice President Basil Stewart joined Lasell in September 2019, having previously served in a similar capacity at Merrimack College. At Lasell he oversees the Business Office, Campus Police, Information Technology, Human Resources, Plant Operations, Student Accounts, Conference Services and Auxiliary Services. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Lasell Village. Basil is responsible for ensuring the financial integrity of the University and the Village and advising the President on all matters of fiscal management and accountability, financial planning and analysis, and overall stewardship of Lasell. In addition, he provides leadership in the identification, market testing, implementation, and continual performance assessment of initiatives for new revenue generation and the development of associated business plans.

Eric Turner

Eric Turner, M.B.A.
Vice President of Graduate and Professional Studies


  • M.B.A. Harvard Business School
  • A.B. in Economics, Harvard College

Eric Turner joined Lasell’s Senior Management Team in 2017, but his ties to Lasell run deep, having served as Chair of the University’s Board and, more recently, as a Village Trustee. He still retains the title of Trustee Emeritus to Lasell University. Eric oversees the development, growth, delivery and assessment of all graduate, certificate and non-traditional programs at Lasell. He is responsible for growing the GPS Division through the delivery of high quality academic programs and the recruitment and retention of appropriate students. A key focus is establishing strategic partnerships with external organizations. Eric brings a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors including stints at State Street, IBM, the Massachusetts State Lottery and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.