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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.

President

Education: 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

As the institution’s educational and administrative leader, Michael’s primary responsibility is to provide an environment in which faculty and staff can make maximum use of their professional expertise and experience to contribute to the personal and intellectual growth of every Lasell student. 

Since becoming President in 2007, Michael has overseen a dramatic increase in total student enrollment, full-time faculty, and annual giving. He has led two successful capital campaigns. Under Michael’s direction, the University has become home to a robust Graduate and Professional Studies division, with more than 20 programs. He leads regular community-wide strategic planning sessions to set goals for the future of the University and its continuing care retirement community, Lasell Village. In addition to his role at Lasell University, Michael serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Lasell Village. 

Michael is recognized as an expert on the financing of higher education and as the founder of the Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium (LCMC), which now consists of more than 80 colleges across the country.  The LCMC is dedicated to the invention and implementation of new business models that will support the delivery of high quality private higher education at significantly lower prices to students and their families. 

Michael’s leadership facilitated the creation of a Campus Master Plan and consequently managed the financing and construction of three new residence halls, two underground parking garages, two new courtyards, and a fitness facility, in addition to a complete dining hall renovation. Two major academic centers, the Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts and the Science and Technology Center (STC) were also founded and constructed during his tenure.

Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle, M.B.A.

President of Lasell Village, Inc. and Vice President of Lasell University

Education: M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business; B.A., Tufts University; Fulbright Scholar in Sweden researching alternative models for senior housing and health care.

Anne Doyle is the President of Lasell Village and a Vice President of Lasell University. During her leadership tenure, the Village, a nationally recognized senior living community on the campus of Lasell University, has become known globally for its intergenerational learning and living model, its innovative educational programming, and its proactive engagement and community culture during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of Lasell Village’s achievements across its multigenerational campus have been featured in media outlets including the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. In 2019 and 2020, Lasell Village was named one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by The Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe. Anne’s career spans the healthcare, age tech, and insurance sectors, as well as consulting and government.  Currently, she serves on the Boards of Directors of the Age Friendly Foundation and Massachusetts LeadingAge. Anne is an avid cyclist and fundraiser for healthcare and climate causes.

Chelsea Gwyther

Chelsea Gwyther, M.P.A.

Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

Education: 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

Education: 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.

 title=Jennifer OKeeffe

Assistant Vice President for Legal Affairs and Title IX Coordinator 

Education: J.D. summa cum laude, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego; B.A. in Communications, Boston College


Jennifer has worked at Lasell since 2014. As Assistant Vice President for Legal Affairs, she is responsible for directing and supervising all legal matters on behalf of Lasell University and serves as an advisor to the President, the University's Board of Trustees and Senior Management colleagues. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Serving as the University's Title IX Coordinator, Jennifer oversees all complaints related to sexual harassment and gender discrimination. She ensures University compliance with Title IX and the 2013 Amendments to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Before joining Lasell, Jennifer was an Assistant District Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, where she worked in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. In 2014, she successfully prosecuted the first human trafficking case under new Massachusetts legislation. Prior to her time as ADA, Jennifer was a staff attorney for the Justice Resource Institute and served as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court.

 

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Chrystal Porter, Ph.D., Ed.S.

Vice President of Graduate & Professional Studies

Education: Ph.D., Capella University; Ed.S., Florida State University; M.S.A. in Sport Administration, Ohio University; B.S. in Sport Science, Ohio University; B.S. in Communication, Ohio University

Chrystal Porter joined Lasell in July 2020. She oversees the development, growth, delivery, and assessment of all graduate, certificate, and non-traditional programs at Lasell. She 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. Chrystal has substantial experience in higher education administration including, most recently, 12 years of service at Endicott College where she rose to the rank of Associate Provost. While at Endicott she also taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, eventually rising to Professor. Prior to Endicott, she held positions at Wiley College in Texas and at North Central College and Illinois Institute of Technology, both in Illinois. Earlier in her career, she worked for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

Basil Stewart

Basil A. Stewart, M.B.A.

Vice President for Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer

Education: 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.

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Jesse Tauriac

Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston; M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston; B.A. in Psychology, Boston University

Jesse Tauriac was appointed Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer in 2018. He provides strategic and programmatic leadership and works collaboratively with Senior Management, employees, and students to effectively advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence throughout the University. Jesse first joined Lasell in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences Department, and in 2015 was appointed Director of the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. With more than 15 years’ experience in consulting and providing professional development on effective intercultural engagement and socially responsible organizational development, Jesse brings a deep knowledge of working within an organization to engage stakeholders and foster an environment where community members from every background feel welcomed, included, and valued. He has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses addressing social identities and inequities, intercultural competence, and inclusive teaching practices, and has published and presented widely on these same topics. Jesse was also a fellow of the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program.

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Eric Turner, M.B.A.

Provost

Education: M.B.A., Harvard Business School; A.B. in Economics, Harvard College

Eric Turner was appointed Provost in July 2020. As the University's chief academic officer, he 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 programming related to student services and development and is responsible for all hiring, development, funding, and evaluation processes and activities related to the faculty and staff of Academic and Student Affairs. Eric first joined the Lasell Senior Management Team in 2017 as Vice President of Graduate and Professional Studies. However, Eric's ties to Lasell run deep, previously serving as Chair of the University's Board of Trustees and, more recently, as a Lasell Village Trustee. 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. In 2013, Lasell conferred upon him the honorary title of Doctor of Humane Letters and, in recognition of his leadership of the faculty as Provost, he was granted the honorary title of Professor of Business in 2020.