University Leadership

The Wright State University Board of Trustees exercises general oversight of the university and bears ultimate responsibility for its organization, finances, and governance. The board approves strategic plans, budgets, personnel decisions, and policies. The board appoints the president, to whom it delegates operating responsibilities for the university, and provides ongoing counsel to her or him.

The president—in collaboration with trustees and members of the university community—sets the university’s strategic direction, serves as its ambassador, and appoints its senior leadership. This includes the provost, the chief academic officer who oversees the educational mission of the university.


Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.


Senior Leadership


Bill Bigham
Vice President for Advancement (interim)
President of the Foundation


Bob Grant
Director of Athletics

Chief Diversity Officer (Interim)

Lindsay Miller, J.D.
Chief Diversity Officer (interim)

Finance and Operations

Walter J. Branson, M.S.
Vice President for Finance and Operations and Chief Business Officer

Legal Affairs/General Counsel

Larry Y. Chan, J.D.
Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Public Affairs

Robert Hickey, Jr., J.D.
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs serves as the liaison to area communities and an advocate to state, federal and local governments.