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 them.

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.


  • Linda Caron, Ph.D., Liberal Arts
  • Margaret M. Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Kathrin Engisch, Ph.D., Science and Mathematics (interim)
  • Joseph E. Keferl, Rh.D., Education and Human Services
  • Dan Krane, Ph.D., Lake Campus (interim)
  • Barry Milligan, Ph.D., Graduate School (interim)
  • Brian D. Rigling, Ph.D., Engineering and Computer Science
  • Thomas L. Traynor, Ph.D., Raj Soin College of Business
  • Deborah Ulrich, Ph.D., R.N., Nursing and Health (interim)
  • LaPearl Logan Winfrey, Ph.D., Professional Psychology

    University Leadership

    • Walter J. Branson, M.S., Vice President for Finance and Operations and Chief Business Officer
    • Paul Carney, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Student Success
    • Larry Y. Chan, J.D., Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
    • Ellen Reinsch Friese, M.H., Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs (interim)
    • Robert Hickey, Jr., J.D., Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
    • Cheryl L. Meyer, J.D., Ph.D., Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
    • Lindsay Miller, J.D., Chief Diversity Officer (interim)
    • Sue Polanka, University Librarian
    • Scott Rash, President and CEO of the Wright State Foundation
    • Gregory Sample, M.P.A., Chief Operating Officer, President of Double Bowler Properties
    • Craig Woolley, M.Ed., Chief Information Officer

    Elected Representatives

    • Jennifer Attenweiler, M.Ed., Chair of Unclassified Staff Advisory Council
    • Connie Bajek, M.A., Chair of Classified Staff Advisory Council
    • Gregory Luchnenko, Chair of Lake Campus Staff Advisory Council
    • Laura Luehrmann, Ph.D., President of the Faculty
    • Ivan Mallett, President of Student Government