Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration
030 Marquis Hall
Craig Becker, associate vice president for finance and administration and treasurer, is serving in an interim role overseeing the Division of Finance and Administration. He is supported on finance matters by Kim Spang, vice president for development and college relations, and on facilities matters by Annette Diorio, vice president for campus life. He joined the College in 2015 after serving in leadership positions at Yeshiva University, The New School, and Seton Hall University. Craig earned his B.A. in history from State University of New York at Oneonta, an M.P.A. in public administration from State University of New York at Albany, and an M.S. in accounting from Northeastern University.
Vice President for Campus Life
203 Feather House
As senior student affairs officer, Annette Diorio is responsible for supervision of non-academic aspects of student life, including living groups and other extracurricular activities, religious programs, residence life, health services and counseling services, and student conduct and discipline. She also oversees the offices of Recreation Services, Title IX and Equity, Intercultural Development, and Public Safety. Named VP for Campus Life in 2012, Annette joined the College in 2000, holding several positions in the Dean of Students office. She also served as director of Residence Life for nine years. In 2006, she received Lafayette’s Cyrus R. Fleck Jr. ’52 Administrator of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the campus community. Prior to Lafayette, she served at Missouri Western State College as an administrator and instructor. Annette earned her B.S. in education from State University of New York at Cortland, her M.Ed. from St. Lawrence, and her Ed.D. from the University of Kansas.
Director of Athletics
221 Kirby Sports Center
Sherryta Freeman joined Lafayette in 2018 and is responsible for the College’s 23-sport NCAA Division I Athletics department. Freeman’s time on College Hill has been highlighted by improved competitiveness and a continuation of outstanding academic performance. She was featured by Sports Illustrated among 100 influential black women in sports. She began implementing a five-year strategic plan, Creating a Championship Culture, upon her arrival. In 2020-21, Freeman introduced a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative that will continue to shape the department. Prior to joining Lafayette, Freeman served as the senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at the University of Pennsylvania after multiple roles at Temple University, following the beginning of her career at her alma mater, Dartmouth College, and the Ivy League office. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in African and African American studies from Dartmouth and an M.S in sports management from the University of Massachusetts.
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Named Provost in 2019, John Meier is Lafayette’s chief academic officer, overseeing all academic departments, programs and operations at the College. John joined the mathematics faculty at Lafayette in 1992 and has taught a wide variety of courses including calculus, applied statistics and a writing intensive class on ethnomathematics. He is the author or co-author of over fifty research articles and three books. His research is in geometric group theory, a field in the liminal area between algebra, geometry, and topology. John has won a number of awards for teaching excellence and his research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and the American Mathematical Society. John holds the David M. `70 and Linda Roth Professorship in Mathematics. In addition to his work as a teacher and scholar, John has served as Dean of the Faculty, Dean of Academic Initiatives, Dean of the Curriculum and Resources, Associate Provost for Faculty Development, and Director of Research Services. He holds mathematics degrees from the University of Virginia (B.A.) and Cornell (M.S. and Ph.D.).
Chief Investment Officer
99 Park Avenue, Suite 1810, New York, NY 10016
Krishna Memani joined Lafayette in 2020 and is responsible for managing an endowment of more than $850 million, which ranks among the top 10 percent of American colleges and universities in endowment per student. Prior to joining Lafayette, Krishna served as vice chairman of investments at Invesco, which he joined when the firm combined with OppenheimerFunds in 2019, where he was chief investment officer. Earlier in his career, Krishna led U.S. and European credit analysis at Deutsche Bank headed global credit research at Credit Suisse, and oversaw high-grade and high-yield portfolios at Putnam Investments. Krishna earned an M.B.A. and a master’s degree in economics from University of Florida and a bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.
Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel
12 Markle Hall
Leslie Muhlfelder is responsible for coordinating all legal issues and compliance matters at the College and for overseeing all personnel and benefits issues as head of the Human Resources office. A member of the faculty, Leslie also teaches Race and Gender in the American Legal System in the Government & Law Department. Prior to joining Lafayette in 1995, she was associate university counsel at Temple University, where she held various administrative positions and served as acting associate vice president for environmental health and safety. Prior to Temple, Leslie served as an associate in the litigation department of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll of Philadelphia Pa. representing clients in federal and state court matters. She also lectured nationally on legal issues involving higher education. She earned a A.B. in economics from Lafayette and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
One South Third Street, Fourth Floor
John O’Keefe oversees Information Technology Services for all academic and administrative systems and the digital infrastructure that supports them. His areas of responsibility include instructional technology, user support, web development, administrative systems, and data management. He recently completed a 6 year term serving on the InCommon Federation Steering Committee, where he led its Programs Subcommittee. He currently serves on the Internet2 Trusted Identity in Education and Research (TIER) Investor Council, helping to shape the direction of identity and access management for higher education. In addition, O’Keefe is the chair of the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC) board, an organization that represents IT leaders from the top liberal arts colleges in the country. He holds an A.B. in American studies and music (double major) from Lafayette.
Vice President of Development and College Relations
307 Markle Hall
Kim Spang serves as Co-Secretary to the Board of Trustees Committees on Development, Alumni, and Community Relations; and Trustee Governance. She was named Vice President for Development and College Relations at Lafayette in August 2014. She oversees the offices of Development, Alumni Relations, and the Gateway Career Center. Ms. Spang joined the College in 2003 as assistant director of major gifts. From 2006 to 2010, she served as associate director of development and director of the annual fund. From 2010 to 2014 she served as associate vice president for development. Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Spang worked in Admissions for DeSales University from 2002 to 2003. Before DeSales, she served as a senior sales and marketing manager for the Walt Disney Company. Ms. Spang earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Kutztown University. She is a member of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and STAFF (Schools Sharing the Annual Fund Fundamentals). She is a recipient of the CASE Circle of Excellence Award Program for Education Fundraising, as well as Lafayette’s Gary A. Evans Administrative Prize. Ms. Spang currently serves on the Board of the Easton Area Industrial Land Development Company, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for the acquisition and restoration of commercial buildings in Easton’s historic district.
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management
307 Markle Hall
Forrest Stuart, Lafayette’s assistant vice president for financial aid, is serving in an interim role overseeing the College’s Admissions team. Prior to joining Lafayette in 2019, he served as a leader at several institutions, including as associate vice president at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., director of financial aid at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and various positions at Birmingham-Southern College. Forrest earned his B.A. in human resources management from Birmingham-Southern College, his M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson University.