Elizabethtown College is a non-profit corporation chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founder by members of the Church of the Brethren in 1899. The College is now governed by an independent Board of Trustees while affirming its heritage and relationship to the church.
Board of Trustees
The board has final legislative authority in all matters pertaining to the purpose of the College and the policies for fulfilling the statement of purpose. Among the board's primary functions are selecting the president of the College, developing and sustaining the philosophy and policies of the College, setting the costs of tuition and fees, adopting the annual budget, and approving plans for developing and maintaining the physical plant.
President of the College
Elizabethtown College has had 13 presidents, leaders who epitomize the Church of the Brethren philosophy and the ideals of a liberal arts education.
With the vision and dedication of these presidents, Elizabethtown College has grown into a leading liberal arts college in the northeast.Meet our president, Carl J. Strikwerda.
The senior staff works with the president in a collaborative and advisory capacity to assist in setting the strategic direction for the College. Members of the senior staff have management responsibility which represents all areas of the College.
Provost and Senior Vice President
Dr. Traverso has been the provost and senior vice president at Elizabethtown College since 2007. She is the chief academic officer and acts in place of the president in his absence. The provost leads the strategic, personnel and facilities planning; oversees institutional and specialized accreditation and sponsored research and programs; is responsible for academic and student life programs, with the dean of faculty and dean of students who report to her; and directs the College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Her responsibilities include Information Technology Services, the High Library, the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, the Center for Community and Civic Engagement and the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. Dr. Traverso also serves as a professor of history.
Richard "Rick" L. Bailey
Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
As vice president for finance, Rick is responsible for the financial management of the College. He is a member of the senior management team. Specific responsibilities include accounting, financial reporting, audit, accounts payable, student accounts, card services, treasury management, endowment, annual budget, planning and risk management. He recommends and facilitates agendas and discussions among Senior Staff, College committees and with Board of Trustee committees for finance, audit and investments.
Robert M. Wallet
Vice President for Administration
As Vice President for Administration, Bob is responsible for many of the operational areas of the institution including, Campus Services, the College Store, Dining Services, Facilities Management and Construction and Human Resources. He is also a Core Team Member of the Emergency Management Group, and serves on several College committees, such as Facilities and Planning Construction Committee and the Hiring and Compensation Review Committee.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations
As vice president for advancement and community relations, David serves as secretary to the board and is the chief fundraiser for the College. He is responsible for alumni relations, the annual fund, major giving, gift planning, the High Center for Family Business and foundation, government, community and church relations. He works extensively with the Board of Trustees, Leadership Council, Alumni and Parent councils and Campaign Steering committees to advance the engagement of external constituencies including alumni, parents and friends. David holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in education degree from Lehigh University. He has served in the advancement field for nearly 30 years in various roles at Elizabethtown College, Lehigh University, Lafayette College and Franklin & Marshall College. David provides community service as a member of the Fulton Theater Board of Trustees, the Manheim Township School District Foundation Board of Directors, the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, BSA, the Fairview Lake Association and to his church.
Vice President for Enrollment
As vice president for enrollment, Paul monitors the comings and goings of students at Elizabethtown College. He works with the Office of Admissions and the Financial Aid Office to recruit and enroll new, quality students. Equally important is his responsibility for coordinating a team of faculty and staff members from all corners of the campus to track and project campus-wide enrollment (retention and graduation) to promote and enable successful persistence for all Elizabethtown students.
Dean of Students
The dean of students is responsible for the administrative oversight and enhancement of the student learning/living environment. She reports to the provost and senior vice president and collaborates with the dean of faculty. The dean of student’s specific responsibilities include oversight of cocurricular programs and administrative services including athletics, campus security, student wellness, student rights and responsibilities, religious life, residence life, student activities and campus recreation. In addition, she oversees coordinated academic support services which are delivered through the Center for Student Success. The Center houses Academic Advising, Learning Services, Disability Services and Career Services.
Dean of Faculty
The dean of faculty, in collaboration with the faculty, brings vision and leadership to the College’s academic programs. Working closely with the department chairs and Academic Council, the dean advances educational excellence through curricular offerings that are aligned with the College’s educational philosophy and student learning goals. A champion of faculty development, the dean provides resources for its continued professional growth as teacher-scholars and experts in their fields. Within a shared governance framework, the dean evaluates faculty members and maintains expected standards of excellence in teaching, research and service. The dean of faculty, in partnership with the dean of students, integrates curricular and cocurricular programs to advance student learning beyond the classroom. As a member of Senior Staff, the dean serves as the primary advocate for academic programs and faculty concerns. Together with faculty leadership, the dean ensures that academic excellence and student learning remain the primary focus of the institution.
Dean of the School for Continuing Education and Distance Learning
The dean of continuing education and distance learning is the chief academic officer and chief administrator of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The dean is responsible to the provost and senior vice president for planning, implementing and managing all of the School’s academic (credit) and non-academic (non-credit) programming, student policies, distance learning initiatives, identification, development and assignment of the School’s faculty, recruitment of adult learners by appropriate standards, evaluation and approval of all adult learner transfer credits to Elizabethtown College, evaluation of adult credit for prior learning, and final approval of the School’s candidates for graduation and degrees. The dean also maintains the School’s academic and professional standards.
Elizabeth "Liz" Braungard '86
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
Liz has overseen all aspects of marketing and communications for the College since 2010. She is responsible to the president and collaborates with a team of professionals in the Office of Marketing and Communications. Her responsibilities include: brand management and creative direction, advertising, public and media relations, crisis communications, internal communications, athletic communications, web design and content, video production and social media. She is the Senior Staff liaison to the Enrollment and Marketing Committee of the Board of Trustees, is a member of the Emergency Management Group, the Employee Wellness Committee and is the advisor to Melica, the College’s all-female student a cappella group and to the Conestogan, the College yearbook.
Richard "Rick" E. Basom, Jr.
Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
In January 2008, Rick established Elizabethtown College’s Office of Research and Planning, which he led until July 2013 when, after taking on new endeavors, he established and leads the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs. Rick is responsible to the provost and senior vice president for externally sponsored research and program administration; the Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects (SCARP) program; and Elizabethtown’s recently established Social Enterprise Institute. In addition, Rick represents the College on the Innovation Transfer Network Advisory Board and its Educational Assessment Committee. He is senior administrator of the Institutional Review Board.