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From left to right, Jamelle Wilson, Martha L. Merritt, and Stephanie Dupaul

In addition to a new president, campus welcomed three others to key leadership positions this summer.

Jamelle Wilson, former superintendent of Hanover County (Va.) Public Schools, became dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies in August.

“With her exceptional leadership and administrative experience and her extensive contacts in the regional community, she is especially well poised to build on the strong foundation created by [predecessor] Jim Narduzzi,” said Jacque Fetrow, provost.

Fetrow also welcomed Martha L. Merritt, a Russian scholar and leader in international education, as the new dean of international education. She comes to Richmond from the University of Chicago.

“The University of Richmond seems to me to offer a combination of highly motivated faculty, strong international participation, and a desire to forge global awareness that is meaningful for all members of the community,” Merritt said. “This is something rare and wonderful, and I am honored to join the Spiders in conceiving a new kind of worldwide web.”

A new vice president is leading Richmond’s admission and financial aid efforts. Stephanie Dupaul, vice president for enrollment management, led Southern Methodist University’s successful effort to enroll the institution’s most diverse and academically accomplished classes in its history.
Richmond’s commitments to access and affordability drew her here, she said.

“As the demographics for higher education continue to shift, this focus will be central to continuing a positive enrollment trajectory and to ensuring that all students — regardless of socioeconomic background — have access to a remarkable education like Richmond provides.”