President's Cabinet 2018-19
The President's Cabinet is comprised of leaders of each major University division and provides advice and counsel to the President, leveraging its collective knowledge and expertise to advance the University's mission. Cabinet members deliver effective, responsive, and informed institutional leadership, and provide penultimate review of recommendations to the President of the University on matters of broad institutional significance. The President's Cabinet ensures that the University makes timely progress toward its goal of advancing as Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences.
Each member of the President's Cabinet ensures effective communication with his or her constituents. This communication, which must be reciprocal, involves anticipating issues, seeking perspective and advice, and sharing information before and after decisions are made. The format of these communication networks is at the discretion of each Cabinet member.
Cabinet members serve at the invitation of the President of the University. The current roster includes:
Provost and Vice President
Dr. Timothy G. O'Rourke is Provost and Vice President at Virginia Wesleyan University. He previously served, since 2007, as the College's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College. Dr. O'Rourke holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude); and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. He has worked at nearly every level of higher education: vice president (Virginia Wesleyan University), dean (Salisbury University), endowed professor (University of Missouri-St. Louis), and department head (Clemson University). He is presently directing a four-institution Teagle Foundation-funded project on liberal arts curricular reform. He regularly teaches a first-year course on American politics at Virginia Wesleyan.
Dr. O'Rourke is co-author of State and Local Government: The Third Century of Federalism and author of The Impact of Reapportionment. His articles on electoral law have appeared in Political Geography, the Virginia Law Review, and the Journal of Law & Politics. He has testified on voting issues before U.S. Senate and House committees; the U.S. Supreme Court has cited his work as an expert witness. He has staffed electoral reform commissions in Virginia Beach and Charlottesville and the St. Peters (Missouri) Charter Commission, which drafted a home rule charter for that city. From 1998 to 2002, he directed Kids Voting Missouri, a program in which nearly 68,000 Missouri K-12 students voted alongside their parents in the 2000 presidential election. While teaching at the University of Virginia, he served as Executive Director of the Virginia Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.A Pennsylvania native, Dr. O'Rourke is a folk musician, jogger, gardener, and inveterate Pittsburgh Pirates fan. He and his wife, Judy, an artist, have five grown children and four grandchildren and reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia
Senior Vice President
Dr. Mort Gamble is Senior Vice President at Virginia Wesleyan University. He received his doctorate in higher education leadership from West Virginia University and his master's and baccalaureate degrees in English, also from WVU. Prior to joining Virginia Wesleyan in 2016, he served as Executive Assistant to the President and Associate Vice President for Advancement at Bethany College, Bethany, WV; Director of Stewardship for The George Washington University, Washington, DC; and Chief Advancement Officer at Hood College, Frederick, MD; Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV; and Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, PA. Dr. Gamble's academic background includes teaching English, humanities, and journalism at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV, where he also served as Director of College Relations.
A former member of a traveling circus troupe, Dr. Gamble is a regular presenter on circus history, culture, and media exposure at national conferences, and is the author of book reviews, articles, essays, and features on circuses for regional and national publications. He contributed three chapters to the 2007 book The Many Worlds of Circus, edited by Robert Sugarman. Dr. Gamble is currently at work, with Maureen Brunsdale of the Milner Library at Illinois State University, on a book-length biography of trapeze artist and show manager Arthur M. Concello.He is married to M.E. Yancosek Gamble, chair of the Department of Communications and Media Arts at Bethany College and a trainer and consultant on media and marketing.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
James "Jim" Cooper is Vice President for Finance and Administration at Virginia Wesleyan University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University.
Cooper previously served as Associate Vice President for Finance at Arcadia University, where he oversaw accounting and auxiliary functions, including food service, University Store and conference services. Prior to Arcadia, he worked for 16 years at Ursinus College, serving as Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller. He was responsible for the oversight, development, and management of Ursinus's financial policies and procedures. He also served as Director of Accounting and Budgets at La Salle University as well as several healthcare financial positions early in his career.
Cooper is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs and is an avid fan of the Phillies and Eagles. He is the proud father of two daughters, Emily and Katie.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Keith Moore is Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan University, a role he assumed in January 2016. In this capacity, he oversees Campus Security, Counseling Services, Community Service, Health Services, the Jane P. Batten Student Center, Marlin Ministries, Residence Life, Greek Life and Student Activities. Dr. Moore previously served as Virginia Wesleyan's Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. He first came to Virginia Wesleyan in 1999 as the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Director of Intramural Sports and has held additional roles as Director of Residence Life, the Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach, Institutional Assessment Coordinator, and Dean of Students.
A Boston native, Dr. Moore has also held positions in new student orientation and housing and residence life at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has served as president of the Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators and taught courses through Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education. Moore holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He earned an M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a B.A. in Politics and History from Curry College.
Dr. Moore is married to the former Meredith Ann Martin, a school psychologist with Chesapeake Public Schools. They reside in Virginia Beach with their daughter, Jacqueline Rose.
Vice President for Enrollment
David Waggoner is Vice President for Enrollment at Virginia Wesleyan University. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kansas and a master's degree at the University of Missouri.
Waggoner previously served as Associate Vice President for Admission at the University of Baltimore; Assistant Vice President for Admission at Monmouth University; Dean of Enrollment at The French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center); and Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Upsula College. He is also the former Vice President of Premier Communications, a marketing consulting firm on student enrollment strategies, and Miller/Cook & Associates, an enrollment consulting firm.
Waggoner is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and an avid fan of the Royals, Chiefs, and Tigers of Mizzou.
Chief Information Officer
Robert Leitgeb serves as Chief Information Officer at Virginia Wesleyan University. He achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration from Idaho State and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Fresno Pacific University. His professional experience is highlighted by a successful tenure at Fresno Pacific University where he last served as the Executive Director of IT Services.
Leitgeb brings 14 years of information technology management in the arena of higher education. Professionally, his strengths focus on strategic planning, leadership and professional development. He has spoken nationally in the area of innovation in higher education. In his academic career, Leitgeb's focus of study was online and blended education. His thesis involved an exploration of social media's impact on Moore's Theory of Transactional Distance in blended classroom learning environments. He has been called to present nationally and in regional panel discussion for flipped classroom-style teaching. As CIO, Leitgeb brings a true breadth of experience that exceeds the normal areas of information technology in higher education.
A recent transplant to Virginia, Leitgeb resides in Chesapeake. He is married with two children, and his oldest son is studying psychology and art at Virginia Wesleyan.
Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Tina Hill is the Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Virginia Wesleyan University. She holds a master's degree in sports management from the University of Richmond and a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in recreation from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Prior to her arrival at Virginia Wesleyan, she served as Director of Athletics at Randolph College (VA) and Cornell College (IA) as well as Associate Director of Athletics at both California Lutheran University and Elizabethtown College (PA).
She currently serves on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Financial Aid Committee and previously chaired the NCAA women's volleyball committee.
She was an avid sports enthusiast growing up, just as opportunities for girls and women became more prevalent. She was a two-sport athlete in high school and in college, playing volleyball and basketball, and was named the Female Athlete of Year in her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Topic-specific guests will be invited as appropriate by the President