President's Cabinet 2020-21
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:
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Maynard Schaus is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan University. He has a Ph.D. in zoology from Miami University (Ohio) and a B.S. in biology from California Lutheran University. Previously at Virginia Wesleyan, he served as Associate Provost and Dean of University College, Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Director of Undergraduate Research. A member of the VWU faculty for over 20 years, he is also a professor of biology and has taught courses such as Principles of Biology, General Ecology, Humans and the Environment, and Topics in Tropical Biology.
Dr. Schaus’ research has primarily focused on the role of fish in freshwater nutrient cycles. He has received funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District to investigate the impact of gizzard shad on the water quality of Lake Apopka, Florida. He has also involved students in research projects examining salt marsh bird community composition, runoff from green roofs, and the behavior of harvestmen (daddy longlegs) in Costa Rica and Belize. His work has been published in journals such as Freshwater Biology, Ecology, Limnology & Oceanography, and the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
Dr. Schaus is originally from Southern California and lives in Norfolk, with his wife, Kathy. They have three children.
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, bookstore 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 Campus Life and Operational Management
Dr. Keith Moore is Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management 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, Chaplain's Office, 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.
Acting Vice President for Enrollment
Heather Campbell is the Acting Vice President for Enrollment at Virginia Wesleyan University. She holds a B.A. from Virginia Wesleyan University in Recreation and Leisure Studies and Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.
Prior to Virginia Wesleyan, Campbell worked for 10 years with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee implementing adapted sports programming for wounded, ill, and injured service members. She returned to VWU in 2015, serving as an Enrollment Counselor and then Director of Undergraduate Enrollment.
Heather and her wife Emily reside in Norfolk with their daughter Sutton.
Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Emeritus
Joanne Renn, Virginia Wesleyan Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Emeritus, has returned to the University to head the program in an interim capacity. Renn holds her master's degree in human resource management from Alabama's Troy State University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Old Dominion University. She is one of the six original female athletic scholarship recipients at ODU, where she played women's basketball.
Renn retired in 2018 after 11 years as athletics director and 25 years total with the Marlins. She played an instrumental role in the implementation of several important initiatives at the University. She provided active leadership in expansion and improvement of the institution's athletic facilities: Birdsong Field, the Betty S. Rogers Track and Field Center, development of the outdoor athletic complex, upgrades and naming of Kenneth R. Perry Field, a new East Gate campus entrance and the adjoining Marlin Way, and TowneBank Park. She was also instrumental in the initiation of men's and women's swimming, a relationship with Harlaxton College of England, and the establishment of the Batten Honors College.
Renn Reserve and Pond, in the heart of Virginia Wesleyan's outdoor athletic complex, was named in her honor upon her retirement.
Topic-specific guests will be invited as appropriate by the President
Management & Coordination
Kelly Roenker Cordova
Executive Assistant to the President
Kelly Roenker Cordova returns to the Office of the President as Executive Assistant to the President. Cordova brings to the position a deep understanding of executive leadership and administration, having directly supported the Senior Vice President and the President during the last five years. In those roles she has had instrumental involvement in communications, alumni relations, donor relations and special events.
Prior to her arrival at Virginia Wesleyan in 2015, Cordova spent six years working in the international programs department at Operation Smile, a medical non-profit that provides free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries to children in developing countries. There, she managed a team of 15 program coordinators and directly participated in medical missions in Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Morocco, and Paraguay.
Cordova earned her bachelor's degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is pursuing her Master of Business Administration at VWU and expects to graduate in Spring 2021. A native of Virginia Beach, she resides there with her husband Andrew and daughter Alexandra.