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Office of the President

Wilson Hall, Room 204
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester , MI 48309-4486
(location map)

Office of the President

Wilson Hall, Room 204
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester , MI 48309-4486
(location map)


Oakland University leadership is charged with carrying out the strategic goals of the university, as well as maintaining the highest regard for the university’s mission and vision. The University is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by academic and administrative leaders, including the President, the Provost, Deans and Vice Presidents.

Board of Trustees

Office of the President Staff
204 Wilson Hall

Ora Hirch Pescovitz

Hirsch Pescovitz
(248) 370-3500

As the Chief Executive Officer the President has overall responsibility for the university. The President provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the university, including academics, finance, planning, student affairs and enrollment management, advancement, athletics, government and community relations and other key areas. The Provost, vice presidents, and several other staff members report to the President. The President works closely with the Provost and vice presidents to ensure that the strategic direction and policies of the university are aligned with its mission. The President reports to the Board of Trustees and works with the Board in establishing policies to guide the institution.

Office of the President Staff
Susan Dawson
Director of Executive Events
(248) 370-4908
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Renee M. Dembeck
Executive Office Assistant
(248) 370-3503
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Josephine Hairston
Executive Associate to the President
(248) 370-3502
Vernita Parker
Vernita Y. Parker
Executive Secretary
(248) 370-3501
Diane Salkowski
Office Assistant
(248) 370-3990
Deanna Wohlfeil
Office Assistant
(248) 270-3990
President's Cabinet/President's Division
President's Cabinet
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James P. Lentini
Senior Vice President and Provost
(248) 370-2190

Academic Affairs
205 Wilson Hall

The senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost is the chief academic officer for the university. The provost oversees the academic schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, Kresge Library, and offices related to research, undergraduate and graduate education, the Eye Research Institute, institutional research, international enrollment management, and Registrar.
Scott Kunselman

Scott G. Kunselman
Chief Operating Officer
(248) 370-4287

Operations and Finance
202 Wilson Hall

Reporting directly to the President and in partnership with the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and other senior cabinet-level leadership, the COO is responsible for the planning and day-to-day management of all financial, human resource, information technology, and administrative functions of the University.
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John W. Beaghan

Vice President 
(248) 370-2445

Finance and Administration
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The vice president for Finance and Administration leads the financial and business services functions of the university. The vice president serves as treasurer to the Board of Trustees and chief financial officer to the Oakland University Foundation. The vice president oversees the university's day-to-day financial and business services.
Rochelle A. Black
Vice President 
(248) 370-3682

Government and Community Relations
123 Wilson Hall

The vice president for Government and Community Relations  monitors state and federal activities for the university and informs the president and campus community on its impact. Activities include, but are not limited to, legislation, executive orders, and rules and regulations. In addition, the vice president works to influence the outcome of various executive and legislative actions by sharing the university’s interest to public officials and responding to their constituency concerns’ involving the university.
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Glenn McIntosh
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
(248) 370-4200

Student Affairs and Diversity
150 Oakland Center

The vice president for Student Affairs and chief diversity officer oversees the development and daily operations of student programs, support services and facilities including student housing and food service, the Oakland Center, university recreation and well-being, health and counseling centers, career services, minority and disability support services, new student orientation and new student programs, dean of students, First Year Advising Center, tutoring and pre-college outreach programs. He is responsible for establishing a clear and strategic direction for the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and for creating new alliances with business and community leaders who seek our help on issues related to diversity and cultural competence.
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Steve Waterfield 
Director of Athletics
(248) 370-2669

201 Recreation & Athletic Center

The director of Athletics provides leadership for the university's 16 intercollegiate sports. Competing in Division I of the NCAA, Oakland is a member of the Horizon League. The department maintains a strong commitment to academic integrity and student-athlete welfare, while serving as a source of institutional/community pride and alumni re-entry to campus activities.
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Michael J. Westfall
Vice President
(248) 364-6152

University Advancement
John Dodge House

The vice president for University Advancement leads a comprehensive advancement program for the university through oversight of the office of Alumni Relations, Planned Giving, Annual Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Advancement Services.
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John O. Young
Vice President
(248) 370-2946

Vice President of Communications and Marketing
112 Anibal House

The vice president of  University Communications and Marketing leads all communications and marketing strategies and tactics across the university's many activities, entities and audiences; supporting the efforts to tell the OU story, increase visibility, and enhance OU's academic reputation.
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Victor A. Zambardi
Vice President 
(248) 370-3110

Legal Affairs & General Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Trustees
203 Wilson Hall

The vice president for legal affairs and general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees, represents the interests of the university on all institutional legal matters, provides legal counsel to the Board of Trustees and president, and organizes meetings of the Board of Trustees and other board-related activities. Zambardi manages the Office of General Counsel and Board of Trustees. The General Counsel's office also is responsible for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, which addresses questions and concerns regarding equal employment opportunity and affirmative action in employment at Oakland University.

President's Division
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Claudia Petrescu, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer
(248) 370-2188

Reporting directly to the President, and working collaboratively with leaders throughout the university, the CSO coordinates the implementation of the strategic plan; develops data-driven decision making; and helps identify strategic opportunities. The CSO’s role is to support innovation and adaptation that are critical for student success, impactful research, community engagement and creating a diverse and inclusive campus,
Frank Provenzano
Director of Presidential Communications
(248) 370-3645
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David P. Vartanian 
Director of Internal Audit
(248) 370-2374

Internal Audit
125 Vandenberg Hall

The Department of Internal Audit independently examines and evaluates university activities as a service to the president and Board of Trustees. The department provides analyses, appraisals, recommendations and evaluations of internal controls to assist members of the university in the effective discharge of their responsibilities. Findings are reported to the Board of Trustees and senior management.
History of the President's Office

2017 - Present: Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president

2014 - 2017: George W. Hynd, president

2013 - 2014: Betty J. Youngblood, interim president

1996 - 2013: Gary Russi

1995 - 1996: Gary Russi appointed interim president

1992 - 1995: Sandra Packard

1991 - 1992: John De Carlo appointed interim president

1981 - 1991: Joseph Champagne

1979 - 1981:
George Matthews appointed interim president

1970 - 1979: Donald O'Dowd

1959 - 1970: Woody Varner