The President's Cabinet
The President's Cabinet is composed of the following senior college officers and executives:
Dr. Jacqueline Reich - Dean, School of Communication and the Arts
Dr. Reich, Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts, joined the Marist community from Fordham University, where she was a professor of communication and media studies, and recently completed a seven-year term as chair. The author and co-author of three books and one edited collection on Italian film history, Reich is also a member of the doctoral faculty at the University of Florence’s History of Art and Performance Ph.D. program. As department chair at Fordham, Reich oversaw the creation of four undergraduate majors and five new minors, an interdisciplinary program in new media and digital design, and a new master’s program in public media. Under her leadership, enrollment grew by 50 percent in graduate programs. In addition, she supervised more than 60 full- and part-time faculty.
Prior to Fordham, Reich spent 18 years as an assistant and associate professor of cinema and cultural studies at Stony Brook University. There, she was responsible for the revision of three undergraduate majors and two minors, participated in the merger of two departments into one, and supervised a staff of nine in her role as faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities. During her career, she has served on a number of university-wide committees, including elected appointments to Fordham’s Faculty Senate, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee, the Faculty Policy and Resources Committee (chair), and the Tenure and Reappointment Appeals Committee (chair).
Daryl Richard - Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Daryl Richard serves as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Marist College. A Class of ’97 alumnus, Richard reports directly to President Weinman and is a member of both the Cabinet and the President’s Advisory Council (PAC). He is responsible for driving the college’s overall marketing and communications strategy and leads a team that is helping build Marist’s national reputation while showcasing the college’s distinctive educational experience that blends pre-professional training with a broad-based liberal arts foundation. Before returning to Marist, Daryl served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Quinnipiac University, where he helped launch the university’s first-ever brand campaign as well as a digital news platform that engages the entire QU community about key happenings at the university. Daryl began his career in journalism, working as a reporter for the Hartford Courant and Time magazine and then spent nearly two decades in various communications and public affairs roles at the vice president level at Fortune 100 companies UnitedHealth Group and The Travelers. He graduated from Marist magna cum laude, majoring in communications with a concentration in journalism and a minor in political science. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Circle, worked for the Marist Poll, and hosted a show on our campus television station, MCTV.
Emily Saland - Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff
Emily Saland was appointed Marist’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff in May of 2022. Prior to that she served as Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, a position she held from July 2017 until May of 2022. In addition to overseeing the operations of the President’s Office, Emily works with members of the senior administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and other stakeholders in order to set institutional priorities through inclusive and comprehensive strategic planning processes, and to advance cross-divisional initiatives. She also oversees the Secretary of the Board and has primary responsibility for issues related to institutional governance.
Emily earned her BA from Cornell University summa cum laude, an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University, and a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on factors related to time to degree completion, and she is deeply committed to student success and enhancing graduation outcomes including retention, persistence, and time to degree. She is past chair of the Board of Directors of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) and a member of the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Board of Directors.
Martin B. Shaffer - Dean, School of Liberal Arts
Dr. Shaffer joined the Marist faculty as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in 1994, and he served as Chair of the Political Science Department from 2001 to 2007, overseeing a period of significant growth in that major. He was appointed Interim Dean of the School of Liberal Arts on August 1, 2007, and he began his duties as Dean on September 1, 2008. Dr. Shaffer earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from LeMoyne College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany. Dr. Shaffer teaches a variety of courses in American politics, including History of the American Presidency, Congress Today, and Scope and Methods of Political Analysis. Dr. Shaffer's research interests include presidential leadership, the environmental movement, and New York State politics. He has published several articles in scholarly journals, including Policy Studies Review and Presidential Studies Quarterly, and his book project, Empire State Politics, is under contract with McGraw Hill. Dr. Shaffer and his wife, Joanne, reside in the Town of Poughkeepsie with their three children.
Alicia Slater - Dean, School of Science
Dr. Slater is a Professor of Biology and has served as Dean of Science at Marist College since 2018. Under her leadership, the School of Science has secured a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to support academically talented students with financial need. She is leading the development of a School Advisory Board. Slater also serves on the Marist College Strategic Planning Steering Committee, chairs the college’s Medical Advisory Group, was the Coordinator of Marist’s COVID surveillance testing program, and served on the Presidential Search Committee.
Prior to joining Marist, Dr. Slater served for 16 years at Stetson University, where she moved from Assistant Professor to Department Chair, and ultimately held an Endowed Chair while leading the University’s Curriculum and Assessment program. Her time at Stetson was marked by improved student retention and success, the development of sophisticated assessment models to ensure academic quality, and support for faculty development and curricular innovation.
Dr. Slater has a B.S. in Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She served as an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Griffith University in Australia. Her academic research focuses on the molecular ecology of freshwater invertebrates, and she has also published and presented extensively on best practices in teaching, student success, and assessment.
James Snyder - Dean for Academic Engagement
James Snyder is the Dean for Academic Engagement. As Dean of Academic Engagement, Snyder oversees the Core/LS program, First Year Seminars, the Honors Program, and he provides leadership and coordination to Marist’s many high-impact practices. Snyder is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and from 2014-2019 he was Director of the Honors Program. Under his leadership, the program saw important improvements in retention, engagement, and graduation rates. In 2017 he was awarded the Board of Trustees Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a historian of philosophy, and he has recently published articles on high-impact practices and higher education administration.
Beth Veasey – Vice President for Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer
Beth Veasey joined Marist College as Associate Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis in May 2017, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2022. Prior to Marist, Veasey served fifteen years with several leading financial services firms, including J.P Morgan, Bank of America, and Moody’s Investors Service, as a financial analyst and financial services provider for higher education institutions. She has primary responsibility for oversight of all aspects of Marist’s financial planning and reporting activities, including endowment investments, annual capital and operating budgets, long-range forecasts, and treasury. Veasey earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Tufts University and her Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in public policy and finance from New York University.