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Leadership

Mary Ellen Gevelinger
Interim President
Mary Ellen Gevelinger, O.P., Ed.D.

Mary Ellen Gevelinger, O.P. assumed the role of Interim President on September 1, 2019.

Dr. Gevelinger has served – and will continue to serve – on the Board of Trustees of Edgewood College.

Gevelinger is a seasoned leader and administrator with decades of experience at the helm of complex organizations. She served as Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa congregation until 2016, having served as Vicaress (vice-president) for six years prior to assuming that chief executive role. 

Earlier in her career, Gevelinger served as Director of Personnel and Planning for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, with responsibility for more than 100 Catholic schools.

She retired from her position as tenured faculty member and Director of Doctoral research in the School of Education at Edgewood College in 2011.

Gevelinger holds degrees in Classical Languages, Religious Studies, and holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Edgewood College will begin a national search for a new president with an eye toward having a new leader in place at the start of the 2020-‘21 academic year.

Michael Guns
Vice President for Business and Finance
Michael Guns

Michael Guns joined Edgewood College as Vice President of Business and Finance in April 2011.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Guns served as Chief Financial Officer of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and as Vice President of Finance for a national health plan.

Mr. Guns is a Certified Public Accountant with public accounting experience serving mission-driven organizations including colleges and universities. He brings a wealth of financial management and facilities management expertise.

Heather Harbach
Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students
Heather Harbach, Ed.D.
Dr. Heather Harbach joined Edgewood College in August 2017.  Prior to her current position, Dr. Harbach served as an Associate Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in various Student Affairs professional roles at Mount Mary University and Marquette University.  Her areas of expertise include student conduct, Title IX compliance, university-neighborhood relations, residence life, student leadership and organizations, and new student orientation.   In addition, Dr. Harbach currently teaches doctoral courses in Student Affairs Leadership. 

Dr. Harbach holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College.  She is a proud first-generation college student and graduate.
Maggie Hopkins
Assistant to the President, Dominican Catholic Identity
Maggie Hopkins, O.P.

Maggie Hopkins, O.P., inspired by and aware that at the heart of all we do is relationship, assists the President, leadership and the College community in the ongoing education and promotion of Edgewood College as a liberal arts Catholic college in the Dominican Tradition.  

Sr. Hopkins has served Edgewood College since April 1991. She became a vowed member of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in 1966.

Mary Klink
Associate Vice President for Dominican Life and Mission
Mary Klink
Prior to joining the President’s Council in July 2018, Mary served as Director of Dominican Life, providing leadership for students’ spiritual development and vocational discernment; community reflection and prayer; understanding and integrating the resources our Dominican Catholic intellectual tradition and mission contribute toward current needs and opportunities.  She began serving in that role when she arrived in 2004. Since that time, she has traveled with students and colleagues for numerous professional development opportunities related to the College’s Dominican Catholic mission, including the annual Students’ Preaching in Action conference; the Dominican Summer Study Seminar in Fanjeaux, France; and Biennial Dominican Colleges and Universities Colloquia. 

Mary holds a Masters degree in Theology from Marquette University.  She brings to her work classroom teaching experience and more than 20 years’ of parish ministry at Holy Mother of Consolation Parish in Oregon, Wisconsin. 
Willie Larkin
Chief of Staff/Diversity Officer
Willie Larkin, Ph.D.

Dr. Willie Larkin joined Edgewood College as Chief of Staff/Diversity Officer in September 2019.

Dr. Larkin is the immediate past President of Grambling State University in Louisiana.  Before assuming the role of Grambling’s President, he was the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the president of Morgan State University, Dr. David Wilson, in Baltimore, Maryland from 2010 to 2015.  Dr. Larkin also served as the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant for Dr. Wilson during his tenure as the Chancellor of the UW Colleges and UW-Extension in Madison from 2006 to 2010. 

Dr. Larkin holds two degrees from Tuskegee University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He has more than 40 years of successful senior level experience in higher education.

Dr. Larkin is a member of the Dane County Chapter of the NAACP, is a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church Trustee Board, and serves on the Foundation Board of Agrace Hospice.

Dean Pribbenow
Vice President for Academic Affairs / Academic Dean
Dean Pribbenow, Ph.D.
Dean Pribbenow, Ph.D. has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Academic Dean since July 2012. 

Prior to his current role, Dr. Pribbenow served as Dean of the School of Integrative Studies for more than five years. 

Dr. Pribbenow has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Luther College, a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Amber Schultz
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Amber Schultz, Ed.D.

Amber Schultz, Ed.D. joined Edgewood College in July 2019 as Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dr. Schultz previously served as Assistant Vice President for Admissions, Marketing, and Recruitment at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. Dr. Schultz also served as adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Master’s Program at St. Cloud State.

She has held leadership positions in Enrollment Management at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, The University of Minnesota – Crookston, and Winona State University.  Dr. Schultz holds an undergraduate degree from UW-LaCrosse, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree from Winona State University in Winona, Minn., and a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota.

Katie Vesperman
Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Katie Vesperman

Katie Vesperman joined Edgewood College in a professional role in 2007 and currently serves as Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement.   Prior to joining the College, Katie served as Program Director for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.  She is a 1999 Edgewood College graduate from the School of Business.  Her husband Mac graduated in 2015 from the Henry Predolin School of Nursing and currently serves as a pediatric nurse at the American Family Children’s Hospital. 

Katie is an active member of the Madison Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, Kiwanis, Wisconsin Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison. She currently serves on the Image and Development Committee for St. Vincent De Paul and is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the Cutting Edge program at Edgewood College.

In her free time, Katie enjoys the outdoors, sports, and spending time with her family.