Leadership

Get to know Saint Paul College’s leadership team and our president, Dr. Deidra Peaslee. Our leadership includes the College Leadership Team, Cabinet, and Executive Cabinet. Each group is dedicated to meeting the needs of learners, faculty, and staff. 

Saint Paul College operates under a shared governance system that includes Faculty Shared Governance, Student Senate, and college committees. President Peaslee receives guidance from the President’s Advisory Council to ensure all voices are heard in decision-making processes.

Meet our president

Deidra Peaslee, EdD

President Deidra (Dee Dee) Peaslee is an innovative leader with extensive experience in higher education leadership in community colleges, public and private universities, as well as non-profit organizations. She has been the president of Saint Paul College since July 2019, and is the first woman president in the College’s 114-year history.  

Under her leadership, Saint Paul College was fully reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission; has committed to becoming an anti-racist and trauma-informed; and has redeveloped its mission, vision, and values to reflect its student-ready-campus culture and foundation in social justice.  Prior to Saint Paul College, Peaslee served at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for 17 years. In addition to her experience in the Minnesota state system, she was the assistant dean for the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University; a career planning specialist for ACT, Inc, and the interim placement director for South Dakota State University.

By 2028, Saint Paul College will graduate 1500 more students of color from academic programs that lead to jobs providing a familysustaining wage.

Vision 2028

President Peaslee’s vision for implementing our current strategic plan, Creating a Stronger Future 2025, focuses on two key pathways to further student success. The first is to facilitate transfer to four-year colleges by expanding and strengthening partnerships with these institutions, ensuring a seamless process for students seeking bachelor’s degrees.

The second pathway is to significantly increase the number of students of color who graduate from Saint Paul College by 2028, with a goal of reaching 1500 graduates from programs that directly lead to high-demand, well-paying careers. These pathways reflect President Peaslee’s unwavering commitment to both equity and economic empowerment, ensuring Saint Paul College plays a crucial role in creating a more just and prosperous future for its students and the broader community.

President Peaslee and Stakeholder at event
President Peaslee pictured in a trade classroom with a group of students
President Peaslee Speaking at an event at Saint Paul College

In Her Own words

“As a leader, my philosophy is rooted in collaboration and respect. I firmly believe that by working together and valuing every perspective, we can create an inclusive and dynamic learning environment. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of my leadership style, and I am dedicated to ensuring that every student feels seen, heard, valued and supported in their educational journey at Saint Paul College.”

Executive Cabinet

Executive Cabinet serves as a strategic leadership team that facilitates coordination among departments and oversees the successful implementation of the institution’s mission, strategic plan, and goals.

Name Department Contact
Deidra Peaslee

Deidra Peaslee

President

1420

Administration / Leadership Team, Cabinet, Presidents Office

Gregory Rathert

Gregory Rathert

Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

1416

Academic Affairs, Administration / Leadership Team, Cabinet, Student Affairs

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Vice President of Finance & Operations

1417

Administration / Leadership Team, Business Office, Cabinet, Facility, Finance and Operations, Public Safety

Wendy Roberson

Wendy Roberson

Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

1415

Administration / Leadership Team, Cabinet, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Human Resources, Student Affairs, Student Rights and Responsibilities

Austin Calhoun

Austin Calhoun

Vice President Advancement and Communications

1418

Administration / Leadership Team, Advancement, Marketing, Communications and Public Information

Sarah Carrico

Sarah Carrico

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

3110

Academic Affairs, Academic Effectiveness and Innovation, Academic Support, Administration / Leadership Team, Student Affairs

Cabinet

Cabinet serves as a vital consulting body, offering strategic guidance and expertise to shape the trajectory of our institution. From academic deans guiding educational programs to non-academic deans overseeing administrative and student support services, each Cabinet member plays a key role in Saint Paul College’s development.

Name Department Contact
Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson

Dean of Business and Service Programs

2469

Academic Affairs, Administration / Leadership Team, Business and Services Programs

Enyinda Onunwor

Enyinda Onunwor

Dean of STEM

3540

Academic Affairs, Administration / Leadership Team, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Julia Bartlett

Julia Bartlett

Dean of Health Sciences

2535

Academic Affairs, Administration / Leadership Team, Health Sciences

Ryan Mayer

Ryan Mayer

Executive Director of Marketing

1370

Administration / Leadership Team, Marketing, Communications and Public Information

Thomas Bergs

Thomas Bergs

Director of Public Safety

1401-A

Administration / Leadership Team, Finance and Operations, Parking, Public Safety

Pepe Wonosikou

Pepe Wonosikou

Dean of Student Success

1415

Administration / Leadership Team, Student Affairs, Title III

College Leadership Team

Comprising all supervisors at the college, this dynamic team is dedicated to purposeful planning, assessment, and the implementation of strategic and operational goals.

Name Department Contact
Tarah Sachdev

Tarah Sachdev

Director of Records & Registration

Administration / Leadership Team, Student Affairs, Student Records

Thomas Bergs

Thomas Bergs

Director of Public Safety

1401-A

Administration / Leadership Team, Finance and Operations, Parking, Public Safety

Mark Kjellman

Director of Academic Support

3222

Academic Affairs, Academic Support, Academic Support Centers, Access and Disability Resources, Administration / Leadership Team, Student Affairs

Pepe Wonosikou

Pepe Wonosikou

Dean of Student Success

1415

Administration / Leadership Team, Student Affairs, Title III

Jennifer Huston

Director of Workforce Training & Community Ed

L587A

Academic Affairs, Administration / Leadership Team, Workforce Training and Continuing Education

Michelle Britton

Michelle Britton

Director of Pathway Advising

1332

Administration / Leadership Team, Pathway Advising, Student Affairs

Gabriela Miller

Gabriela Miller

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

1300

Administration / Leadership Team, Admissions and Recruitment, Student Affairs

Bao Yang-Moua

Financial Aid Director

1300

Administration / Leadership Team, Financial Aid, Student Affairs

Shared Governance

In addition to our formal leadership structures, Saint Paul College operates under a shared governance system. This includes Faculty Shared Governance, Student Senate, and various college committees, ensuring that all voices are heard and considered in decision-making processes.

President Peaslee also receives guidance from the President’s Advisory Council, further enriching our collaborative approach to leadership and governance.