Wells College’s 19th President
Jonathan Gibralter, Ph.D.—President
President Jonathan Gibralter arrived at Wells College in July 2015. Before coming to Wells, he served as president of Frostburg State University in western Maryland. He began his career in higher education within the State University of New York system. Following appointments as a faculty member, academic program director, and associate dean for the school of liberal arts at Morrisville, he served as dean of academic affairs, campus dean, and interim president in the SUNY community college system, ultimately assuming the presidency of Farmingdale State College. He has also been active in his community by teaching leadership classes at Syracuse University and is a member of CenterState CEO, a business leadership and economic development organization servicing Central New York and beyond.
In the last nine years of his term, President Gibralter has helped fund tens of millions of dollars' worth of projects to improve Wells and continue its educational mission and values. Facilities like the college’s athletics complex and dormitories were renovated and improved for students, new majors like digital marketing, hospitality management, and data analytics were added to the college’s list of academic programs, and the local water plant, which supplies both Wells and Village of Aurora, was modernized and refurbished to aid both the local and college community.
President Gibralter’s leadership is marked by a deep understanding of the current climate for higher education and the undergraduate experience, a demonstrated commitment to student well-being and environmental sustainability, the creativity and courage to pursue innovative solutions, and financial acumen.
The President’s Cabinet
President Gibralter is supported in these efforts by the members of his senior leadership team, who bring a variety of experience and perspectives to their roles. You can read more about each Cabinet member below.
Vice President for Workforce Partnerships
Amy began at Wells mid-October 2022, bringing over 25 years of senior leadership experience spanning multiple industries. In her most recent role as President and Founder of Integrative Insights Group, LLC., she provided transformational executive leadership coaching and career development services. Prior to launching Integrative Insights Group, she was an executive leader at Enpro Industries holding leadership position in global supply chain, corporate and divisional business units, established global project management office (PMO), implemented enterprise-wide ERP and Customer Experience (CX) systems, and guided organizational culture change through high-performance team building, collaboration, and idea meritocracy. Prior to her roles at Enpro, Considine held positions in global supply chain, information technology, and process improvement for organizations including General Motors, Wegmans Food Markets, and Xerox Corporation. Along with her professional experience, Considine has conducted research on job satisfaction and retention to help organizations understand, integrate, and harness the unique characteristics of today’s emerging workforce. She holds a B.A. in psychology from SUNY Geneseo, an M.S. in business management from Nazareth College, and an Ed.D. in executive leadership from St. John Fisher University. She also holds a certificate in organization change leadership from Cornell University.
Robert A. Cree
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Robert, who previously held the position of chief financial officer from August 2015 through August 2019, returned to Wells in January 2021. He earned his B.S. in accounting from SUNY Empire State College and his MBA from Ithaca College. Robert has worked in higher education for over 20 years, including in similar roles at Ithaca College and Clarkson University.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Susan, a seasoned higher education professional with decades of academic and executive leadership experience, began her tenure at Wells in July 2022. She is a teacher–scholar in religious studies whose work has focused on cultural understandings of American religion as well as the theoretical and conceptual relation of religion to gender and sexuality. For over 25 years, she taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and was named professor emerita of religious studies in 2015. More recently, she served as president and CEO of Shimer College in Chicago, and as interim vice president of academic affairs and student affairs—and later president—at Salem Academy and College, one of the oldest women's colleges in the U.S. Susan earned a B.A. in religion and sociology from Duke University; she later earned her M.A. at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she also obtained her Ph.D. in religion and psychological studies.
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Mr. LaGreca brings an in-depth knowledge of the latest innovations in digital technology as well as best practices in marketing and communications to the Wells community. His arrival in December will round out the senior leadership team at Wells. LaGreca earned an M.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento in 2016. His area of study focused on the intersection of technology and instructional communication. After returning to New Jersey, he rejoined New Possibilities Group LLC., a digital agency he co-founded in 2001 with a partner from his undergraduate studies at Montclair State University. The agency focused on custom development solutions, serving clients from across the United States. During his tenure at the agency, LaGreca helped clients raise over $34 million in funding, sales and acquisitions.
Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Karey began at Wells mid-September 2022, bringing 35 years of experience in higher education. Her academic life has led her to a variety of prestigious institutions around upstate New York: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Rochester Institute of Technology, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT, the College at Brockport, and most recently, Cazenovia College, where she served as vice president for student affairs for four years. With her deep understanding of the region, make her a strong advocate to support growth, diversity, and first-generation students at Wells. As the associate vice president, she will act as the chief student affairs leader overseeing all aspects of campus and student life, including Title IX. Karey received her Ed.D. in executive leadership from St. John Fisher University and a M.S. focusing in career and human resource development from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a B.A from William Smith College in economics.
Vice President for Advancement
Pamela Sheradin is a Wells alum who received her B.A. in Economics in 1986. Pam then began her work at Wells College beginning in 1994 in the Alumnae Engagement Office, and over the years served in a variety of positions within Advancement, including Director of Alumnae Relations, Director of Annual Giving and most recently as Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts. During her years at Wells, Pam has traveled thousands of miles to meet with our alumni and friends all over the country working to achieve our fundraising goals.
Vice President for Enrollment Services
Gerard began at Wells in July of 2019. Prior to coming to Wells, he served Ithaca College in a range of positions including vice president for enrollment management and director of admission. He also held positions in residence life at Bucknell University and St. Lawrence University. Gerard received his B.A. in mathematics from SUNY Potsdam and his master’s of education in counseling and human development from St. Lawrence.