To address the needs of Sacramento area students and employers and to offer the best in leadership education and services, Drexel University has chosen some of its best administrators, along with a world-class faculty. Meet the Center's key leaders:
Executive Director & Associate Vice Provost
Sandra (Sandy) Kirschenmann is an education administration professional with deep roots in the Sacramento region. She has thirty years of experience in higher education, having held management positions at Cosumnes River College, the Los Rios Business and Economic Development Center, the statewide Community College Economic Development Program, and the Los Rios Community College District Office and Foundation. Prior to becoming the Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Drexel University Sacramento, she served the Vice Chancellor of Resource Development for the Los Rios Community College District. Her faculty experience includes the lead faculty role at American River College in the Oak Café and Culinary Arts program, lead faculty for the Foodservice Management Program at Cosumnes River College, and work as an adjunct professor in the Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific.
Sandy received her Baccalaureate and Master's degrees from the University of California, Davis. Her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Foundations was granted by the University of the Pacific. She served as an officer in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC and at Silas B. Hays Army Hospital at Fort Ord, California.
In addition to her work in education, Sandy manages the family wine grape growing business, Kirschenmann Vineyards, in Lodi. She has been a Commissioner on the Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission. Kirschenmann Vineyards produces grapes for award-winning Tempranillo and Zinfandel wines. She has served as the Chair of the Workforce and Education Committee of the Metro Chamber of Commerce, and chaired the Metro Chamber study mission to Vancouver, British Columbia. She was named by the Sacramento Business Journal as a "Woman Who Means Business" in 2011. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District VII.
Director of Recruitment
Nancy J. Thompson is the Director of Recruitment for Drexel University Sacramento, California. Ms. Thompson has extensive experience in higher education including development and growth of academic programs, admissions recruiting, and enrollment administration. Her expertise includes the start-up and implementation of centers for both graduate and degree completion programs. Ms. Thompson has dedicated herself to motivating professionals in advancing their careers through education for more than 15 years in the Sacramento Region.
Ms. Thompson entrepreneurial spirit has been put to work while at Drexel. She has created new admission strategies and procedures while collaborating with staff, and faculty 2800 miles and three time zones away. She is responsible for the recruitment of students for all programs at the branch campus.
Before joining Drexel in January 2009 she was instrumental in the planning and execution of opening a San Francisco Bay Area site for the highly successful Working Professional MBA program at the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis. As director for the Graduate External Programs at California State University, Sacramento she was responsible for the management and growth of multiple programs.
Ms. Thompson completed her Master's of Science in Higher Education at Drexel University in September 2011. Her Capstone Research Project was a case study of Drexel University Sacramento. The goal of the study was to identify best practices for designing organizational superstructures which then can provide excellent student support services for branch campuses.
A native of California, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Human Development from University of California, Davis.
Senior Director, Graduate Programs in Business
David Stewart joined Drexel University's LeBow College of Business in 2002 as Director of LeBow's Professional MBA Program. As Senior Director for Graduate Programs in Business, he contributed to LeBow's significant rise in the rankings over the past five years. Working with LeBow faculty leaders and administration, he successfully planned, developed and launched LeBow's innovative Evening Accelerated Drexel (LEAD) MBA Program in 2004 which was recognized among the top 10 part-time MBA programs in the world by Business Week magazine in 2007 and again in 2009.
He is proud member of the pioneering Drexel University team which has successfully expanded the University's visibility, intellectual capital and commitment to excellence to the west coast with Drexel University Sacramento. Dave now resides in Sacramento while overseeing LeBow's external MBA Programs in Sacramento, Wilmington Delaware and Malvern Pennsylvania utilizing Drexel's superior technology and small but incredible team of educators on both coasts.
Prior to joining LeBow, Dave was responsible for developing and launching Villanova University's inaugural Executive MBA Program, establishing the region's second largest EMBA program in 24 months by June 2001 in one of the world's most competitive EMBA markets - a position later held by Drexel's LeBow College of Business EMBA program.
Dave served as Associate Director for Wharton's Executive MBA from 1992-1999 and before that, was a successful entrepreneur in the Philadelphia area after college. He earned a BS degree in Marketing from Philadelphia University and an MS degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dave is a member of GMAC, AACSB, MAACBA, MBA Roundtable organizations and has presented on topics such as Innovation In Graduate Business Education, Creating Optimal Graduate Learning Environments, The Advantages of Experiential Learning, Turning Part-time Programs into Institutional Flagships and The Power of Organization Alignment.
Associate Director of Academic Technology Support
Lynn Ryan joined Drexel University Sacramento in 2009, and was promoted to Assistant Director of Academic Technology Support in 2010. She oversees IRT Sacramento, the team which provides technology support for classroom and desktop technology support to the Center, including support for video conferencing, webinars and webcasts.
Lynn has held a number of positions in Academic and Information Technology prior to Drexel. Lynn was Associate Director of Engineering Computing at University of South Florida College of Engineering, where she planned and managed the College's computing facilities, including Unix servers, PC labs, and Unix workstations. She assisted in setting up the College's first multimedia lab. She also served as I.T. Director at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, where she developed and implemented technology initiatives for this residential real estate firm, including a Wide Area Network (WAN), Internet services, telecommunications systems and services, I.T. policies and procedures, and realtor technology services. She was also Online Learning Administrator at California State University at Sacramento in the Academic Technology and Creative Services Department, and Network Administrator for Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Lynn earned a BS degree in Computer Science from Millersville University and a MA degree in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech.
Associate Director of Student Life
Emily Dutch joined Drexel University Sacramento in 2009 as a Program Manager for the Goodwin College School of Education. After two years as a Program Manager, she was promoted to the Associate Director of Student Life in 2011. Emily oversees programming and campus activities for students and alumni across all programs at the Center. Additionally she works very closely with the International student population, serving as the Designated School Official (DSO) for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Department of Homeland Security.
Emily relocated to Sacramento from Marin County to work for Drexel. She has worked in the field of higher education for over twelve years. She has held positions across many areas of Student Life and Services including, residential life and housing, admissions, academic advising, and financial aid and scholarships. She also spent three years working for an educational non-profit in Marin that served underrepresented students from first-generation and low-income families. She provided counseling and mentoring to students and their families on issues related to college access and educational equity.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific. She also graduated from the Master's of Science in Higher Education program at Drexel University in March 2012 and is currently enrolled in Drexel University's EdD program.
Program Manager, Goodwin School of Education
Logan Murray joined Drexel University in 2011 as Program Manager of the Goodwin School of Education. In this role, Logan manages student advising, program operations, and marketing and outreach functions for the Master of Science Higher Education (MSHE), Master of Science Human Resource Development (MSHRD), and Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Management (EdD) programs. Logan is involved with numerous School of Education initiatives to promote student engagement, continuous improvement of program communications and operations, and advancement of community engagement.
Logan has worked in education for the past ten years and has held posts at the University of San Francisco, Sacramento State, and the California Department of Education. In the higher education space, Logan has worked in many functional areas of the enterprise including university development, student recruiting, marketing, student advising and affairs, program development, and community engagement. He is passionate about his role as a student advocate and helping members of the community reach their educational and career goals.
Logan was raised in Sacramento and attended California Middle and Jesuit High School. Logan earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Sacramento State and his M.S. in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco, School of Management.