About BW


Officers and Trustees

University Officers

President Helmer

Robert C. Helmer, Ph.D., J.D. - President

The ninth president of Baldwin Wallace University, Dr. Helmer has established himself as a dynamic leader in higher education with demonstrated strengths in curriculum development, enrollment, campus life, fund raising and facility development.

President Helmer comes to BW after serving nine years as president of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. He joined the faculty at Lourdes University in 1996 and was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2001. Prior to coming to Lourdes in 1996, he was a Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant at Marquette University (1991-96) and also held adjunct teaching positions at Indiana University (1990-91) and Ancilla College (1987-89). His scholarly interests are in early Christian origins and apocalyptic literature.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and The Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Dr. Helmer received his Ph.D. from Marquette University and his J.D. from the University of Toledo.

Richard L. Fletcher, MBA - Senior Vice President

Mr. Fletcher earned a bachelor's degree, and MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. As senior vice president, he oversees institutional research, athletics, safety and security and external  relations for the College. He previously served as vice president for advancement for twenty-five years and provided leadership for three comprehensive capital campaigns.

He is an active member of numerous professional organizations, and is frequently invited to be a presenter at conferences. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Eliza Jennings Group.


Stephen D. Stahl, Ph.D. – Provost

Stephen D. Stahl, Ph.D. – Provost

At Wheeling Jesuit, Stahl helped to add new undergraduate and online graduate programs and instituted a robust student success initiative. He also worked to expand the global reach of the campus through exchange agreements, the establishment of a service abroad program and a summer program for international high school students.

Prior to Wheeling Jesuit, Stahl held positions as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at St. Bonaventure University; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Sweet Briar College, where he also held a faculty rank as Professor of Environmental Sciences; Dean of Natural and Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the State University of New York College (SUNY) at Fredonia; and chairperson of the Geology Department at Central Michigan University.

Stahl completed both his doctorate and master's degree in geological sciences at Northwestern University.

William M. Reniff, MBA - Vice President for Finance and Administration

Mr. Reniff is a graduate of Cleveland State University and earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University.  He brings more than 30 years of finance and management expertise, most recently as vice president for finance with MetroHealth System, Inc.  Prior experience includes positions with Kaiser Permanente, Ernst & Whinney and St. Vincent Charity Hospital.

Trina Dobberstein, Ph.D. - Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Dobberstein received a bachelor's degree from Luther College, and a master's degree from Bradley University, before earning her Ph. D. from Illinois State University in Educational Administration.  Prior to coming to Baldwin Wallace University, Dr. Dobberstein served as Vice President for Student Affairs at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Patrick Dunlavy

Patrick J. Dunlavy – Vice President for Advancement

As the Vice President for Advancement, Dunlavy '71 oversees alumni relations and fundraising activities for Baldwin Wallace. Dunlavy is an accomplished business leader with a distinguished record of service to his alma mater. He spent the first 28 years of his career in the investment banking industry, serving as managing director for Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York from 1978-1999. After taking early retirement following the merger that formed Citigroup, the Wall Street veteran completed an MA in communications and education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2001. He most recently worked as an officer with CitationAir in Greenwich, Conn. and BoardEx in New York City, and served as an executive consultant, adjunct instructor and published author. As a member of BW's Board of Trustees for 24 years, Dunlavy served on both the advancement and enrollment management committees, and was the Board's volunteer national chair for the University's Annual Fund drive for two years. He also provided fundraising leadership as the Salomon Brothers representative to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund in New York City from 1991-1998.

Scott Schulz

Scott Schulz – Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dr. Schulz has a background as a researcher, policy expert and successful leader in the recruitment and retention of students. Prior to his appointment at BW, Schulz served as Dean of Enrollment at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Wash., where he recruited the strongest academically prepared class in the institution's history, improved retention rates, grew the enrollment of transfer students, and attracted a more geographically and racially diverse freshman class. Previously, he was Program Director at the University of Southern California's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at The University of Arizona, where he focused his doctoral work on analyzing the enrollment priorities and recruitment strategies of master's level institutions.



Board of Trustees


Paul H. Carleton '70
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Mr. Carleton is Partner with Carleton McKenna & Co., LLC, and formerly executive managing director and senior managing director at Key Corp and McDonald & Company's corporate finance department.


Christopher M. Zito '80
Rocky River, Ohio
Mr. Zito is president of Zito Insurance Agency, Inc.  He previously was president of Suburban West Insurance Agency and is a past president of the BW Alumni Association.

Assistant Secretary

Daniel C. Hagen '77
Brecksville, Ohio
Mr. Hagen is a partner with Cleveland based law firm Jones Day and currently is the firm-wide chair of Jones Day's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice.


Lee Thomas '76
Gates Mills, Ohio
Mr. Thomas is Managing Partner at Ernst & Young and the leader of the Retail, Distribution and Manufacturing Practice in Northeast Ohio.

Stephen W. Boesel '68
Sarasota, Florida
Mr. Boesel is a former vice president of T. Rowe Price Associates.

Donald W. Bogus '69
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Mr. Bogus is the former president of Noveon, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lubrizol Corporation.

George Boyer '51
Chatham, New Jersey
Mr. Boyer is a former limited partner of Goldman Sachs & Company, a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm in New York.

Willard E. Carmel '52
Bay Village, Ohio
Mr. Carmel is currently a registered principal and financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. He is the former chairman of the board and CEO of McDonald Investments, Inc and former senior vice president - Investments, with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Westlake.

Paul Clark '81

Shaker Heights, Ohio
Paul Clark is Regional President of Cleveland for PNC Bank.

Corey Clay



Corey Clay '07
Corey earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science, with a minor in Political Science from BW and graduated Summa Cum Laude. As a BW student, Corey received the BW Presidential Scholarship (four years), The Tony and Pat Lauria Scholarship (one year), the Lillian and Larry Bibbee Scholarship (two years), the Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship (one year), the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship (four years), and the Ohio Academic Scholarship (four years). He was a Student Body President, a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Dayton C. Miller Honor Society. He also served on the Admission Recruitment Team in 2007. Corey earned a J.D. from University of Virginia Law School and is currently a member of the BW Alumni Council.

Pamela Dunn Connolly '71
Longboat Key, Florida
Ms. Connolly formerly was corporate counsel for Wal-Mart Stores in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Robin C. Cottingham '79 and '96

University Heights, Ohio
Ms. Cottingham is Senior Vice President and RISC Officer in KeyBank's National Banking Group.

James Miller Davidson '58
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Mr. Davidson is managing partner of Davidson Investment Counselors and president and CEO of Davidson Trust Company.

Agnes P. Dover '76
Washington, DC
Ms. Dover is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson, LLP where she is the director of the firm's government contracts practice group. 

Lutul D. Farrow '98
Strongsville, Ohio
Dr. Farrow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where he was a 3 year starter and Letterman for the Yellow Jacket football team. Dr. Farrow is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Gina D. France
Ms. France is President & CEO of France Strategic Partners LLC, a strategy and transaction advisory firm. Ms. France has over 30 years of strategy, investment banking and corporate finance experience and is a 15-year veteren of Wall Street. Before founding France Strategic Partners, Ms. France was a Partner with Ernst & Young LLP and led the Firm's Center for Strategic Transactions (CST) in Cleveland.

Bennett Gaines '75
Hudson, Ohio
Mr. Gaines is vice president of Information Technology/Corporate Security and chief information officer for FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.

Michael G. Hanna, Jr. '58
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Dr. Hanna is chairman and CEO of Vaccinogen, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and is the discoverer and developer of an autologous vaccine designed to provoke a specific immune response against cancer cells.

John Hoyt, M.D.  '67

Allison Park, Pennsylvania
John is President of Pittsburgh Critical Care Associates, Inc.and Clinical Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Steven E. Koenig '69
San Antonio, Texas
Mr. Koenig is the managing partner of PlaneFlite Associates and has previously held executive positions with Fairchild Dornier, Rolls-Royce Commercial Aero Engines, Tech/Ops International and Fokker Aircraft.

John Kropf '65
Orrville, Ohio
Mr. Kropf is a senior partner in the law firm of Kropf, Wagner, Lutz & VanSickle LLP and has a long history of service to his community. He served as chairman of the Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees from 2003-2011.

Debra Lyons '94

Ashland, Ohio
Ms. Lyons is the former chief human resources officer for the Westfield Group and is past-president of the BW Alumni Association.

Kenneth E. Marks, M.D. '65
Pepper Pike, Ohio
Dr. Marks is an orthopaedic surgeon and is the former chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

David F. Martin
Rocky River, Ohio
Reverend Martin is the former senior pastor at the Rocky River United Methodist Church.  He also is a board member and former director of the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce.

Wade I. Massad '89
Rocky River, Ohio
Mr. Massad is a co-managing partner of Cleveland Capital Management, LLC, a hedge fund for which he is the principal owner and co-founder.  He spent the early years of his career in various capital markets positions with RBC Capital Markets and McDonald & Company Securities.

Randell McShepard '86
Beachwood, Ohio
Mr. McShepard is the vice president of Community Affairs for RPM, Inc., a worldwide specialty coatings company.  He was named "One to Watch" by Inside Business Magazine in 2003.

Edward Napoleon, Jr. '75

Strongsville, Ohio
Mr. Napoleon was formerly with Ernst & Young LLP. He is a former board member of PACE School, a school for children with special behavioral needs.

Steven M. Nobil '69
Aurora, Ohio
Mr. Nobil is the managing partner in the Cleveland office of Fisher & Phillips LLP. He formerly was an attorney and co-founder of Millisor & Nobil Co., L.P.A. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 14 consecutive years and had been named a "Leading Lawyer" by Inside Business Magazine.

Paul E. Pendleton
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Mr. Pendleton is the president of Pendleton Enterprises consulting services.  He is the founder and owner of the Santa Rita Collaborative which focuses on public engagement activities for public school districts, non-profit organizations and foundations.  He also is the founder of Finding Leaders, an executive search firm that is a part of SRC. 
Photo of Vincent K. Petrella

Vincent K. Petrella

Vincent is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.. He joined Lincoln Electric in 1995 as Manager of Internal Audit and was responsible for the development and organization of the Company's internal audit function.

Charles E. Rotuno '86

Wooster, Ohio
Mr. Rotuno is president and CEO of OEConnection, a joint venture of Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Snap-on, located in Richfield, Ohio. OEConnection is the leading online parts and service exchange in the automotive industry, providing web-based ordering and fulfillment solutions to over 20,000 dealership and repair customers in the U.S. and Canada.

Mark H. Summers '75
Avon Lake, Ohio
Mr. Summers is Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Director at MAI Wealth Advisors, LLC in Cleveland, Ohio. 

William B. Summers, Jr. '72
Rocky River, Ohio
Mr. Summers joined McDonald & Co. as an intern in 1971 and rose through the ranks to become CEO of McDonald Investments in 1994.  He has been a member of the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange and chairman of the NASDAQ Stock Market Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Mayer Swailes '65
Oxford, Ohio
Ms. Swailes franchised, developed and operated 14 KFCs in Ohio and Maryland.  She continues to manage a medical office building housing 15 medical specialists.  She also spent nine years as a member of the board of directors of The Knolls of Oxford, where she assisted in the development of this full-service, three-tier retirement center.

Donna Zapis Thomas '84
Rocky River, Ohio
Ms. Thomas is the director of two centers for senior living: Harbor Court Retirement Community, the second largest assisted living facility in Cleveland, and Rockport Retirement Community, which serve seniors with limited or lower incomes.  She is a partner and shareholder in a number of companies.

James A. Thomas '59
Los Angeles, California
Mr. Thomas is Chairman and CEO of Thomas Properties Group LLC which specializes in the development of corporate headquarters and mixed use commercial properties.  He also is the former owner of the NBA's Sacramento Kings

Floyd A. Trouten '80

Strongsville, Ohio
Mr. Trouten is a director at SS&G Financial Services.  Previously, he was a partner for tax and business planning department with Hobe & Lucas, CPAs, a regional public accounting firm in Independence, Ohio.

Thomas Waltermire

Green, Ohio
Tom is the retired CEO of Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO), a private-sector economic development organization. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Geon Co. and PolyOne Corporation.

Michael A. Vadini '83

Charlotte, North Carolina
Michael is the Chairman and CEO of TITAN Technology Partners, now called TITAN GS. A provider of outsourced managed services providing cloud based, enterprise software solutions to mid-market and large companies.

Susan Zanetti

Susan is the Sr. Territory Manager for Allergan Medical. Previously, she spent 12 years as an Executive Sales Associate at Sanofi-Aventis.  Before entering the pharmaceutical industry, Susan spent 10 years working at Baldwin Wallace in recruitment and development.  Susan currently resides in Rocky River, OH.


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