Caldwell University President relies on a nine-member cabinet of campus leaders to achieve the University’s mission-driven goals.
Matthew Whelan, Ed.D.
Assistant to the President
Kevin Boyle, M.B.A.
Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs
M.B.A., St. John’s University
B.S., Seton Hall University
Kevin Boyle joined Caldwell University as the Vice President for Devolvement and Alumni Affairs in April 2010. With more than 25 years of fundraising experience, Kevin’s background includes leadership roles at three other private universities in the Metropolitan area. During his time at Caldwell University, fundraising has reached new heights, affinity programming has expanded, and alumni have grown to provide key support for the University’s scholarship program and for capital improvements across the campus. Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Boyle worked in finance as a senior budget analyst and served for 12 years in the Army Reserve reaching the rank of Captain.
Mark Corino, M.A.
Assistant Vice President/Director for Athletics
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
M.A., Caldwell University
B.A., Kean University
Mark Corino joined Caldwell University as Director of Athletics & Head Men’s Basketball Coach in August 1988. He was subsequently named Assistant Vice President in 2017. He oversaw the university’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, a process that began in 1998 and was completed in 2002. Under Mr. Corino’s leadership, Caldwell’s athletic offerings have grown to 17 intercollegiate athletic programs. In 2010, Mr. Corino was named the Jostens ECAC Administrator of the Year and was inducted into the Caldwell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. He was honored by his CACC colleagues as he was selected as the 2016-17 and 2020-21 CACC Athletic Director of the Year. Mr. Corino also received the prestigious Garden State Award from the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey in 2018. He remains actively involved in the intercollegiate athletics community as the current President of the CACC Directors Council and a member of the NCAA Division II Management Council since 2020.
Ketan Gandhi, M.B.A.
Vice President for Finance
M.B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Diploma in postgraduate Business Management, K.C. College, Mumbai, India
B.C., Bombay University, Accounting
Ketan Gandhi joined Caldwell University in 2022, bringing 35 years of private and public experience. As VP of finance he will be a strategic fiscal partner to the CU’s leadership team, and will oversee the day to day finance operation that includes Bursar, Accounts Payable, monthly financial reporting, grant accounting, and preparation annual long term financial planning. Ketan’s career has grown from positions in Accounting to leading institutions in Higher Education and Publishing. He has helped community colleges, state universities, and private institutions like Brown University transform their financial planning to a decentralized structure. He has been involved in bringing innovation and entrepreneurial approach to processes which has resulted in new programs and products.
Susan Hayes, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness
Ph.D., Caldwell University, Education Leadership
M.P.A., New York University, Public & Nonprofit Management and Policy
B.A., Syracuse University, Political Science and Policy Studies
Dr. Hayes has been with Caldwell University since 2014. Her 20+ years of research experience spans the higher education, nonprofit and public sectors. Her areas of expertise include data management, statistical analysis, evaluation, surveys, and grant writing. She provides data and information to inform campus leaders about the college’s effectiveness in serving Caldwell’s mission, meeting institutional goals, and addressing students’ needs. She oversees statutory institutional reporting to satisfy federal, state and accreditation requirements as well as conducts routine and special analyses to foster a culture of evidence and continuous improvement across the University. In addition, Dr. Hayes serves as a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and is currently the Chair of the Steering Committee of the NJ Association for Institutional Research (NJAIR).
Sheila N. O’Rourke, M.S.
Vice President for Administration and Operations
M.S., Manhattanville College
B.A., Manhattanville College
Sheila O’Rourke joined Caldwell College in 1991 working in financial aid and student employment. She was subsequently named Director and then Executive Director, Human Resources. In 2009, Ms. O’Rourke was appointed to the cabinet and charged with leading the strategic planning process. As Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and subsequently Vice President for Administration and Operations for Caldwell University, her role grew to include responsibility for information technology (IT), campus safety and security, risk management and compliance, and facilities management while continuing to oversee human resources and payroll functions. Most recently, she has chaired the COVID response team for the university. Ms. O’Rourke serves on the Board of Directors for the Employers Association of New Jersey (EANJ) and is a member of multiple professional organizations.
Jorge Rodriguez, M.A.
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Communications
M.A., St. John’s University, Government and Politics
B.S., St. John’s University, Finance
Jorge joined Caldwell University in 2021 with over 30 years of experience in higher education. He is responsible for assisting with new projects and initiatives to increase enrollment, net revenues and retention. He previously served as Chief Enrollment Officer at St. John’s University, NY, a private University with over 20,000 students where he held various leadership positions involving undergraduate, graduate and international enrollment, financial aid and net revenue analysis, retention, student success, registration and bursars. He was instrumental in transforming the University from a commuter to a residential campus, and in implementing a financial aid and enrollment strategy to increase enrollment and net revenues while maintaining its mission of access.
Jose Rodriguez, Ed.D.
Interim Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Ed.D., M.A., Columbia University
B.S., Manhattan College
Dr. Rodriguez has over 30 years of experience in student life, having previously served as Vice President and Dean of Students at St. Francis College, Albany School of Pharmacy and St. John’s University. At Caldwell University, he is be responsible for leading and managing Student Engagement and Activities, Residential Life, Campus Ministry, Student Advocacy and Prevention, Health Services and Counseling Services.
Peter Ubertaccio, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ph.D., Brandeis University, Politics
B.A., The Catholic University of America, Politics
Dr. Ubertaccio joined Caldwell in 2021 after twenty years at Stonehill College in Easton, MA where he served as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Director of the Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society, and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies. His scholarly work has been featured in the Routledge Handbook of Political Management, Winning Elections with Political Marketing, the Routledge Handbook of Political Marketing, and The American Political Science Review. He is the author of two career guides with CQ/Sage Press for undergraduates studying politics and international relations and a contributor to an upcoming book from the University of Massachusetts Press, The Politics of Massachusetts Exceptionalism. Dr. Ubertaccio is the President of the Board of Directors of the JFK Hyannis Museum Foundation, a member of the Board of Advisors for Pope John Paul II High School in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and the Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA).