Office of the President
Under the leadership of President Mathew Johnson, the Office of the President brings together the chief officers of the College and the office’s executive staff. Albion College’s chief officers collaborate closely with the president to lead focused areas of executive responsibility around key institutional priorities. They join the president and vice presidents to form the President’s Cabinet.
Dr. Mathew Johnson
Dr. Mathew Johnson began his tenure as the 17th president of Albion College on July 1, 2020. A sociologist by training, Dr. Johnson came to Albion from Brown University, where he spent five years serving as Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship, as well as Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service.
At the Swearer Center, Dr. Johnson led the development of a transformational strategic plan and oversaw the growth and development of curricular and co-curricular programs. Under his leadership, the Swearer Center articulated new commitments to diversity and inclusion that led to fundamental changes in staffing, orientations to partner organizations and communities, and student-participation demographics.
A global leader in higher education, Dr. Johnson oversees the development of the Carnegie Foundation Elective Classifications, the Elective Classification for Community Engagement, and a multiyear international Carnegie Community Engagement Classification project, involving 26 institutions of higher education across the world. Dr. Johnson co-founded and co-directs the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement.
Earning his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Brandeis University, Dr. Johnson has served as a faculty member for more than 20 years. He has held appointments as Professor of the Practice in Sociology and served as a tenured professor in both sociology and environmental studies at his undergraduate alma mater, Siena College. Read Dr. Johnson’s full biography.
Chief Officers of the College
Chief of Staff
Kelly Finn serves as a representative of President Johnson, leading campus-wide projects and initiatives. Her role increases efficiency in the Office of the President and fosters collaboration across units. Kelly has expertise in student development, event and project management, assessment, professional development facilitation and building systems across divisions to accomplish shared goals.
Before coming to Albion, Finn managed the Bonner Community Fellowship and led student development program design at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, working with more than 1,800 students and partners in the Providence area to support community engagement and co-curricular activities. Previously, she served at Siena College as director of the Bonner Fellowship. Finn is a national leader in the Bonner Foundation National Network, having served on multiple committees and led national network-wide workshops.
Finn is committed to bridging silos that exist across campus to build more equitable and collaborative spaces. She is passionate about addressing issues of inequity for all members of the Albion community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. Finn aims to foster a sense of shared purpose and strong vision among teams.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Gary Black oversees the planning, implementation, management and running of the College’s financial activities. He leads the Business Office, Accounting Office, Human Resources and the Albion College Bookstore.
Black has more than 25 years of experience in senior executive roles in finance, accounting and I.T. resources, manufacturing and logistics. He joined Johnson & Johnson as a Sr. Financial Analyst out of school before relocating to Switzerland, Austria and Germany, where he spent 15 years, first with Johnson & Johnson and then as a private management consultant. He is an experienced Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he served as CFO at Finlandia University.
Black earned his B.Sc. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and has completed graduate coursework at the London Business School and the International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Chief Belonging Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Keena Williams serves as the Chief Belonging Officer and Title IX Coordinator, a new position in the President’s Cabinet. In this role, Keena is responsible for supporting the institution in moving beyond the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion toward a true sense of belonging. This work is centered around the Blueprint for Belonging, which requires every unit within the College to articulate their public commitment to belonging.
An advocate for change, student success and transparency, Williams brings her whole self into this role. She has spent the vast majority of her professional career in the Division of Student Development at Albion College. Williams has worked closely with students, student organizations, faculty and staff to identify opportunities for institutional growth and change. She believes in the power of collaboration and coalition building to move initiatives forward and works diligently to bring members from across campus together.
As an Albion College alumna, Keena recognizes the importance of the liberal arts, the magic of the residential experience and the educational opportunities that a community like Albion provides. She is excited to be a part of this moment in the history of the College as it positions itself to be a leader in small, private liberal arts institutions. The time is now to be the change she wants to see!
Chief Planning Officer
Raymond Barclay, Ph.D.
As Chief Planning Officer, Raymond Barclay manages the College’s I.T. and facilities departments. He leads the College’s campus planning, data and physical infrastructure, institutional and organizational effectiveness, capital projects and strategic space management, sustainability and resiliency efforts and local economic development in partnership with community stakeholders.
Barclay previously served as founder and president of Enrollment x Design LLC, an enrollment and academic planning consulting firm. Through Enrollment x Design LLC, he has influenced substantial enrollment and program growth at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for his clients, including Rutgers University, DePauw University, Augsburg University, University of Cincinnati, University of Tulsa and Duquesne University. Barclay has more than 25 years of experience leading and providing critical support to academic, enrollment, budget, curriculum, space and capital, and resource planning, decision support and analytics, enterprise systems and I.T. governance, data warehousing and reporting, new revenue development, training, grants, intergovernmental and community partnerships, enrollment management and administrative systems re-engineering.
Ray received his B.A. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological University and his M.S. in Sustainable Design from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his Ph.D. in Education Psychology at Temple University. Ray has also obtained his LEED-AP certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a National Charrette Institute Certification for Architectural and Community Planning, a Design Thinking Certification from the University of Virginia and the Resilience and Adaptation certification from the American Institute for Architects.
Chief Communications Officer
National search currently underway.
Office of the President Staff
Executive Assistant to the President
Morgan Seemann brings over 14 years of administrative experience to her role in the Office of the President. She has expertise in collaborative team management, correspondence and scheduling. Seemann’s experience in broad scope project management and strategic planning make her an invaluable asset to Albion College.
After graduating from Albion College, Seemann moved to Chicago to earn her master’s degree. During her 15 years in Chicago, she had numerous unique opportunities to work with excellent organizations, notably working directly with and being mentored by one of Crain’s “Most Powerful Women in Chicago,” Diana Rauner, president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and first lady of Illinois.
Seemann’s discipline and dedication to excellence have allowed her to travel the world as a classically trained musician, gaining valuable exposure to world cultures and people. These experiences have broadened her skill in personality and people management by providing a deeper understanding of interpersonal dynamics and relationships.
Seemann is committed to working with Dr. Johnson and the President’s Cabinet to build a comprehensive, robust and safe environment for future Britons to successfully pave their way forward in their chosen fields.
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Luann K. Shepherd
Luann Shepherd has worked at Albion College since 1987 when she started as a temporary clerical for the Provost’s Office. Since then, she has served as an Administrative Secretary for Communications and later, Marketing and Communications. There, she was responsible for the College’s photo archiving system, writing class notes for Io Triumphe! magazine and managing office responsibilities. In 2016, she became the administrative assistant to the vice president for alumni relations and advancement. In this role, she served as supervisor to the office’s clerical support staff while managing all office needs. In 2020, Luann moved to a new role in the Office of the President as an executive assistant with focused support for the Provost’s Office.
In her spare time, Shepherd likes spending time with her family, her cats, reading and painting bisque at a local pottery studio.