University Leadership


President

Jens Frederiksen, Ph.D.

Jens Frederiksen, Ph.D.

President

Jens Frederiksen, Ph.D. became the University of New Haven’s seventh president on March 1, 2024. An innovative higher education leader, he has extensive experience in many facets of higher education administration, including enrollment management, fundraising, and academic/corporate pathways. He joined the University from Fisk University, a highly ranked historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as executive vice president for institutional advancement and enrollment management.

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Sheahon Zenger, Ph.D.

Sheahon Zenger, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Sheahon Zenger, Ph.D., named the University of New Haven’s executive vice president and chief operating officer on March 1, 2024, has more than 30 years of experience as a coach, educator, fundraiser, and higher education leader. He joined the University of New Haven in 2019 as Director of Athletics. He served as interim president from 2022 until his appointment to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Cabinet

Jennifer Cinque, M.S.

Jennifer Cinque, M.S.

Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development

Gregory Eichhorn

Gregory E. Eichhorn, MBA

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success

Cindy

Cindy Gallatin, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara J. Lawrence, J.D., M.P.A.

Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, and Title IX Coordinator

Brian Otis, EMBA

Brian Otis, EMBA

Vice President for University Advancement

Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.

Ophelie Rowe-Allen, Ed.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

George S. Synodi

George S. Synodi, MBA

Vice President for Finance & Administration


Past Presidents

Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Steven H. Kaplan, Ph.D.

President Emeritus

Chancellor, 2022-2023
President, 2004-2022

Lawrence J. DeNardis, Ph.D.

Lawrence J. DeNardis, Ph.D.

President, 1991-2004

Phillip S. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Phillip S. Kaplan, Ph.D.

President, 1973-1991

Marvin K. Peterson

Marvin K. Peterson

President, 1954-1973

Lawrence L. Bethel, Ph.D.

Lawrence L. Bethel, Ph.D.

Director of New Haven College, 1937-1953

Ellis C. Maxcy

Ellis C. Maxcy

Director of New Haven College, 1932-1937