Wheaton College is governed by the Board of Trustees, a 32-member volunteer board that holds fiduciary responsibility for the college. The Board includes the president of the college, Michaele Whelan, who serves as an ex officio member.
The college’s president is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the institution’s administration and leads the President’s Council, composed of college officers and senior leaders, who are responsible for managing day-to-day operations.
Michaele Whelan, an experienced and energetic higher education leader and a scholar of English literature, took office as the ninth president of Wheaton College on January 1, 2022. In her leadership roles, Whelan has excelled at collaboratively developing academic programs that address evolving curricular and student needs while strategically advancing the institutions she has served.
Throughout her career, she has developed a reputation for increasing academic and inclusive excellence and equity through a broad array of initiatives. She is credited with encouraging a culture of collaborative pedagogy, fostering innovation in teaching, supporting research and creative work, deepening connections of the liberal arts with the professions, and expanding opportunities for global education.
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Board of Trustees
Wheaton College is governed by the Board of Trustees, a 32-member volunteer board that holds fiduciary responsibility for the college.
Office of the President
The college’s president is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the institution’s administration and leads the President’s Council.
The President’s Council is a deliberative body that works collaboratively with the President to realize the vision of the College and to address the strategic issues and challenges facing the college.
The initiatives identified through the strategic conversation process led by President Whelan build on existing strengths, such as the emphasis on combining rigorous academics with experiential learning, while expanding the reach of the college’s programs to new audiences and opportunities.
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