Marietta College Cabinet
Dept: Office of the President
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Augustana College Thesis parts appointee, Argonne National Laboratory Ph.D. organometallic chemistry Northwestern University Postdoctoral Fellow Indiana University
Year appointed: 2012
President Dr. Joseph W. Bruno, a native of Chicago, became Marietta College's 18th president on July 1, 2012, after 28 years in faculty and administrative roles at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
Dr. Bruno joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1984 and served in different leadership roles, including the Chair of the Chemistry Department, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, President of the university's Gamma of Connecticut chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also served as Faculty Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, led ongoing strategic planning for the university and, with the Chief Financial Officer, was an advisor to the Wesleyan's President on all budgetary matters.
While at Wesleyan, he taught introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, advanced electives in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, and several levels of laboratory courses. He also developed an organometallic chemistry research program and authored about 60 publications and patents, most of which were coauthored with students he mentored in his lab.
Dr. Bruno received his undergraduate education from the small, liberal arts college, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his education at Northwestern University, where he earned the PhD in Chemistry in 1983 while also holding a thesis parts appointment at Argonne National Laboratory in 1982. He also served as a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana University prior to joining the faculty at Wesleyan University.
Dr. Bruno is married to Diane, a former human resources professional. They have an adult daughter, Lisa, a 2009 graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Bruno is a board member at The Betsey Mills Club.
Dr. Bruno's inauguration took place Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, during Homecoming weekend.
Degrees: Ph.D. in English (1987) and Master of Arts in English (1985) State University of New York at Buffalo; Bachelor of Arts in Literature from The American University (1982)
Year appointed: 2013
Dr. Sproles, a native of Virginia, joined Marietta College on July 1, 2013. She directs all functions related to undergraduate and graduate studies, the faculty, and the overall direction of the academic programs. In addition to sitting on the Cabinet, she oversees the Office of Academic Affairs, which includes: Academic Grants, the Academic Resource Center, the Career Center, Education Abroad, the Hartel Program, the Honors Program, the Investigative Studies Program, the Legacy Library, the Records Office, and the Worthington Center for Teaching Excellence. As Provost and Dean of the Faculty, leadership of the College falls to Dr. Sproles in the absence of the President.
Prior to joining Marietta College, Dr. Sproles was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Carlow University (2010-13), Director of Faculty Development at the University of Southern Indiana (2007-2010), Associate Dean for University Studies at James Madison University (1997-2007), and Chair of the English Department and Director of Women’s Studies at Hamline University (1987-97). Dr. Sproles has taught first-year composition for 28 years. She also developed and taught courses in British literature, literary theory, and women’s studies as well as interdisciplinary courses with colleagues in psychology, music, and biology. Dr. Sproles’ has published and delivered papers on feminist-psychoanalytic literary criticism and British Modernist literature as well as academic administration. Her book, Desiring Women: The Partnership of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, was published by Toronto University Press in 2006.
Vice President for Administration and Finance
Dept: Administration Finance
Degrees: Master of General Administration (University of Maryland) 1984, Bachelor of Science (Juniata College), 1972
Year appointed: 2001
Mr. Bryant has worked in higher education since 1974, serving in chief financial officer capacities since 1985. Mr. Bryant completed doctoral work in higher education administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City between 1985 and 1989.
Mr. Bryant began his career at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in various positions leading to Director of Business and Operations Services. From 1985-89, he served as Business Manager and Treasurer at Rockhurst College (Kansas City, Mo.). Mr. Bryant then moved to Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) where he served as Vice President for Fiscal Affairs from 1989-96.
In 1996, he returned to Washington, D.C., as Associate Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2000, Bryant traveled abroad to the Higher College of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as the Director of Finance and Administration. He returned to the United States in 2001 and assumed his current role as Vice President for Administration and Finance at Marietta College.
Mr. Bryant and his wife, Evy, are commercial-rated pilots and avid Pittsburgh Pirates fans.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Office: 114 Andrews Hall
Degrees: Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics (The Ohio State University), M.A. in Spanish linguistics (The Ohio State University), B.S. in biological sciences (The Ohio State University)
Year appointed: 1998
Dr. Danford was born and raised in southeastern Ohio and studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. He later directed study abroad programs for Ohio State in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Toledo, Spain, and spent two years teaching English in Madrid. Before joining the faculty at Marietta College, he taught Spanish at Montclair State University (NJ) and Ohio University. During his time as a faculty member at Marietta College, he led short-term study abroad programs to Spain and Brazil and also served as director and academic advisor of study abroad. He became a tenured associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the Department of Modern Languages in 2007 and was appointed vice-president of diversity and inclusion in 2011.
His publications address histories of cultures in contact. These include co-edited translations, along with critical annotations, of a 17th century history of Jesuit missions in northern New Spain (now Mexico and the southwestern United States), as well as a 16th century catalog of cultural differences between Europeans and the Japanese written by a Jesuit missionary from Portugal who was one of the first Europeans to live for an extended period of time in Japan. He also co-edited a translation of a recent book-length study of the positions taken on slavery by Protestant missionaries from the southern United States who migrated to Brazil following the Civil War.
Director of Athletics
Degrees: Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Administration (Springfield College), Bachelor of Arts in English (Ohio Northern)
Year appointed: 2008
Mr. Hiser joined Marietta College in March of 2008. He directs all functions related to intercollegiate athletics, oversees an NCAA Division III athletics program with 18 varsity sports (nine for both men and women) and the College’s recreation center.
Prior to joining Marietta, Mr. Hiser was the Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., from 1995-2008. He played a critical role in transforming Endicott College from a two-year, women's college to a selective, co-educational four-year college. Under his watch the Gulls won 37 conference championships and participated in 47 NCAA or ECAC tournaments. Endicott also successfully launched new programs for equestrian, lacrosse and football, while improving the facilities that now rank among the finest in New England.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio Northern University in 1987, where he was an all-conference shortstop on the Polar Bears baseball team. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he was a graduate assistant. He joined Endicott College in the fall of 1994 as the Gulls first baseball coach.
The Oregon, Ohio, native is married to the former Susan Chick. The couple has two children, Dan and Allison.
Vice President for Student Life
Dept: Marietta College Cabinet
Office: Andrews Hall
Degrees: Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Technology Leadership (University of Montana), Master of Education in Counseling (McDaniel College), Bachelor of Science in History and Education (Mount St. Mary's)
Year appointed: 2010
Dr. Pastoor has more than 30 years of student affairs experience in higher education, including 20 years as vice president at four institutions. He also brings a wealth of experience in student life, including the development of first-year seminar programs, campus housing, judicial systems, academic warning programs, and a four-year learning model for student affairs integrated with academic learning outcomes.
He joined Marietta College in January of 2010. At Marietta, he is directly responsible for the direction and management of a comprehensive student affairs program serving 1,500 undergraduate students.
Pastoor, who from 2005-2009 was the President of St. John's Catholic Prep in Frederick, Md., will focus on campus life, residential life, student well-being and health and other areas that impact student success and overall experience.
From 2002-04, Pastoor was Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of San Diego. He was Vice President for Student Life at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., from 1995-2002, and Vice President for Student Affairs at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., from 1987-95.
Pastoor is married to Ann Marie Lynch, and they have three children, Thomas, Tully, and Marijka.
Vice President for Enrollment Services
Dept: Marietta College Cabinet
Degrees: Education Specialist, Arkansas State (2012); Master of Arts in Education, Marietta (2002); Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Martin Methodist (1998).
Year appointed: 2014
Mr. Patterson, a native of Corinth, Miss., joined Marietta College on Aug. 1, 2014. He directs the offices of Admission and Student Financial Services.
Prior to joining Marietta College, Mr. Patterson was the Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. In this role, he coordinated the recruitment and admission efforts for undergraduate students. He was promoted to this position just one year after being named the Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
Mr. Patterson has also worked at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Christian Brothers University — both in Memphis. Earlier in his career, Mr. Patterson was an assistant basketball coach at Marietta College. He also served as an assistant coach at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn.
He spent his first two years of college playing basketball at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he played in the Junior College National Tournament. He transferred to NAIA Division I Martin Methodist.
Mr. Patterson and his wife, Jenny, live in Marietta with their children — Olivia, 9, and Braylon, 4.