Executive leadership

Stephen P. Roberts, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean


Stephen Roberts leads the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, a reactor of innovation, creativity, and discovery where students and faculty work side-by-side to create and share knowledge and understanding. Previously, Roberts was a professor and chair of biology at Central Michigan University. He earned a Ph.D. in biology from Arizona State University in 1998. His research is related to the integrative biology of insects. He specializes in the study of honeybees and solitary bee species, and has won several research awards from the American Physiological Society and the Society for Integrative Comparative Biology.

Kate Drowne, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


Kate Drowne oversees curriculum and instruction matters, implementation of strategic planning related to academic programs, program development and faculty recruitment, and academic program reviews with the department chairs in the college. She teaches courses in the American novel, the American short story, contemporary American literature, the American 1920s, rhetoric and composition, and research writing. Her scholarship focuses largely on the intersection of literature and popular culture in the American 1920s and beyond. A Massachusetts native, she received her M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yinfa Ma, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and External Relations


Yinfa Ma facilitates major research initiatives and proposals, oversees responsible research conduct and safety, and manages comprehensive external relations programs. Ma holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, a minor Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China. Ma has written or co-authored hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, has spoken at seminars and conferences across the country and around the world, and he has authored book chapters for student study guides and solutions manuals. He also holds 12 patents.


Kristen Gallagher

Executive Director for Development

Linda Bramel

Executive Assistant

Diane Read

Fiscal Manager

Cindy Heck

Office Support Assistant