President Christopher Dougherty


Welcome to Madonna University, established by the Felician Sisters over 85 years ago as a Catholic, independent college dedicated to the liberal arts, career preparation, and public service. As Madonna's President, I am proud to serve the students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University who each day recognize and engage in the many exceptional opportunities that define Madonna as a learning organization. 

Having joined the Madonna community in July 2023, I am humbled to be chosen to work with an ambitious, passionate, creative, and dedicated group of professionals whose primary focus is the education and success of students. We devote ourselves daily to preparing our learners for lives that will make the world a better place. As a community, we will continue to achieve great things as we live out our Franciscan values and carry on the legacy of our founders, the Felician Sisters of North America. In doing so, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a talented Madonna team to serve as an anchor institution in Livonia and surrounding communities with a global reach.

Please join me in exploring how Madonna University can be a part of your educational journey, a place to grow spiritually, socially, and professionally, leading to a rewarding career that changes lives in the process.


Christopher Dougherty, Ph.D

Academic Council

Deborah Dunn, Ed.D. Provost and Vice President for Academic Administration, Interim Dean of College of Nursing and Health
Ian Bell, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Jessica Cummings, J.D. Interim Dean, School of Business
Elizabeth Prough, Ph.D. Interim Dean, Graduate School
Elena Qureshi, Ph.D. Associate Dean, Office of Instructional Design and Development
Sue Ann Sharma, Ph.D. Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Kenneth Thiel, Ph.D. Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Susan Toma, Ph.D. Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Stewart Wood, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

Executive Council

Christopher Dougherty, Ph.D President 
Chris Benson, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs and Mission Integration
Deborah Dunn, Ed.D. Provost and Vice President for Academic Administration
Patricia Everett, M.Ed Vice President for Admissons and Marketing
Matt Rheinecker, Ph.D. Vice President for Advancement
Angela Rudolph, M.S. Vice President for Finance and Business Operations


Jesse Cox, M.Th, Ed.S. Chief Diversity Officer
Cliff Camp, J.D., M.P.A. Assistant Vice President, Dean of Students, and 504 Coordinator
Dina DuBuis, M.B.A., M.S. Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Services and Registrar
Tracey Durden, M.S.A., Ed.S. Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Noel Emenhiser, M.S.B.A. Athletic Director and Head Coach-Men’s Basketball
Joshua Stotts, M.B.A. Chief Information Officer

Board of Trustees


Mr. David J. Boyd Chair – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments, Northville, MI
Mr. Michael Obloy Vice Chair – President, Special Drill and Reamer Corporation, Madison Heights, MI
S.M. Aquinas Szott, CSSF Executive Committee – Felician Sisters of North America, Metuchen, NJ
Ms. Angela Rudolph

Secretary/Treasurer – Vice President for Finance & Business Operations, Madonna University, Livonia, MI


Mr. Francis X. Berkemeier Attorney (ret.), Consumer Energy, Jackson, MI
Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Ms. Cheryl Doelker President, JCD Group Inc., Livonia, MI
Dr. Christopher Dougherty President, Madonna University, Livonia, MI
Dr. Stella Evangelista President and CEO, Maple Manor Rehabilitation Center of Novi, Novi, MI
Dr. Steven Harte Research Investigator, University of Michigan, Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Terry Harvill Managing Director, Laclede Economic Consulting, LLC, Northville, MI
Ms. Maria Holmes Director (ret.), Community Impact-External Affairs, Comcast, Plymouth, MI
Mr. Roch McClain Real Estate Advisor, RXMc Consulting, LLC, West Bloomfield Township, MI
Ms. LaDonna Myers Director, Management Support Office, United States Department of Defense, Washington DC
Mr. Rodney Patterson CEO, The Learner's Group, Chicago, IL
Mr. Scott Seabolt Attorney Partner, Hickey, Hauck, Bishoff, Jeffers & Seabolt, Detroit, MI
S.M. Aquinas Szott, CSSF Felician Sisters of North America, Metuchen, NJ
Mr. Timothy Turner Chairman and CEO, RT Specialty, Chicago, IL 
Mr. Jim Woodworth Chief Experience Officer, Success Group Mortgage and Servicing, LLC, Owosso, MI


Mr. Leonard Charles Suchyta

A Message from the Board of Trustees Chair, DJ Boyd