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UPRC Members

The UPRC is comprised of 17 members*, allocated as follows:

Elected members (ten):

  • Six Faculty: One from each college, two at-large
  • Four Administrative/Professional

Presidential appointees (five):

  • Four at-large appointees
  • One Dean

Student representatives (two):

  • One Undergraduate
  • One Graduate

Ex Officio members:

  • President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Provost
  • Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness

* At least one member of the UPRC will also be a member of the Academic Senate.

The members of the 2020-21 UPRC are:

Elected members:


  • Dr. Ann Rensel* - Associate Professor, Management
  • Dr. Donna Phillips - Associate Professor, Education
  • Dr. Youngsoo Choi* - Associate Professor, Hospitality & Tourism
  • Dr. Chris Lee - Associate Professor, Political Science; Co-chair

Elected Faculty at-large:

  • Dr. Patrick Tutka* - Assistant Professor, Hospitality & Tourism
  • Dr. Lei Han - Associate Professor, Accounting

Elected Administration:

  • Dr. Peter Butera* - Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ms. Antonia Knight - Dean, Academic Services
  • Mr. David Schoen - Director, Library
  • Dr. Vennessa Walker* - Director, Institutional Research

Presidential appointees:

  • Rev. Aidan Rooney, C.M. - Vice President, Mission Integration
  • Dr. Vincent Rinaldo - Vice President of Ontario Administration, Academic
  • Ms. Stephanie Morris - Director, Career Services
  • Mr. Simon Gray - Director, Athletics
  • Mr. Jerrell Mason* - Director, Niagara University Opportunity Program

Student representatives:

  • Ms. Kiara Santiago - Undergraduate
  • TBD - Graduate

Ex Officio members:

  • Fr. James J. Maher, C.M. - President
  • Dr. Debra Colley - Executive Vice President; Co-chair
  • Dr. Timothy Ireland - Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Mr. Christopher Sheffield - Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness

*Academic Senator