President's Cabinet 2019-20
The President's Cabinet is comprised of leaders of each major University division and provides advice and counsel to the President, leveraging its collective knowledge and expertise to advance the University's mission. Cabinet members deliver effective, responsive, and informed institutional leadership, and provide penultimate review of recommendations to the President of the University on matters of broad institutional significance. The President's Cabinet ensures that the University makes timely progress toward its goal of advancing as Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences.
Each member of the President's Cabinet ensures effective communication with his or her constituents. This communication, which must be reciprocal, involves anticipating issues, seeking perspective and advice, and sharing information before and after decisions are made. The format of these communication networks is at the discretion of each Cabinet member.
Cabinet members serve at the invitation of the President of the University. The current roster includes:
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Maynard Schaus is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan University. He has a Ph.D. in zoology from Miami University (Ohio) and a B.S. in biology from California Lutheran University. Previously at Virginia Wesleyan, he served as Associate Provost and Dean of University College, Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Director of Undergraduate Research. A member of the VWU faculty for over 20 years, he is also a professor of biology and has taught courses such as Principles of Biology, General Ecology, Humans and the Environment, and Topics in Tropical Biology.
Dr. Schaus’ research has primarily focused on the role of fish in freshwater nutrient cycles. He has received funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District to investigate the impact of gizzard shad on the water quality of Lake Apopka, Florida. He has also involved students in research projects examining salt marsh bird community composition, runoff from green roofs, and the behavior of harvestmen (daddy longlegs) in Costa Rica and Belize. His work has been published in journals such as Freshwater Biology, Ecology, Limnology & Oceanography, and the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
Dr. Schaus is originally from Southern California and lives in Norfolk, with his wife, Kathy. They have three children.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
James "Jim" Cooper is Vice President for Finance and Administration at Virginia Wesleyan University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University.
Cooper previously served as Associate Vice President for Finance at Arcadia University, where he oversaw accounting and auxiliary functions, including food service, bookstore and conference services. Prior to Arcadia, he worked for 16 years at Ursinus College, serving as Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller. He was responsible for the oversight, development, and management of Ursinus's financial policies and procedures. He also served as Director of Accounting and Budgets at La Salle University as well as several healthcare financial positions early in his career.
Cooper is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs and is an avid fan of the Phillies and Eagles. He is the proud father of two daughters, Emily and Katie.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Keith Moore is Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan University, a role he assumed in January 2016. In this capacity, he oversees Campus Security, Counseling Services, Community Service, Health Services, the Jane P. Batten Student Center, Marlin Ministries, Residence Life, Greek Life and Student Activities. Dr. Moore previously served as Virginia Wesleyan's Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. He first came to Virginia Wesleyan in 1999 as the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Director of Intramural Sports and has held additional roles as Director of Residence Life, the Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach, Institutional Assessment Coordinator, and Dean of Students.
A Boston native, Dr. Moore has also held positions in new student orientation and housing and residence life at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has served as president of the Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators and taught courses through Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education. Moore holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He earned an M.Ed. in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a B.A. in Politics and History from Curry College.
Dr. Moore is married to the former Meredith Ann Martin, a school psychologist with Chesapeake Public Schools. They reside in Virginia Beach with their daughter, Jacqueline Rose.
David W. Waggoner
Vice President for Enrollment
David Waggoner is Vice President for Enrollment at Virginia Wesleyan University. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kansas and a master's degree at the University of Missouri.
Waggoner previously served as Associate Vice President for Admission at the University of Baltimore; Assistant Vice President for Admission at Monmouth University; Dean of Enrollment at The French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center); and Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Upsula College. He is also the former Vice President of Premier Communications, a marketing consulting firm on student enrollment strategies, and Miller/Cook & Associates, an enrollment consulting firm.
Waggoner is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and an avid fan of the Royals, Chiefs, and Tigers of Mizzou.
Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Emeritus
Joanne Renn, Virginia Wesleyan Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Emeritus, has returned to the University to head the program in an interim capacity. Renn holds her master's degree in human resource management from Alabama's Troy State University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Old Dominion University. She is one of the six original female athletic scholarship recipients at ODU, where she played women's basketball.
Renn retired in 2018 after 11 years as athletics director and 25 years total with the Marlins. She played an instrumental role in the implementation of several important initiatives at the University. She provided active leadership in expansion and improvement of the institution's athletic facilities: Birdsong Field, the Betty S. Rogers Track and Field Center, development of the outdoor athletic complex, upgrades and naming of Kenneth R. Perry Field, a new East Gate campus entrance and the adjoining Marlin Way, and TowneBank Park. She was also instrumental in the initiation of men's and women's swimming, a relationship with Harlaxton College of England, and the establishment of the Batten Honors College.
Renn Reserve and Pond, in the heart of Virginia Wesleyan's outdoor athletic complex, was named in her honor upon her retirement.
Topic-specific guests will be invited as appropriate by the President
Management & Coordination
Executive Assistant to the President
Kelly Barham is the Executive Assistant to the President at Virginia Wesleyan University, where she manages senior-level communication strategies and initiatives for Dr. Scott D. Miller and serves on the President’s Leadership Council.
A product of a liberal arts education, Barham earned her undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and minor in communication studies from Christopher Newport University. She earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Richmond.
Barham joined Virginia Wesleyan in July 2016 where she first served as a key staff member in the Office of the Provost, managing projects for the Academic Affairs division and serving on the University’s Strategic Planning Committee. Prior to her arrival at Virginia Wesleyan, she spent six years at the University of Richmond in student development and marketing roles.
A native of Richmond, Barham currently resides in Portsmouth with her husband, Edward, and beloved basset hound, Millie. She is a member of the Portsmouth Service League and enjoys all that life near the water has to offer.