Aurora University


Aurora University's leadership oversees the strategic vision of the university, ensuring that students always come first and that our mission — an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of education — is prevalent in all we do.


Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD

Senior Staff

Frank Buscher
Frank Buscher, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs Areas of oversight: Academic affairs, academic administration, AU Online, general education, Higher Learning Commission liaison, Office of the Registrar, Phillips Library Education: PhD, History, Marquette University
BA, History, Northern Michigan University Favorite thing about AU: "I love to work at Aurora University because it is clearly a winning organization."

Lora de Lacey
Lora de Lacey, PhD

Senior Vice President for Student Life Areas of oversight: Academic Support Center, athletics, club sports, counseling services, Crouse Center for Student Success, residence life, student activities, Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, Wellness Center Education: PhD, Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
BS, Mathematics, Middle Tennessee State University Favorite thing about AU: "Everyone who works at AU is 100 percent focused on helping students succeed. We are truly student centered and our reward comes from the success of our students."

David Diehl
David Diehl

Chief Operating Officer Areas of oversight: Campus Public Safety, emergency preparedness, facility operations and maintenance, Information Technology Services Education:Educational Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia
MSEd, Classroom Teaching, Missouri Baptist University
MBA, Loyola University Chicago
BS, Accounting, Loyola University Chicago
Favorite thing about AU: "AU is a unique community. The depth of care for others makes it a joy to serve our students."

Meg Howes
Meg Howes

Vice President for Development Areas of oversight: Fundraising for all campuses, including support for annual operations, academic programs, capital improvements, endowment, and student scholarships Education: BA, English, Georgetown University Favorite thing about AU: "I enjoy my interaction with our students and admire how invested they are in their education and their future. Their aspirations are matched by the commitment of faculty and staff who are focused solely on helping our students succeed. Being a part of this caring community is truly an honor!"

James Lancaster
James Lancaster

Vice President for Enrollment Areas of oversight: Freshman, transfer, and graduate enrollment operations Education: MS, Physical Education, Chicago State University
BA, Physical Education, Aurora University
Favorite thing about AU: "At AU, we put students first. Our mission inspires us to invest in our students’ success and walk in their journey. Each office and every department across campus comes together as a supportive and caring team, which truly makes a difference in the lives of our students."

Deborah Maue
Deborah Maue

Vice President for Marketing and Communications Areas of oversight: Advertising, AU Magazine, media relations, print and digital communications, social media, University Communications Education: MBA, Marketing and Finance, Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University
BS, Marketing, Juniata College
Favorite thing about AU: "At AU, the faculty and staff are singularly focused on the success of our students. It's wonderful to come to work every day with people who are so committed to that goal."

Sharon Maxwell
Sharon Maxwell

Vice President for Finance Areas of oversight: AU Bookstore, Business Office, finance, risk, student accounts, University Analytics Education: BA, Accounting, Illinois Wesleyan University Favorite thing about AU: "My favorite thing about AU is the Honors Convocation where we celebrate the achievements of our students."

Carmella Moran
Carmella Moran, PhD

Vice President for Administration Areas of oversight: New construction and renovation projects Education: PhD, Educational Psychology, Loyola University
MS, Nursing, Loyola University
BS, Nursing, Loyola University Favorite thing about AU: "I love that AU consistently puts students first!"

Sarah Russe
Sarah Russe

Vice President for Community Relations Areas of oversight: Celebrating Arts and Ideas series, Convocation, Commencement, Music by the Lake series, Sundays at 4 series, university events Education: MBA, Aurora University
BS, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa
Favorite thing about AU: "AU is a special place to me because of the dedicated faculty and staff that work diligently to provide experiences both inside and outside the classroom to help transform student lives."

Teri Tomaszkiewicz
Teri Tomaszkiewicz

Vice President for Alumni Relations Areas of oversight: Alumni Relations Education: BS, English and History, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Favorite thing about AU: "What I appreciate most about AU is its unwavering commitment to students, which has existed for more than a century. I also appreciate the story behind the names on buildings and programs — names which represent individuals in AU's history who gave selflessly to students and the institution."

Mary Weis
Mary Weis

Vice President for Human Resources Areas of oversight: Career Services, Human Resources, Title IX Education: MA, International Relations, University of Denver
BA, History and Political Science, Marquette University Favorite thing about AU: "As a first generation university graduate, I love that through my work at Aurora University, I am able to contribute to the transformation of our students, a transformation that I, myself, experienced as a result of my education."