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.


Senior Staff

Jen Buckley
Jennifer Buckley, EdD

Vice President for Student Success Areas of oversight: Center for Student Success, Latino/a initiatives, Black initiatives, Veterans initiatives, Autism initiative, Orientation and First Year Experience; School of Education Education: EdD, Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University
BS, Athletic Training and Biology, Aurora University
Favorite thing about AU: "My favorite thing about AU is the strong community that is dedicated to serving our students. Faculty and staff have a passion and commitment to help our students not only succeed on campus, but also beyond once they graduate. Our students are 'Spartans for Life.'"

Lora de Lacey
Lora de Lacey, PhD

Executive Vice President Areas of oversight: Board governance, special projects 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."

Amy Gray
Amy Gray, EdD

Vice President for Student Life Areas of oversight: Academic Support Center, Behavioral Intervention Team, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Resources, Health Services, Residence Life, Student Activities, Title IX Coordinator Education:EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, Aurora University
MSEd, Higher Education Administration, Western Illinois University
BA, Business Administration and Psychology, Augustana College
Favorite thing about AU: "The idea that Aurora University exists to help students to discover what matters and build their life around it is so exciting to me. What makes it even more meaningful is knowing how committed our entire campus community is to helping students on this journey."

Jim Hamad
Jim Hamad

Vice President for Athletics Areas of oversight: Athletics, club sports, and intramurals Education: MEd, Higher Education Administration, University of Akron
BA, Conflict Management, Kent State University
Favorite thing about AU: "Watching student-athletes develop into champions both on and off the field of play. We have exceptional young adults and a campus filled with faculty and staff members who pride themselves in aiding their development to prepare them for their professional careers. It is an honor to be a part of this special university."

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!"

Jeffrey King
Jeffrey King, EdD

Chief Operating Officer Areas of oversight: Campus Public Safety, emergency preparedness, facility operations and maintenance, Information Technology Services Education: EdD, Education Leadership, Aurora University
MBA, Eastern Illinois University
BA, Economics, Eastern Illinois University
Favorite thing about AU: "Everyone is always willing to help and the student is front and center in every decision."

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, Human Resources, 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."

Andrew Prall
Andrew Prall, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs Areas of oversight: Academic affairs, academic administration, general education, Higher Learning Commission liaison, Phillips Library Education: PhD, English, University of Denver
MFA, Creative Writing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BA, English and Economics, DePauw University
Favorite thing about AU: "Our authentic commitment to our mission of being an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning, which for me is most powerfully experienced at Commencement, where we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of our students as they embark on pathways full of promise and opportunity."

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."