Senior Team

The Hood College senior team is a deliberating body comprised of the president, the vice presidents and the executive director of marketing and communications. The group meets weekly or as circumstances warrant.

Any Hood College faculty or staff member who has a proposal or question for consideration by the senior team should first consult with the vice president in their area.

Meet the senior team


Phone: 301-696-3400
Office: Admission House


    William “Bill” Brown Jr. was named vice president for enrollment management in July 2015. Brown oversees the offices of admission and financial aid. He provides support to undergraduate retention efforts and assists in identifying and developing signature academic programs in collaboration with the academic affairs and student life offices.

    Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Lebanon Valley College, a master’s in business administration from Philadelphia University and completed the management development program at Harvard University.

    Before coming to Hood, Bill served as interim vice president for enrollment management at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Prior to that, he was vice president of enrollment management at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

    He has more than three decades of experience in higher education and is a member of numerous professional organizations associated with admission and financial aid.


    • MDP, Harvard University
    • MBA, Jefferson (formerly Philadelphia University)
    • B.A., Lebanon Valley College

    Nancy Gillece '81Email:
    Phone: 301-696-3700
    Office: Alumnae House


      Nancy Gillece leads the College’s division responsible for annual and planned giving, alumni relations, major gifts to the College, and corporate and foundation relations. She serves on the president’s six-member executive committee.

      After graduating from Hood with a bachelor’s degree in political science, she served for five years as an admission counselor and later as associate director of the College's admission office. She was appointed the director of admission in 1986 and served in that position for 10 years. From October 1996 to July 1998, she served as a major gifts officer for the College.

      After serving in fundraising and as executive assistant to the president and secretary of the corporation at Mount St. Mary’s between 2000 and 2004, Nancy returned to Hood as its sole major gifts officer. 

      Nancy is a member of Rotary Club of Frederick, and serves on the board of directors for Advocates for Homeless Families and Catholic Charities of Frederick, Villa Maria Continuum. She is a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving/Chesapeake Planned Giving Council; and the Maryland Women’s Network Steering Committee. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Frederick County in 1986.


      • B.A. Hood College
      • M.B.A., Mount St. Mary’s University 

      Chuck MannEmail:
      Phone: 301-696-3611
      Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 103


        Charles “Chuck” Mann oversees the College’s financial resources and is responsible for fiscal planning, financial record keeping and reporting, and investment strategy and management. In addition, he provides leadership to facilities, human resources, information technology and auxiliary services to include the Bookstore and food services. Chuck is also an adjunct instructor in The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business where he teaches Principles of Macroeconomics.

        Prior to coming to Hood, Chuck served as the chief financial officer and treasurer at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. He has also held management positions at The Catholic University of America and Gallaudet University. Overall, he has more than 35 years of higher education experience in financial management and planning.

        He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas Christian University, with a major in finance.


        • BBA., Texas Christian University

        Phone: 301-696-3623
        Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 104


        Debbie Ricker, a lifelong academic and biology professor, became Hood's vice president of academic affairs and provost on July 1, 2016.

        A native of Mars Hill, N.C., Ricker is coming to Hood from York College of Pennsylvania where she is currently the dean of academic services. In that capacity, she oversees academic advising, career development, professional excellence, disability support services, study abroad and global education and community education. She serves as an advocate for more than 200 faculty advisers and supervises 20 staff members.

        Ricker began her administrative experience at York in 1996 as a coordinator of the secondary education program in biology. She has served in that capacity until 2002 when she became chair of the department of biological sciences, leading more than 300 students, 15 faculty members and two staff members. In 2008, she took the role of associate dean of academic affairs where she stayed until she accepted her current role in 2010.

        She helped lead the design and deployment of York’s new general education program called “Generation Next.” The curriculum is focused on closer coordination of courses, vertical integration of core competencies within each major and systematic, ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes endorsed by the campus community. The curriculum includes a cohesive first-year seminar, foundational courses, disciplinary perspectives and constellation components, as well as co-curricular learning opportunities, many of which are administered through the division of academic services. 

        Along with her administrative positions, Ricker was an assistant professor from 1995 to 2000. She was promoted with tenure to associate professor in 2000, and she has been a professor of biological science since 2010.

        Ricker earned her doctorate in reproductive biology from The Johns Hopkins University. She earned her master’s degree in biological science from East Tennessee State University and her bachelor’s degree in biological science from Mars Hill University in North Carolina. She also completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management program.


        • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
        • M.S., East Tennessee State University
        • B.S., Mars Hill University

        Laurie WardEmail:
        Phone: 301-696-3803
        Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 209


          Laurie Ward was named executive director of marketing and communications in February 2017; in January 2019, she became the vice president for marketing and communications.

          She oversees the team responsible for strategic marketing, media relations, publications, social media and the web.

          Before coming to Hood, Laurie served as the chief marketing and communications officer at Delaware Valley University and the director of client marketing services at Ithaca College. Prior to her higher education experience, she was the public relations director at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore. At all three institutions, she was responsible for a rebrand and the roll out of a new logo.


          • B.A., St. John Fisher College

          Phone: 301-696-3855
          Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 103


            Olivia WhiteEmail: 
            Phone: 301-696-3573 
            Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 203


              After more than 40 years in higher education administration and 26 years as a senior administrator at Hood, Dean White remains committed to and passionate about her work with students. She is a strong advocate for student growth and development and especially enjoys providing the vision and leadership for programs and services to advance their growth and the mission of the College and student life.

              Her interest in student affairs began when, as an undergraduate, she served as secretary of the student government association at the University of Charleston and was nurtured through several professional opportunities after college.

              Prior to joining the student life division at Hood, Dean White worked at six different colleges and universities in numerous positions of responsibility. These diverse work experiences—student development practitioner, manager and administrator—significantly prepared her for her current role as vice president for student life and dean of students. She is responsible for providing leadership and management to the Division of Student Life, which includes campus safety, wellness services, residence life and student conduct, dean of the chapel, student engagement and orientation, and the campus awareness, response and education program. Dean White also advises the Student Government Association.

              White earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the College of Charleston and her master's degree in college student personnel with a concentration in counseling from the University of South Carolina. She also completed post-graduate coursework at the University of South Carolina, earned a doctorate in higher education administration and educational leadership from Union Institute and University and completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.


              • Ph.D., Union Institute
              • M.S., University of South Carolina
              • B.S., College of Charleston