Dr. Marcheta P. Evans, who became Bloomfield College’s 17th President in June 2019, has served in transformational leadership roles in higher education for 26 years at both public and private institutions. Twenty-one of those years have been spent at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) in the seventh largest city in the U.S., San Antonio, Texas.
The first woman and African-American to be named President of Bloomfield College in its 151-year history, Dr. Evans recently established a scholarship in honor of the woman who raised her, her late grandmother, Annie Mae Sellers. Her grandmother held a strong belief in the power of education, and encouraged Dr. Evans throughout her academic journey. The scholarship will provide emergency funding to the College’s deserving students.
Previously Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Dr. Evans sequentially served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean at OLLU and Associate Dean and Department Chair at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has served as a faculty member for over 25 years and has the rank of Full Professor. Dr. Evans is a past President and Fellow of the American Counseling Association, past President of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. A small sampling of these recognitions includes the Outstanding Multicultural Leadership Award, Yellow Rose of Texas Lifetime Educator Award, and Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award.
Dr. Evans has authored numerous articles and book chapters, focusing on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, women’s issues, and leadership. She has presented over one hundred times at the state, regional, national, and international levels addressing topics such as empowerment, multiculturalism, diversity, and leadership. In her international work, Dr. Evans has traveled extensively, including a length of time in the African country of Malawi where she worked with educators and counselors on literacy initiatives sponsored by USAID.
Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, specializing in Student Affairs, Administration in Higher Education, and Human Resource Management. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts degree in Education in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama.
Michael A. Palladino
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
As Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Bloomfield College, Dr. Michael A. Palladino oversees all functions related to undergraduate and graduate programs, advising, registrar, academic centers and the faculty.
Dr. Palladino is the former Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Professor of Biology at Monmouth University. He joined the biology faculty at Monmouth University in 1999 and served as Dean of the School of Science from 2008-15, then Vice Provost Dr. Palladino has authored, co-authored or edited over 35 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and he has delivered over 100 talks as an invited speaker for lectures, keynotes, workshops, and conference presentations nationally and internationally. He is co-author for leading textbooks in biotechnology and genetics.
As Dean, he led the School of Science at Monmouth through a period of unprecedented growth and success including a significant increase in undergraduate student enrollment and student academic quality, new academic programs, fundraising, international partnerships for student recruitment and student and faculty exchange, and he led the concept and planning effort for a $48M science building renovation and expansion project - the largest capital project in Monmouth history for an academic building. Dr. Palladino recruited and hired 40% of the full-time faculty in the School and enhanced opportunities and support for faculty-student collaborative research and scholarship.
He has received several awards for research and teaching including the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award from Monmouth University, the 2005 Caring Heart Award from the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research, and in 2009 the Young Andrologist Award from the American Society of Andrology (ASA), recognizing significant research contributions to the field of andrology by an ASA member under 45 years of age. He received his B.S., in Biology from Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey) in 1987, and completed a Ph.D., in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration
As Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration, Cindy McDaniel is responsible for the stewardship and effective deployment of the College's resources. Responsibilities include assembling BC’s collegewide budget, preparing its published financial statements and tax filings, advising senior leadership on endowment support for operations and other key financial dynamics, managing liquidity and working capital. She oversees human resources, payroll, accounts payable, student financial services, accounting and mailroom services.
She acts as the primary financial advisor to the President and senior staff within the campus community, and to the Board of Trustees. She coordinates and supports the work of the Board of Trustees Audit, Finance, and Investment Committees.
She has been with the College since 1990. Prior to assuming the Interim VPFA role, she worked in several areas of the College including all financial areas, Office of Enterprise Information Services, Office of Institutional Advancement and Office of International Education.
Cindy is dedicated to meeting and exceeding expectations and implementing internal controls through immediate and long-term participatory governance. She is a self-motivated leader, and is skilled in building collaborative relationships and creating substantive experiences while remaining focused on bottom-line results. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from Bloomfield College in 1993 and is on track to earn her MBA from Thomas Edison State University in 2022.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
As Vice President for Enrollment Management at Bloomfield College, Kevin Cavanagh oversees all functions related to admission, recruitment and marketing for Bloomfield College.
A leader in the admission industry at large, Cavanagh comes to the College with the experience of serving on the Executive Board of the New York Association of College Admissions Counseling. He has also served as an elected State Delegate representing New York at the National Assembly of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling.
Cavanagh has previously served as Senior Director of Enrollment Services and Student Information at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he developed and executed a strategic plan for delivering enrollment services to meet the needs of the top-20 nationally ranked medical school.
Cavanagh was also Assistant Vice President for College Admissions at Iona College, where he was responsible for the enrollment of traditional undergraduates, evening and weekend adult students, transfers, and graduate students.
His higher education career started at Manhattan College, where he rose to the position of Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. He comes to Bloomfield College after most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning at The College of New Rochelle.
In 2014, The Irish Echo recognized him for his contribution to the higher education industry by naming him to its list of 40 under 40.
Cavanagh holds a B.A. in history and an MBA with a concentration in management, both from Manhattan College. He is an inductee of Phi Beta Kappa.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
As Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Sarah Lacz is responsible for the overall management including the strategic and operational direction of Advancement and Institutional Communications. She works to further the College's mission by fostering meaningful relationships to increase philanthropy and engagement with the campus community and beyond.
Prior to joining Bloomfield College, Lacz served as the Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Saint Peter's University. There she was responsible for leading a team which included leadership and planned giving; annual giving; advancement operations; corporation, foundation and government relations, and alumni engagement. She contributed to the strategic planning and development of a critical investment initiative that raised over $46M in three years via record-breaking fundraising efforts.
Lacz also served as the Director of Development for the Northeast Region at Georgetown University with a focus on leadership gifts and strategic pipeline building. She also had roles at Stevens Institutive of Technology as an Associate Director of Major Gifts and a Leadership Gifts Officer at Saint Peter's University. She has a background in finance and began her career in business working for Wells Fargo.
Lacz has a mission driven approach to philanthropy while driving strategic decision making to maximize fundraising achievements. She received her B.S., in Business Management with a concentration in Finance from Monmouth University and completed her M.B.A., with a concentration in Management from Saint Peter's University.