Leadership & Offices

Union Institute & University’s leaders are featured for their commitment to the university’s purpose and mission. Our leadership is proudly active, engaging in the governance of the institution while remaining committed to its growth and development.

Dr. Karen Schuster Webb President | Union Institute & University


Dr. Karen Schuster Webb is Union Institute & University’s sixth president, having taken office on July 1, 2018. Dr. Webb is a visionary leader with a passion for community and mentoring women in leadership, having dedicated her career to the equity of access to educational excellence in the United States, as well as around the world. She brings more than 20 years of executive leadership and an impressive career in higher education, most recently as the Midwest campus president and senior advisor for Academic Innovation to the Chancellor at the Antioch University System. She also served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Antioch University Midwest Campus. Prior to her work at Antioch University, Webb served at Alliant International University System from 2000 to 2013, where she was founding university dean of the California School of Education, overseeing programs in California, Mexico, and the Far East, as well as online programs.

President’s Cabinet

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Patty Burke, J.D.

VP, Human Resources
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Dr. Shanda L. Gore

VP, Innovation and Growth Management

Sandra M. Mills, CPA

Vice President Of Finance And Chief Financial Officer
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Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy

Dean, Education Transformation & Strategic Alliances; Special Assistant to President
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Dr. Nelson Soto

VP, Academic Affairs/Provost
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Dr. Woden Teachout

Chair Of The Faculty Council