President's Leadership Cabinet

The University of Portland President’s Leadership Cabinet is comprised of the University's officers and select senior administrators. The Cabinet meets regularly to advise and counsel the President on strategic and operational matters and to collaborate on key projects and initiatives.

Robert D. Kelly, PhD, President

Dr. Robert D. Kelly

Robert D. Kelly, PhD, became the 21st President of the University of Portland on July 1, 2022. He is the first layperson and first person of color to lead UP, a Roman Catholic, Holy Cross institution founded in 1901.

Prior to joining UP, Dr. Kelly served as Vice President, Special Assistant to the President, and Clinical Professor at Loyola University Maryland, with responsibility for mission and identity, intercollegiate athletics, student development, emergency management, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more. He has held senior administrative and teaching positions at Loyola University Chicago, Seattle University, and Union College, among other institutions. Dr. Kelly holds a PhD in Philosophy, Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland; a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont; and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland.

Contact: / 503.943.7101

Elise M. Moentmann, PhD, Interim Provost

Elise M. Moentmann, PhD

Elise M. Moentmann, PhD, was named Interim Provost of the University of Portland in January 2023. She concurrently serves as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of History.

Dr. Moentmann came to UP in 1998. She has previously served as Chair in the Department of History and the Director of the Summer Salzburg Program. She has also served as the faculty advisor to Phi Alpha Theta and chaired or served on numerous University and Academic Senate Committees. She is a member of the following scholarly and professional organizations: American Historical Association, Society of French Historical Studies, Society of Architectural Historians, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), American Conference of Academic Deans. 

Dr. Moentmann received her bachelor of architecture and master of arts degrees from Louisiana Tech University and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Contact: / 503.943.7848

Eric C. Barger, Vice President for Financial Affairs

Eric C. Barger

A graduate of the University, Eric C. Barger returned to campus in 2008 as Associate Vice President for Finance & Controller and served in that position until his promotion to Vice President for Financial Affairs in July 2020. During his tenure at University of Portland, Barger also taught health care accounting and finance as an Adjunct Instructor at Pacific University. Prior to 2008, he worked in various roles in health care finance at Legacy Health System, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, MediaLogic/Medscape, GE Medical Systems IT, and Tuality Health Care.

Barger graduated from the University of Portland in 1990 with a BBA in Marketing and a BS in Health Care Management. He added an MBA, also from University of Portland, in 1994 and went on to become a Certified Public Accountant in 1999. He serves on various not-for-profit boards.

Contact: / 503.943.7507

Rev. John J. Donato, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs

Rev. John J. Donato, C.S.C.

Rev. John J. Donato, C.S.C., is Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Portland. From 2007 to 2015, he served as the Associate Vice President for Student Development. In that role, he had direct responsibility for the Offices of International Student Services, Residence Life, and Student Activities, as well as the Moreau Center. Additionally Father Donato has served as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and Co-Chair of the Early Alert Program, Director and Senior Associate Director of Campus Ministry and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Theology Department. During the first nine years of his priestly ministry, he served in parishes in California, Indiana, and Florida. Before beginning his role in university administration, Father Donato served as the Director of Human Formation at Mount Angel Seminary. Father Donato is also currently the pastoral resident for Schoenfeldt Hall.

Father Donato earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, where he also earned a master of divinity degree in 1990 and a master of science in administration in 1997. He completed his doctorate in educational leadership in 2005 at Seattle University.

Contact: / 503.943.8532

Evan T. Leadem, Chief of Staff & Board Secretariat

Evan T. Leadem

Evan T. Leadem serves as Chief of Staff & Board Secretariat at the University of Portland. In this role, he advances the strategic priorities of the President’s Office, provides counsel and support to the President, and manages a wide array of special projects. He also directs operational and governance matters relating to the University’s Board of Regents.

Prior to joining UP in 2018, Leadem practiced civil litigation defense with a national law firm and worked in the president’s office at another institution. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University. He serves on the Board of Trustees for De La Salle North Catholic High School and is a Reader at Holy Cross Parish in North Portland.

Contact: / 503.943.8088

Michael E. Lewellen, Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Michael E. Lewellen

Michael E. Lewellen joined the University of Portland in 2019 as Vice President for Marketing & Communications, the first person to hold this role in the institution's history. He oversees marketing, public affairs, internal communications, advertising, social media, graphic design, printing/mailing services, and Portland Magazine, UP's alumni publication.

Prior to joining UP, Lewellen served for seven years as Vice President of Corporate Communications for the Portland Trail Blazers, directing corporate communications and public engagement strategies for the Trail Blazers, Rip City Management, Moda Center, Rose Quarter, and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. His award-winning career has also included leadership positions with NIKE, Turner Sports, Fox Sports Net, Black Entertainment Television, NBC Universal, and Heart of Florida United Way.

A native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Lewellen holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Arkansas State University and is an accredited public relations practitioner through both the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. In 2020, the Oregon Chapter of PRSA honored Lewellen with the William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to public relations profession – the first-ever African-American practitioner to receive that recognition. He is a board trustee of the Legacy Health Foundation, vice president and board member of the University Club of Portland, and immediate past chairman of the board for the Urban League of Portland.

Contact: / 503.943.7824

Scott R. Leykam, Vice President for Athletics

Scott R. Leykam

Scott R. Leykam, who arrived at UP in 2012 and has worked in NCAA Division I Athletics since 1994, has led the Pilots to impressive growth in athletic success, academic success, fundraising and facility expansion during his tenure on The Bluff.

In his role on The Bluff, Leykam is charged with oversight of the University’s 16 varsity athletic programs, 280 student-athletes, and all campus recreation and intramural programs.

Prior to UP, Leykam spent four years as Senior Associate Commissioner for External Relations at the West Coast Conference and 13 years in the Stanford University Athletic Department in a variety of fundraising and media relations positions. He served as President of the NCAA Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association in the 2019-20 academic year and will serve as Chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee in 2022-23.

Leykam received his bachelor's degree in Communications from Saint Mary's College (California).

Contact: / 503.943.8420

Dana Lopez, Vice President for Human Resources

Dana M. Lopez

Dana Lopez joined the University of Portland in 2021 as Vice President for Human Resources. In this role, Lopez leads the University’s efforts to support employees, attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce, and enhance UP’s commitment to becoming an employer of choice in Portland and within higher education. Along with the Human Resources team, Lopez oversees recruitment and onboarding, compensation and benefits administration, engagement and professional development, wellness and employee relations, and more.

Prior to beginning her tenure on The Bluff, Lopez served as Senior Director of Human Resources at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Her career has included additional HR and student affairs positions at Otis College of Art & Design, UCLA, the American Red Cross, and Loyola Marymount University.

Lopez holds a BA in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University, as well as several employment HR-related certifications.

Contact: / 503.943.8484

Gregory J. Naleski, Vice President for University Relations

Gregory J. Naleski

Gregory J. Naleski began his service as Vice President for University Relations at the University of Portland in January of 2023. Prior to joining UP, Greg served as Associate Vice-President for Advancement at The Catholic University of America. He has also held senior advancement roles at Washington Jesuit Academy, KIPP DC, the Nativity Miguel Network of Schools, Georgetown Preparatory School, and Loyola Blakefield High School. Greg also served as Expert in Residence for the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame. 

Greg holds a bachelor of science in biology from Loyola University of Maryland.

Contact: / 503.943.8009

Rev. Edwin H. Obermiller, C.S.C., Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Relations

Rev. Edwin H. Obermiller, C.S.C.

Father Ed Obermiller, C.S.C., serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Relations. From 1995 to 2005, he was the University's Director of Campus Ministry and Pastoral Resident in Villa Maria and Corrado Halls. During this time, he taught in the Salzburg Program, contributed to the development of UP's Master Plan, and served on several committees related to the University's mission. He then served as Vocation Director and, later, Assistant Provincial Superior for the Congregation of Holy Cross, leading a host of fundraising campaigns and communications strategies on behalf of the Province. He returned to The Bluff in 2013 as Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Relations and Pastoral Resident in Kenna Hall.

Father Obermiller received his undergraduate education at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and his Master of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Contact: / 503.943.7488