About the Vice President

Rev. John Donato, CSCRev. 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.

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

Fr. Donato is also currently the pastoral resident for Schoenfeldt Hall.


About the Associate Vice President for Student Development, and Dean of Students

herdener.jpgTamara A. Herdener, J.D. is Associate Vice President for Student Development, and Dean of Students at the University of Portland.

Tammy works alongside the Vice President for Student Affairs, Fr. John Donato, assisting in the leadership of the Division, specifically within the Student Health Center, the Student Wellness Center, the Care Team, Residence Life, and the Office of Student Activities. She oversees the University's Title IX program and serves as Co-Chair of CARE/ BITA team. She guides the assessment practices for the Student Affairs Division.

Prior to her appointment at UP, Herdener managed strategic initiatives and projects for the Division of Student Affairs at Oregon State University. She also taught legal studies at American Public University for over 15 years, was the City Attorney for Cannon Beach, Oregon, served as the General Counsel for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and rose to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. Prior to that, Herdener was a residence director at the University of Notre Dame.  Herdener earned her bachelor’s degrees in political science and world languages from Seattle University. She also received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Tammy is committed to Holy Cross Catholic education, care for the whole person, and dedicated to excellence in our service to students at the University of Portland.


Division Leadership

Fr. John Donato, C.S.C.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Tamara Herdener, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Development, and Dean of Students

Department Leaders

Student Development

Jeromy Koffler, Ed.D.
Director, Student Activities

Andrew Weingarten, M.S.
Director, Residence Life and Associate Dean of Students

Student Services

Greg Peterson, M.A.
Director, Student Wellness Center

Kaylin Soldat, FNP‐C
Director, Student Health Center

Tyler Wagner
Interim Director, Moreau Center for Service and Justice

Rev. Peter Walsh, C.S.C., M.Div.
Executive Director, Mission and Ministry