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Cottey Leadership

A Message From the President

“Welcome to Cottey College, an institution with a 130+ year commitment to the education of women. At Cottey, our entire community, including faculty, staff, alumnae, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, ensures that our students are a priority — supported and inspired throughout the entirety of their Cottey experience.

Cottey College is a challenging, independent, liberal arts and sciences all-women’s college focused on transforming students into the leaders they have the potential to become. Our highly qualified and accessible staff and faculty members are committed to academic excellence and doing all that it takes to help our students succeed.

Alongside the College’s rigorous academic curriculum, its strong programs in the arts and athletics, and a wide variety of campus honor and social organizations, Cottey maintains a focus on leadership that permeates throughout our campus. Our three tenets of experiential learning, social responsibility and global awareness are imparted through academic programs and resources, as well as the Serenbetz Institution for Leadership, in order to challenge and enhance the lives of our students.

Our mission is to educate women as contributing members of a global society, but what students receive leads to so much more. Cottey not only gives our students an invaluable college experience, but also gives them impactful life experiences that will prepare them for their incredible futures.”


Dr. Stefanie Niles began her tenure as the 13th president of Cottey College on July 1, 2022. She is a national leader in her field and a compelling spokesperson for the liberal arts. Dr. Niles has been a successful, strategic, and innovative leader at multiple outstanding liberal arts institutions.

Dr. Niles comes to Cottey from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, where she served as the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications since 2018, overseeing the offices of admission, financial aid, and university communications. Prior to her tenure at Ohio Wesleyan, she was the chief enrollment officer at Dickinson College, Hollins University, Bryn Athyn College, and DePauw University where she oversaw admission and financial aid and, in some instances, marketing and communications, athletics and institutional research.

In 2018-19, Dr. Niles served as the president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the leading national organization for college admission professionals with more than 23,000 members, completing a three-year term on the Board of Directors in 2020. In this role, she addressed national and international audiences on a variety of issues related to college admissions, financial aid, and marketing. She has been an active member of several state and regional associations for college admission counseling, including serving in the presidential cycle for Indiana ACAC.

In 2017, Dr. Niles was the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) award and participated in a cross-cultural exchange examining the higher education systems in France and Belgium. She has completed the Harvard Institute for Educational Management and the Educational Leadership Academy co-sponsored by the CIC and the AASCU. Dr. Niles has also been an active peer reviewer for the MSCHE and the Higher Learning Commission.

Dr. Niles holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science degree in education from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Doctor of Education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Joann Bangs joined Cottey College in 2018 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Prior to Cottey, Dr. Bangs was the associate provost of the College for Women, and dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Bangs also taught at DeVry University (online), Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. She holds a doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Landon Adams joined Cottey College in 2019 as vice president for student life. He came to Cottey from Missouri Southern State University where he served as Director of Student Life and Conduct and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in marketing at Missouri Southern, a master’s in business administration in leadership at Adams State University in Colorado, and a Doctor of Education in instructional leadership in higher education administration at Lindenwood University. Prior to Missouri Southern, Dr. Adams worked in marketing positions in minor league baseball.

David Heringer joined Cottey in 2019 as vice president for enrollment management and marketing.  Prior to Cottey, Mr. Heringer served as vice president for enrollment management at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He has held similar positions at University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, and Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas.

Mr. Heringer earned a Master of Management from University of Mary and a Bachelor of Science with double majors in business administration and sociology/anthropology from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.

Kimberly Marshall joined Cottey College in 2022 as vice president for finance and administration. Prior to Cottey, Ms. Marshall served as controller at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville, Arkansas and the grants administrator for the City of Jonesboro, Arkansas. In addition, she has served as a research compliance director at Arkansas State University.

Ms. Marshall has earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. In March 2021, she became a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Christi is a 1996 Cottey alumna. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at William Woods University and her master’s degree from the University of Central Missouri. Christi began her career at Cottey in the fall of 2008 as assistant professor of Dance.

In summer 2016, Christi joined Institutional Advancement as the coordinator of Alumnae Relations. Now serving in the role of Assoc. Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Christi works to enhance the relationships between the College and its alumnae; from planning alumnae gatherings, to liaison to the CCAA Board, promoting legacy students on campus, as well as overseeing Founder’s Day Weekend and Regional Cottey College Alumnae Clubs. She is also a 24 year member of P.E.O.

Randon Coffey joined Cottey in 2020 as director of marketing. He comes to us from the University of Nebraska where he was serving as the Marketing Communication and Strategy Manager.

Prior to that, Randon was the Director of Marketing and Sponsorships for Athletics at Missouri Southern. Randon received his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in business management from Missouri Southern State University.

Dr. Catherine Moss joined Cottey College in July 2022 from the California Department of Education where she served as the Special Assistant to the Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2020-2022. Prior to her work at the Department, she worked for 16 years as the Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees at Eastern Washington University.

Dr. Moss holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Eastern Washington University. She holds a Doctor of Education in higher education leadership from Walden University.

Dr. Gilchrist has a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University and an M.A. and Ph.D in Psychological Sciences with a Concentration in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Gilchrist teaches several courses at Cottey, including Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, and Biopsychology. In Spring 2022, she took a sabbatical to learn about measuring brain activity using EEG, and she plans to incorporate this into her classes and student research in the Psychology Lab. She regularly attends conferences in her field, including the Psychonomic Society and the National Institute on Teaching in Psychology (NITOP).


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