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University Leadership

Interim President Cody Teets, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees and university administrators, ensures that Regis remains true to its Jesuit Catholic heritage, honors its commitment to academic excellence and operates with agility and an eye to the future.

Honoring tradition. Embracing the future.

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Interim President

Cody Teets

Ms. Teets became the Interim President of Regis University on January 1, 2022. Prior to joining Regis, she was a vice president at McDonald’s Corporation. A Regis graduate, she teaches in the business college and has been a Board of Trustee member since 2013.

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Karen Riley

Provost

Karen Riley, Ph.D.

An internationally recognized expert in neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Karen Riley joined the Regis community in 2021, previously serving as dean of education at the University of Denver.

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President's Cabinet
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Salvador D. Aceves, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

In May 2014, Salvador D. Aceves, Ed.D., was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as well as, Professor of Accounting at Regis University. In May 2015, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this appointment, he served as Associate Vice President for Academic, Financial Planning and Analysis in the Office of the Provost at Fordham University. He held an appointment as Associate Professor of Accounting in the Gabelli School of Business.

Formerly, Aceves spent six years as Vice Provost at the University of San Francisco (USF), serving as the university’s chief planning and budget officer. He also held a faculty position as Associate Professor of Accounting, teaching in both the School of Business and Management and the School of Law, and was the recipient of five teaching awards. At USF, his office was the 2008 recipient of the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award.

Aceves is a reviewer for both the Higher Learning Commission and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He is on the Board of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, a consortium of sixteen libraries located in Colorado and Wyoming. His most recent publication: “Finances: How Can They Reflect the Institution’s Mission and Values?” appears in the Spring 2019 issue of Conversations On Jesuit Higher Education.

Aceves earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a doctoral degree in education with a focus on global business from USF. He also holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He began his career as a tax associate with Price Waterhouse and served for six years as a tax manager for Citibank.

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Kevin F. Burke, S.J.

Vice President, Mission

Rev. Kevin F. Burke, S.J., is the Vice-President for University Mission at Regis and Professor of Theology in Regis College. Fr. Burke first came to Regis shortly after his ordination and served as Associate Campus Minister (1988-1992). He was involved with the Regis Service-Learning Office in its early years and was a co-founder of Romero House.

After Tertianship and Doctoral Studies (1992-1997) he joined the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA (1997-2006) as Assistant/Associate Professor of Fundamental and Systematic Theology. In 2006 he became Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA (2006-12) and Acting President (2008-09). He returned to the faculty of JST-SCU and served as director of the Doctoral Program from 2012-2017.

A member of the Regis University Board of Trustees (2011-2017), Fr. Burke stepped down from that position to become VP for Mission. In this role, he seeks to promote the future of the Jesuit Catholic mission at Regis and extend our sense of mission to our sister schools in the AJCU.

Author or editor of seven books, including The Ground beneath the Cross: The Theology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Georgetown, 2000), Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings (Orbis, 2004), and The Ignatian Tradition (Liturgical Press, 2006), he is currently writing a book on the theological vision of the poet, Denise Levertov. He chairs the board of directors of the journal, Theological Studies, serves on the board of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the board of trustees of the University of San Francisco.

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Barbara Wilcots, Ph.D.

Vice President, Student Affairs

Dr. Wilcots joined the Regis community in 2017 after serving as associate dean of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Dean of the DU-Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion, and associate provost for Graduate Studies at the University of Denver. She holds a Ph.D. in English from DU, an MA in English from Texas Woman’s University, and an MA in Public Relations and a BA in Journalism from Drake University. Her areas of scholarship are 20th Century American literature and literature of the African Diaspora with a special focus on African-American and Caribbean literatures. With a commitment to inclusive excellence, she has engaged in leadership and diversity training as a participant, invited speaker and trainer in workshops and conferences across the United States as well as in the Caribbean, South Africa and Bologna, Italy.

"I sought professional opportunities at Regis because I wanted to serve in a faith-based institution committed to social justice and dedicated to developing in students the tools and determination to make a positive difference in the world. Having held leadership positions in academic affairs, serving graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, my current role as vice president of Student Affairs allows me support the academic and civic formation of all students at Regis. An integral aspect of civic formation is encouraging students not only to confront the social justice issues of our times but also to challenge their own perceptions—to seek the magis, to become the truest version of their best selves and to serve others for the greater good of the world in which we live."

Kelly Purdy

Kelly Purdy

Vice President, Advancement

Regis alumna Kelly Purdy returned to her alma mater to lead University Advancement in June 2022. She is a lifelong fundraising professional with experience across the full spectrum of philanthropy. She has a passion for connecting generosity with impact to create strong communities and vibrant institutions. She previously was Senior National Director for Philanthropy and Foundations at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where she oversaw institutional fundraising, principal gifts, and planned giving. Prior to joining BGCA, Kelly served as Vice President of Engaged Philanthropy at The Denver Foundation, where she led fundraising and donor services efforts helping that institution reach nearly $1 billion in total assets stewarded across nearly 1,000 donor-advised, scholarship and endowment funds. Kelly also served as Vice President of Development and Communications for Global Greengrants Fund, a Boulder-based international nonprofit working at the intersection of human rights and the environment.

She serves on the board of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable where she chairs the DEI Taskforce, and she also supports the Curriculum Committee for the Institute of Leaders in Development. Kelly's commitment to a career in service to social justice missions started as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where she met her husband. She is a Colorado-native and attended University of Colorado for her undergraduate degrees in political science and international affairs. In 2011 she received her Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Senthil Kumar

Senthil Kumar, D.B.A

Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management

Dr. Senthil Kumar joined Regis as vice president for strategic enrollment management in 2022 and oversees traditional, adult, graduate and online recruitment, admissions, and financial aid.

An accomplished higher education professional with over 20 years of experience and a proven track record in strategic enrollment planning and global engagement, Kumar also brings with him an additional eight years of senior-level managerial experience in human resources, corporate finance, and management information systems.

Kumar, who most recently was vice president for strategic enrollment management at Saint Leo University, a private Catholic institution in Florida, created the Center for Global Engagement and led a team of over 150, managing the marketing, recruitment, and admissions for the university's main campus, online learning, and 17 education centers that include multiple military installations across all branches of service in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. Under his leadership, the university welcomed three consecutive years of record enrollment from 2019 to 2021.

Before joining Saint Leo, Kumar also held leadership roles at Juesheng Education Group in China, Bay State College in Massachusetts, The National Graduate School of Quality Management in Massachusetts, and Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.

He began his enrollment management career at his alma mater, Oklahoma City University, where he earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Meinders School of Business. Kumar earned a Doctor of Business Administration in QSM specializing in Health Systems and the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from the National Graduate School of Quality Management, now known as NGS at Cambridge College Global.