The President's Cabinet
- Susan Arnold - Vice President of Advancement
- Audra J. Kahr- Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
- Mary-Alice Ozechoski - Vice President of Student Affairs and Traditional Enrollment
- Robert A. Wilson - Provost
Susan Arnold was named Cedar Crest College’s Vice President of Advancement in July, 2013. Reporting to the President of the College she provides vision and direction to a full-scale Advancement program including annual and major gifts, planned giving; corporate and foundation giving, gift processing, acknowledgement and alumnae relations.
For more than 30 years, Susan has worked in fundraising, marketing and volunteer administration. Her primary responsibilities have included all aspects of fund development, marketing programs and creating, building and maintaining relationships with key constituents both for fundraising and community involvement, as well as creating corporate brand identities. She previously served as the Associate Vice President of the Drexel Fund at Drexel University and Vice President of Fund Development and Marketing at the Lutheran Social Ministries (“LSMNJ”) of New Jersey where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the organization, the capital campaign, and various aspects of marketing. Susan served in multiple development roles prior to LSMNJ including executive director of the Delaware Valley Huntington Disease Society and Director of Development for the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation and Director of Volunteer Services for Frankford Hospital.
Susan earned her B.S. in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME . Susan is an active member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, the Association of Fundraising Professional Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and Philly Cure’s Huntington’s disease efforts. She enjoys gardening, reading and spending time in Chatham on Cape Cod. She resides in Huntingdon Valley with her husband Bruce.
As chief financial officer and treasurer for Cedar Crest College since 2010, Audra J. Kahr has managed the College’s financial health to create four consistent years of budget surpluses, directed $12.5 million for renovation in campus infrastructure, grew net assets over 41%, nearly doubled the College’s endowment, and expanded community outreach to increase philanthropic giving, community service and job placement opportunities through corporations and foundations. In her role, Kahr is responsible for the oversight of daily operations, legal and risk management matters, campus safety and security, stewardship of the College’s financial resources and obligations, and deferred maintenance management.
Kahr has held critical roles in designing and implementing Cedar Crest’s two most recent strategic plans, co-chairing the development of the campus master plan, and working with the provost to implement academic-program and college-office review. She has a deep passion for women’s leadership and the advancement of women to achieve at the highest levels in today’s world.
She is also on the Board of Directors as treasurer for the Wildlands Conservancy, serves as vice president for the Moravian Development Corporation, and is a member of the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace. She chaired the 2017 Lehigh Valley March for Babies walk and continues to serve on the organization’s Executive Leadership Team. She is a girls volleyball coach for Emmaus High School and a member of the Allentown Diocese Finance & Pastoral Councils.
Kahr is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as well as a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She earned her bachelor's degrees in management and accounting from DeSales University. She was an inaugural member of the 2013 Lehigh Valley Business “Forty under 40” class and was named Lehigh Valley Business CFO of the Year, large non-profit, in 2014. Before joining Cedar Crest, she was senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and a senior financial analyst at Tyco International.
Mary-Alice Ozechoski’s interest in higher education began after she graduated from Clarion University and took a position in their admissions office. Immediately seeing the positive effects a college education can have on an entire family, she knew that she wanted her career to continue within higher education and to help students bring their education to the next level.
Ozechoski brings nearly 18 years of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the Dean of Students at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Prior to joining Wesley, she was the Assistant Dean of Student Development and Involvement at West Chester University and served Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut in the roles of Associate Vice President of Student Life, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Student Activities. Ozechoski also worked for Kent State University's Salem Regional Campus as a Coordinator of Student Activities and an Admissions Counselor and at Gannon University in Erie, PA as a Counselor.
Ozechoski holds a Master of Arts in Counseling/Student Personnel Services from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Robert A. Wilson is Acting Provost for Cedar Crest College. As Chief Academic Officer, he provides leadership for the Academic Affairs division, including all academic departments and instructional programs, admissions for the School of Adult and Graduate Education, academic services, the registrar’s office, information technology, Cressman library, and global initiatives and international programs.
Dr. Wilson serves as co-chair of Cedar Crest’s 2017-2021 strategic plan, “The Aspiration of Others,” directs the periodic review and planning process for all academic programs and college offices, and oversees the college internationalization process, the bias response team, and all academic judicial cases.
With a commitment to inclusive excellence, equity, and expanded access to higher education, Dr. Wilson has a passion for ensuring that college enables all students to achieve at their highest levels.
Dr. Wilson cooperatively leads as co-chair the Cedar Crest Assessment Committee, the Compliance Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Council. He furthermore coordinates specialized accreditation for the college’s degree programs, directs compliance with federal and state regulations for higher education, and serves as Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.