Sandra Cassady, PhD
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Sandra Cassady oversees the planning and development of new academic programs. A licensed physical therapist, Cassady joined the St. Ambrose faculty in 1994. She holds the rank of full professor, serves as dean of the College of Health and Human Services and oversees academic advising. Her prior administrative roles at St. Ambrose include serving as director of the Physical Therapy Department, associate dean of the college, and associate vice president for academic affairs. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Quad Cities, and the Quality and Safety Committee of the Genesis Health System board. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Northern Iowa, and received her master's degree in physical therapy and doctoral degree in exercise science from the University of Iowa. Sandra and her husband, Ray, have a daughter and two sons.
Vice President, Enrollment Management
John Cooper joined St. Ambrose in 2011. His career in higher education administration has included roles at University of Dayton, Chatfield College and Xavier University (Cincinnati), and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He has worked as an enrollment management consultant for colleges, and elementary and secondary Catholic schools. Cooper provides oversight to the adult learner program, admissions, communications and marketing, community college outreach, financial aid, graduate admissions, student success center, records and registration, and retention. He serves on the Hilltop Business Association, and is president of the Iowa Quad Cities Rotary Club. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dayton. John and his wife, Kate, have three sons.
Paul Koch, PhD
Provost and Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs
Paul Koch began his St. Ambrose career as an assistant professor of psychology in 1988. Now a full professor, he has served as department chair, director of general education, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and associate vice president of academic affairs assessment and institutional research. In his role as vice president for academic and student affairs, Koch oversees the academic colleges, student services, the library, and several other academic areas. He is a member of the board of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and the Robert Young Center. He received his bachelor’s degree from Morningside College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University. Paul and his wife, Sherree, have two daughters and a son.
Vice President, Finance
Michael Poster is a Davenport native, who graduated from St. Ambrose University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1988. His professional career experience includes three years with KPMG and 17 years with McGladrey and Pullen, working primarily in assurance and financial management consulting. During this time he worked with numerous higher education clients. Poster joined the administrative staff of St. Ambrose in 2008. He manages the general accounting, human resources, physical plant, student accounts, and information technology offices. He also oversees the compliance area, the university’s bookstore operations (through Follett Higher Education Group), and the food service (through Sodexo). He is on the board of Family Resources and the Downtown Davenport Partnership, and serves as the chair of the finance committee for both organizations. Mike and his wife, Kelly, have a son and two daughters.
Vice President, Advancement
James Stangle, a graduate of the Class of 1982, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and mass communication from St. Ambrose. He began his professional career at his alma mater, serving as assistant director of development from 1982 to 1985. His subsequent career experience included serving in a variety of advancement roles for institutions such as Assumption High School, Marquette University, the Mayo Clinic, and Duke University's School of Medicine. Most recently, he was the vice president for institutional advancement at Notre Dame College Prep, Niles, Ill. Stangle returned to work at St. Ambrose in 2012. In his current role he manages the university's advancement activities, including capital campaigns, the annual fund, major gifts, planned giving, and alumni relations. Stangle earned his master's degree in broadcast and electronic communication from Marquette University. He serves as a member of the United Way marketing committee.