Operations Team

Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D., President
Dr. Napoleon Moses, Ed.D Chief of Staff
Angela Henderson, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
LaShondra Peebles, Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management
Patrick B. Cage, Vice President and General Counsel
Hon. Bernetta D. Bush, Ethics and Diversity Officer and Special Counsel to the President
Prashant Shinde, Interim Chief Information Officer
Renee Mitchell, Ph.D., Director of Human Resources
Farah Muscadin, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Dan Schumacher, Intercollegiate Athletics Director
Ronnie Watson, Chief of Police and University Services

 

Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D.

President

Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D., was named the 19th President of Chicago State University (CSU) in October 2009. From early in his tenure, he worked tirelessly to provide leadership for the implementation of a reform agenda focused on streamlining operations, establishing accountability and transparency, and redefining the institution as a whole to lay the foundation for an institutional renaissance. In partial fulfillment of this responsibility, Dr. Watson leads the Executive Team tasked with making timely progress toward its vision of innovation in teaching and research, and in promoting ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, and social justice.

During his tenure, Dr. Watson has provided leadership in several strategic changes to the organizational infrastructure and operational efficiency that support the fulfillment of the University's mission. Under Dr. Watson's leadership, CSU has conducted a rigorous examination of its enrollment and retention efforts and made it a top priority to put in place aggressive and intensive programs to recruit and support students in reaching their academic goals. Examples include the creation of new positions such as the Dean of Freshmen Experience, Compliance Officer, and the Chief of Staff; providing significant improvements in current infrastructures; and implementing the new Mission Documents and Strategic Plan.

Dr. Watson came to CSU after distinguished 30-year tenure with the City Colleges of Chicago, one of the largest community college systems in the nation. Appointed Chancellor in 1998, Dr. Watson was profiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education as an 'Agent of Change' for his efforts to institute change, raise academic standards, and achieve new levels of excellence in education across the community college system. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Watson served as President of Kennedy-King College from 1994 to 1998 and Interim President of Harold Washington College from 1993 to 1994. His career within the City Colleges system started in 1978 at Malcolm X College. Other highlights of his tenure include overseeing the development of Kennedy-King College and expanding athletics and vocational training.

Dr. Watson's dedication to excellence in education includes a strong commitment to community service. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), American Council on Education (ACE), and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Dr. Watson also serves as Board Chairperson for the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) at Northwestern University, where he previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2007. In addition, he has played a prominent role in support of capital campaigns conducted by the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC). Other credits include working as a senior consultant to Alex Haley, reviewing and validating the author's research methodology for his international best seller, Roots.

As a young man, Dr. Watson excelled in wrestling — making the final U.S. Olympic trials and winning a National Junior College Championship. His interests in anthropology, oral traditions, and comparative education have led him to travel and study extensively across Europe and Africa.

Dr. Watson attended Joliet Junior College before transferring to Northwestern University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in teaching and a doctorate of philosophy in education administration. He lives in Chicago and has three children.

 

Dr. Napoleon Moses, Ed.D

Chief of Staff

Dr. Napoleon Moses is the Chief of Staff.  He works with the President’s direct reports in defining core priorities and initiatives on the general operations of the University. Moses is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functional operations at the University and providing continuing report and feedback to the President to assure a smooth and effective functioning of the Institution.

Moses comes to CSU from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) as Senior Vice President and Resident Fellow, leading its government relations team’s Capitol Hill work with the Congress and the White House to protect PBIs and HBCUs against congressional funding cuts and gain funding increases for high priority programs. Moses arrived at NAFEO after having served as the system vice president for administration and management for the Southern University System in Baton Rouge. As the system’s chief operating officer, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the five campuses on matters of government relations, planning and budgeting, public affairs, facilities, safety and security, fundraising, alumni affairs, information technology, human resources and publications. He was a tenured professor of higher education administration on the Baton Rouge campus.  His work at CSU mirrors that assignment.

Moses is the former vice president and chief academic officer at Alcorn State University and tenured professor of advanced technologies and higher education. For 30 years, he worked throughout the American Sunbelt, Africa, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, and South America on revitalizing communities using applied technologies. He served as the state legislative and federal congressional liaison for both Alcorn State University and the Southern University System for a combined 23 years. He served on the board of trustees for the Foundation for Public Broadcasting of Mississippi as vice president and chairman of the finance committee, overseeing the fundraising programs that supported the agency’s operations.

Dr. Napoleon Moses holds an undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University and graduate degrees from Mississippi State University.

 

Angela Henderson Ph.D.

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Henderson brings to her position 19 years of experience in higher education. She previously held the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at CSU. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Henderson served as Provost, Dean, Department Chair and tenured Professor at various institutions of higher education. Dr. Henderson holds a Ph.D. in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Henderson serves the chief academic officer for the University.

Dr. Henderson's experience prior to joining CSU includes serving as Provost, Dean, Department Chair, and tenured Professor at various institutions. Her expertise in higher education includes leadership in student affairs, workforce development, academic affairs, adult education, developmental education, research and planning, and continuing education.

In past years, Henderson was named one of 2012 Top 100 Under 50 Diversity Executive Leaders from Diversity MBA Magazine and received the "Phenomenal Women Award" from the Black Women's Expo in 2011.

 

LaShondra Peebles

Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management

LaShondra Peebles currently serves as the Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management. Prior to taking this position, she served as Director of Compliance for the Office of Enrollment Management. Mrs. Peebles has 13 years of experience at various institutions of higher education. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois and a Master of Education in Educational Policy Studies and Legal Analysis. She is currently an A.B.D. working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Illinois.

In addition to serving as Interim V.P. of Enrollment Management, Ms. Peebles serves as a Commissioner for the Board of Directors for the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

 

Patrick B. Cage

Vice President of Labor and Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Patrick B. Cage serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Chicago State University. Hired in 2009, Cage handles all legal matters involving the University, including labor negotiations with the nine collective bargaining units on campus. He also handles arbitrations on behalf of the University. In addition, Cage oversees the University Risk Management and Student Judicial Affairs office where he is responsible for implementing risk management policies, procedures, and training throughout the University. During his tenure, Cage has been able to actively decrease the number of suits filed against the University.

Prior to joining Chicago State University, Cage was a partner in two law firms where his areas of practice included medical malpractice, employment, and labor. While partner at Smith and Amundsen, Cage concentrated his practice in catastrophic injury cases including medical, hospital and dental malpractice matters, as well as Civil Rights cases including those involving municipalities, elected officials, and police officers. Cage's experience also includes managing litigation at the City Colleges of Chicago and serving as an arbitrator for Cook County Courts. Throughout his career, Cage has successfully litigated several multi-million dollar cases.

Cage has served as a board member at S.O.S. Children's Village, and was formerly a patient advocate for the criminally insane at Lima State Hospital. He also served a nine year term as a member of the Anixter Center's Board of Trustees. Cage is a current member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the County Bar Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Cage graduated from Illinois State University with bachelor degrees in psychology and criminal justice. He received his juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University.

Cage is a published author and frequently lectures at Bar Association events. He and his team recently completed a chapter on the Law of Higher Education for Illinois Jurisprudence. They have been asked to complete a detailed analysis of the Law of Social Media for that same publication.

 

Hon. Bernetta D. Bush (Ret.)

Ethics and Diversity Officer and Special Counsel to the President

Hon. Bernetta D. Bush (Ret.) serves as the Ethics and Diversity Officer and Special Counsel to the President at Chicago State University (CSU). As Ethics Officer, Judge Bush is responsible for ensuring all employees comply with the state Ethics Act. As part of this role, she conducts hearings on any Ethics Act complaints or violations. As Diversity Officer, Judge Bush is charged with ensuring a diverse workplace, providing information and compliance oversight around all diversity issues and laws. In addition, Judge Bush serves as counsel to the President on policy issues related to the University.

Judge Bush is widely respected for her excellent grasp of complex legal issues and enjoys the respect of her peers for her integrity and hard work. She brings an extensive background in legal and professional ethics requirements. Prior to joining CSU, she served as Ethics Officer for the City Colleges of Chicago.

Judge Bush retired from the Circuit Court of Cook County after serving as a Judge for 15 years. During her judicial career, she served in the Municipal Division, County Division, and the Chancery Division. She has also served as a Mediator /Arbitrator for JAMS, an International Mediation and Arbitration Association.

Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Bush served as an Assistant Legal Advisor to the State Board of Education, and Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the State Board of Education in litigation matters. She specialized in civil litigation, special education litigation, and administrative law. From 1977-1979, she served as an attorney for the Legal Service Corporation's Judicare Project which focused on Elder law. Judge Bush's legal experience also includes private practice, focusing on criminal matters, real estate transactions, and civil litigation.

Judge Bush also has an extensive background in the field of education. Prior to entering the legal profession, she was an associate professor at Northeastern Illinois University, an Educational Consultant for CICS Follow Through Project, and an elementary teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She has worked as an educational administrator, consultant, and conducted many lectures and seminars in various educational areas. Judge Bush is a member of many civic and professional organizations dedicated to improving the legal system and the lives of those in her local community. She has been honored for her dedication and unrelenting commitment to women, children, and minorities and has received accolades for her efforts from many prestigious organizations including the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, Northeastern Illinois University, the Council for Senior Centers and Services, the Illinois Judicial Council, the National Bar Association, Operation PUSH, and the DePaul University Cultural Center. She was also the 2005 recipient of The Thurgood Marshall Outstanding Jurist Award.

Judge Bush has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University. She earned her juris doctorate from DePaul College of Law. Judge Bush has numerous certifications in the educational and legal field including certification as a Mediator from the National Judicial College and training as an Ethics Officer by the Illinois Ethics Commission.

 

Prashant Shinde

Interim Chief Information Officer

Shinde serves as the Interim Chief Information Officer, responsible for ensuring the technology infrastructure is in place to support all academic and administrative functions at the University. Shinde's area of expertise includes high performance supercomputing, as well as change, technology, and office management.

Shinde is currently charged with upgrading the network infrastructure to meet the demands of students, faculty, and staff alike. The project will encompass upgrades to improve network speed in classrooms and throughout the University.

Shinde's experience includes managing large scale deployments of enterprise-wide information technology related projects, overseeing budget and support staff, implementing IT change management processes, implementing and managing technology infrastructure and training, and promoting utilization of technology within the local community, businesses, and schools.

Prior to his role at CSU in August 2012, Shinde worked in both the private and education sectors. At Allstate Insurance, Shinde served as the project lead to implement change management policies throughout the organization, including developing guidelines and process documentation, training, analysis, and metrics.

Prior to Allstate, Shinde served in higher education for nine years, starting as a faculty member and progressing to Chief Technology Officer at Alcorn State University. While there, he managed the instructional and information technology infrastructure for the University, and implemented change management processes to ensure seamless integration of new technologies into the University's existing core infrastructure. He also ensured implementation of new technologies or changes to existing infrastructure and met the guidelines set by the Information Technology Services for the State of Mississippi, a unit of Institutions of Higher Learning.

Shinde has been honored with the Outstanding Leadership Award for Technology and Communication Management by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. His education includes a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Mumbai and a master's degree in computer science from Alcorn State University. In his free time, Shinde enjoys playing racquetball.

 

Renee Mitchell, Ph.D.

Director of Human Resources

Dr. Renee Mitchell joined Chicago State University as the Director of Human Resources in 2009. In this role, Dr. Mitchell is responsible for overseeing the function of Human Resources for the University. The Office of Human Resources is responsible for processing new hires, benefits administration, civil service examination, compensation administration, payroll, organizational development and training, and student employment.

During her tenure, Dr. Mitchell has implemented several improvements to the University's Human Resource functions. These improvements include implementing an electronic applicant tracking; designing a comprehensive HR website; automating the payroll process for time entry; developing a talent management strategy and competency model; and allocating dedicated resources to employee development. Her goal is to foster an environment that values diversity, employee development, and professionalism, while maintaining a dedicated focus on organizational effectiveness and customer service.

Dr. Mitchell has 20 years of Human Resources experience. Her past positions include Director of Human Resources at CNA Insurance, Organizational Development Consultant at Allstate Insurance, and Human Resources Manager for Cook County. In addition, she has been certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) for 16 years.

Dr. Mitchell holds a doctorate in organizational leadership and both master's and bachelor's degrees in industrial organizational psychology.

Dr. Mitchell enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys reading and relaxing during her free time, which seems to be on rare occasions.

 

Farah Muscadin

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

In August 2012, Ms. Muscadin was hired as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Chicago State University (CSU). She oversees all local, state, and federal legislative advocacies on behalf of the University and helps to facilitate communication between the University and government agencies. Ms. Muscadin also facilitates the operations of the CSU Board of Trustees.

Ms. Muscadin is an expert in legislative affairs and specializes in understanding and facilitating the legislative process, ensuring all parties interests are represented. She has worked diligently to successfully pass legislation on issues of criminal law, environmental, and housing issues. Her goal at CSU is to leverage this experience to strengthen the relationship with State, Local, and Federal officials in order to increase awareness and positively position the University.

Prior to joining CSU, Ms. Muscadin worked as the Associate Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the City Colleges of Chicago, where she successfully represented the interest of the seven colleges at the State of Illinois General Assembly. With almost a decade of experience in governmental affairs, she has served in the Quinn Administration as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. She also worked as Assistant to the Mayor for Richard M. Daley. Prior to entering the legislative world, Ms. Muscadin practiced law as an Assistant Public Defender for the Cook County Public Defender's Office and served as a Guardian ad Litem, advocate for a child whose welfare is a matter of legal concern, for the Cook County Public Guardian's Office.

Active in her community, Ms. Muscadin serves on a number of boards and organizations, including Chicago Women in Government Relations, The Institute of Positive Living, and The Chicago Fire Department Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Black Women's Lawyers Association and the Haitian American Lawyers Association of Illinois.

Ms. Muscadin holds a bachelor's of business administration from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.

 

Dan Schumacher

Intercollegiate Athletics Director

Dan Schumacher joined Chicago State University (CSU) in May 2012 as Intercollegiate Athletics Director. He leads a department that includes 14 sports with 120 athletes and more than 40 staffers. Schumacher is charged with drafting a new vision that will elevate the University's sports program, while maintaining the momentum that has been established academically.

Schumacher is known for his exemplary leadership, uncompromising integrity, competitive drive, and innovative ideas. Prior to joining CSU, Schumacher served as the Director of Athletics for the NCAA Division II Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois for six years. During his term, the Lewis Flyers won nine regular-season Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) championships and 13 GLVC Tournament championships, while making appearances in 22 NCAA Tournaments, including Final Four runs for both the men's soccer and Division I men's volleyball teams.

With deep relationships in college athletics, Schumacher hired eight new head coaches at Lewis who successfully garnered six GLVC Tournament championships, including 13 appearances in NCAA Tournaments. Lewis' baseball team went from eight wins in 2007 to the program's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1996 in 2012. In addition, Schumacher's program was honored with the GLVC All-Sports Trophy, which is awarded based on best all-around performance in the 17 sponsored sports.

Schumacher also oversaw extensive facility improvements and organized a non-profit, fundraising arm of the Lewis University Athletic Department to supports small-scale capital improvements. Improvements included a new stadium, as well as new softball and baseball field dugouts, press boxes, scoreboards, and monitors.

Schumacher brings a heavy emphasis on the performance of his student-athletes in the classroom. During his tenure at Lewis, the graduation rate for student-athletes rose from 60 percent to as high as 86 percent, while their Academic Success Rate (ASR) peaked at 98 percent.

Schumacher's experience includes oversight of the financial administration for Winona State, Minnesota athletics. Among his duties were marketing and promotions, development, external relations, corporate relations, facilities oversight, budgeting, and NCAA compliance. Schumacher was the primary catalyst of a two-year campaign that generated $3 million through private donations and newly developed athletics department revenue channels.

Prior to joining the Winona State staff, Schumacher served as Senior Credit Manager and Vice President with Conseco Finance Corporation. He also served as a Branch Manager for TCF Bank and Mortgage Corporation in Minneapolis.

Schumacher holds a bachelor's degree in public relations with a business administration minor, and a master's in educational administration from Winona State. Schumacher enjoys spending his free time with his wife and three children.

 

Ronnie Watson

Chief of Police and University Services

Ronnie Watson was appointed Chief of Police and University Services in 2009. He is charged with ensuring safety of the campus for students, staff, and public visitors. In addition, Chief Watson oversees both the fiscal and daily operations of Facilities and Physical Plant personnel. In his current duties, Chief Watson oversees police, parking, the cougar shuttle, and desk attendant operations. He also oversees the duties of all trade unions: engineers, carpenters, electricians, and plumbers, as well as all building service workers and all grounds personnel. These duties require Chief Watson to be knowledgeable and involved in all facets of remodeling and construction related to all Chicago State University (CSU) properties. Chief Watson also serves as a member on the Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Team (BAIT) and Chairs the Events Committee.

Chief Watson's goal for the University is to keep crime down and be recognized as one of the safest campuses in Chicago to work and study. In addition, Chief Watson is focused on several capital improvements to the campus, such as the 95th Street entrance, development of parking lots, Robinson Center renovations, new baseball field construction, and modifications to the Education building to accommodate a day care center.

Prior to joining CSU, Chief Watson served as Inspector General for the City Colleges of Chicago from 2007 until his appointment. Chief Watson's law enforcement career spanned more than 43 years, serving most recently as the Commissioner of Police for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts where he was responsible for all police operations. While there, he became the longest serving police commissioner in the City of Cambridge after holding his position for 10½ years before his retirement in March 2007.

Prior to his post as Commissioner, Ronnie served 33 years with the Chicago Police Department where he was promoted to every civil service rank and held numerous positions before retiring as one of the Deputy Chiefs of the Patrol Division. In this position, Chief Watson was responsible for uniformed patrol operations in five of the 25 police districts and the supervision of more than 200 police officers.

Chief Ronnie Watson holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Chicago State University. He is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. In his free time, Chief Watson enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family, kids, and grandkids.