Thomas J. Calhoun, Jr., Ph.D., President
Angela Henderson, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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 and Interim Dean of Students
Ronnie Watson, Chief of Police and University Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Interim Dean of Students
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.
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.