Loyola University Maryland

Office of the President

Vice Presidents

Donelda Cook Donelda A. Cook, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development

Donelda Cook, Ph.D., came to Loyola in 1993 to become director of the Counseling Center. During her time at Loyola, she served as associate vice president for student development and twice as acting vice president for student development before assuming her current role in July 2017. Dr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Delaware State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Theology and Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from St. Mary’s Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology.
Randy Gentzler

Randall D. Gentzler
Vice President for Finance and Administration Treasurer

Randall D. Gentzler currently serves as the Vice President for Business and Finance and Treasurer at Loyola University Maryland.  He oversees the offices of financial and treasury services, budget and planning, technology services, human resources, facilities and campus services, which includes events and project management.  Mr. Gentzler joined Loyola in May 2011.

Prior to joining Loyola Mr. Gentzler served sixteen years at Philadelphia University as the Vice President for Business and Finance/Treasurer where he was a member of President’s senior leadership team for policy. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gentzler held leadership and management positions in the finance offices of the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit, a regional educational service agency; Elizabethtown College; and Sinai Hospital.  He holds both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a MBA.  Mr Gentzler currently serves on the Board as past chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and is the past chair of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO).

Robert Kelly Robert D. Kelly, Ph.D.
Vice President and Special Assistant to the President

A 1994 graduate of Loyola, Kelly provides leadership for the areas of Mission Integration, Intercollegiate Athletics, External Relations, and Diversity & Inclusion. Deeply immersed in both liberal arts and Jesuit education, he works closely with the President to coordinate oversight of the strategic plan. Dr. Kelly served in executive leadership roles at Union College, Loyola University Chicago, and Seattle University. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in political science, Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and his master's degree from the University of Vermont. He has also served on Loyola’s Board of Trustees; and attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management (IEM). 
Eric Nichols
Eric Nichols
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Eric Nichols came to Loyola in July 2019 from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., where he was vice president for enrollment and dean of admission. Prior to joining Saint Anselm as director of admission, Nichols worked in admission and career counseling roles for Brown University and Stonehill College. Nichols has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stonehill and a Master of Education in Counseling from Providence College.
Terry Sawyer

Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D.
Senior Vice President

Terrence M. Sawyer was named senior vice president in June 2017. Previously he has served as special assistant to the president for government and community relations and trustee affairs, vice president for administration, and vice president for advancement, which he continues to lead, in addition to alumni relations and career services. A 1992 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Sawyer earned his juris doctor from Widener University in 1995. Sawyer also serves as an affiliate faculty member in the department of law and social responsibility.

Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas, Ph.D.
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Amanda Thomas, Ph.D., stepped into the interim vice president for academic affairs role on July 1, 2017, after serving two years as dean of Loyola College, the University’s school of arts and sciences, and was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs in September, 2018 Dr. Thomas has also served as associate vice president of graduate studies and as associate dean for Loyola College. She began her Loyola career as an assistant professor of psychology in 1991, was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 1997, and became a full professor in 2002. She earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and her B.A. from the College of William and Mary.