President's Cabinet


Cheryl Barbour, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Cheryl Barbour, Naropa UniversityCheryl Barbour has served Naropa University for more than twenty years. She first started at Naropa as a financial aid counselor. In her current role she oversees the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration, tuition payment, and student affairs. Cheryl came to Naropa with several years of previous higher education experience with Syracuse University and SUNY at Buffalo. Cheryl's interest is in providing access to education for those who could not otherwise afford it and in ensuring student success.


Janet Cramer, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Janet Cramer, Naropa UniversityPrior to coming to Naropa in August 2013, Janet Cramer served for 16 years in faculty and administrative positions at Florida Atlantic University and the University of New Mexico, including Associate Provost for Assessment and Instruction, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Women's Studies, Director of the Preparing Future Faculty Program, and Professor in Communication and Media Studies. In addition, she has 15 years of professional experience, including nine years as Director of Communications for the Sisters of Saint Francis—a spiritual community working internationally in the areas of education, health care, peace and justice, and ecology. Janet holds a PhD in Mass Communication, with a minor in Feminist Studies, from the University of Minnesota.


Todd Kilburn, Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

Todd Kilburn, Naropa UniversityTodd Kilburn has been with Naropa University since January of 2010, when he was hired to be Naropa's Chief Administrative Officer. In 2011 he became the interim Vice President for Business Affairs and was named Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer in September of 2012. Prior to coming to Naropa, Todd had served at Dartmouth College including being the Manager of the Student Employment Office. Todd holds an MBA from Plymouth State University, New Hampshire.


Bill Rigler, Director of University Relations

Bill Rigler, Naropa UniversityBill joined Naropa in March 2014 as the Director of University Relations, with functional oversight of the University's marketing and communications, media and public relations, special events, and select strategic partnerships. Bill most recently served as the Spokesman and Director of Communications for former Vice President Al Gore's global climate change initiative. Earlier, Bill worked as the Chief of Staff at the Rockefeller Foundation, as Chief of Staff to former Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro at a global public affairs and communications firm, and at the MDG Health Alliance, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving substantial health gains for the more than one billion people living on less than $1 per day. Bill holds a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City. A dedicated cyclist and outdoorsman, Bill was appointed to the Transportation Advisory Board by the Boulder City Council in March 2015.


 Regina Smith, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Regina SmithRegina Smith, MFA, MA, is a spirited educator committed to serving the Naropa community in a way that is inspired by poetic vision and grounded in heart-and-body-centered clarity and compassion. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.


Joy Valania, Special Advisor to the President

Joy Valania, Naropa UniversityJoy Valania has served as the Special Advisor to Naropa President Chuck Lief since 2012. In that role, Joy works closely with the President and outside counsel regarding legal and quasi-legal matters. She also works closely with faculty and staff on issues related to risk management and compliance oversight. Joy holds a B.A. in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Prior to joining Naropa University, Joy worked as an Associate Attorney at The Law Offices of Hudson Voltz in Downingtown, PA.


About the Cabinet

The purpose of the President's Cabinet at Naropa University is to be an executive management body that provides informed, effective and responsive leadership for the university. The cabinet shall advise the president on such matters as university-wide policy, establishment of priorities, and the evaluation and creation of institutional objectives on matters of broad significance and strategic relevance to the university. The cabinet's responsibility also includes the following:

  • Ensuring that timely, accountable progress is made toward the strategic goals and objectives of Naropa
  • Cultivating a contemplative institutional climate that reflects integrity, openness, responsiveness and accountability
  • Safeguarding the university's financial, legal and reputational integrity
  • Establishing ethical standards and appropriate institution-wide performance expectations;
  • Evaluating matters that have long-term, broad institutional consequences—e.g., affects the university's reputation, strategic planning goals/objectives, financial viability, etc.

The cabinet reports to the president, who has the ultimate decision-making authority. The cabinet's ultimate purpose is to further the mission of the university. The cabinet serves as an advisory body to the president on all areas related to the university programs and operations. The cabinet provides a forum for discussing institutional strategy and issues. The cabinet reviews the University's progress in meeting articulated goals.