President's Cabinet


Cheryl Barbour, Special Advisor to the President

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. 



Tyler Kelsch, Vice President for Operations

Tyler Kelsch NaropaMr. Kelsch brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education operations and administration. Prior to joining Naropa, Tyler served as the Vice President for Administrative Services at Northeastern Junior College, as the Vice President for Finance and Operations at Carlow University, and as the CFO and Vice President for Finance at Becker College. He is a Colorado native, and received his undergraduate degree and his MBA from Regis University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.





Angela Madura, Director of Development


Regina Smith, Executive Director for Mission Integration and Student Affairs

Regina Smith, NaropaRegina 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 Executive Director for Mission Integration and Student Affairs and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.



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.