Senior Leadership Team
Mary Alice Boyd
Chief Financial Officer, VP Administration
Mary Alice became Queens' chief financial officer and vice president of administration in February 2021 after holding that position on an interim basis since July 2020. In this wide-ranging role, she leads the business office, which includes finance, accounting, payroll, treasury and risk management. Mary Alice also provides oversight for our administrative support departments including information technology, campus planning, and our auxiliary vendor services including campus services, dining services, the bookstore and the mail room/copy center. Previously, she served as Queens' director of treasury and risk management starting in January 2012. Her past experience also includes time with a "Big 4" accounting firm and roles at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mary Alice is a CPA, licensed in North Carolina, and a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holding a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Accounting.
María del Carmen Flores
Vice President of Student Engagement and Dean of Students
María del Carmen Flores is the vice president of student engagement and dean of students at Queens University of Charlotte. Flores, who joined Queens in 2019, maximizes the Queens’ student experience and oversees the student and campus programming teams. She has achieved national recognition throughout her 23-year career for her student engagement programs and strong diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Flores’ career began as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, and continued as she took on leadership positions at DePauw University, Franklin & Marshall College and at Princeton University where she had a 13-year tenure. Prior to joining Queens, Flores worked at Colgate University where she led the cultural center, LGBTQ+ initiatives, fraternity and sorority life, the center for leadership and student involvement, the chaplain’s office and the wellness institute. Flores graduated with distinction from Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish and education. She earned a juris doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Law.
Vice President of Advancement
Jennifer Eriksen joined Queens in May 2021 as Vice President of Advancement where she leads a team of 30 development, alumni relations, and external relations professionals. For over 25 years, she has been a chief creative strategist and brand and content specialist for mission-driven organizations primarily in higher education and arts and culture. Her strategic plans place organizations at the forefront of local and national conversations inspiring their supporters to join a movement, elevate their impact, and see themselves as part of the solutions to today’s complex global issues. Prior to joining Queens, she served as the senior director of annual giving and advancement communications at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she was a key leader in developing and executing the largest fundraising campaign in liberal arts college history. Five years into the seven-year effort, more than 22,000 alumni, parents, and friends have contributed—collectively raising more than $600 million. Eriksen led the process of developing the college’s signature campaign brand, Dare Northward. Under her leadership, the annual giving team broke institutional fundraising records by increasing annual dollars raised by 70% over a five-year period. Prior to Colby, Eriksen held several leadership roles in development and communications at the University of Maine at Farmington. She received a B.S. in Communications from Bradley University and completed the HERS Program Management Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Sarah Fatherly is the chief academic officer for Queens University of Charlotte, overseeing all academic programs and services. With over fifteen years of experience in academic administration, she joined Queens in 2012 as Associate Provost & Dean of University Programs and moved into the Provost role in 2017. Under her leadership, the University has realized a significant improvement in its retention rate and a revitalization of its signature student experiences including general education, internship and career initiatives, and international education. She co-authored a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions program that resulted in Queens receiving a $2.2 million grant. Prior to coming to Queens, Fatherly served in a variety of roles at Otterbein University. She has published and presented widely on scaling high-impact practices, curriculum innovation, and campus partnerships for student success. Fatherly earned the B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in United States History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with specialization in early American and women’s history.
Richard M. Majerus
Vice President for Strategy and Planning
Richard Majerus, the vice president for planning and strategy at Queens University of Charlotte, leverages data, technology, partnerships and human capital to enhance the university’s revenue and efficiency. Majerus joined Queens in 2019 and leads the institutional research and human resource teams. His decade of higher education experience has ranged from serving as principal of a data science and strategy startup to assistant dean of admissions and assistant vice president of donor relations and advancement strategy. Majerus is a nationally recognized higher education data science and technology expert. He served as chair of OverDRIVE, the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement’s data science conference and DRIVE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s data science conference planning committee. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College, Majerus earned his master’s in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.
Adrienne Amador Oddi
Vice President of Strategic Enrollment and Communications
Adrienne Amador Oddi is a nationally recognized expert in college access and enrollment who leads Queens’ admissions and marketing efforts as vice president of strategic enrollment and communications. Oddi was most recently the dean of admission and financial aid at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, previously holding admissions roles at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia; the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She has more than 12 years of higher education experience in enrollment management and financial aid, as well as diversity advocacy and university brand development. At Queens, Oddi leads teams responsible for undergraduate admissions, financial aid, creative services, digital media, communication, and marketing. Her previous experience also includes co-chairing an Inclusive Practices Committee for the New England Association for College Admission Counseling and serving as a presenter and keynote speaker for several regional and national associations including the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, the College Board Forum and the National Association for College Admission Counseling, among others. Raised in Woodstock, Georgia, Oddi earned an M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership with a focus on Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Mathematics and a concentration in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies from Kenyon College.
Director of Athletics
After serving in a variety of capacities for more than ten years within Queens’ Athletic Department, Cherie Swarthout was promoted to director of athletics in May of 2016. In her current role, she leads a team of coaches, sports performance professionals, and administrators who are responsible for the 30 NCAA DII teams fielded by the Royals. Sports information, community partnerships, and the management of all athletic facilities also fall under Swarthout’s oversight. She has been engaged in community leadership roles throughout her tenure at Queens, including board positions with the Charlotte Business Guild, Michigan State Alumni National Board, Girls On The Run, and Myers Park Baptist Through The Week School. Currently she serves as a deacon at Myers Park Baptist Church. Swarthout holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Michigan State University where she was a stand-out basketball player. She has two master degrees, one from Illinois State University in sports psychology and athletic administration; and a second from Queens in organizational development. Additionally, Swarthout holds an executive coaching certificate from Queens. Swarthout has two daughters, Mattison and Zuri.