Executive Vice President
The Executive Vice President (EVP) for Finance and Administration is the Dartmouth College chief administrative, business and operating officer and oversees all aspects of the University's financial, administrative, human resources, campus services, investment, and information technology functions.
Rick Mills joined as the EVP of Dartmouth College in 2013 after previously serving as executive dean for administration at Harvard Medical School. Mills brought more than two decades of experience in higher education, institutional finance and internal audit, human resources, facilities and operations, and business litigation to the institution's third-highest-ranked administrative position.
At Harvard, Mills simultaneously served on a number of boards, including the committee on risk management, the boards of Harvard University Library and Harvard Clinical Research Institute, and the underwriting subcommittee of the board for CRICO, the University's captive malpractice insurance company, which insures most Harvard-affiliated practicing physicians. At the direction of Harvard President Drew Faust, Mills also served on committees related to a number of university planning initiatives in areas including energy, global strategy, and enterprise risk management.
Before joining Harvard Medical School in 2005, Mills worked as a litigation attorney, a principal in strategic consulting, and senior staff counsel for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hamilton College and a law degree from Boston University.
Rick and Gretchen live in a small town in Vermont and have two grown daughters.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer administratively leads Dartmouth’s financial planning, budgeting, treasury, reporting, and operations activities while collaborating closely with the College's academic and administrative leaders on financial planning, organization, and policy matters.
Michael Wagner, CFO and Vice President for Finance, reports to Executive Vice President Richard G. Mills. As CFO, he is responsible for planning, analysis, and oversight of the College's financial resources. He works with colleagues throughout finance and administration at Dartmouth to continuously improve business operations and customer support and to support sound financial decision-making with analytics, with the aim of strengthening Dartmouth’s financial condition for the future.
Wagner joined Dartmouth in 2001 and assumed his responsibilities as Vice President for Finance in 2010 after serving as Chief Financial Officer of the Geisel School of Medicine, and as Dartmouth’s Controller.
He graduated from Amherst College with a BA in economics and from Northeastern University with a master's degree in accounting. Before coming to Dartmouth, Wagner was a senior manager and CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, serving clients in the education, health care, investment management, and insurance industry groups.
Chief Human Resources Officer
The Chief Human Resources Officer leads the College’s Office of Human Resources, which provides services in the areas of benefits and compensation, employee relations, recruitment, and training and career development for Dartmouth’s employees.
Scot R. Bemis, Chief Human Resources Officer, joined Dartmouth in 2015 and reports to Rick Mills.
A human resources professional with more than 20 years of experience, Bemis has expertise in fiscal planning, managing multi-million-dollar operating budgets, and developing and managing high-performing teams.
Prior to joining Dartmouth in 2015, Bemis was the Vice President for Human Resources at Brandeis University since 2007. Among other accomplishments, he collaborated with chief human resource officers from the 15 leading colleges and universities in the Boston area in a multi-year, ongoing wellness project that was expected to reduce the rate of increase in health care premiums.
Prior to his work at Brandeis, Bemis held three senior human resource positions with the U.S. Army. He was a director of the National Guard Human Resource operations in Washington, D.C.; Director of the Leadership Center in Tikrit, Iraq; and Senior Director of Human Resources in Baghdad, Iraq.
During his time in Baghdad, Bemis oversaw human resources for a 4,000-soldier task force under wartime conditions and was recognized for improving personnel retention rates by 64 percent. He was also recognized for his ability to perform under extreme duress while conducting all human resources operations and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious performance.
From 1999 through 2002, Bemis was an associate professor of studies in leadership and management at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Norwich University and a master’s in business administration from Yale University.
Vice President, Institutional Projects and Interim Vice President of Campus Services
Josh Keniston, Vice President of Institutional Projects oversees strategic initiatives and large-scale administrative projects. Josh leads projects that span multiple divisions and departments, including critical infrastructure projects such as the Dartmouth Green Energy Project, a $200-million initiative to build a biomass heating facility and hot water transmission system that would replace the existing central heating system and mark a major step toward achieving the institution’s sustainability goals. Other projects include plans for new graduate student housing and examining future plans for the golf course.
As Interim Vice President of Campus Services, Josh implements the strategic vision and oversees operations of the College’s Campus Services division, which includes the offices of Planning, Design and Construction; Environmental Health and Safety; Real Estate Office; the division’s operations and legal functions; and Business and Hospitality, which includes Dartmouth Dining, the Dartmouth Skiway, the Hanover Inn, Transportation and Parking, Campus Mail, and the Print, Mail, and Delivery Services.
Josh joined Dartmouth in 2018. Prior to joining Dartmouth, Josh worked as a strategy and operations consultant at Huron Consulting Group serving the higher education and academic medical center industries.. He also worked with Eduventures as a Consultant and Productor Director, Emerson College’s Annual Fund as a Fundraiser, and New England Board of Higher Education as a Research and Policy Fellow.
He received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a master’s in Higher Education from Harvard University.
Associate Vice-President, Facilities Operations and Management
Frank Roberts provides strategic leadership and oversight for Dartmouth’s central facilities, including Maintenance Services, Custodial Services (in all buildings except residence halls), Grounds Services, Engineering & Utilities, Capital Renewal Program, and dedicated teams for the science facilities and Residential Life.
Director, Risk and Internal Controls Services
As Director of Risk and Internal Controls, Kate manages Dartmouth College's insurance portfolio and internal audit function. She is responsible for conducting risk-based assessments and involves the campus community in creating effective and responsive audit programs. She manages Dartmouth's enterprise risk management programs and conducts special audits and investigations to address critical issues.
Prior to joining Dartmouth in 2007, Kate was the Director of Purchasing and Risk Management at Oakland University for over 23 years. In addition to leading the risk and procurement offices, Kate also oversaw the environmental health and safety office, including the laboratory and fire safety functions.
Kate received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She has also earned her Associate in Risk Management and Certification in Risk Management Assurance designations and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. She completed the Advanced Management Program in ERM at Georgia State University.
Kate reports to Rick Mills with a dotted reporting line to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Interim Director and Associate Director
Keiselim “Keysi” Montás joined Dartmouth in 2007 as the Associate Director for Safety & Security. In 2017, he was appointed Interim Director.
Prior to Dartmouth, Keysi was the Senior Training Manager for the Department of Public Safety at New York University. He also has served as a Senior Field Officer/Investigator for the Vera Institute of Justice and was a Police Officer at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Keysi also serves as Editor for the Élitro Editorial del Proyecto Zompopos since 2007; he is also an award-winning author. Staff Snapshot
Keysi received his undergraduate degree from Queens College and a master’s from the University of Cincinnati.