Two new vice presidents at St. Ambrose


DAVENPORT —Two new vice presidents have been hired at St. Ambrose University, following extensive national search campaigns this past spring.

John Cooper is the new vice president for enrollment management and Jeanne Kobuszewski is vice president for advancement.

“John Cooper and Jeanne Kobuszewski come to us as proven leaders in higher education,” said St. Ambrose University President Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ. “As St. Ambrose continues to develop as a leading Midwestern university, we look forward to benefitting from their contributions as they serve in these key cabinet positions.”

Cooper succeeds James Loftus, who was named president of Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Kobuszewski will take over for Ed Littig, who retired after a 35-year career in fundraising and advancement administration.


Cooper began his career in administration at the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1988. From 1994-99 he served as director of enrollment services at Chatfield College in St. Martin, Ohio, and from 1999-2006, as director of graduate admissions and services at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Cooper served as interim vice president of enrollment management at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has worked as an enrollment management consultant for colleges, and elementary and secondary Catholic schools.

In his position at St. Ambrose, Cooper will provide oversight for the ACCEL adult learner program, admissions, communications and marketing, community college outreach, financial aid, graduate admissions, the student success center, records and registration, and retention.

Kobuszewski, a Kansas native, has worked in senior leadership for more than 25 years, primarily in Catholic higher education. Prior to joining St. Ambrose, she served as vice president for institutional advancement at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., vice president for institutional advancement at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., and as executive director of the Aurora Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee.

As St. Ambrose’s vice president for advancement, Kobuszewski will manage the university’s advancement activities, including the annual fund, major gifts and planned giving, alumni relations and capital campaigns.

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