Anne M. Dichele, Education
Anne M. Dichele, EdM, PhD
Dean, School of Education
Anne Dichele earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northeastern University, her master of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut.
Dichele has worked as a public school reading clinician and instructional consultant, taught at the University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and the University of New Haven, and served as director of academic development at Albertus Magnus College. She joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 1999 and was named director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program for elementary education in 2000. In 2013, Dichele was named full director of the MAT program, overseeing all aspects of the elementary and secondary education program. She was appointed interim dean of the School of Education in 2016 and then dean in 2017.
Dichele is the founder of Side By Side Charter School, one of Connecticut's first state-funded charter schools, where she serves as chairperson of the board of directors. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and publications. Her first book of original poetry, “Ankle Deep and Drowning,” was published in 2015.
Justin Kile, Engineering
Justin Kile, PhD
Dean, School of Engineering
Justin Kile earned his bachelor of science in industrial and manufacturing engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his master of science and PhD in operations engineering from the University of Michigan.
Kile began teaching industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2005 and served as coordinator for the industrial engineering program from 2009-12. From 2012-13, he served as interim chair of the engineering department at Quinnipiac and as the associate dean of engineering from 2013-16. He was named the founding dean of the School of Engineering in July 2016 and has guided the school to ABET accreditation.
Prior to his academic career, Kile was a practicing engineer with the Graphic Controls Corporation and the Colad Group. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, has been published in numerous engineering trade journals and has presented his work at national venues such as RosEvaluation and the ASEE Annual Conference.
Bruce M. Koeppen, Medicine
Bruce M. Koeppen, MD, PhD
Dean, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine
Dr. Bruce Koeppen earned his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1977 and his PhD in physiology from the University of Illinois in 1980. In 1982, he joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as a professor of medicine and cell biology. As dean of academic affairs at UConn, he oversaw all educational and research programs and was recognized by the board of trustees in 1999 for leading the faculty through a comprehensive curriculum revision.
Koeppen was named founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine in 2010. His scholarship has appeared in numerous medical journals and books, including “Netter’s Atlas of Physiology.” He has earned many prestigious awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha – Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
He currently serves as a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and as the chair of its accreditation standards committee.
William Kohlhepp, Health Sciences
William Kohlhepp, DHSc, PA-C
Dean, School of Health Sciences
William Kohlhepp received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Connecticut in 1974 and graduated from the Rutgers physician assistant program in New Jersey in 1979. He earned his master's in health administration from Quinnipiac in 1997 and his doctorate in health sciences (DHSc) from Nova Southeastern University in 2007.
Kohlhepp began as academic coordinator in Quinnipiac’s physician assistant program in 1996, later becoming associate director of the graduate physician assistant program in 2002 and then the director of undergraduate physician assistant education in 2007. In 2010, he became associate dean of the School of Health Sciences, a position he held for three years. Kohlhepp served briefly as associate vice president for faculty affairs before being named dean of the School of Health Sciences in 2015.
A clinically practicing physician assistant for more than 30 years, Kohlhepp has published numerous articles in the leading journals of the physician assistant profession and contributed scholarship to many textbooks, including “Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice.” Kohlhepp also was recognized as Physician Assistant of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Occupational Medicine in 2006.
Lisa G. O'Connor, Nursing
Lisa G. O’Connor, MSN, EdD
Dean, School of Nursing
Lisa G. O'Connor earned her diploma in nursing from the Ona Wilcox School of Nursing of Middlesex Hospital: a bachelor’s in nursing, a master’s in nursing education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.
She has extensive experience in medical surgical and critical-care nursing, along with 20 years in education — including hospital-based education and higher education. O’Connor, who has been associate dean of the School of Nursing since 2015, joined the Quinnipiac community in 2003 as an assistant professor. She served as director and chair of undergraduate nursing programs before ultimately being promoted to associate and full professor. She has served as a faculty senator, as an active member on the university education committee, the university assessment committee, and many other interprofessional committees and work groups.
She received the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the Student Government Association in 2015. Her leadership at the state level was recognized in 2014 when she received the Nurse Leadership Award from the Connecticut League for Nursing.
Matthew L. O'Connor, Business
Matthew L. O’Connor, PhD
Dean, School of Business
Matthew O’Connor earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in finance from Syracuse University.
O’Connor joined Quinnipiac as assistant professor of finance in 1999. He was named chair of the finance department in 2005, a position he held for three years before being named interim dean of the School of Business in 2008. He was named dean in 2009.
O’Connor has overseen the launch of several highly successful degree programs, including the four-year accelerated BS/MBA, the online MBA and the Bachelor of Business Administration. Under his leadership, the School of Business was named to Bloomberg Business Week’s list of the Top 100 Undergraduate Business Programs. The business school’s online graduate programs were ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. During his tenure as dean, graduate business school enrollment has grown from approximately 250 to more than 800 students. He also was instrumental in the development and launch of Quinnipiac’s School of Engineering.
In addition to his duties as dean, O’Connor sits on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and ReSET, a nonprofit social enterprise trust.
Chris Roush, Communications
Chris Roush, MS
Dean, School of Communications
Chris Roush earned a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Auburn University. Before coming to Quinnipiac, he was the Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in Business Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of its Carolina Business News Initiative.
Previously, Roush taught business journalism at Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond. The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication named him “Journalism Teacher of the Year” in 2010. He also was chosen the “North Carolina Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Roush has worked for various publications, including the St. Petersburg Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Tampa Tribune, BusinessWeek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bloomberg News.
He served on the board of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication from 2014 to 2018 and edited a book "Master Class" for journalism and mass communication educators.
He has authored or co-authored 10 books, including the leading textbook in business journalism education.
Brad Saxton, Law
Brad Saxton, JD
Interim Dean, School of Law
Brad Saxton earned his bachelor of arts in economics from The College of William and Mary and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Saxton served as the dean of the Quinnipiac School of Law from 2002-2013. He taught as a full-time faculty member from 2013-2019, and then was appointed interim dean in June 2019. In 2013, Professor Saxton was honored by the Connecticut Bar Association with its Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award; by the Connecticut Law Tribune with its Professor Quintin Johnstone Award for Service to the Legal Profession; and by the Pat Sappern Memorial Fund with its Pat Sappern Award.
Saxton clerked for The Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 1985-1986 after graduating from the University of Virginia in 1985. Saxton then practiced law from 1986-1992 with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in employment law and litigation before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1992. After earning tenure, he served as associate dean and professor of law at the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he taught torts, trial practice, legal writing and lawyering skills.