Leadership Team Profiles

Ralph Fitzpatrick, Ed.D. -  Vice President, Community Engagement

  • Oversees strategic direction
  • Oversees finances and internal operations
  • Leads community engagement and assessment agenda
  • Resource development

Felicia Gough, MS - Administrative Specialist

  • Administrative support for Community Engagement Office
  • Administrative support to Resident Advisory Council Committee
  • Payroll and Purchasing

Associate Vice President for Community Engagement

  • Assists in the creation of new and effective partnerships
  • Oversees college access and educational enrichment programs
      • Upward Bound
      • Youth Toward Excellence
      • Talent Search
  • University Community Partnership Board, Faculty Liaisons and Signature Partnership Resident Council Office Liaison
  • Represents President and university community on civic and community-based organizations
  • Faculty Grant Support


Susan Jenkins, MA - Communications Coordinator Sr.

  • Website maintenance and updates
  • Community Engagement newsletter
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Outstanding Community Engagement Awards
  • Administrative support to Faculty Liaison Committee

Perry Clark - Special Assistant to the VP for Community Engagement

  • Liaison to Community Leaders
  • Committee Representative for the Office of Community Engagement
  • Civic Education and Engagement Contact for Various Public Schools

Susan Rhodes - Assistant to the VP for Community Engagement

  • Personal Assistant to VP for Community Engagement
  • Office Manager
  • Unit Financial Officer
  • Liaison to University Community Partnership Board
  • Special Event Planning

Henry Cunningham, Ph.D. - Director, Community Engagement

  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Community-based learning course development
  • Engaged Scholarship
  • Student philanthropy
  • Community engagement plans for academic and administrative units
  • Liaison to Signature Partnership Schools

Patrick Smith AICP - Coordinator, Community Partnership Assessment

  • Tracking UofL Partnership, Outreach & Engaged Scholarship
  • Data Collection, Analysis & Reporting
  • Community Engagement Impact Assessment

Mary Thorpe, Director, Secondary School Programs

  • Upward Bound
  • Talent Search
  • Youth Toward Excellence (YTEP)


Follow this link to contact the Office of the Vice President for Community Engagement