Our Leadership

Western follows the model of shared governance, which includes the Board of Trustees, administration and faculty in decision-making and university strategy. The three branches of Western’s leadership, along with community members, guide the university’s Strategic Plan.


Greg Salsbury holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, an M.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Speech Communication and Psychology from Southern Illinois University.

Faculty Senate Chair

Heather Thiessen-Reily, professor of History, holds a Ph.D. in History from Tulane University, an M.A. in History from Flinders University of South Australia and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.

Board of Trustees Chair

Todd Wheeler ’90 is vice chairman of the global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield Inc. Wheeler has more than 20 years of experience as a market leading transaction consultant advising many of the largest and most influential organizations in the country on optimizing the value they receive from their business real estate portfolios.