President's Cabinet

President's Cabinet


Cheryl Barbour, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Cheryl Barbour, Naropa UniversityCheryl Barbour has served Naropa University for more than twenty years. She first started at Naropa as a financial aid counselor. In her current role she oversees the areas of admissions, financial aid, registration, tuition payment, and student affairs. Cheryl came to Naropa with several years of previous higher education experience with Syracuse University and SUNY at Buffalo. Cheryl's interest is in providing access to education for those who could not otherwise afford it and in ensuring student success.


Janet Cramer, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Janet Cramer, Naropa UniversityPrior to coming to Naropa in August 2013, Janet Cramer served for 16 years in faculty and administrative positions at Florida Atlantic University and the University of New Mexico, including Associate Provost for Assessment and Instruction, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Women's Studies, Director of the Preparing Future Faculty Program, and Professor in Communication and Media Studies. In addition, she has 15 years of professional experience, including nine years as Director of Communications for the Sisters of Saint Francis—a spiritual community working internationally in the areas of education, health care, peace and justice, and ecology. Janet holds a PhD in Mass Communication, with a minor in Feminist Studies, from the University of Minnesota. 


Bill Rigler, Director of University Relations

Bill Rigler, Naropa University

As the Director of University Relations, Bill Rigler oversees and directs external relations, media and public relations, and select strategic partnerships. Bill most recently served as the Spokesman and Director of Communications for former Vice President Al Gore's global climate change initiative. Earlier, Bill worked for 14 years in New York City as the Chief of Staff at the Rockefeller Foundation, as Chief of Staff to former Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro at a global public affairs and communications firm, and at the United Nations. Bill holds a master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University in New York City. Bill is active in the Boulder community, and is the current Chairman of the Transportation Advisory Board (appointed by City Council in March 2015) and to the Marijuana Advisory Panel (appointed by City Council in January 2016). He is also a member of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Civic Affairs Committee, and is a Trustee for the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company. 

 Regina Smith, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Regina SmithRegina Smith, MFA, MA, is a spirited educator committed to serving the Naropa community in a way that is inspired by poetic vision and grounded in heart-and-body-centered clarity and compassion. She currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs.


Joy Valania, Special Advisor to the President

Joy Valania, Naropa UniversityJoy Valania has served as the Special Advisor to Naropa President Chuck Lief since 2012. In that role, Joy works closely with the President and outside counsel regarding legal and quasi-legal matters. She also works closely with faculty and staff on issues related to risk management and compliance oversight. Joy holds a B.A. in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law. Prior to joining Naropa University, Joy worked as an Associate Attorney at The Law Offices of Hudson Voltz in Downingtown, PA.


About the Cabinet

The purpose of the President's Cabinet at Naropa University is to be an executive management body that provides informed, effective and responsive leadership for the university. The cabinet shall advise the president on such matters as university-wide policy, establishment of priorities, and the evaluation and creation of institutional objectives on matters of broad significance and strategic relevance to the university. The cabinet's responsibility also includes the following:

  • Ensuring that timely, accountable progress is made toward the strategic goals and objectives of Naropa
  • Cultivating a contemplative institutional climate that reflects integrity, openness, responsiveness and accountability
  • Safeguarding the university's financial, legal and reputational integrity
  • Establishing ethical standards and appropriate institution-wide performance expectations;
  • Evaluating matters that have long-term, broad institutional consequences—e.g., affects the university's reputation, strategic planning goals/objectives, financial viability, etc.

The cabinet reports to the president, who has the ultimate decision-making authority. The cabinet's ultimate purpose is to further the mission of the university. The cabinet serves as an advisory body to the president on all areas related to the university programs and operations. The cabinet provides a forum for discussing institutional strategy and issues. The cabinet reviews the University's progress in meeting articulated goals.