Senior Team

The Wagner College Senior Team comprises the college's senior administrative officers who report to the president and oversee the affairs of the college.

Tarshia Stanley, Ph.D.

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tarshia Stanley came to Wagner College as Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2022. Previously, she had been the dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She came to St. Kate’s from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she had been a member of the English faculty for nearly two decades. She served as chair of the English Department and director of the college’s honors program. Her areas of scholarly focus are film, media studies and African American speculative fiction. Tarshia Stanley earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Duke University. She attended the University of Florida for her graduate studies, where she earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in English.


John Carrescia

John A. Carrescia, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President for Finance & Administration

John Carrescia joined Wagner College in 2003 and currently oversees the College’s Finance and Business Office, Bursar’s Office, Campus Operations, Human Resources, Postal Center, Copy Center, Dining Services, and Bookstore. He serves as the chair for the College’s pension committee and is responsible for all financial compliance and reporting requirements. Mr. Carrescia has been an adjunct professor for accounting at the College for more than 10 years. Before coming to Wagner, Mr. Carrescia was a supervising senior accountant at KPMG LLP. Mr. Carrescia is also an alumnus of Wagner, where he received his Bachelor of Science in accounting, and Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration.


Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon

Ruta Shah-Gordon, Ph.D.

Vice President for Enrollment & Campus Life

Ruta Shah-Gordon, Ph.D. oversees enrollment and admission; residential education; co-curricular programs; leadership development and student conduct; the centers for wellness, intercultural advancement, and spirituality; and Public Safety. She serves as the co-chair for the Diversity and Internationalization Action Council and is responsible for furthering the strategic blueprints for the College in these areas. As vice president, she leads the connection of academic and co-curricular experiences, creating opportunities for students to learn more about themselves as civically engaged, psycho-socially adapted, and interculturally competent citizens of the world. She also serves as the College's Title IX Deputy Coordinator. She is administrative coordinator for the Mandela Washington Fellowship at Wagner, which is part of President Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative. She earned her doctorate in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.


Jazzmine Clarke-Glover

Vice President for Workplace Culture & Inclusion, Chief HR Officer & Chief Diversity Officer

Jazzmine Clarke-Glover provides leadership in the College’s strategic planning and vision of talent management, retention and development, diversity and inclusion, as well as HR policies and programs. Ms. Clarke-Glover joined Wagner in 2015 as director of human resources and the College’s Title IX coordinator. She previously served as assistant director of human resources at New York City Technical College and an HR professional for the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. She is a member and past president of the Board of College and University Professional Association of Human Resources (CUPA-HR). She is certified by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP). She also holds certifications in Business and Ethical Leadership and Leadership & Succession Planning. She is a doctoral candidate at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. She holds a master’s in industrial and labor relations from Baruch College and a B.S/M.S. in sociology from Boston College.


Mark Harmon-Vaught

Chief of Staff & Director of External Affairs

Mark Harmon-Vaught has served as chief of staff and director of external affairs since April 2022. In these capacities, he leads the college's engagement with the private, public, and social sectors, directs presidential initiatives, and oversees the Office of the President. Additionally, Mr. Harmon-Vaught serves as secretary to the Board of Trustees and oversees the Department for Lifelong Learning. He came to Wagner College in March 2020 as director of the Office of the President, having previously served as special assistant to the president at KIPP New York, a network of 18 high-achieving public charter schools. Harmon-Vaught also serves as a trustee for Bridge Preparatory Charter School, the first New York public school dedicated to serving students with dyslexia and other literacy-based learning needs. He holds a B.A. in government and Hispanic studies from Franklin & Marshall College and is a candidate for Ed.M. in education leadership at Harvard University.