About the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President

Mablene Krueger, M.B.A.

mablene kruegerA first generation college student and graduate, Mabele Krueger enters the role of interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs after serving as the vice president of strategic planning and partnerships at Roosevelt University in Chicago. With over 50 percent of students identifying as African American or Latinx, Roosevelt serves over 4,000 students.

As interim provost, Krueger leads both academic affairs and enrollment management functions, and she serves as a member of the president’s cabinet providing strategic advice on how Dillard can operate with greater synergy, efficiency and effectiveness using data to inform decision making. Senior VP Krueger also served as president and provost of Robert Morris University-Illinois which is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. 

Senior VP Krueger brings over 25 years of executive level leadership experience in administration and an additional 15 years in the classroom as instructor and student mentor. She has worked extensively with first-generation, diverse students from under-resourced communities. With her insight, Senior VP Krueger has managed to increase admissions, enrollments and graduation rates.

Senior VP Krueger has been recognized with several honors for her work. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in 2019, was named one of Crain’s Chicago Notable Women in Education in 2018, and she received the Award for Service from the National Society for Hispanic MBAs in 2005.

Among her other leadership roles have been the vice chairman of the Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities and member of the Junior Achievement of Chicago Executive Committee. Senior VP Krueger is also a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the Executive’s Club of Chicago and a member of the Equity Academy for Presidents and Cabinet, Partnership for College Completion.

Senior VP Krueger earned her Master of Business Administration and bachelor’s in management from the University of Illinois Springfield and her Associate of Applied Science from Robert Morris University – Illinois.