Executive Cabinet

Expertise. Commitment. Leadership.

Led by the president of the university, these individuals comprise the executive cabinet. They work closely together with the president, trustees, and academic leadership to provide advice, develop and implement university-wide initiatives, and oversee operation of the university.

The cabinet meets with the president on a weekly basis and attends the Board of Trustees meetings.


George T. French Jr., Ph.D., President

Dorcas Davis Bowles, Ed. D., Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Eli H. Phillips, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer 

Lanze Thompson, Ph.D., Chief Financial Officer and SVP, Business and Financial Services

Sam D. Burston, Chief Advancement Officer for Institutional Advancement

Omar Estrada Torres, Ed.D., Dean, Student Services & Campus Life

Jennifer Ervin, Esq., General Counsel

Debra Hoyt, Chief People Officer

Charles Gibbs, Ed.D, Chief of Staff & VP for University Affairs

Marilynn Davis, Chief Real Estate Officer

Robert Clark, Jr., CIA, CISA, CCEP, CBM, Chief Compliance Officer

Lorri Saddler Rice, Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Cherise Y. Peters, Associate Vice President and Dean for Graduate Admissions 

Lauren V. Lopez, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research/SACSCOC Institutional Accreditation Liaison

Office of the President

Harkness Hall,
President’s Suite
Clark Atlanta University
James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404)-880-8500