Director of Finance and Operations
As Director of Finance and Operations, Lisa Herschbach oversees operations, design and construction, and all budgetary and financial matters, including Thaden’s indexed tuition program and student enrollment. She also teaches history. With roots in Massachusetts and California, Dr. Herschbach comes to Thaden from Princeton University, where for ten years she served as Dean of Wilson College, one of Princeton’s six residential colleges.
She managed all aspects of the College’s operations, including housing, dining, security, and facilities maintenance. She was also responsible for all staff hiring and supervision as well as management of the College’s operating budget. More recently, Dr. Herschbach served as director of Princeton’s Center for Teaching and Learning and co-chaired the university’s committee charged with strategic planning for teaching spaces. She began her career in education as a member of the history faculty at Rutgers University, where she created an interdisciplinary program in science studies. A teacher, academic adviser, and administrator for more than two decades, she brings to her current work a deep understanding of Thaden’s mission that informs her stewardship of resources and her efforts to support faculty in their teaching and professional development.
Dr. Herschbach holds a doctorate in the history of science from Harvard University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors and distinction in philosophy and women’s studies from Stanford University. She has published widely on topics in the history of medicine and disability; her monograph, Prosthetic Reconstructions, was awarded the Bruns Prize by the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Lisa’s appreciation for the elevating power of education begins with her parents who were first in their families to attend college and who became distinguished teachers and scientists. She and her husband Ian Stanley live in downtown Bentonville with their two children and can be seen running or cycling the local trails on most days.