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                             School of Business Leadership Team 

                                    Providence College Ÿ Koffler Hall Ÿ  1 Cunningham Square Ÿ Providence Ÿ RI 02918

Sylvia Maxfield, Ph.D. 


Through Dr. Maxfield’s experience in both the academic and business worlds she has become a specialist in the global economy, financial crises and corporate social responsibility. Before becoming dean of the Providence College School of Business she was MBA director and professor of Management at Simmons College. In business, Dr. Maxfield was vice president and senior sovereign credit analyst at the Wall Street firm of Lehman Brothers. At Yale for ten years, Dr. Maxfield held joint faculty appointments in Management and Political Science and directed the Master’s program in International Relations. She has published several dozen books and articles about the interface of politics, society, and financial markets and has translated her research for non-academic audiences through publication in many venues, including The Wall Street Journal. Recently she has worked with corporations including Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, and Procter & Gamble on executive training projects. Dr. Maxfield speaks regularly about the economy and social responsibility. She is a graduate of Cornell’s School of Arts and Sciences and earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University. She has served on several boards for non-profits operating in the fields of inter-American relations and education innovation in numerous university leadership capacities. Dr. Maxfield is fluent in Spanish and has lived or worked in virtually every country in Central and South America. She has three children and is a resident of Brookline, Massachusetts and Jamestown, Rhode Island.


Phone: (401) 865-1224              
Office: 113 Koffler Hall


Christine E. Earley, PH.D., CPA (inactive)
Associate Dean, Faculty & Curriculum
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Dr. Christine Earley, is the associate dean of the Providence College School of Business (PCSB) and Professor of Accountancy. In her role as associate dean, she is responsible for overseeing all issues relating to faculty and curriculum for the PCSB. She is a former auditor and certified public accountant, and her research interests are primarily in the areas of auditing and professional ethics. A stream of Christine’s research utilizes experimental methods to study how auditors make complex judgments and how they can be trained to improve these judgments. She has also examined the impact of information provided by management on auditors' judgments regarding fair value, business process performance, internal control classifications, and fraud and inherent risk judgments. She is a member of the PCAOB research synthesis team on the topic of professional skepticism, and she has received research grants from the PwC Inquiries Program, and the Center for Audit Quality.

Christine has published in the following leading journals in accounting: The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and Issues in Accounting Education. She serves on the editorial board of The Accounting Review, and previously served on the editorial boards of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and Issues in Accounting Education. Christine has contributed to the accounting profession in several ways, including instructing the AAA Auditing Section Audit Educators’ Bootcamp and serving as conference chair or liaison for the ABO, Auditing and Public Interest Sections, as well as on the AAA Northeast Region Steering Committee. In April 2013, she was elected to the Executive Council of the AAA Auditing Section. She received her Ph.D. in accounting and Master’s in cognitive psychology from The University of Pittsburgh and her undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Connecticut.

Phone: (401) 865-2056                
Office: 113 Koffler Hall

Jacqueline Elcik

Assistant Dean & MBA Program Director

Jacqueline started her position at the Providence College School of Business in July 2013. Jacqueline has worked in the field of higher education for nearly twenty years. Her previous work experience includes: Executive Director, Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, Interim Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Director of Graduate Programs in the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, Director of First Year Experience and Orientation Programs and Interim Director of Residence Life and New Student Programs at Miami University. Jacqueline is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati. She has a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and BA from Case Western Reserve University.


Phone: (401) 865-2131
Office: 116 Koffler Hall

​Meet the Staff

Carolyn Duane - Special Assistant to the Dean

External Relations & Communications
Faculty Committees & Scholarship
Operations & Systems
Surveys & Reporting

Phone: (401) 865-1068
Office: 113 Koffler Hall

Lisa Mildner - Senior Office Assistant, Undergraduate Programs

Internal Communications & Faculty Support
Meeting Coordination & School Calendar
Data Maintenance & PCSB reporting
Administrative Support for the Ruane Chair

Phone: (401) 865-2790
Office: 115 Koffler Hall

Mary Politelli - Administrative Assistant, Undergraduate Programs

Liaison for Student Matters
Declarations of Majors & Advising
Pre-registration & Registration
Chair & Program Support

Phone: (401) 865-2742
Office: 115 Koffler Hall

Caitlin Saniga - Executive Assistant to the Dean

Dean’s Office Scheduling & Support
Internal & External Communications
Marketing & Social Media Initiatives
PCSB Website Maintenance

Phone: (401) 865-1821
Office: 113 Koffler Hall

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