Core Leadership Team
Lon Moeller, J.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
Lon Moeller, J.D.
Moeller was appointed as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on April 2, 2018. Prior to that, he served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College at the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Moeller also held the position of Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program in the Tippie College of Business, and was a professor in the Department of Management and Organizations. Additionally, Moeller served as University Ombudsperson and as Co-Director for the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.
Moeller earned his B.B.A., M.A., and J.D. from The University of Iowa. He worked in private law practice and served as System Legal Counsel for the University of Wisconsin System before becoming a faculty member in the Tippie College of Business. Moeller has worked as a labor mediator and arbitrator, serving on several state and national labor arbitration panels. He is a frequent speaker on business ethics, conflict management, and negotiations. Moeller has co-written five books on the topics of business law, conflict management, management, and negotiations.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Rodney Cruise joined Embry-Riddle in March 2013. He provides leadership and direction for Information Technology, Human Resources, Institutional Efficiency, Corporate Relations, News and Media, Campus Safety, Facilities and Capital Planning at the university, supporting more than $800 million in construction projects on all campuses.
In addition to operational responsibilities, Rodney supports the strategic development of Embry-Riddle’s Research Park, working to attract companies—ranging from national and international aviation/aerospace groups, to technology businesses in all stages of development, helping to recruit them to Florida, and in particular, to our immediate community. He leads all government relations initiatives, working closely with state and national leaders in support of Embry-Riddle’s mission to expand research, increase entrepreneurship and create high-paying jobs.
Rodney currently serves as the Vice Chair of Starter Studio and Chair of Daytona State College’s Facilities and Capital Planning Committee. He is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the Daytona Beach Rotary Club. Currently, he is also a member of Congressman Michael Waltz’s Transportation Advisory Committee.
Before joining Embry-Riddle, Rodney served as Vice President of Business Development for Sodexo, where he held multiple leadership positions. His tenure at Sodexo included service on national and international teams focused on complex efficiency challenges as well as IT projects. He also acted as the National Chair for the Sodexo Organization of Latinos and supported an array of diversity initiatives.
Previously, he has served multiple years on the Executive Board of Directors of the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he was appointed to the ISB Coalition. He also served as a member of the Beachside Redevelopment Committee for Volusia County, and as a a former Board Member for Hope Place. In addition, he served on the board of Halifax Habitat for Humanity and with many other local initiatives.
Rodney was recognized in 2011 as Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Volusia and Flagler County. He was presented the Community Legacy Award in 2013 by the Community Foundation of Volusia and Flagler. He was recognized as Board Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year during his service with Halifax Habitat for Humanity.
Randy Howard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Randy Howard, Ph.D.
Randall B. Howard, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Dr. Howard joined the University in September 2014 and is responsible for the financial operations of the University including financial management, treasury, financial analysis and reporting, enterprise risk management, and capital planning.
Prior to joining the University, Dr. Howard was the Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer at Ball State University. Dr. Howard spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force where he held a variety of positions, including Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Administration at the Naval Postgraduate School and Senior Financial Economist for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Cost and Economics.
Dr. Howard holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Daytona State College.
Senior Vice President for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement
Prior to his current role at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Marc served as Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Western Kentucky University and as the President of the WKU Foundation, where he managed a $70 million endowment.
Between 1984 and 2000, Archambault worked in several different nonprofit and higher education capacities. He served as a direct marketing and marketing/promotions manager for the nation’s top academic publisher, University of Chicago Press; in the public information office of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA; as the Executive Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology in Houston, Texas; and at the University of Houston main campus, first as a financial officer in the College of Natural Sciences, later as a federal grant writer and administrator, and ultimately as the Associate Director of Grants and Contracts for the University of Houston system.
Marc began his development career in 2000. During Purdue University’s $1.7 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, Archambault became the first advancement officer for the university’s Department of Biological Sciences and by 2002 had been promoted to Senior Director of Foundation Relations for Purdue’s statewide system. There he posted double-digit growth in private foundation awards in three successive years, culminating in a $41 million annual total. He was then tapped to continue in his foundation relations role while also serving as Senior Director of Advancement for Discovery Park, a multi-center research complex focused on advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, information technology, energy science, bioscience, advanced digital pedagogical resources and entrepreneurship. He also served as a member of the Purdue’s sole source grant committee and was the principle liaison between the Development unit and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Following the conclusion of Purdue’s campaign in 2007, he went on to serve as Vice President of College Advancement at Harvey Mudd College, achieving record annual giving performance of nearly $5 million per year. In 2010, assumed the dual roles of Vice President of Development and Alumni at UVU and President of the UVU Foundation and was charged with professionalizing both units. During his five years at UVU, the institution attracted nearly $60 million in gifts and pledges, more than in all preceding years in the school’s 70-year history combined. In 2014, the national bell-weather organization for higher education fund raising – the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) –recognized his UVU team as the most improved program in the nation among peer institutions.
Recruited to Western Kentucky University in 2015, Archambault led the institution’s advancement team to successive record years in fundraising outcomes, raising over $36 million in new gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2017 and boosting the institution’s deferred gift inventory by 20 percent to $120 million while positioning the institution for a future comprehensive capital campaign. At both UVU and WKU’s institutionally related foundations, he led the organizations to their first-ever clean audits and implemented an array of best practices that strengthened their financial health and ability to support the university.
He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where he earned baccalaureate degrees in both English and Physics in 1984. His Physics thesis was on mass spectrometry and he also completed an internship in Radiation Physics at Oak Ridge National Lab. Marc holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His wife of 33 years, Dr. Amy McGough, is a now-retired former member of Purdue University’s biophysics faculty who specialized in cryo-electron microscopy. Prior to her retirement, Amy went on to serve as a development professional at Purdue University, University of California Riverside, and the Keck Graduate Institute.
Jason M. Ruckert, Ph.D., FRAes
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Jason M. Ruckert, Ph.D., FRAes
Dr. Jason Ruckert was named Vice President for Enrollment Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in February 2020. He manages enrollment across the university. He joined Embry-Riddle in 2005 and previously served as Vice Chancellor and Chief Digital Learning Officer for the university’s Worldwide Campus. He provided mission-critical leadership of overall strategy, development, delivery and quality control of online degree programs and contributed to learning modalities employed by all colleges and campuses.Ruckert earned his doctorate in leadership and education from Barry University, with a specialization in higher education administration. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society as well as the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). He chairs the steering committee and is an executive council member of WCET, an organization dedicated to the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. Ruckert is also an advisory board member for the UPCEA National Council for Online Education – Chair of Quality Standards, the USDLA (United States Distance Learning Association) and the Technology Executive Council, CNBC.
Charlie Sevastos, J.D.
Vice President and General Counsel
Charlie Sevastos, J.D.
Charlie Sevastos joined Embry-Riddle as an Associate General Counsel in 2007 and was appointed General Counsel in 2011, responsible for all legal matters affecting the university.
Prior to Embry-Riddle, Charlie’s legal career started as a trial attorney in both criminal and civil litigation. He held positions as an Assistant Public Defender and as trial counsel with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Charlie was awarded Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law by The Florida Bar during his time as a litigator. Board Certification is a level of expertise held by only 7% of Florida lawyers.
Charlie’s service in the United States Army began with Infantry and Airborne training, then assignment to an Infantry brigade in the Panama Canal Zone. The brigade performed a variety of missions, including physical security of the Panama Canal, long term field deployments, and training visiting military units in counter-guerrilla operations for the Jungle Operations Training Center at Ft. Sherman, Panama. From Panama Charlie returned to the U.S. for fifteen months of flight training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and graduated as a Warrant Officer with two advanced aircraft qualifications. Charlie was then assigned to a Combat Aviation Battalion in Germany as a flight officer, and flew the AH-1S Cobra Helicopter during his tour of duty there.
Charlie received his B.A. with honors from Rollins College, and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. He is admitted to the Bar as an attorney in Florida, Maine, the District of Columbia, and the federal courts of the U.S. Middle District of Florida. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator, is qualified as a Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator, and volunteers as a mediator in small claims court in Volusia County.
Anette M. Karlsson, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Prescott Campus
Anette M. Karlsson, Ph.D.
Dr. Anette M. Karlsson joined Embry-Riddle as the Chancellor of the Prescott Campus in 2019.
She was previously a professor and dean of Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University. She was also formerly chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.
As a researcher and designer, Dr. Karlsson worked for Saab Missiles and Saab Aerospace. She served as a technical attaché of material science for Sweden’s Embassy in the United States.
Her research interests focus on thermo-mechanical properties of advanced materials, with an emphasis on the durability of materials used in clean energy production. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed international journal articles and served as primary adviser for more than 15 graduate students.
Dr. Karlsson’s honors and awards include the U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award and the University of Delaware’s E.A. Trabant Award for Women’s Equity.
She earned her bachelor's and master’s degrees at Linkoping University in Sweden and her Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University, in the field of applied mechanics. She conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University.
John Watret, Ph.D., FRAeS
Chancellor, Worldwide Campus
John Watret, Ph.D., FRAeS
Dr. John Watret, Chancellor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide provides leadership and strategic direction that fosters growth, maintains academic integrity and promotes efficient operations for the Worldwide Headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida and the over 125 campus locations worldwide.
Under his leadership, the Worldwide campus, which serves more than 18,000 students annually, has experienced an increase in accredited programs, an expansion of highly qualified faculty and staff, and the introduction of research initiatives all of which help to advance the university’s relationships throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. In 2016 and 2017, U.S. News & World Report named Embry-Riddle Worldwide number one in the country for online bachelor degrees.
Watret is active with organizations both nationally and internationally, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Asia, Ltd. in Singapore; as an appointed board member for the University of Florida Online Campus; as a elected member for the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors; and as a board member for the Aerospace Alliance, Inc. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) and has been a featured speaker and panelist at several national and international conferences. During his 26-year tenure with the University, Dr. Watret has served in several administration roles and he is a tenured Professor of Mathematics.
A licensed private pilot, he holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Mathematics, both from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Ormond Beach, Florida and have one daughter.