Alisa Macksey is the Vice President of Mission, Diversity, and Inclusion at La Salle University. She joined La Salle and the Executive Cabinet upon her arrival in July 2022.
In her role, Macksey leads the University’s work to ensure La Salle is meeting its core values and mission through a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Macksey has nearly two decades of professional work experience is tied directly to the Lasallian mission and Lasallian education.
She arrived at La Salle from a fellow Lasallian institution, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she had served since September 2015 in a number of roles. Most recently, as Dean of Student Success and the First Generation Initiative, Macksey developed and implemented strategic plans for student success that align with Saint Mary’s University’s strategic plan and the Lasallian Catholic educational mission. She grew endowments related to the First Generation Initiative from $635,000 to $9.6 million in seven years and represented the university as diversity officer, collaborating with all areas to foster and advocate for unity in initiatives germane to diversity, inclusivity, respect, and solidarity.
Additionally, Macksey leads representatives from nearly a dozen countries in a part-time role as the inaugural president of the International Council for Association and the Lasallian Educational Mission—a position to which she was appointed by the former Superior General, La Salle alumnus Brother Robert Schieler, ’72, F.S.C., Ed.D. The council focuses on the vitality of the Lasallian mission worldwide. Additionally, she serves as associate editor of the AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education, through which she has worked closely with La Salle faculty who have submitted articles for publication.
Macksey is a doctoral candidate at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she is finishing her dissertation on higher educational executive leadership and the level of preparation required before and during the onboarding process. She received a master of arts degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and anthropology from Saint Mary’s College of California—yet another Lasallian institution to which Alisa is connected.