Co-Founder & CEO at Wisr and Higher Founder and Executive Director
As a former first-generation college student, Kate is extremely passionate about improving educational outcomes for college students across the country. After working in Admissions and Career Services for the University of Chicago, Kate became interested in how technology can be used to support student outcomes. She returned to Northeast Ohio as VP of Business Development at DecisionDesk before founding Wisr in 2016.
Kate is heavily involved in Cleveland’s entrepreneurial community as the Chair of the JumpStart Leader’s Council and serving on the DigitalC Fund Advisory Board. Kate was a member of the varsity volleyball team at the University of Chicago, where she received her BA and MBA.
Program Manager, Washington Center at the College of William & Mary and Higher Facilitator
Erin Battle is a two-time graduate of The College of William & Mary. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics in 2013 and her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education in 2015. During graduate school, Erin worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admission as an admission specialist, reading applications, conducting high school visits, and recruiting students. Erin joined the W&M Washington Center in 2016 as a Program Coordinator and now serves as a Program Manager. In her role with the W&M Washington Center, Erin manages a summer program, the DC Summer Institutes, manages all of W&M’s student and faculty housing in DC, and administers the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships. In her spare time, Erin coaches volleyball at West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA.
Interim Director, Washington Center at the College of William & Mary and Higher Facilitator
Roxane graduated from Bucknell University in 2000, with a degree in English and Education and then from the William & Mary School of Education in 2002 with a Master of Education in Educational Policy, Planning, & Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. She spent four years at Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in DC as a teacher, College Counselor, and Director of Service-Learning. In 2006, Roxane joined the Washington Center as Program Director and has helped the Center grow to where it is now, offering academic opportunities to hundreds of students all year long. Today, Roxane serves as the Interim Director of the W&M Washington Center, where she oversees operations. She was instrumental in founding and leading the Center’s Advisory Board, which engages area alumni in leadership and fundraising opportunities. Roxane lives with her husband and two young children in Ashburn, VA.
Director of the Women’s Center at Wake Forest University and Higher Facilitator
Steph Trilling (she/her/hers) serves as the Director of the Women’s Center at Wake Forest University. She is part of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team and is co-chair of the Culture of Respect Initiative aimed at preventing sexual misconduct on campus. Steph is committed to bolstering gender equity on campus by fostering leadership opportunities for women and building a diverse and welcoming community where all individuals are valued, respected, and able to thrive. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Steph was a staff clinician and the director of community awareness and prevention services at BARCC, one of the oldest and largest sexual assault service organizations in the country, She has served on local, statewide, and national coalitions related to gender based violence prevention and is a nationally recognized trainer on these topics. Outside of her work, she is invested in giving back to her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for North Star LGBTQ Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Salem State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from UMASS Amherst.
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students at Louisiana State University
Dr. Fuentes-Martin joined the LSU staff on August 24, 2015, and serves as the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. As the official second-in-command to the Vice President for Student Affairs, she is the chief administrator for the Office of the Dean of Students, which advises Student Government and oversees the departments of Campus Life, Disability Services, Greek Life, and Student Advocacy & Accountability, Transfer Student Programs, and the William A. Brookshire Military and Veterans Student Center.
Fuentes-Martin received Bachelor’s degrees in History and Business Administration and a Master’s degree in not-for-profit administration, both from the University of Notre Dame, and received a Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Prior to LSU, Fuentes-Martin held positions at the University of Texas-Pan American, as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students from 2013-15; and Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley from 2014-15. She has also held positions at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, as Dean of Students from 2000-04 and Associate Vice President and Dean of Students from 2004-13; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as Assistant/Associate Dean of Students from 1994-2000; and the University of Notre Dame, Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs from 1991-94, Assistant Director of Alumni Clubs from 1990-91 and Minority Student Recruiter from 1986-89.
Fuentes-Martin is also the proud mother of three sons: Jacob and Zachary graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2018; and her youngest son, Michael, is attending LSU this Fall. She and her husband Randy have been married for 23 years. Randy is an LSU police officer.
Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dillard University
Dr. Yolanda W. Page is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Dillard University, a position she has held since 2013. She earned both her master's of arts and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and completed her undergraduate studies at Dillard. She has served for more than 20 years in academia as an instructor, director, department chair, assistant dean and dean. She is married to David Page, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Dillard. They have two children, Brooke, and William.
Dean of the School of Professional Advancement and Vice President for Academic Innovation
Suri Duitch is dean of the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement. Dr. Duitch also holds the additional title of vice president for academic innovation, and plays a leadership role in the development and deployment of new digital courseware and learning platforms for the university as a whole. Under her leadership, the school is taking a fresh look at how it (and Tulane University) can best meet the needs of working adults and employers in New Orleans and beyond, through both classroom-based and online courses and degree programs.
She joined Tulane from the City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university system, where she was an administrator from 2004 to 2016. At CUNY, she was University Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, as well as the deputy to the senior university dean for academic affairs. Her portfolio there included continuing education, workforce development, adult literacy and language courses, programs for students on public assistance, several student employment initiatives and special projects, such as CUNY’s Early Childhood Professional Development Institute as well as its Creative Arts Team. The total annual enrollment in all these endeavors was over 250,000 students.
Prior to joining CUNY, she held policy and program oversight positions in New York City government agencies, and worked with nonprofits and private foundations to conduct applied research in areas such as the arts and economic development, children’s health services and nonprofit advocacy.
Her passions relate to opening up higher education, and the life-transforming benefits of the knowledge, skills and credentials gained from college, to people who wouldn’t otherwise have that access. She is also deeply committed to helping adult students gain knowledge and skills to advance in their careers and to further develop as members of their families and communities.
Dr. Duitch holds a B.A. in English literature from Columbia College, Columbia University, an M.S.W. in community organizing from Hunter College–CUNY, and a Ph.D. in urban education from the CUNY Graduate Center.
She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Neil Kleiman, a political scientist and urban policy expert on the faculty at the New York University - Wagner School of Public Service, and their two children.
Executive Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Richland College
Dr. LaQueta Wright serves as the Executive Dean for the School of Social Sciences and Wellness at Richland College in the Dallas County Community College District. She taught full-time at Richland College for 16 years as a Professor and Lead Faculty for Sociology and served as the Program Coordinator for the Social Sciences, Studies in Cultural Diversity and African-American Black Studies programs at Richland College for over 7 years. She is the Chair of the Richland College Minority Serving Institution Convening, a national conference that focuses on helping higher education institutions effectively use data to improve minority student success. She is a graduate of the 2019 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute and the 2013 Kaleidoscope Diversity Leadership Institute for women of color. Prior to working at Richland College, Dr. Wright worked for Southern Methodist University for 10 years where she served as the Assistant Dean of Student Life; the Director of Intercultural Education and Minority Student Affairs and an Academic Advisor. She is a member of the American Sociological Association, a Fulbright-Hays Fellow (Senegal, West Africa), a Global Citizenship Alliance Fellow (Potsdam, Germany), and a Life Member of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education and the OU National Black Alumni Society. Dr. Wright’s commitment to excellence has led her to facilitate local and national workshops on personal development, diversity, equity and inclusion, servant leadership, community involvement and professional excellence. She has contributed to the success of several college initiatives and community programs, including Achieving the Dream, Cooperative Learning, Global Education Advisory Council (GEDAC), Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Faculty in Support of Advising, the African-American Connections (AAC), Visions of Excellence (VOE), Intercultural Competence Training. Sharing her talents to mentor faculty/staff, students and community volunteers, for Dr. Wright is a joy and a privilege. She holds a BA in Journalism and a MA in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of North Texas.
Dean for Student Development at Baylor University
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) D. Palacios currently serves as the Dean for Student Development at Baylor University. She is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and has over 38 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Palacios received both her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in student services and professional counseling at Baylor University. Since 1981, she has served in various areas at Baylor including graduate minority recruitment in the Graduate School and community service in the Department of Student Activities. In 2002, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in School Psychology and joined the faculty in School of Education. Dr. Palacios taught undergraduate courses in secondary education and graduate courses in school psychology and educational administration. In 2006, she was named Dean for Student Development in the Division of Student Life overseeing Multicultural Affairs, Community Engagement and Service, and the Academy for Leadership Development. She currently teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at Baylor. In 2015, she was charged with leading the Division of Student Life in both student leadership education and development as well as cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. In 2016, she was named the first Special Assistant to the President on Diversity at Baylor University. In 2018, she was elected President for the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, a statewide organization focused on the promotion of Latina/os in higher education as scholars and leaders. Dr. Palacios has authored numerous publications, presentations, a book chapter in the National Association of School Psychologists primer on training and research on multiculturalism in the schools, and in 2018, a book chapter in the NASPA book on Latino/a/x Student Affairs leaders in higher education. She served as an inaugural faculty member for the NASPA Escaleras Leadership Institute for Hispanic Student Affairs professionals. She serves on various national, regional, and local boards on higher education, retention, diversity, and leadership development. Dr. Palacios is married to her college sweetheart, Robert Palacios, and they have two married sons, a married daughter, three grandsons, and five granddaughters. Her husband and three children are all Baylor graduates.
President at McMurry University
Dr. Sandra S. Harper, a native of Dallas, Texas, began serving as the President of McMurry University on October 1, 2013. Prior to her McMurry appointment, Harper served as the President of Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 2006-2013 and as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi from 1998-2006. Harper’s other administrative posts included serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma City University and as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at McMurry University. Harper served as a faculty member in the communication and theater department at McMurry University from 1985-1995.
Harper received her B.S. degree from Texas Tech University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. Harper also completed the Harvard Management Development Program and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas. Harper is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges and chairs a compliance and reports committee. She is the chair of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) and she also serves on the boards of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church, the Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, Inc. (EIIA), the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, the Abilene Industrial Foundation, and the Grace Museum. Harper was elected to serve on the United Methodist University Senate for the 2017-2020 quadrennium.
In 2011, Harper was named a Distinguished Alumna by the Texas Tech University College of Education. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in American Education. Harper has received the Management Excellence Award from the Society for the Advancement of Management, the Y Women in Careers Award from the Corpus Christi YWCA, the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Outstanding Administrator Award from McMurry University, and the American Association of University Women Abilene Branch Women of Outstanding Achievement.
She is married to Dave Harper, who coached at Abilene High School for nine years and other high schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. The couple has two sons, who spent most of their childhood in Abilene. Justin Harper, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, and his wife and four children are stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Jonathan Harper is the Assistant Director of Equipment Operations in the athletics department at the University of North Texas. He, his wife and son live in Denton, Texas.
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement, Training and Education at North Carolina State University
Stephanie Helms Pickett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. She has worked at private, public, single-sex, predominantly White and historically Black institutions of higher education, in residence life, commuter life, multicultural affairs, orientation, leadership, international student affairs, disability services, academic support services and as an Education Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Most recently, Dr. Helms Pickett was appointed as the Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement, Training and Education in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity at North Carolina State University. Prior to the appointment, over the last 12 years, she served as the Director of Assessment and Professional Development, as well as the Director of the Women’s Center in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University. Dr. Helms Pickett has held faculty appointments at Bennett College for Women, Walden University, Duke University and Grand Canyon University. Her research interests are in the areas of higher education policy, women’s engagement, cultural competency and leadership. She most recently served as board president of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women which engages in preparing incarcerated women for reentry. She is married, with two young adults.
She is a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is the author of three books, “Later Never Came Until Now,” “Her Name Is SHE” and “Worshipper in the Workplace.” Dr. Helms Pickett writes a weekly blog that may be found on the website, drhelmspickett.com.
President at Meredith College
Jo Allen, Ph.D., Meredith College Class of 1980, took office as the eighth president of the College on July 1, 2011. She is the first Meredith College alumna to assume leadership of the 128-year-old institution, one of the largest private colleges for women in the United States. Allen brought her extensive experience as a faculty member, administrator, and scholar to her current role.
A North Carolina native, Allen earned her Master’s degree from East Carolina University and her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Both her M.A. and her Ph.D. are in English literature, with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Communication. Her B.A. from Meredith is also in English. She served as tenured associate professor of English at East Carolina University and tenured associate professor at North Carolina State University in addition to her administrative roles. Dr. Allen was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Virginia.
Allen previously served as senior vice president and provost, and tenured professor of English, at Widener University, in Chester, PA. There she oversaw academic and student affairs on four campuses in two states for approximately 6,500 students and more than 700 full- and part-time faculty. Other leadership positions held by Allen at East Carolina University and at North Carolina State University include special assistant positions for various projects, as well as associate vice provost and interim vice provost.
Allen has made numerous contributions to the advancement of higher education. She has been the featured speaker and facilitator at programs including the American Council on Education Chief Academic Officer’s Institute and the Pennsylvania State University's Academic Leadership Academy. She was a Commissioner for Middle States Commission on Higher Education, for whom she also led training workshops on assessment and led site visits for regional and international institutions’ accreditation. She also served on the Board of Trustees and has been a frequent site reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.
She has been recognized by Meredith College as a Distinguished Alumna and by East Carolina University as an Outstanding Woman of ECU.
Currently, she is chair of the Executive Board and serves on the Audit Committee and the Administration Committee for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She is also the past treasurer and current vice chair of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). She serves on the Presidents’ Council of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges and on the Presidents' Council of USA South, Meredith's athletic conference. In addition, she is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Duke University
For the past thirty-eight years (except for a brief nine-month hiatus to practice law), Sue Wasiolek has worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University. In her role as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students she has oversight
for student health, wellness education and programming, counseling and psychological services, crisis response, student conduct, and parent and student veterans’ programs. She has served for over thirty-five years as an academic advisor to freshmen and sophomores and has taught courses in education, law and cultural anthropology. Sue has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education, a Master of Health and Hospital Administration and a Master of Law degree from Duke. She has also completed a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Having served as a peer reviewer for the NCAA, Sue enjoys intercollegiate athletics from an intellectual and spectator perspective. Her master’s of law thesis was entitled “Intercollegiate Athletics and Federal Income Tax Policy” while her doctoral dissertation focused on the efficacy of the NCAA self-study certification process.
In 2008, Sue co-authored a book entitled, “Getting the Best Out of College,” with the second edition released in March 2012.
Sue currently resides in an all-freshman residence hall at Duke and loves it!
Associate Vice President for Student Equity and Inclusion at Georgetown University
Dr. Adanna J. Johnson serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Equity and Inclusion and leads the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion (OSEI) at Georgetown University. The OSEI is an umbrella office for the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, the Community Scholars Program, and the Georgetown Scholars Program. In her role, Dr. Johnson provides leadership for a broad range of work focused on student access and success, diversity and inclusion work with students, consults with schools and units across the institution, and contributes to Georgetown’s work with the American Talent Initiative.
Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, and both her Master’s in Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she was a member of the Loyola University Maryland faculty as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the African and African American Studies Program. At Loyola, she also co-chaired the institutional Racial Justice Training Implementation. She has published extensively on a range of topics, with a particular focus on cultural competence and recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in higher education. She is a licensed psychologist and her extensive clinical experience further deepens the perspectives she brings to her work. Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, is a certified Nia Technique dance teacher, and a comedian.
Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management at James Madison University
Donna Harper is the Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management at JMU. She has served in various positions at the university since graduating in 1977 including Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Health and Recreation, Associate Vice President for Students Affairs and Executive Assistant to the President. She has enjoyed the various roles and responsibilities she has had the opportunity to have and strives to encourage and support others at the university to find their passion. As an undergraduate she played field hockey and is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha. She continues to be involved through the Duke Club and advising ASA. Donna also serves as the co-coordinator of the College Student Personnel Administration graduate program and teaches a graduate class in the program.
Donna enjoys working in the community and currently serves on the Rockingham Educational Foundation and The Community Foundation, serving as officers on both boards. She received her B.S. in Business, M.S. in Counselor Education/College Student Personnel Administration, and Ed.S. in Counselor Education from JMU. She and her husband, Randy, live in Port Republic and their two children also graduated from JMU. They both enjoy “babysitting” their two grandchildren (who already know how to say “Go Dukes!”).
Dean, School of Education at American University
Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy joined AU in 2016 as the Dean of the School of Education. Previous to this role, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy served as the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (central administration) and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs (in the School of Education) at Johns Hopkins University. She has held appointments as Professor and department chair at Johns Hopkins’ School of Education, Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Maryland, College Park and Assistant Professor and Director of the School Counseling Program at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Professional colleagues have recognized her with many awards for outstanding multicultural/diversity research, excellence in teaching, and exemplar service. She served as a Faculty Lilly Fellow at the University of Maryland and in 2016, she was selected as an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow for her significant contributions in scientific achievement and teaching/training. Because of her expertise in college advising and counseling, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy was selected to participate as a consultant to the Obama Administration's Reach Higher Initiative. In July 2014, she was one of the plenary speakers at the White House's Summit on Higher Education held at Harvard University.
President at the University of North Georgia
Bonita Jacobs is President of the University of North Georgia, which serves about 20,000 students across five campuses and offers a range of degree programs from the associate to doctoral levels.
Jacobs took office as the seventeenth president of North Georgia College & State University, prior to its consolidation with Gainesville State College to become UNG, in July 2011, becoming the University’s first woman president and only the second woman to lead one of the country’s six Senior Military Colleges.
She has been named by Georgia Trend magazine one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the "Top Education Leaders in Atlanta" and to its list of “Women Who Mean Business.”
Jacobs currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Council on Economic Education, and the BB&T Georgia Regional Advisory Board.
Previously, Jacobs served as Executive Director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (2009-2011), Vice President for Student Development (1998-2009), and as a tenured professor of counseling and higher education at the University of North Texas. She also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Development at Western Carolina University and in student development positions at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Jacobs received bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and history and a master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. She earned her doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University.
A recipient of multiple awards for leadership in higher education and student development, Jacobs is a frequent speaker on transfer and student success issues. Jacobs is the former editor of The Journal of College Orientation and Transition and has served on three other editorial boards. Her publications include The College Transfer Student in America: The Forgotten Student and Starting From Scratch: Your First-Year Experience, as well as numerous chapters, journal articles and reviews.
Jacobs is originally from Huntington, Texas, and she and her husband, Glenn, live in Dahlonega.
Deputy Chief of Staff at Georgia Gwinnett College
Dr. Jennifer H. Stephens serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She provides strategy formulation and operational support to the Chief of Staff, President, and Executive Leadership team.
She is active in the American Council on Education (ACE) where she serves as the State Chair for the ACE Women’s Network in Georgia, the Georgia Association of Women in Higher Education. In 2015-2016, she participated in the ACE Fellowship Program, a leadership development program that focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.
Prior to the Fellowship, Stephens was the associate vice president of Public Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College, the first four-year, public college created in Georgia in more than 100 years. The College opened in August 2006 with an inaugural class of 118 students and an access mission focused on student success. Today, it serves 13,000 students. She has been intimately involved in almost every facet of the creation of the new institution and its strategic planning.
Prior to her role at GGC, Stephens served as the chief PR officer at Georgia Perimeter College, the largest two-year college in the state.
Stephens has a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia. She holds an M.Div. in biblical studies from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in graphic design from Auburn University. She and her husband, Todd, live in Suwanee, Georgia, with their two daughters.
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs at Emory University
Pamela Scully is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Professor of African Studies, at Emory University. She has held a number of administrative roles at Emory, including directing the Institute of African Studies, chairing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and directing the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. As Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, she also led Emory’s Academic Leadership Program, which included Emory faculty as well as faculty from Atlanta universities and colleges. In her current role, she works across the university to ensure student success and thriving, paying particular attention to the experiences of first-generation students and students from under-resourced backgrounds.
Vice Provost Scully is an expert on women’s leadership both through her professorial and administrative roles. As chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Scully led global initiatives through partnerships with Ewha Women’s University in South Korea, and with the Gender, Diversity and Migration Research Unit at Goethe Institute at Frankfurt University. Her academic work focuses on women’s and gender history, and she has published numerous articles and books. Her book Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Ohio University Press, 2016), examines the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s leadership style from her time as a student in the United States, to assuming the presidency of Liberia.
Vice Provost Scully is on the advisory board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Young African Scholars Program, which mentors PhD students from the African continent. She is also on the board of Step Ahead Scholars, an Atlanta-based non-profit which aims to eradicate college inequality and empower underserved students to access, enroll, and graduate from college.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at California State University System
The eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Luoluo (pronounced “lō-lō”) Hong is a passionate and energetic educator, leader and student advocate who initiated her career at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (1992-2000). She joined the executive leadership team of San Francisco State University as the Vice President for Student Affairs as of May 1, 2014. Prior to SF State, beginning January 2008, Luoluo served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaiˈi at Hilo, where she concurrently took on the role of Acting Athletic Director for one and a half years through 2009. Other senior administrative roles have included Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students at Shepherd College (2000-2002); Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2002-2005); and Dean of Student Affairs at the West campus for Arizona State University (2005-2007).
At each campus where she has worked, Luoluo has taught undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and been an affiliated faculty member in a variety of disciplines, including Kinesiology, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Psychology, and Criminal Justice & Criminology. Luoluo was also a tenure-track Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at ASU and was tenured as an Associate Professor in Public Health Leadership & Education in UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy.
Luoluo holds a BA in Psychology from Amherst College, a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership & Research from LSU in Baton Rouge. A nationally-sought after speaker and trainer in the areas of violence prevention, social justice, and leadership, Luoluo has delivered over 2,200 presentations and keynoted over 40 conferences and meetings. Formerly a consulting editor for the Journal of American College Health, Luoluo sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Center for Scholarship, Research & Professional Development for Women and on the Women’s Network Executive Council for the American Council on Education’s Inclusive Excellence Group. She also just completed a term as chair-designee for the Pacific West Athletic Conference from 2011-13.
An alumna member of the Delta Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, Luoluo has volunteered with numerous rape crisis centers across the country and with Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce in the East Hawaiˈi Island community. Luoluo is the proud parent of two rambunctious felines: a seven-year old orange tabby named Phoenix and a one-year old Siamese mix who loosely answers to Comet. Luoluo can occasionally be found masquerading as a level 90 human warlock in World of Warcraft.
President at Harvey Mudd College
Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the College since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served as dean of science from 1998 to 2002, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998 and head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California, and two years at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD (1977) and BSc (1973) in mathematics from the University of Alberta.
Klawe has made significant research contributions in several areas of mathematics and computer science, including functional analysis, discrete mathematics, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, gender issues in information technology and interactive-multimedia for mathematics education. Her current research focuses on discrete mathematics.
Klawe is a renowned lecturer and has given talks at international conferences, national symposia, and colleges across the U.S. and Canada about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and industries, gender and gaming, and lessons from her own career in STEM industry and education. She has devoted particular attention in recent years to improving K-12 science and mathematics education.
Klawe is a board member of the nonprofit Math for America, chair of the board of the nonprofit EdReports.org, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Selection Board.
Klawe is the recipient of the 2014 Women of Vision ABIE Award for Leadership and was ranked 17 on Fortune’s 2014 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In 2015 she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science and the Achievement Award from the American Association of University Women, and she was inducted into the US News STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame. She was honored by the Computing Research Association’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. In 2017 Maria Klawe was awarded the Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
President of Franklin & Marshall College
Barbara K. Altmann, PhD, began her tenure as the 16th president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in August of 2018. A relatively recent transplant to Pennsylvania, having moved to the Commonwealth in 2015 to serve as provost at Bucknell University, Barbara previously spent more than two and a half decades at the University of Oregon. While there, she held a variety of academic and administrative roles including: professor of French, chair of the Department of Romance Languages, director of the Oregon Humanities Center, and spent her final three years as senior vice provost for Academic Affairs.
During her three years as provost at Bucknell, Barbara played an instrumental role in securing major gifts for capital programs, capital facilities and endowed faculty positions to support all divisions of the university.
At Franklin & Marshall, Barbara is leading the first comprehensive capital campaign at the college in three decades: Now to Next: The Campaign for Franklin & Marshall. Barbara also has the distinction of being the first female president in the college’s 230+ year history.
A native of Canada, Barbara received her bachelor’s degree with honors in romance languages from the University of Alberta, a master’s in French language and literature and her doctorate in medieval French language and literature from the University of Toronto. In her scholarly pursuits, Barbara has authored and/or edited four books and written numerous articles, reviews and conference papers in her field of expertise. Her peers have recognized her with elected stints on the executive councils of the American Council of Learned Society and the Modern Language Association.
Vice President for Finance and Administration at Dickinson College
Brontè Burleigh-Jones, PhD, has been the vice president for Finance and Administration at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA since September of 2013. Prior to joining the Dickinson community, Brontè held leadership positions at St. John’s College (MD), and Huston-Tillotson University (TX).
As the chief financial and administrative officer at Dickinson, Brontè oversees all areas of finance and campus operations including: the Bookstore, the Children’s Center, Conferences and Special Events, Dining Services, Facilities Management, Financial Operations, Human Resources, and the Mail Center.
In addition to her extensive on campus duties, Brontè is currently serving as chair of the board of HERS and has been a member of their board since 2012. A 2017 recipient of the Professional Development Award from the National Association of College and University Officers (NACUBO), Brontè has been a frequent presenter on a variety of topics, including finance, accreditation, communication, leadership and diversity at the respective conferences of NACUBO, American Council of Education (ACE) and the Association of Governing Boards (AGB). She is a frequent author for NACUBO’s Business Officer magazine and, in 2015, presented the “CBO Speaks” podcast, which remains the most downloaded from NACUBO’s website.
Brontè holds two degrees from American University, a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA. She obtained her PhD in higher education administration from the University of Texas, Austin and is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the HERS Institute at Wellesley College.
Chief Communication Officer at Bryn Mawr College
Jesse Gale, PhD, has been the chief communications officer at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA since July of 2015. Prior to joining the senior staff at Bryn Mawr, Jesse held marketing and communications roles of increasing responsibility at Columbia University, television producer roles at places like PBS, Lifetime and TV Land, as well as college and high school teaching experience at institutions like Wesleyan and Yale Universities and for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
As the chief communications officer at Bryn Mawr, Jesse is a member of the president’s senior staff and advises/leads on communications strategy for the undergraduate women’s college, the co-educational graduate school and the myriad programs that the college administers. She oversees the institution's brand as well as key projects like Bryn Mawr's magazine and its "docu-series" of student and alumnae/i stories.
Jesse holds a bachelor’s degree in english literature and theatre from Smith College, an MBA in media management and marketing from Columbia University’s Business School, and a PhD in English Literature from Yale University.
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