Elevating women in higher education to new levels of personal and professional success



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By Wisr



Anna Moloney  

Director of Marketing at Wisr


As Wisr’s Director of Marketing, Anna oversees the company’s digital and in-person marketing strategy. This includes programming design and coordination of the HIGHER summit series and Wisr Academy learning hub.

Prior to joining Wisr, Anna worked in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital practice. In her work as a human capital consultant, Anna focused on guiding her Fortune 500 clients - and their people - through transformational change. Whether managing enterprise communications, redesigning organizational structures, or developing culture and engagement workshops, her priority has always been to create space for people to be their best at work.


Kate Volzer  

Co-Founder & CEO at Wisr


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. Wisr improves student and alumni engagement outcomes by facilitating alumni- to-student coaching and alumni-to-alumni career networking. In 2017 Wisr was recognized as most innovative education solution by Global Silicon Valley & Arizona State University.

Kate is heavily involved in Cleveland’s entrepreneurial community as the Chair of the JumpStart Leader’s Council. She has been recognized by WYCA Cleveland as a Distinguished Young Woman and Crain’s Cleveland as a Notable Woman in Entrepreneurship. Kate was a captain of the varsity volleyball team at the University of Chicago, where she received her BA and MBA. She was born and raised in Hartville, OH, and now resides in Rocky River. When she’s not working on building Wisr, Kate is probably spending time on Lake Erie, playing with her dog, or enjoying good conversation over a glass of wine.



Carol Kim  

Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships at The New School


Carol Kim was appointed senior vice president for Global Partnerships in January 2018 after previously serving The New School as vice president for Strategic Enrollment Management since June 2015. In her current role, Carol is charged with leading the strategic direction of the University's global growth and establishing a branch-campus in China. She brings to her work more than 20 years of progressive achievement in growing enrollments and in creating external partnerships for international organizations and higher education. Carol has held senior executive leadership positions at Tenlegs, a technology company, where she served as the vice president for Global Partnerships, empowering higher education institutions to build online communities; at YueCheng Education in Beijing, China, where, as the inaugural vice president of Planning & Communications, she led the team that built the very first LEED-certified Gold educational building in Beijing; at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), first as the inaugural dean of Enrollment Management and then as the inaugural vice president of International Relations; and at New York University, as the director of Recruitment at the Tisch School of the Arts. While earning her BS and then her MA from NYU, Carol danced professionally, and, before embarking on her path as an educator, she trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center as a nationally top-ranked rhythmic gymnast.


Roxanne Hori  

Associate Dean at New York University Stern School of Business


Ms. Hori joined Stern with 35 years of experience in industry and higher education. She served at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for many years, holding the positions of Assistant Dean, Director of Career Management, and most recently, Associate Dean of Corporate Partnerships. As Director of Career Management, she led a team in providing career services to more than 3,000 Kellogg students in the full-time, part-time and Executive MBA programs as well as to 50,000 Kellogg alumni. While serving at Kellogg, Roxanne created a number of innovative programs that increased job placement and alumni satisfaction and have been emulated at other business schools.

Prior to pursuing a career in higher education, Roxanne served as a Vice President of Northern Trust Company. There, she led a team in recruiting for corporate, summer internship and the Inroads program that placed underrepresented minorities in internship positions. Earlier in her career, she worked in human resources at Arthur Young & Company and at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Ms. Hori serves as board chair of the Forté Foundation and as a member of the Chicago Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves.



Fayneese Miller  

President of Hamline University


Dr. Miller became president of Minnesota’s first university in 2015, the first African-American and second woman to serve as president. Dr. Miller earned a B.A. in psychology from Hampton University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Texas Christian University, had post-doctoral training in applied social psychology at Yale University and was elected as an American Council of Education (ACE) Fellow and a Millennium Leadership Fellow.

Previously she served as professor and dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont, and before that was associate professor of psychology at Brown University, where she was the first coordinator of education studies and founding chairman of ethnic studies. She is a social psychologist who specializes in the psychosocial development of adolescents and has authored or co- authored seven books or monographs and many articles. Her research has been funded by such organizations as the Eli Lilly Foundation, National Science Foundation, Paul Newman Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Her work includes studies on perceptions of racial/ethnic bias for the Rhode Island Supreme Court, a project on school-based truancy courts for the Rhode Island Family Court, how to transform learning environments, and anti-social behavior of children and youth. She has been an invited lecturer throughout the U.S. and in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, China, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

She has served national professional organizations as chair of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), president of the Council of Academic Deans from Research Extensive Institutions (CADREI), chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, and a member of the advisory committee for the National Truancy Board, the American Academy of Arts and Science Task Force on diversity in higher education and the Annie Casey Foundation and Joint Center for Political Studies focus group on reproductive health.

Dr. Miller has an outstanding record of public and community service. Among her many previous activities include five years as governor-appointed chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, numerous committees appointed by the Rhode Island governor and attorney general, and community boards such as the Wheeler School, Rhode Island Historical Society, Big Sisters, and Rhode Island Youth Guidance Center. Since coming to Hamline, she has been elected to the national board of NASCUMC (National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church) and the NCAA Division III Presidents Council. In the Twin Cities she serves on the boards of Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). The Schubert Club, and the Wilder Foundation. Additionally, she is on the International Advisory Board of the University of Business and Technology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Minnesota Governor Dayton appointed her both to the Minnesota Governor’s Residence Council and to the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, a public-private partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to improve the lives of young women. She also serves ex officio on the boards of the Minnesota Private College Council, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Mitchell-Hamline School of Law, and the New American Colleges and Universities national consortium.


Mai Nhia Xiong-Chan  

Vice President of Enrollment Management at Hamline University


Xiong-Chan, who came to Hamline in 2014 as Director of Undergraduate Admission, has led the university to four consecutive years of record-breaking first-year student enrollment. Xiong-Chan has Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University. Presently, she is studying at Hamline to complete her doctorate in education.

In her position, Xiong-Chan oversees Hamline’s offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admission, and Financial Aid. She is also the first woman of Hmong ancestry to hold a higher education position of this type in the United States. Throughout her career, Xiong-Chan has demonstrated a commitment to higher education access and affordability with special emphasis on promotion and policies that support underrepresented and first generation students.



Darlene Motley  

Dean of the School of Arts, Science & Business at Chatham University


Dr. Darlene Motley, formerly the Dean of Chatham College for Graduate Studies, became the inaugural Dean of the School of Arts, Science & Business, where she oversees the majority of Chatham’s current undergraduate programs as well as several graduate programs in the Sciences and Business. Dr. Motley joined Chatham in 2013 after successive career progressions at Robert Morris University (RMU) where she concluded her tenure there in the role of Associate Dean for the Business School.

Her career at RMU faculty positions included achieving the position of full Professor with tenure, Program Director of Human Resource Management and the Department Chair of Management. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior with a minor in International Business from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago where she also completed an exchange at the London Business School, London England, and a B.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Upon Dr. Motley's appointment to her current role, Chatham's President, Dr. Esther Barazonne, stated, “Dr. Motley has distinguished herself as the Dean of Chatham’s College for Graduate Studies since joining Chatham. She will play an integral role in leading and overseeing our high-quality liberal arts and business programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. We look forward to her continued excellence and leadership as she undertakes this new and important position.”


Kathy Humphrey  

Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Kathy Humphrey serves as the University of Pittsburgh’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. In these roles, she oversees the University’s internal and external relations, focusing on facilitating business engagement, strategic initiatives and partnerships and government interaction at all levels.

Dr. Humphrey has earned numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award, 2016 Nellie Leadership Award and distinction as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence.” She also earned the Pitt African American Alumni Council’s Sankofa Award, which honors community members who have offered outstanding education support to students of African descent.

Outside the University, Dr. Humphrey serves on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Leadership Pittsburgh and Forbes Funds. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Fellows of Pittsburgh.

In 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Humphrey to the Advisory Council for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where she served for four years.

Dr. Humphrey earned a Bachelor of Science at Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri), a Master of Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a doctorate in educational leadership at Saint Louis University. She also maintains a faculty appointment in Pitt’s School of Education.



Shonda Gibson  

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Texas A&M University System


Dr. Shonda Gibson is passionate about students and about the life-changing impact of education. With over 25 years of corporate and industry experience in the fields of leadership, operations management, recruiting, training and team development, she brings a continuous improvement philosophy to approaching both student and university success.

She joined The Texas A&M University System as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 2018 where she leads a variety of initiatives focused on student success. Dr. Gibson has served in a variety of university roles including: Interim Vice President for Student Access and Success; Executive Director of the Texas Institute for Competency Based Education; Accreditation Liaison for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Research; and Executive Director for Global Learning and Quality Enhancement.

Dr. Gibson served on the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) Program Advisory Committee, where she helped create and implement the state’s first competency-based degree offered by an accredited public institution. She also led the Institute for Competency-Based Education (ICBE), a collaborative focused on experimentation and research to advance the understanding of competency-based education.

Dr. Gibson holds multiple degrees in The Texas A&M University System including, a bachelor degree, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology through Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is passionate about travel and exploring unique destinations, sampling diverse cuisines, and cooking for and with family and friends.


Carme Williams  

Vice President of Development at Prairie View A&M University


Carme Williams is the Vice President of Development at Prairie View A&M University, a member of the Texas A&M University System. She has served in this position since February 2018. Williams, a native of North Carolina, has more than 20 years of experience in leadership, management, and fundraising in the nonprofit arena, as well as several years of management experience from the corporate and banking industries.

Previously, she was the Senior Vice President for the Harris Institute where she managed all of the fundraising efforts. The Harris Institute is an organization that invests in community-based initiatives to support education, health, and wealth socioeconomically disadvantaged, underserved and underrepresented populations to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams through interactive STEAM-based programs. Prior to the Harris Institute, she was the executive director of the Houston Community College (HCC) Foundation. During her short tenure at the Foundation, Carme secured a monumental gift of $7.5 million dollars for the Firefighter Academy at HCC and worked to increase the presence of the HCC in the Texas Medical Center through the Center of Excellence of Health Science Coleman College.

From 2005 to 2013, she worked in the Resource Development Office at Rice University, where her efforts contributed to securing funds for the $1 Billion Centennial Capital Campaign. As a Regional Development Director in Central Development and Director of Development for the School of Humanities, she developed priorities, strategies, internal and external marketing material for the launch of the campaign and led all fundraising activities in the School of Humanities. She also created and implemented a comprehensive strategy targeting diverse alumni and friends to engage with the university through participation and financial support to the campaign. 

Prior to joining the Resource Development team at Rice University, she worked with Church World Service (CWS), an ecumenical faith-based international humanitarian non-government organization consisting of 36 mainstream denominations that were active in over 80 countries. While at CWS, she held the positions of Major Gift Officer and Planned Giving Associate and traveled with constituents overseas to view projects. She was credited with raising over $10 million dollars to help with education and advocacy, emergency response, health care, HIV/AIDS, hunger relief, refugees, and water preservation from individual donors, foundations and corporations.

Williams has utilized and enhanced her talents by serving on boards and committees of local agencies. She is a past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Houston Chapter, which has a membership of 700+ fundraisers and financial advisors across the City of Houston. Previously, she served as the Vice President for Professional Advancement and Vice President of Diversity and Community Outreach and chaired the AFP 2013 Ask the Experts Conference, which provided fundraising education to over 350 fundraisers in the Houston area. She is a past board member of the United Nations Association of Houston Chapter and a current member of the Houston Public Library Foundation. In 2016, Carme was recognized by the Houston Women’s Chamber as a Role Model of STEM.

Williams holds a B.A. degree in business management with a minor in finance from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate (CFRE) since 2009.



Sue Oldham   

Associate Dean of MBA Operations at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management


Sue Oldham currently serves as the Associate Dean of MBA Operations at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Working closely with colleagues in the dean’s office, faculty, staff and student leaders, she works to enhance the end-to-end student experience from the moment a prospective MBA student becomes interested in Owen until they graduate. This includes oversight of Admissions, Academic Programs and Student Life, Shared Services, Extracurricular Learning, and the Career Management Center (CMC).

Most recently, prior to joining Vanderbilt, Ms. Oldham was the Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, External Relations at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. She was also the Executive Director of Recruiting and Admissions for all four MBA programs at Rice University. Prior to her job at Rice, Ms. Oldham had a 10 year career in information technology consulting spanning several companies and cities from Los Angeles to Charlotte to Dallas. Sue earned a BA in English at Rice University and an MBA in Marketing from Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management. Sue’s community involvement is extensive as she continues to be very involved with leadership positions at her church, children’s schools, and neighborhood. Sue currently serves on the board of directors for Avondale House and is an active leader in the National Charity League.


Shirley Rainey-Brown  

Associate Vice Provost for Online Initiatives & Director of Distance Learning and Professor of Sociology & Discipline Coordinator of Sociology at Fisk University


Dr. Brown has over 15 years of teaching in higher education. She enjoys working with students and producing future scholars. Her academic accolades include teaching a diverse number of sociology courses at Fisk University such as Social Problems, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Urban Sociology, Practicum, Demography, Men/Women Relationship, Introduction to Environmental Justice, Social Theory, Human Sexuality, Race and Gender and Introduction to Sociology.  She is a pioneer in on-line teaching and has won certification awards for her on-line course developments and on-line seminar workshops. 

Dr. Brown is an academic advisor to sociology majors/minors and works   with student recruitment and retention initiatives. She also serves as advisor to the sociology club and co- advisor, to the Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society. She serves on several university and community committees. She also serves on editorial boards for the several sociological journals. Dr. Brown has been asked to produce a Special Issue Journal on Women and Environmental Justice (for 2014 publication) for the Environmental Justice Journal that has a national and international readership.

To further her career and research goals, she continues to pursue grant opportunities and publish scholarly research in referred sociological journals in her field of study (Environmental Justice in Sociology). She has two co-authored textbooks on Environmental Justice published by Linus Publication in 2011 and 2012. A recent textbook manuscript with Edwin Mellon Press will be forthcoming in 2014. Her research focus is to enlighten and broaden students’ perspective about her field of environmental justice in sociology and to assist them to critically assess, evaluate and develop strategies to address communities of color environmental injustices.



Aisha El-Amin  

Associate Provost & Chief of Staff at University of Illinois at Chicago


Aisha El-Amin holds a PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters of Education from DePaul University. Dr. El-Amin served 5 years active duty as a Military Police Office in the US Army. Additionally, Dr. El-Amin has served in several roles at University of Illinois at Chicago as a multi-million dollar education grant manager, director of The Council on Teacher Education, Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the College of Education and currently Associate Provost and Chief of Staff for the Provost.

Dr. El-Amin is passionate about issues of equity and justice in education.  These passions have led her to become a State Board of Education Certified K-9th grade teacher, an adjunct professor, an elected public school board member, board member for Routledge journal, Religion and Education, and board member for Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago.


Elizabeth Ortiz  

Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity at DePaul University


Elizabeth Ortiz, EdD, joined DePaul University in 2002 and is currently the vice president of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Prior to her work at DePaul she was the director of Affirmative Action, Diversity and Employee Relations at Northern Illinois University. Her college and university experience spans more than 20 years in both the public and private sector, including the Chicago community college system. She has worked on diversity initiatives in several areas, including recruitment, retention, training, programming and climate issues for diverse students, faculty and staff. Ortiz also has worked extensively in issues of higher education and in particular raising awareness for Latino students, educators, community representatives and others who are committed to Latino representation and advancement in all aspects of higher education. She is in demand as a consultant, lecturer and workshop presenter on diversity issues and best practices.

Her professional service includes community and professional boards, which emphasize multiculturalism, as well as recruitment and retention initiatives for diverse student and workforce populations. She currently serves on the board of the Illinois African-American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHE), is the first vice president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), and is the past-president of the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE).



Lua Hancock  

Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success at Stetson University


Dr. Lua Hancock has more than 20 years of progressive experience in university administration and is currently the Vice President of Campus Life and Student Success at Stetson University.  She is charged with leading areas including the Academic Success, the Center for Community Engagement, Career Development, Campus Safety, Residential Living and Learning, the Dean of Students, Student Health, Student Counseling, Wellness and Recreation, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Development and Campus Vibrancy.  Dr. Hancock has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Conflict Resolution, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership.

Lua is a member of the Florida ACE Women’s Leadership Executive Board and active in the Orlando Baha’i Community. Lua is a certified yoga and spin instructor and loves working with people to catalyze their leadership and wellness goals. Lua has two boys and has hosted lots of foster children.  She is tired, but more importantly- inspired!


Sheila Piñeres  

Dean of the Burnett Honors College at University of Central Florida


Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Ph.D. is Dean of the Burnett Honors College and professor of public administration. Dr. Piñeres received her Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, M.A. from the University of Chicago, and B.A. from Texas A&M University. She joined UCF in 2018 following her role as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Special Initiatives and Dean of Faculty at Austin College in Sherman, TX. Previously, she served as Dean of Undergraduate Education and professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a founding member of the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Her research focuses on economic development and political stability in developing countries. Sheila enjoys spending time with her husband Victor, who she met in Colombia during a student exchange program. They have two sons: Victor, who recently graduated from Austin College and works as a financial analyst in Dallas, and Sebastian, a student at the University of Tulsa. They also have three rescue dogs: Lola, Lucky and Bautista.



Merritt Crowley  

Vice President for College Advancement at Wheaton College


Merritt Crowley has been involved in the non-profit fund-raising world for more than 23 years. Merritt has a comprehensive understanding of campaign fundraising, philanthropy, board development, prospect management, and volunteer management as well as over fifteen years of staff management experience in comprehensive campaigns ranging from $35 million - $1 billon+.

Merritt has worked for private and public colleges and universities as well as some non-profit agencies. She held several positions with Brown over her 17 years there including: Executive Director of Development – Metro NY, Director of Campaign Volunteer Management, Director of Parents Leadership Programs, Major Gift Officer, and Sr. Associate Director Annual Giving. Merritt has also worked at Bryant University – overseeing all aspects of the institutions first-ever comprehensive campaign; Connecticut College's office of Advancement; and most recently, as head of the Rhode Island College Foundation.

Merritt is a frequent speaker at national conferences for CASE and Academic Impressions and has served on several boards including Tockwotton Home and the EPIIC Alumni Board at Tufts University. She is currently a member of PPP-RI. She is a graduate of Tufts University having received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Russian Studies.


Sylvia Spears  

Vice President for Equity & Social Justice at Emerson College


The Vice President for Equity & Social Justice provides strategic leadership and guidance for all matters related to diversity and inclusion. The VPDI is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic plans, policies, programs and operating structures that advance the College’s diversity and inclusion goals. Critical areas of engagement for the VPDI include academic affairs, student affairs, international affairs, and civic engagement. The VPDI also develops trainings and programs that build institutional awareness and accountability; supports programs to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of faculty, staff and students from underrepresented groups; and engages with faculty to develop curricula, scholarship, and pedagogy that promotes an academic atmosphere reflecting Emerson’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The VPDI serves as a member of the President’s Council, chairs the Council for Inclusive Excellence, and consults with senior leadership on major institutional issues regarding diversity and inclusion.

Sylvia joined the Emerson community as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion in August of 2012. Her background includes more than twenty of experience in higher education in student and academic affairs, with leadership positions at Dartmouth College, the University of Rhode Island, Bryant College, and most recently, New England College, where she was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Initiatives. At Dartmouth College, she oversaw diversity and academic support programs, first as Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of the Office of Pluralism and Leadership and later as Associate Dean of the College. Sylvia went onto become Acting Dean of Dartmouth College overseeing a 32 million dollar budget and a staff of 500 employees. In addition to her administrative experience, Sylvia has served in faculty roles in departments of education and human development. She earned a BA in Speech Communications and MS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island. She received her PhD in Education from the Rhode Island College/University of Rhode Island Joint Doctoral Program in Education.



Cynthia Butler  

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Development at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Cynthia Butler oversees annual giving, gift planning, major gifts and stewardship. She also serves as a key liaison with development officers in schools and units across campus.

Butler, who joined the development office in May 2014, came to Carolina from the University of Florida, where she served in various key development and leadership roles for 13 years. Before UF, Butler worked at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications. She and her husband, Jack, have three children and three grandchildren.


Shari Hubert  

Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke Fuqua School of Business


Shari Hubert is Associate Dean of Admissions at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she is responsible for overseeing recruitment and admissions for their Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and four Specialty Masters’ Degree Programs. Prior to Fuqua, she was in charge of admissions for the Full-time and Evening MBA programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Hubert has extensive experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and entered higher education after working for the Peace Corps as director of recruitment within the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection. In this capacity, she was responsible for the strategy to attract and recruit over 4,000 volunteers annually and managed the operations of nine regional recruitment offices across the United States.

Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Hubert was the senior vice president of campus recruitment for Citi’s Global Bank in North America and was responsible for overseeing the recruitment of analysts and associates into the corporate and investment banks as part of Citi’s Markets and Banking Division. She also worked for GE in their corporate headquarters, where she served as manager, campus relations in corporate recruiting and staffing. In this role, she was responsible for the overall recruiting efforts and budget allocation across the southeast region of GE’s strategic university relationships. She began her career with GE in one of their divisions at the time, NBC Universal, as the director of community programs.

Hubert also ran an executive leadership and civic development program named in honor of David Rockefeller at the Partnership for New York City, a business advocacy association focused on public and private partnerships. Immediately after receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2000, Hubert was a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group. Finally, she began her career in sales and marketing at Merck and Co., Inc., after graduating with a bachelor's degree in French from Dartmouth College in 1992.



Kelly Long  

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at Colorado State University


Dr. Kelly Long is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. In that role she provides institutional leadership regarding processes and initiatives involving undergraduate education. As VPUA she collaborates with individuals and groups across campus on matters involving curriculum, student success, advising, teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, admission and access. Dr. Long joined the Department of History in 1998 and later served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. Kelly taught high school in the Poudre School District for many years and has been actively involved in pre- and in-service educator development and curricular design. Her research and publication involves US-Asian relations, history education, and the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning. Dr. Long received her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Kathy Nesbitt  

Vice President of Administration at University of Colorado


Kathy Nesbitt joined the University of Colorado in January 2015 as vice president of administration. She is responsible for a wide range of services, including payroll for CU employees, employment policy, compliance education, leadership and organizational development, benefits design, information security and enterprise technology systems, and employee data management and metrics. She is also responsible for the CU health plans offered through the University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust.

Nesbitt came to CU after serving Gov. John Hickenlooper as director of personnel for the state of Colorado and executive director of the Department of Personnel & Administration since January 2011. In that role, she was responsible for the efficient and effective management of five divisions: Human Resources; Central Services, including the fleet, printing operations, mail delivery and document scanning; Finance and Procurement; the State Controller’s Office; and Administrative Courts. She oversaw statewide programs, including the State Architect’s Office, State Archives and the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program.

While serving the state, Nesbitt developed and passed a statewide ballot initiative that updated the state’s 92-year-old personnel system. She oversaw the state’s $8 billion in annual procurement spending; secured funding for and implemented the replacement of the state’s 23-year-old financial reporting system, which processes $29 billion in expenditure transactions annually; and implemented process improvements in the state’s tax document processing systems.

Nesbitt has spent the majority of her career as a labor and employment attorney, and possesses her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder.

She is happily married and the mother of two young boys.



Eleanor Daugherty  

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at University of Connecticut


Eleanor JB Daugherty joined the Division of Student Affairs at UConn in August of 2014 to assume the role of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. In her role, Elly has direct oversight over the Dean of Students Office, Student Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health Services,  Wellness and Prevention Services, Community Standards, Off-Campus Student Services, and Residential Life. Prior to coming to UConn, Elly was the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and the Associate Dean of the College for Student Life and Alumni Affairs at the University of Chicago. Elly has also held administrative roles at Columbia University and the University of Michigan. Elly is a graduate of the University of Chicago (BA), Columbia University (M.Ed) and Columbia University (Ed.D). Elly’s academic interests include diversity and inclusion among underrepresented college students and is reflected in her doctoral thesis.


Kimberly Goff-Crews  

Secretary and Vice President for Student Life at Yale University


Kimberly believes education must transcend walls and traditions and that together, we can change the learning landscape and enhance educational communities for everyone.

As the Secretary of the Yale Corporation and Vice President for Student Life at Yale University, Kimberly supports institutional governance, oversee official University functions, transform crisis situations and provide strategic direction to improve the student experience. With a goal to help keep Yale at the forefront of education, Kimberly leads teams of students, faculty, alumni, and administrators to promote innovative programs, practical models, and interdisciplinary collaboration – tapping into the institution’s years of knowledge and rich resources.

A steadfast champion of lifelong learning and multi-dimensional growth, Kimberly values active involvement in the broader education field. Kimberly often attends national and international events that elicit collective creativity and critical thought – either as a speaker or a participant – and in each capacity strives to empower others to enact positive change. Kimberly is also an active board member of a business and several non-profits that support and shape the work of colleges and universities.

To foster knowledge sharing, Kimberly uses a variety of platforms to provide news, resources and insight into evolving issues that impact higher education, career and leadership development, and the student experience.

In all professional actions, Kimberly is ever committed to cultivating environments where the leaders of today and tomorrow thrive.



Gail Marsh  

Chief Strategy Officer at The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center 


Ms. Marsh, appointed in 2018, serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for The Ohio State University. In this role she leads major strategic initiatives, strategic planning and implementation, and a comprehensive Strategy Management Office for one of the largest, nationally recognized, public research universities.

Gail brings more than three decades of experience as a Buckeye. She has served as senior associate vice president in the Office of Health Sciences and as chief strategy officer for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Her efforts have taken the medical center from a $700-million organization to a $3.4-billion enterprise, adding significant central Ohio job growth (10,000+) and economic impact. She serves as president of several affiliated entities that build healthcare relationships and serve to improve the health of populations across Ohio and the Midwest.

Gail brings a strategic, operational and financial skill set to her work, with balanced attention to strategic growth and return on investment all while advancing the critical missions of research and education. She teaches strategy development at the graduate level in the Fisher College of Business, and most recently led the development of a seven-year strategic plan with the board and university leadership that positions the healthcare enterprise for future growth and impact.

Gail graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and a master’s degree in Healthcare Business Administration. After an internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a fellowship at the UCLA Health System, she joined the Wexner Medical Center. Following 18 years in hospital operations, she moved to the medical center corporate level, overseeing strategy, outreach and business development across all three mission areas, as well as in the Health System, The James/Comprehensive Cancer Center, College of Medicine and OSU Physician enterprise.

During her tenure, she has spearheaded the growth of these entities and helped develop the Biomedical Research Tower, Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ross Heart Hospital, Brain and Spine Hospital, along with outpatient development in Upper Arlington and Gahanna, neighborhood health clinics and the Ohio State Sports Medicine Institute. She has grown the network of regional hospital partnerships to 40+ hospitals and 30 telehealth partners.

Gail is widely recognized for identifying talent and advancing the careers of many individuals. She founded the Women’s Leadership Connection at the Wexner Medical Center, which aligns professional growth opportunities with the values of the university. She was instrumental in the development of the Spirit of Women Park on the Ohio State campus, and she is involved in the Fisher College of Business MBA mentor program. In 2017 she was recognized as an Ohio State Glassbreaker and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Public Health. In 2014, she joined a bipartisan congressional women’s fly-in to the White House to discuss issues impacting women and minorities. In 2012, she was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement for her work in eliminating racism and empowering women. Later that same year she was named one of Ohio’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council.

Gail works with the YWCA on the Women at the Table (WATT) initiative to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards, and is an active corporate member of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD). Gail’s memberships have included The United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Flying Horse Farms Magic Makers. She has devoted time to serve on numerous boards, including the board of governors for MedFlight of Ohio, The Ohio State Health Network Board and MedCare Medical. Since 2003, she has been a member of Columbus Rotary and joined the BioMedical Steering Board of TechColumbus/Rev1 as well as the Governor’s Choose Ohio initiative. In 2018, she was appointed to the OSU Foundation Board.

Ms. Marsh is married to Clay B. Marsh, MD, Vice President and Executive Dean of Health Sciences at West Virginia University. They have 3 children, Rachel, 25 (Ohio State College of Medicine – Med III), Cameron, 23 (Swarthmore College, PA) and Matthew, 19 (Loyola University Chicago). The family resides in Upper Arlington.


Debra Merchant  

Vice President for Student Affairs at University of Cincinnati


Debra S. Merchant, JD, Vice President for Student Affairs, is responsible for the development and implementation of university-wide programs designed to support the student experience outside of the classroom. As a member of the Provost’s senior leadership team, Merchant provides leadership toward student residential life, engagement, leadership, identity development, advocacy and multicultural programming. As the Senior Student Affairs Officer, Merchant is a member of the President's Cabinet, the Executive Oversight Committee for University Compliance, and the Athletics Advisory Committee. Merchant offers a unique perspective given her breadth of experience that includes UC’s number one priority – students. In her role, she collaborates with colleagues across the campus while continuing to advance the “students-first” philosophy.

Before coming to UC in 1998, Merchant held various professional positions providing advocacy for students with disabilities, organizational development and strategic planning. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Learning and Behavior Disorders from Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky, respectively. She is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Merchant was a special education teacher in a public elementary school.



Jennifer McCary  

Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer at Bowling Green State University


A 2008 BGSU graduate in College Student Personnel who also received her undergraduate degree from the University, Jennifer McCary is currently Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer at Bowling Green State University, where she previously served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator. She is a nationally recognized expert in Title IX and sexual assault prevention and education and has proven a tremendous asset to BGSU. 

Previously at Gettysburg University, McCary was responsible for coordinating and implementing the college’s Title IX compliance efforts and overseeing its sexual assault prevention, education, and adjudication efforts. She has experience in writing, monitoring, and enforcing policies on sexual misconduct and relationship violence for students, faculty and staff, and leads and implements campus-wide training, education, and outreach efforts related to Title IX, bystander intervention, sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking. 


Susana Rivera-Mills  

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ball State University


Susana Rivera-Mills became provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Ball State University in July 2018. As provost, she oversees all aspects of our academic mission, including supporting leadership for all academic units. She plays a crucial role in the development and implementation of our strategic plan.

She brings extensive administrative experience, and her passion to connect universities to their communities. Susana’s goal is to create a learning environment where all students can access a high-quality education and succeed in order to reach their full potential.

Before coming to Ball State, she served as vice provost for academic programs and learning innovation at Oregon State University. There, she served in other key positions including dean of undergraduate studies and was professor of Spanish linguistics and diversity advancement.

As a first-generation college student, Susana understands the transformative power of education. She earned her bachelor’s in Spanish and a master’s in Spanish linguistics from the University of Iowa. Her doctorate is from the University of New Mexico. Susana’s research focuses on Latino communities, Spanish language and culture, issues in sociolinguistics, as well as online teaching and learning.

In addition, she is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in leadership positions. Susana has been involved in developing mentoring and leadership programs for faculty and students, building community partnerships, advancing student engagement and success strategies, promoting internationalization, participating in engaged research, and advancing initiatives around equity and inclusion.

When she is not busy at work, she spends her time with her family hiking and biking, and walking with the family dog, Boomer, a Bernese Mountain Dog.



Alfreda Brown  

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University


In the fall of 2009, Dr. Alfreda Brown was appointed as the first vice president for the division of diversity, equity and inclusion for Kent State University.  The new division was created as an integral part of the excellence agenda at Kent.  Its mission is to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across all eight Kent State campuses.  Dr. Brown joined Kent State after serving 21 years in various positions at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) including three years as interim chief diversity officer.  She served 16 years as a senior administrator to the institution’s president, chairing the Commission for Promoting Pluralism and several diversity councils, implementing and coordinating efforts that let toward a multicultural campus. She is a strong advocate for strategic planning and outcomes-based assessments to facilitate evidence-based decision making and continuous improvement of diversity initiatives.

Alfreda’s broad experience derives from a heartfelt purpose: to make a difference in the lives of others. This includes grassroots mentoring of individuals and underrepresented groups, to teaching service leadership courses at RIT and abroad, while leading and implementing change relative to diversity and inclusion in both university and community wide programs and policies. Alfreda has served on several boards in leadership positions while in the Rochester area such as: Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley; Rochester Rotary Club; The National Kidney Foundation; Board of Directors for Pre-Trial Service Corporation; Workforce Diversity Network, and The Advocacy Center to name just a few.  She is a member of Leadership Rochester Class of 1995 and The Greater Rochester United Way African American Leadership Development Class of 1996. Alfreda served a one-year term on the Kent City Schools Steering Committee, a three-year term on both the Executive Board for the ACE Ohio Women’s Network and the Board of Trustees for Our Lady of the Elms in Akron. She currently serves on the Kent Social Services Board, UH Portage Foundation Board, the Executive Board for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters in Kent, Ohio, and the League of Women Voters Ohio State Board. She is also a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2012.

Alfreda has responsibility for the executive leadership and management of Kent State University’s diversity and inclusion matters, leading strategic diversity planning for the university and ensuring successful implementation of related policies, programs, and projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master of Science degree in Career and Human Resources Development from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University.


Stephanie Levenson  

Vice President for Enrollment Management at John Carroll University


Levenson, a higher education enrollment management leader with more than twenty years of experience in undergraduate recruitment, marketing, and financial aid strategies, previously served as the Executive Director of Admissions at Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL). Her achievements include increasing the average first-year class size by 160% over an eight-year period, and recruiting the largest incoming class of first-year and transfer students in the College’s history.

Levenson also served as Senior Assistant Director of admission for Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), where she coordinated admission for international students in Europe and Asia, in addition to managing all aspects of recruitment in Chicago and New England.

An experienced presenter for higher education forums, Levenson is also a graduate of the Enrollment Leadership Academy of the College Board, a selective professional development program designed for admission and financial aid professionals who are committed to advancing the field of enrollment management.

Levenson holds a Master of Education degree from Loyola University Chicago and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Maria Anguiano  

Senior Vice President for Strategy at Arizona State University


Maria currently serves as Senior Vice President of Strategy at Arizona State University. The Strategy office is responsible for the development and oversight of ASU’s strategies to support growth objectives, it plays a key role in strategy formulation, collaborates with both internal and external stakeholders, and leads cross-functional teams in the development of enterprise-wide operational, capital and investment strategies.

Most recently, she served as chief financial officer for the Minerva Project, a for-profit capital venture startup. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, where she earned dual degrees in economics-accounting and Spanish, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA, Anguiano has previously served as vice chancellor of planning and budget at University of California, Riverside. She also has experience in the private sector, working for investment bank Barclays Capital and Deloitte.

Maria is a native Californian and serves on the board of the University of California Regents and the James Irvine Foundation. She is a first-generation college graduate.


Kimberly Betz  

Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University


Kimberly Betz is the Executive Director of Career Services at Princeton University.  Kim guides the department’s strategic vision to help students to proactively design their careers and lives in ways that will continue to have a significant impact long after their first internship or job. She also works in partnership with academic and administrative leaders across campus, serving as the public representative of Career Services with external partners including alumni, trustees, employers, foundation leaders and others across the country and around the world.

Previously, Kim served as the director of the Career Center at Carleton College where she led the college’s strategic initiative to prepare students more robustly for their post-graduation careers and supported the “Life After Carleton” component of a capital fundraising campaign. She also developed new programs and tools to integrate holistic career development across all campus advising efforts.

Betz began her career at Carleton, her alma mater, as a program coordinator in the Career Center in 1996, and later served as assistant director and then associate director of the center.  Following this, Betz became director of internships at Oberlin College in 2000. She served as director of career development at St. Catherine University from 2005 until returning to Carleton.

She received a bachelor’s degree in German and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Carleton. She was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Austria and received a master’s degree in German from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also did graduate work in career counseling at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 


Barbara Bichelmeyer  

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at University of Missouri – Kansas City


Dr. Barbara Bichelmeyer serves as provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, or UMKC. 

Prior to joining UMKC in August 2015, Dr. Bichelmeyer held several roles at Indiana University, including executive associate vice president for University Academic Affairs and senior director of the Office of Online Education. She also spent a year as interim chancellor of Indiana University Southeast, in the Louisville metropolitan area.

Dr. Bichelmeyer's research and grant-activities are focused on the study of how educational systems integrate new technologies and how the introduction of new technologies change educational systems in order to better support student-centered learning and improved human performance. She has served as a consultant for the design, development and evaluation of instructional programs and performance improvement initiatives with numerous organizations.

Dr. Bichelmeyer holds four degrees from the University of Kansas: B.S. in journalism; B.A. in English; M.S. in educational policy and administration; and a Ph.D in educational communications and technology.


Kari Bolen

Director of the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mount Saint Mary's University


As a two-time graduate of the University of Southern California with a Master's and Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, Kari Bolen, EdD, has served as a Student Affairs professional for more than 17 years. Her experiences in student activities, disability services, housing and residential life, alumni affairs and multicultural affairs have contributed to her passion for serving a diverse body of students. Her areas of research include: racial identity development, diversity, college student experiences, critical pedagogy and learning. Bolen’s work has centered on creating communities of care and inclusivity that honor and affirm all students, staff and faculty. 

As director for diversity, equity and inclusion, Bolen is charged with the responsibility to provide leadership and vision for programs and services that promote diversity, equity and inclusion of all members of the Mount community. She looks forward to advancing the University's goal to increase institutional diversity consistent with its mission, through strategic intercultural programming that promotes fellowship, mutual discovery, community and transformation.


Gail Burd  

Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning at University of Arizona


Dr. Gail Burd was appointed the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in August 2008.  In this role, Dr. Burd works closely with campus leaders to coordinate programs that will advance the academic mission of the University and help colleges and departments develop and assess their academic degree programs.  Dr. Burd is also a Distinguished Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cell Biology and Anatomy, and the Committee on Neuroscience with a research program focused on development and neural plasticity in the vertebrate olfactory system.  In prior administrative roles at the University of Arizona, Dr. Burd served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Science, the Interim Department Head of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Associate Department Head of Molecular and Cellular Biology.  A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has chaired several committees for national professional organizations, served on numerous government panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and received awards for her undergraduate teaching.


Beth Bye  

Deputy Majority Leader and Chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee in the State Senate of Connecticut


State Senator Beth Bye was first elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 2010. She represents the 5th State Senate District that includes Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington and West Hartford.

In 2001, Sen. Bye was named one of Connecticut Magazine’s “30 Young People of Influence,” and in 2015 she was voted “Best Politician” in the Hartford Magazine readers’ poll.

Sen. Bye serves as Senate Co-Chair of the Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee, is Senate Vice-Chair of the Education and Human Services committees, and is also a member of the Judiciary, Legislative Management and Planning & Development committees. Her diverse interests include education, economic development, services for people with disabilities, mental health care and the environment.

A 2012 bill sponsored by Sen. Bye requires public colleges to build remedial education into credit-bearing courses, thereby accelerating progress toward graduation, entering the job market and reducing student debt; this law made Connecticut a national leader in remedial education reform.

Sen. Bye often rides her bike to the Capitol. Throughout her career, she has been a biking advocate and helped pass several bills for improved bike safety and transportation planning.

Sen. Bye received her BA and MA in Child Development from the University of New Hampshire, and she has a deep interest in early childhood education. She was the early childhood director at Capitol Region Education Council and is the former director of Trinity College’s Community Child Care and the School for Young Children at Saint Joseph College.

Prior to the state Senate, Sen. Bye served as Vice-Chair of the West Hartford Board of Education for five years and represented West Hartford’s 19th State House district for two years. She has coached various youth sports and is an active member of the West Hartford Unitarian Universalist Church.

Beth lives in West Hartford with her wife, Tracy Wilson. In 2008, they were the first gay couple to be married in Connecticut. They have five children. Beth grew up in Greenwich and has five sisters, one brother and 24 nieces and nephews. She and her family enjoy tennis, skiing, the beach and entertaining friends and family.


Annmarie Cano  

Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success at Wayne State University


As Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success, Annmarie Cano is responsible for professional and career development, leadership development, and mentoring initiatives to support faculty; new faculty and new chair orientations; faculty performance evaluation processes and outcomes; faculty awards and award nominations; and fostering recognition of faculty internally, nationally, and internationally for teaching, scholarship and community outreach.

Prior to becoming Associate Provost, Dr. Cano held several leadership roles at Wayne State including Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, as well as in her discipline. She is also an alumna of the American Psychological Association Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (2008) and the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Leadership Institute (Bryn Mawr 2017).

Dr. Cano began her career at Wayne State as a Lecturer before rejoining the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2001. For the past 20 years, Dr. Cano’s research has focused on emotion regulation, empathy, and intimacy processes in couples facing health problems. She has over 70 publications and has served as PI on four grants from the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of her research contributions, she was elected in 2016 as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Divisions 38 (Society for Health Psychology) and 43 (Society for Couple and Family Psychology).

As a Latina and a first-generation college student, Dr. Cano earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Stony Brook University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University.


Erin Carr-Jordan  

Social Impact Officer Principal, EdPlus at Arizona State University


Dr. Carr-Jordan is the Social Impact Officer Principal at Arizona State University. Throughout her career her activities have lived at the intersection of academia, coalition building, advocacy, and impact. In addition to her experience as a CEO and entrepreneur, Dr. Carr-Jordan has spent over a decade in higher education where her roles have included faculty member, Department Chair of Graduate Psychology, and Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships. In her current role Dr. Carr-Jordan leverages her business and academic experience to lead large-scale initiatives to solve wicked problems including reducing inequalities, achieving gender equity, and ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all. In addition to board and committee service in the university setting, she was appointed by the Arizona Governor to serve on the ICC Board for Infant and Toddler Development, sat on the American Association of Community College Council (AACC), is an advisory board member of SeaTrust Institute, is a member of UN Women, and is an executive representative to the United Nations Global Compact. Dr. Carr-Jordan's legislative and consulting experience includes coauthoring regulation in AZ and IL, consulting for local and state legislators around the country, and advocacy work in environmental safety, public health, and human development. In 2013 she was selected as a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellow. She has been an invited guest on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Sanjay Gupta MD, and Anderson Cooper. She has also been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, the Arizona Republic, and in Parenting Magazine. In 2015 she was a delegate at COP21 in Paris and in 2016 earned a Certificate in Leading Operational Excellence from MIT. Dr. Carr-Jordan is a Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. Carr-Jordan holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, an M.A. in Lifespan Human Development, and a B.A. in Broadcast Business Management. 


Julie Cheney  

President and CEO of the Florida State University Alumni Association


Julie Cheney is president and chief executive officer of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Cheney has spent 19 years as an alumni relations strategist, having also worked in the alumni associations of the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina, and Coastal Carolina University. Cheney’s wide-ranging résumé includes oversight of programming, fundraising, budgeting, student leadership and the management of volunteers and boards.

In her previous role as executive director of Alumni Relations at Coastal Carolina University, Cheney contributed to an increase in CCU’s alumni giving by 35 percent through the implementation of best practices, staff education and goal setting. Prior to that, she served as senior director of alumni operations, among other roles, at the University of Georgia Office of Alumni Relations from 2007 to 2017. During her tenure, UGA experienced explosive growth in fundraising and a jump in national rankings — an environment similar to FSU’s present circumstances. In addition, she worked in membership services at the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association from 2000 to 2003.

Cheney’s involvement with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education — the organization of university advancement and alumni professionals — includes service on the CASE District III Conference Planning Committee and as a judging coordinator and roundtable panelist. She was named a “Stellar Speaker” from 2012 to 2017.

Cheney holds two degrees from the University of Georgia: a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a Master of Education in human resource and organizational development. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework in organizational development and higher education at UGA, studying the changing landscape of alumni relations and advancement work.


Devika Dibya Choudhuri  

Professor, Department of Leadership & Counseling and Chair of the Commission on Diversity & Inclusion at Eastern Michigan University


Devika Dibya Choudhuri is currently teaching in the graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. A licensed professional counselor in Michigan and Connecticut, she has over 15 years of experience working with clients individually, as well as in couples, families, and groups. She specializes in cross cultural and diversity issues, as well as trauma, assault and abuse and is a certified EMDR Therapist. Her clinical experience has been in agency and university settings, working with refugee populations, sexual assault and abuse survivors, and immigrant and multicultural populations. She carries the National Certified Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Counselor credentials as well as the Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has supervised students, limited license professionals and licensed mental health professionals in a number of settings, as well as presented on supervision. She is also a certified coach, consultant, and frequent presenter on cultural competence, diversity and ethical issues, as well as trauma and loss. She teaches courses such as cross cultural counseling, advanced multicultural counseling, trauma, grief and loss, counseling skills, counselor supervision, group work, couple and family, and counseling women, as well as LGBTQ populations.

Her research and publications have focused on the areas of multicultural client issues, counselor supervision and pedagogy. She has published a textbook on multicultural counseling, and edited a set of 8 monographs in the series, as well as published over 20 journal articles and book chapters, and over 50 national and international presentations and workshops. She completed her undergraduate work at Smith College, her MS in Counseling from the University of Vermont and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Syracuse University. She has served on the National Board of Certified Counselors Board of Directors and has been the Chair of the international counseling credentialing organization.


Lea Cox  

Vice President of Inclusion and Institutional Equity at Towson University


Leah Cox is Towson University’s first vice president of inclusion and institutional equity. In this senior leadership position, she is leading TU’s Office for Inclusion and Institutional Equity, the university’s diversity and compliance office, and serving as a key adviser to the senior leadership team as a member of the President’s Council.

Prior to serving as the chief diversity officer for the University of Mary Washington, Cox worked at Gallaudet University and established its first office for minority students. She served for 10 years as a senior assistant dean of academic services at University of Mary Washington. In that role, she provided academic advising and counseling to undergraduate students, supported academic leadership in designing and implementing student success efforts, and provided leadership of the transitional support programs for selected populations.

Cox earned her doctorate in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2010 with her dissertation, “Interactional Diversity and the Role of a Supportive Racial Climate.” She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education and art from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in Westminster, Maryland, and a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arizona in 1983.


Simone Cummings  

Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University


Simone Cummings was appointed the new dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology in June 2017.

Cummings joined the Walker School in 2013 as an associate professor of management, teaching finance and statistics courses in the Master of Health Administration program. In 2015 she began her role as Associate Dean of Academic Quality Assurance.

Prior to joining the Walker faculty, she worked for a number of hospitals, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Regional Hospital and Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. She has also held faculty positions at Simmons College in Boston and Washington University in St. Louis.

Cummings has been published in a number of journals including the American Journal on Addictions, the Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law, the Journal of Addiction Medicine, Health Services Research and the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

Cummings has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s in Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jerry Doyle  

Former Vice Provost of Career Services & Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives at Illinois Institute of Technology


Jerry Doyle’s professional experience includes teaching economics and mathematics in Tanzania and working for the University of Brunei in Southeast Asia. Within the U.S., his admission experience includes positions at Emerson College, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, as a Resident Tutor at Harvard University, and in the Office of Admission at the University of Chicago. For five years, Jerry served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment and Financial Aid at Illinois Institute of Technology, to oversee an admission and financial aid process that ensures that students and families can realize their educational and professional goals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, psychology, business, and architecture.

In September 2011, Jerry assumed a new role as Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives. The focus of this new office and team was to create the ideas, relationships, and collaborative partnerships within and across institutions to enable long-term sustainable enrollment pathways to higher education. Jerry and his team led an approach characterized as a community organizing and development framework as well as capacity building within the sending neighborhoods of each student. 

Now, Jerry leads growth and engagement for Upkey, an online-learning and knowledge platform that helps students arrive ready for college with aplan for academic and career success as well as personal growth. His talk at HIGHER Cleveland will focus on how allies can support the diversification of leadership in higher education administration.


Glynis Fitzgerald  

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at Central Connecticut State University


Dr. Fitzgerald became Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies in August, 2013. She formerly served as Department Chair and Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University.

Her area of specialty is organizational and corporate communication. She is recognized as an expert in relationship building and has focused her research in many aspects of relationships; organizations with their communities, leaders with their members and relationship building across cultures. She has received awards for her research and teaching.

An experienced consultant, she applies her knowledge in corporations, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations on subjects including crisis prevention and management, membership development and information management. Her book, Professional Communication: A relationship management approach written together with Dr. Yanan Ju is used by Fudan University, PRC to provide training for students desiring to work in the US. She is also the Subject Matter Expert for the Hyundai Leadership Program at CCSU.

Dr. Fitzgerald holds a MA and Ph.D. in Communication from SUNY Buffalo.


Colleen Garland  

Vice President for Advancement at Kenyon College


As vice president, Colleen Garland steers the strategic direction of Kenyon’s development, alumni and parent engagement, and advancement services operations. She has played an integral role in launching the public phase of the College’s most ambitious campaign to date, leading Kenyon’s team of advancement professionals and partnering with stakeholders across campus.

With nearly 30 years of fundraising experience in higher education and other mission-driven institutions, Garland has a track record for leading development teams to new levels of excellence. She was the chief architect of Ohio Wesleyan’s $200 million campaign; she reimagined the University’s career services, anchoring them in a revitalized alumni network and forward-thinking mentoring program.

Prior to joining Ohio Wesleyan, Garland held positions of increasing responsibility in the advancement offices at The Ohio State University, Denison University, Otterbein College and the March of Dimes Foundation. She earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.


Monica Gaughan  

Associate Professor at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University


Monica Gaughan grew up in Connecticut, raised by a father who was a college textbook editor and a mother who made more money cleaning houses than she could in any other pink collar job. Gaughan went to the New College of Florida where she earned a bachelor's (1989) in political science; her honors thesis was on whistleblowing about organizational wrongdoing. After working for a couple of years at a community mental health clinic, she earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University (1992). After working as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Gaughan earned a master's (1997) and doctorate (1999) in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Gaughan has held academic appointments at Oglethorpe University (1999-2001), Georgia Institute of Technology (2002-2006), and the University of Georgia (2006-2013).  Her research focuses on scientific careers and the scientific labor force, with a particular interest in social stratification of science by nativity, race, ethnicity, gender, and other bases.  Gaughan loves to travel near and far, has too many pets, is married to Mr. Wonderful, and considers no day complete without reading fiction.


Marthe Druska Golden  

Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations & DAR Communications and Marketing at Rice University and Executive Director of the Association of Rice Alumni


Marthe Druska Golden oversees Alumni Relations, as well as all Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) communications efforts at Rice University in Houston, TX. She manages the university’s efforts to enhance its community of over 55,000 alumni worldwide by executing programming and strategic initiatives for the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA). She is involved in a wide range of programming for alumni and friends, and the ARA is proud to partner with alumni volunteers and colleagues across campus, and around the country. Marthe also works closely with university partners to develop communications and marketing strategies for Rice constituents. Most recently, she worked with the Office of the President, Enrollment and Admissions and Public Affairs to publicly announce The Rice Investment, the university’s new financial aid initiative, which will greatly expand support for low- and middle-income families, eliminating tuition for many talented students.

A Midwest native, Marthe joined Rice in 2014, after spending nearly ten years at the University of Chicago. During her time at UChicago, she worked as director of student and employer services and of communications and outreach in the office of Career Advancement, where she managed alumni steering committees and advisory boards, as well as career fairs for the university’s 5,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students.  She has also worked on several website launch projects, and has worked in both consumer and non-profit public relations. Marthe has a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Fordham University in New York City, and a master’s in liberal arts from the University of Chicago.  When she isn’t working with Rice alumni and friends, you will find her exploring Houston’s parks, museums and (kid-friendly) restaurants with her husband, Bill, and their three daughters, Tess, Vivian and Josephine.


Kimberly Griffin  

Associate Professor of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland


Dr. Kimberly Griffin is an Associate Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program (Student Affairs Area of Specialization). She also serves as the editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education Dr. Griffin earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, her Master's degree in Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, and her Bachelors degree from Stanford University in Psychology. Prior to completing her doctoral work, Dr. Griffin worked in higher education administration, primarily focusing in the areas of diversity recruitment, admissions, and retention in undergraduate and graduate education.

Dr. Griffin's research interests are primarily focused in three areas: diversity and equity in graduate education and the professoriate; diversity within the Black higher education community; and mentoring and career development. These interests have led her to conduct work on a variety of topics, including: career development of Ph.D. completers in science, Black professors and their engagement in student interaction, the experiences of Black immigrant college students, diversity recruitment in graduate education, and campus racial climate. Dr. Griffin is skilled in advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as the integration of these strategies in mixed methods research.

Dr. Griffin is an active scholar and researcher, engaged widely in efforts to promote diversity and equity in higher education.  Her research has been funded by the Burroughs Welcome Fund, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation.  Her work has been published widely, and has appeared in the Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Negro Education.  Dr. Griffin's work also contributes to national conversations on equity and inclusion, and she has collaborated and consulted with the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Academies, American Council on Education, and the Council of Graduate Schools to discuss extant research and new initiatives.  


Wendy Hill  

Former Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lafayette University


Wendy L. Hill, Ph.D. assumed the position of 13th Head of The Agnes Irwin School in July 2014 after a highly successful career as a senior administrator at one of the nation’s most selective small liberal arts colleges. For seven years, Dr. Hill served as the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, helping to lead efforts to implement a strategic plan that placed Lafayette’s academic program at its core and called for significant new academic resources and curricular initiatives. As Provost, she also led efforts to develop innovative interdisciplinary appointment and review procedures, enhance faculty development programs, and expand the size of the faculty, and accomplished curricular advancements in the arts, the life sciences, global education and the integration of engineering and the liberal arts.

An expert in the field of behavioral neuroscience and animal behavior, Dr. Hill was a member of the faculty at Lafayette College for 25 years, having first joined that academic community as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department in 1989. She held the the William C ’67 and Pamela H. Rappolt chair in neuroscience, playing a leading role in the development of the College’s interdisciplinary bachelor of science degree program in neuroscience and serving as its founding chair.

As a faculty member, she taught at all levels in the psychology and neuroscience curriculum and mentored more than 100 students conducting research in her laboratory. Her research interests have focused on various aspects of ornithology and animal behavior, including the neural mediation of pair bonding and mating behavior in birds as well as the adaptive significance of animal social behavior and grouping strategies. Her research on the hormonal basis of attachment in humans has been featured in major media, including ABC World News, CNN, MSNBC, Scientific American Mind, U.S. News & World Report, Discover, Chicago Tribune, The Independent (United Kingdom), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Money Times (India), and many more outlets via the Associated Press, BBC, and Reuters.

Dr. Hill was honored with several awards from Lafayette in recognition of her superior teaching and scholarly activities, not the least of which was the naming of the college’s neuroscience lab in her honor upon her departure. Other awards include the Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award, the James E. Lennertz Award for Exceptional Teaching and Mentoring, and the Delta Upsilon Distinguished Mentoring and Teaching Award. In addition, Hill was selected as the 1999 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has received external research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Fulbright Commission. Dr. Hill has published widely, authoring book chapters on animal behavior and authoring or co-authoring nearly two dozen journal articles on neuroscience, psychobiology, and behavioral ecology. In 2003, she was honored with the prestigious James McKeen Catell national award for her scholarly work.

Dr. Hill received her B.A. in psychology, with honors, from Douglass College at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Animal Behavior Program at the University of Washington.


Kimberly Kenny  

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Mount Saint Mary's University


Kimberly Kenny is currently the Associate Vice President for External Relations and Institutional Advancement at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. In this role, she oversees fundraising, communications and public programs for the University, and works with corporate, nonprofit and government partners to increase awareness about gender equity in Los Angeles and throughout California. Prior to joining Mount Saint Mary’s, Kimberly was the Chief Communications and Development Officer at the Women’s Foundation of California, where she worked with a statewide network of donor activists and grassroots organizations to increase funding and advocacy for women and girls. She has held numerous positions in the nonprofit sector, focusing her efforts on educational, environmental and social justice issues. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from gender equity to developing young philanthropists.


Soojin Kwon  

Managing Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions and Program at University of Michigan Ross School of Business


Soojin Kwon is the Managing Director for Full-time MBA Admissions and Program at Ross. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Ross’ Business Communications department. Soojin joined Ross in 2004 and has led the Admissions Office since 2006. Before joining Ross, Soojin was a Manager in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations practice, focusing on consumer business clients. Prior to consulting, she was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked in Washington, D.C. for the Senate Budget Committee, House Appropriations Committee, and Department of Commerce. 

Soojin holds an MBA from Ross, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale. She has served on the boards of the Forte Foundation, Greenhills School, and ETS’ Business School Advisory Council. She has also served as an alumni interviewer for Yale. Soojin is married to Dr. Jim Olsen and has two sons in high school.


Jolene Lane  

Vice President for Inclusion & Equity, Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator at University of Akron


Jolene A. Lane has built a career in education promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.  Ms. Lane is currently Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Akron.  A seasoned educator, she has worked in higher education, elementary and secondary education, and in the non-profit sector.  Prior to the University of Akron, she held the position of Senior Director for Diversity and Community Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She was previously Executive Director at Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), an educational not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide college access and leadership development for public high school students from underrepresented backgrounds nationally, and to prepare young scholars for admission to the nations most highly selective colleges.  She was Founding Principal of Leadership Public Schools’ first charter high school near San Francisco, CA, and Director of Education at Community Preparatory School in Providence, RI.  She has also worked in student affairs at Wellesley and Simmons Colleges, in adult education, and as a Director of Resource Development for a community development corporation in Boston, MA. 

Ms. Lane studied mathematics and pre-med at Harvard University, earned a Master of Education degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy with a focus in Higher Education and is currently completing her dissertation from Teachers College, Columbia University in Adult Learning and Leadership.  Her doctoral research is focused on how women of color in the academy balance the complex issues of their professional and personal lives, and her other research interests include mentoring, recruitment and retention, and the academic success of students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Ms. Lane is actively involved in community initiatives supporting inclusivity and building relationships that foster community involvement impacting race and gender equity.  She is a member of the Leadership Akron Class 35, Athena Akron, and WUTNGA.  She serves on the Summit County Executive’s Diversity Advisory Council, Elevate Akron: Opportunity Akron Strategy Team, the Soap Box Derby Board of Directors, the Board of the Akron Urban League, the Advisory Council for the Summit County Office of Minority Health, the Akron Racers Foundation Advisory Board, and the Akron Latino Network. She is currently serving her eighth term as a trustee of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado.  She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.  Ms. Lane is especially interested in providing access for students at every academic level to an excellent education and to the cultural capital necessary for success.


Donna Lang  

Associate Vice President for Academic Operations at Texas A&M University at Galveston


Dr. Lang moved to Galveston to pursue her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University at Galveston and fell in love with the Island. After 30 years of having her toes in the sand, she treasures the amazing gift to work with students at the island campus. As Vice President for Academic Operations, Dr. Lang is responsible for the general administration of all activities supporting the undergraduate programs and related support services. She provides guidance and oversight for university outreach including Sea Camp, Sea Campus Kids and community programs.

Donna is committed to student success and supporting the core values of Texas A&M University: Leadership, Respect, Loyalty, Excellence, Integrity and Selfless Service. 

Dr. Lang holds a B.S. degree in Maritime Administration from TAMUG (1988), a M.A. in Public Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake (1992) and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, Higher Education Administration, from the University of Houston (2000).

Donna is active in the Galveston community through her church, Boy Scout Troop 123, Galveston College Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and local schools.  She and her husband, David, live in Galveston with their children, Danielle and Douglas. The family enjoys sports, the outdoors, and anything on or near the water.


Stefanie Lindquist  

Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University


Stefanie A. Lindquist became deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Foundation Professor of Law and Political Science at Arizona State University on September 1, 2016. She served as Arch Professor and dean of the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs from 2013 to 2016, after serving as interim dean, associate dean for outreach, and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to her time at the University of Texas, Professor Lindquist served as associate professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University. She is recognized as an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional law, administrative law, and empirical legal studies, and has co-authored or edited three books and dozens of published articles and book chapters. Her book, "Measuring Judicial Activism," is the first publication to define the oft-used term quantitatively. She was recognized for her exceptional teaching skills at both Vanderbilt University, where she was awarded the Robert Birkby Award for Excellence in Teaching Political Science, and at the University of Georgia, where she won the Richard B. Russell Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching and was named Professor of the Year by the graduate students in the Department and Public Administration. Professor Lindquist served as the Editor in Chief of the Temple Law Review and clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. She later practiced law at Latham and Watkins in Washington, D.C. She also served as a research associate at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C., assisting committees of the Federal Judicial Conference in addressing questions of judicial administration.


Yulanda McCarty-Harris  

Executive Director for Organizational Culture and Inclusion at the University of Texas at Austin


Yulanda L. McCarty-Harris, J.D., is a Senior Certified Affirmative Action Professional (Sr. CAPP), and was recently appointed as the Executive Director for Organizational Culture and Inclusion in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin.  She had previously served as the Executive Director for the Office for Inclusion and Equity within DDCE.   

As a member of the leadership team within DDCE she is responsible for creating an organizational framework and work culture that inspires employees to do their best work.  Her primary focus is leading, developing and coordinating diversity and inclusion professional development training programs for University staff campus-wide and assisting with the development of various programs and strategies designed to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

She brings to the university over 17 years of experience in the public sector, including 11 years  in higher education, and her energetic and passionate servant leadership approach has assisted organizations in achieving effective and strategic outcomes to diversity and inclusion. She previously served as the Director for the Office for Institutional Equity at Cleveland State University and was also the university’s Title IX Coordinator. She was also the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at Youngstown State University, and has served as a senior attorney addressing employment-related issues at the City of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio).   

Her skills as an attorney, university and public sector experience and her ability to collaborate and build partnerships with university senior leaders, faculty and staff, has allowed her to transition into various duties and responsibilities with the primary goal of creating a more inclusive organizational structure.

Ms. McCarty-Harris is a licensed attorney in Texas and Ohio and received her undergraduate degree from UT-Austin and her juris doctorate from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas.  She currently serves as the First Vice President for the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), the oldest operating association of professionals in the equal opportunity/affirmative action profession (aaaed.org).


Erin McDermott  

Director of Athletics & Recreation at the University of Chicago


Erin McDermott as director of athletics and recreation at the University of Chicago provides strategic leadership for athletics and recreational sport and fitness programs for the University community. She oversees 20 intercollegiate sports, more than 40 sport clubs, an intramural sports program with thousands of student participants annually, a robust fitness program, and facilities.

Since McDermott's arrival in July 2013, the University of Chicago Maroons have captured nine UAA championships, four NCAA individual event championships, and four top-20 finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings among 450 NCAA Division III institutions.

The 2016-17 academic year featured major milestones for Athletics & Recreation under McDermott's leadership. Women's lacrosse was added as the school's 20th varsity sport. UChicago entered its first ever department-wide apparel agreement with Adidas, and the department underwent a full identity rebrand of its name and official logos.

In recent years, McDermott oversaw the first ever Athletics & Recreation Strategic Space Planning study, which was conducted to evaluate athletic facility space needs. The Friends of Maroon Athletics annual giving society was also launched to enrich and enhance student-athlete experiences.

Prior to joining the University of Chicago, McDermott served as Deputy Director of Athletics at Princeton University where she oversaw internal operations for 38 intercollegiate sports. She has also worked at Columbia University.

McDermott has served on several national committees including: the Executive Committee of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) and the Board of Directors for the National Association for Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). She is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

A senior captain of the women's basketball team and winner of the school's senior scholar-athlete award, McDermott earned her bachelor of business administration degree in International Business from Hofstra University, and her master's degree in Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Nancy Moreno  

Associate Provost of Faculty Development and Institutional Research at Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. Nancy Moreno is Associate Provost of Faculty Development and Institutional Research, and Professor of Health Professions and Family & Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Trained as a biologist, she has devoted most of her career to science and health education and is Senior Associate Director of Baylor's Center for Educational Outreach. Her funded research has included development of interdisciplinary science educational materials, creation of local school and national partnerships to promote systemic change in STEM teaching and learning, and the application of web-based technologies for educator support and professional development. Many of these efforts have been directed toward improving access by students at all levels to careers in science, medicine and the health professions. In her current role as Associate Provost, she has expanded her focus to encompass faculty development at the graduate and professional levels with the goal of helping all Baylor faculty members attain their goals related to teaching, scholarship, leadership and service. She received her Bachelor's degree in botany with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her Ph.D. in biology from Rice University.


Naomi Nixon  

Associate Vice President of Advancement at University of Miami


Recently appointed to the newly created position of Associate Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy, she is responsible for identifying and communicating “bold ideas” that will drive transformative gifts across the institution in the current campaign.  In this new role, in concert with University President Julio Frenk, the UM Board of Trustees, and partnering with the deans and faculty of the various schools and colleges, Naomi will collaborate with the University’s most significant donors in order to align their philanthropic vision with the institution’s highest priorities. In addition, she is integral to the University’s international outreach specifically as it relates to Latin America.

Naomi held leadership positions in the two highly successful back-to-back campaigns for the University of Miami, Momentum (2000-2007) and Momentum2 (2008-2015), which combined, raised a total of $3 billion. In this capacity, she had the privilege of working closely with former UM President, Dr. Donna E. Shalala. During this period, Naomi was responsible for campaign architecture and leading the central development offices of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Estate and Gift Planning, Donor Stewardship, and the Citizen’s Board volunteer business leaders.

Prior to her work in development at the University of Miami, Naomi’s focus included government relations, economic development and strategic planning, most notably in the Office of Marketing and Trade Development for Miami International Airport, and as an international trade representative for the Florida Department of Commerce.

She began her career working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Jim Bacchus, Senator Bob Graham, and Congressman Dan Mica, and has held senior roles in state and local government.

Throughout her career, Naomi has enjoyed being a leader for numerous advisory boards which currently include The Commonwealth Institute - South Florida, whose mission is to advance women in leadership positions, and UM Hillel, where she works to support a vibrant Jewish life on campus. She is also co-founder and president of Women in International Trade.

Naomi received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University.  She is a member of the Florida Bar and the Washington, D.C. Bar.

A third generation Miami Beach resident, Naomi and her family actually live on the same street where she grew up.


Kathleen Powell  

Associate Vice President for Career Development at the College of William & Mary


As the Associate Vice President for Career Development, Kathleen has more than 25 years of progressive experience in higher education career services. She is an effective leader and creative programmer; able to create, develop, and implement programs supporting office vision and strategic planning. She is dedicated to strategic visioning and management, collaborative partnerships and faculty engagement. Kathleen has a solid understanding of career development, student development, and organizational and leadership theories

Kathleen holds a Master's of Science in Student Personnel Services from Miami University of Ohio and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Akron. Kathleen began her tenure in university career services in 1985 at Ashland College, now Ashland University. Her career services work included positions at Knox College (IL), Marietta College (OH), Grinnell College (IA), and The University of Akron (OH). Immediately prior to her appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Executive Director of Career Development, now Associate Vice President for Career Development, at The College of William and Mary, she served as the director for Career Exploration and Development at Denison University in Granville, OH.

Kathleen has authored chapters in several different publications and served as an academic advisor and adjunct faculty member at Marietta College teaching career planning, leadership development and communication. Most recently, Kathleen was named as the Faculty Lead for Strategic Planning for the Emerging Leader session at the Management Leadership Institute through the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 

Currently Past-President for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Kathleen has served as the President and President-elect of NACE, President of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (Midwest ACE) and President of the Illinois Small College Placement Association. Kathleen is the recipient of the Founders Distinguished Service Award and J.W. Paquette Award for Superior Leadership Award (Midwest ACE), Charles Sumner Harrison Award and Teacher Appreciation Award, Sigma Kappa, (Marietta College). In addition, Kathleen holds a Management Leadership Certificate for Career Services Professionals.


Jenny Rickard  

President and CEO of the Common Application


Jenny's expertise embodies each area of college enrollment management, including admission, marketing communications, technology, and financial aid. Ms. Rickard has shown a strong commitment to access as evidenced by her accomplishments as the chief enrollment officer at both the University of Puget Sound and Bryn Mawr and in admission roles at Swarthmore and New York University School of Law. Her extensive service within the national higher education community includes a wide range of roles with the College Board, Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), US Department of Education, and The Common Application Board of Directors - serving as Board President in 2007. Within the corporate field, Ms. Rickard was a vice president responsible for higher education product strategy at PeopleSoft. She also was a consultant for the higher education software company Datatel and started her career on Wall Street at J.P. Morgan & Co. 

Ms. Rickard received a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University, Stern School of Business; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Swarthmore College.


Rebecca Sandige  

Chief of Staff at Emory University - Goizueta Business School


Rebecca Sandidge is Chief of Staff at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.  In this role, she executes high-priority projects tied to the Business School’s strategic plan and coordinates communications to and initiatives for key audiences. Prior to this role, Rebecca was Associate Director of MBA Admissions. She has also worked in program management at the Emory University School of Medicine and served as an Intercultural Specialist for New Diversity Initiatives at The Ohio State University. A Georgia native, Rebecca received her Master’s from The Ohio State University and her Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees from The University of Georgia. 


Kristin Sobolik  

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis


Kristin Sobolik is the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and Professor of Anthropology--she collaborates with the leadership team, faculty and staff to advance students’ aspirations and prepare them to meet the real-world challenges of the 21st century. She is responsible for the academic mission of the university, working with the colleges, deans and faculty on curricular development, innovation and student success. She oversees research and graduate studies, enrollment management, student retention, community engagement, student affairs, athletics, international programs, university accreditation, and strategic planning. Kristin’s focus is on maintaining and building UMSL’s areas of growth, strength, and excellence to serve our student population and develop the workforce and civically minded citizens of the broader St. Louis region. She is a partner with advancement, alumni engagement, marketing, and communications to promote and support our students and UMSL’s crucial role in our city, region, and state.

Prior to coming to UMSL, Kristin was the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University in Dayton, OH where she helped bring to fruition the modernization and expansion of the Creative Arts Center that includes the Robert and Elaine Stein Art Galleries, new School of Music studios, and the Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures. 

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Kristin is a leader in and helped develop the fields of archaeobiology and paleonutrition with over 100 publications, books, and presentations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Iowa and a masters and doctorate in anthropology from Texas A&M University. 


Sheila Spivey  

Senior Director of the Department of Diversity Initiatives at University of North Florida 




Ronné Turner  

Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid at Washington University in St. Louis


Ronné Patrick Turner, Vice Provost for Admissions & Financial Aid, is responsible for planning and directing the recruitment of undergraduate students to Washington University and for implementing strategies to increase the strength and diversity of the student body. She also oversees Student Financial Services, which is dedicated to making it financially possible for admitted students to enroll and for enrolled students to graduate.


Jewell Winn  

Deputy Chief Diversity Officer at Tennessee State University


Dr. Jewell Green Winn has over thirty-five years of experience in education. She provides leadership to the office of International Affairs at Tennessee State University as the Senior International Officer, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Winn holds the Doctorate of Education, Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.

During the early years of her career, she experienced many ‘firsts’, which prompted her to advocate for more inclusion of women in leadership roles across disciplines.  She co-founded the inaugural Women’s Center on the campus of Tennessee State University while helping to launch an annual awards dinner recognizing women excelling in their respective fields.  She recently co-authored an anthology entitled—Truth Be Told:  Narratives from the Souls of Black Women—an empowering but emotional publication that allowed women of color to share their untold stories.

Winn’s advocacy efforts did not end with women.  She has a unique passion for underrepresented groups—particularly youth.  She co-founded a non-profit organization that explored discipline disparities towards vulnerable students and realized there was a need to emphasize restorative practices by providing academic, music and sports enrichment as an intervention to needy students locally and abroad.  This commitment to equity and inclusion led her to be selected to join and lead some of Nashville’s most prominent and engaged community organizations that support P-20 education, diversity and inclusion, and global outreach.

Her research interests include the intersection of diversity and international affairs, global strategies for minority-serving institutions, cultural competence in theory and practice, and the acculturation of international students.  She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters relative to diversity and internationalization efforts at HBCUs.  She is a member of Diversity Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad, the Association of Int’l Education Administrators, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, and other civic/social organizations. She also serves on the board for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Tennessee Diversity Consortium, and Alignment Nashville.