Speaker Bios

2018 MSCHE Annual Conference

Dr. Catherine F. Andersen

Dr. Andersen is Vice Provost at the University of Baltimore. Prior to that, she was Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer, Associate Provost, Dean, Director of First-Year Experience at Gallaudet University and named Distinguished Faculty and Professor Emeritus. She is a Teagle Assessment Scholar and Fellow with The Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Dr. Jo-Ellen Asbury

Dr.  Asbury currently serves as Associate Provost for Institutional Planning and Assessment at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. She also serves as Brooklyn College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Her scholarship has always been focused in applied areas, and includes: media habits of Army recruits, focus groups as a methodological approach, and program evaluation and assessment in higher education.

Dr. Heather Barry

Dr. Barry is a Professor of History at St. Joseph’s College, New York. She also serves as the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Assessment and Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Dr. Eric Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin is the interim collegewide Dean of Education and Social Sciences at Montgomery College. Previously, he served as the department chair of Education and Psychology at the Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses and has been with the college since the fall of 1998. He has experience teaching in psychology, counseling, and ethnic studies.

Mr. Floyd Bennett

Mr. Floyd Bennett, SUNY Downstate Medical Center Senior Business Analyst, is an experienced project manager and business analyst, who serves as curator of the curriculum database. He has 20-plus years of success leading all phases of technology projects with a background in structured programming languages, application development, budgeting, and Agile and Waterfall methodologies.

Dr. MJ Bishop

Dr. Bishop directs the University System of Maryland’s Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, established in 2013. The Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates findings, offers professional development for faculty and administrators, and supports the 12 public institutions that are part of the system as they scale academic innovations.

Dr. Sara-Beth Bittinger

Dr. Bittinger has 10 years of experience as Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Frostburg State University. She currently serves at the chair of the Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness Council and the Student Learning Assessment Advisory Group. Dr. Bittinger also is in her ninth year of serving on the elected board of education in Allegany County Maryland.

Ms. Diana Bonner

Ms. Bonner joined the Middle States Commission on Higher Education staff in the role of Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents staff in 2011. She supports the work of the Vice Presidents as they serve as liaisons to MSCHE member institutions. She also coordinates the process for institutions seeking MSCHE accreditation during the Pre-applicant and Applicant for Candidate Status phases, and is the primary contact for those institutions. Previously, she served as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Office Manager for Student Affairs at Arcadia University (PA) for nine years. She also has prior experience at St. Joseph’s University (PA) working with international students enrolled in an intensive ESL program. Ms. Bonner completed undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Fay Maureen Butler

Dr. Butler has spent the past 32 years working in higher education, 27 of which have been spent in various positions in Student Affairs at The City University of New York. Dr. Butler is dedicated to Higher Education and doing good work.

Dr. Aaron Chandler

Dr. Chandler is Associate Professor of English at Stevenson University. His primary literary research interests include post-1945 fiction in the United States; representations of poverty in literature and the social sciences; theories of emotion and affect; race, ethnicity, and migration; class, identity, and inequality; American studies; and 20th-century American popular culture.

Ms. Julie Cioccio

Ms. Julie Cioccio is a Graphic Designer at Trocaire College. She is responsible for creation of graphical materials for use throughout the college, but particularly on the college’s web site, in college publications, and in annual reports to the college constituency and alumni.

Dr. Carmen Z. Claudio

Dr. Claudio is a past President of National University College. She is a current member of the institution’s Board of Trustees. She has over 40 years’ experience in the education field and is President of the Board of Directors of the Thomas Alva Edison School, a K-12 institution in Caguas, PR.

Dr. Lydia Collazo

Dr. Collazo is a former academic Dean and Chancellor of National University College’s Arecibo campus. She has also served as cochair of the institution’s self-study steering committee on two occasions. She is currently the Vice President of Faculty Training and Assessment on an institutional level. She earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration and Master of Arts in Business Education from UIA Metro Campus as well as Bachelor of Arts in Business Education from University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras.

Dr. Valerie Collins

Dr. Collins is the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Nassau Community College. She is also the Accreditation Liaison Officer and Co-Chair of the College’s Institutional Planning Committee. Prior to coming to Nassau, she held the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Molloy College. Dr. Collins has served on MSCHE Visiting Teams.

Dr. Hilda Colon Plumey

Dr. Colon Plumey joined MSCHE in February 2018 as a Vice President. In this role, she serves as a liaison to member institutions, provides training to institutions and volunteers, and supports the accreditation decision-making work of the Commission. Dr. Colon Plumey was Dean of Academic Affairs at UPR Humacao from 1986-1989 and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Universidad del Turabo from 1995-1998. In 1999, she was appointed Associate VP for Academic Affairs in Policy for the Ana G. Mendez University System in Puerto Rico before serving as Chancellor of UPR–Humacao from 2002 through 2009. In 2010, she rejoined the staff of the Ana G. Mendez University System, serving as Special Assistant to the System President (2010-2012) and later as Associate Vice President of the System (2012-2017). From 2013 through 2017, she acted as co-principal investigator and Education and Public Outreach Deputy Director of Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory. Additionally, Dr. Colon Plumey was a member of the faculty in the Department of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico–Humacao from 1970 through 2009. Dr. Colon Plumey had served as an evaluation team member and team chair on behalf of MSCHE. She studied all her academic life in institutions in Puerto Rico, obtaining a B.S. from UPR Rio Piedras, an M.S. from the Medical Sciences Campus, and an Ed.D. from Interamerican University.

Dr. Idna M. Corbett

Dr. Corbett joined the MSCHE staff as a Vice President in mid-2017. In this role, she serves as a liaison to member institutions, provides training to institutions and volunteers, and supports the accreditation decision-making work of the Commission. Before coming to MSCHE, she served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Northern Kentucky University where she oversaw University-wide curriculum development, academic assessment processes and student support services, and served as liaison to the University’s regional accrediting Commission and state higher education council. Prior to that, she was at West Chester University (PA), where she was Professor of Educational Development and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services. Dr. Corbett had served multiple times as a Peer Evaluator on behalf of the Commission. She earned her Ed.D. from Temple University (PA), her M.A. from Michigan State University, and her B.A. from Goshen College (IN).

Dr. Robert G. Cuzzolino

Dr. Cuzzolino is Vice President for Graduate Programs at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He leads PCOM’s doctoral and master’s programs in Psychology, Biomedical Science, Physician Assistant Studies, Organizational Development, Aging, Forensic Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy. Dr. Cuzzolino also oversees outcomes assessment, strategic planning, self-study, institutional accreditation, program approval and related governmental relations.

Dr. Ann E. Damiano

Dr. Damiano is the Dean of Academic Assessment at Utica College. Prior to Utica College, she served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Accreditation Liaison Officer, and Chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. From 1983 until 2010, she was the Director of Outcomes Assessment and Developmental Instruction at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, where she also taught literature and writing. She has presented at numerous conferences, regional and national, on methods for assessing student learning.

Dr. Susan Donat

Dr. Donat is the Director of Curriculum/Assistant Director of Assessment at Messiah College. Additionally, she serves on multiple committees and teaches an assessment course. She holds a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership. Dr. Donat presented at Drexel’s Assessment Conference (2014, 2016-2018), AALHE (2012-2018), and !UP’s Assessment Institute (2018).

Ms. Caroline Evans

Ms. Evans, a Professor at Community College of Allegheny County, possesses Master’s degrees in Bioengineering and Education. She has broad experience working between diverse groups at the college, including managing an NSF sSTEM Scholarship and as a member of ATD Material Needs. Both initiatives focus on positively impacting student learning through using data to continuously improve experiences.

Dr. Christy L. Faison

Dr. Faison joined the staff of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a Vice President in January 2012 and was elevated to Managing Vice President in July 2018. In this role she is responsible for the overall management of the Vice Presidents unit while continuing to serve as a liaison to member institutions, providing training to institutions and volunteers, and supporting the accreditation decision-making work of the Commission. Dr. Faison was previously employed by Rowan University (NJ) in a variety of roles, including Professor of Education, Assistant Dean of Education, Associate Dean of Education, Associate Provost, Interim Provost, and Special Assistant to the President. Dr. Faison is a former member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and a former member of the Boards of Directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the South Jersey Technology Park. She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary/Special Education from Hampton University (VA), an M.A. in Educational Media from The Ohio State University, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Temple University (PA).

Dr. Nasrin Fatima

Dr. Fatima serves as the Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning at Binghamton University. In her capacity, Dr. Fatima oversees the University’s Operational Data Store, reporting of official statistics, conducting research and analyses in support of key campus initiatives and strategic planning. She also oversees campus-wide outcomes assessment activities.

Dr. Cecilia Feilla

Dr. Feilla is Professor of English and World Languages and Director of Assessment at Marymount Manhattan College. She also serves as the Chair of the General Education committee and is the former chair of the Department of English and World Languages.

Ms. Gail Fernandez

Ms. Fernandez, Professor and Interim Dean of Assessment, Bergen Community College. Ms. Fernandez serves as the Interim Dean of Assessment at Bergen Community College. Her responsibilities include overseeing the College’s assessment activities, chairing the Policy Advisory Council, implementing the strategic plan, coordinating accreditation activities, and facilitating Administrative and Educational Support Units’ program review. She is currently completing her doctorate in Community College Leadership.

Dr. Ellie A. Fogarty

Dr. Fogarty joined the staff of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a Vice President in January 2010. In this role she serves as a liaison to member institutions, provides training to institutions and volunteers, and supports the accreditation decision-making work of the Commission. She was previously employed by The College of New Jersey as Associate Provost for Planning and Resource Allocation, Deputy Compliance Officer, Executive Assistant to the Provost, and Business & Economics Librarian. She received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fogarty earned her undergraduate degree in Economics & Business Administration from Immaculata University (PA), an M.B.A. with a concentration in General and Strategic Management from Temple University (PA), and an M.L.S. from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Fogarty is the author of articles published in various professional journals. Several of her case studies were published in the book, “Strategic Management and Business Policy.”

Mr. David S. Fontaine

Mr. Fontaine has served as the Director of Physical Education and Athletics at Utica College since 2012. He is also a Title IX Deputy Coordinator and has been part of the ECAC Women’s West Hockey Supplemental Discipline Committee, the CWPA Governance Council, and the NCAA Division III Softball Regional Advisory Committee. Most recently, he was named the First Vice President of the Empire 8 Conference. He has developed a number of educational programs for student-athletes and coaches and implemented a comprehensive assessment plan for student learning, program effectiveness, and coaches’ performance.

Ms. Tiffany Fuzak

Ms. Fuzak is a Research Analyst at Buffalo State The State University of New York (SUNY) and holds an M.S. degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College.

Ms. Cheryl Goldstein

Ms. Goldstein, Director of Institutional Research & Planning, manages data and analytical reporting, survey research, and projects related to assessment and institutional effectiveness at Marymount Manhattan College. Prior to her current position, Ms. Goldstein ran research projects and outcomes assessment for grant-funded academic and institutional programs at Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York.

Dr. Bonnie Granat

Dr. Granat, Associate Dean and Director of Assessment at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has worked in higher education and medical school assessment for the past 14 years. After graduating from college, Dr. Granat worked in Information Technology, writing custom software, and continues to look for ways to use technology to improve teaching and assessment.

Dr. Melissa Gregory

Dr. Gregory, Associate Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at Montgomery College, has over 35 years of student affairs leadership experience. In addition to co-chairing the MC 2018 Self-Study, she coordinated and produced the college’s first student affairs master plan in 2018 and chairs the student affairs assessment team. Dr. Gregory is active in higher education federal and state legislative issues supporting increased access to college.

Rev. Lindsey R. Guinn

Rev. Guinn is Director of Assessment and Institutional Research and the Co-Chair of the Middle States Steering Committee as well as the Accreditation Liaison Officer at Washington & Jefferson College. She has studied at West Virginia Wesleyan, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and Drew University. Prior to her appointment at Washington & Jefferson, she was a faculty member in Sociology at Davis & Elkins College. She has also served the United Methodist Church as a researcher, communications professional, and pastor.

Dr. David Haney

Dr. Haney has been the President of Centenary University since July of 2016, where he led a campus-wide “strategic design” process in 2016-17. He has held previous administrative positions in Academic Affairs at several public and private colleges and universities, where he has been involved in multiple strategic planning processes.

Dr. Terry W. Hartle

Dr. Hartle, Senior Vice President at American Council on Education (ACE), is one of America’s most effective and experienced advocates for higher education. At ACE, where he has served for more than 20 years, he directs comprehensive efforts to engage federal policymakers on a broad range of issues including student aid, government regulation, scientific research and tax policy. He received a doctorate in public policy from The George Washington University (DC), a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (NY), and a bachelor’s degree in history (summa cum laude) from Hiram College (OH). He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Northeastern University (MA).

Ms. Angela Harrington

Ms. Harrington, Vice President for Communications and External Relations at Berkeley College, brings a voice to organizations and their mission. In 2017, she was a fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Education “Institute for Educational Management” and “Women in Education Leadership” programs. She holds a B.A.in Political Science from Rutgers University–Douglass College, and an M.S. in Organization and Management from Capella University.

Dr. Douglas Harrison

Dr. Harrison, Associate Dean,  oversees day-to-day operations of the Graduate School at University of Maryland University College, including curriculum, assessment, faculty success, student affairs, technology, and communication. He supports and advises the dean on academic policy, regularly compliance, and strategic planning. He also leads the university’s Academic Integrity Work Group.

Mr. David Holfoth

Mr. Holfoth is a Research Associate at Trocaire College. He is responsible for creation of standardized analytic reports on college information for both New York State and for IPEDs, annual updates of the college’s Fact Book, and assists academic programs with required external annual reports.

Dr. Jeremy Ashton Houska

Dr. Houska is the Vice President for Institutional Research, Effectiveness, & Design at Centenary University. He oversees Centenary’s strategic design, institution-wide assessment plan, accreditation, and serves campus units and academic programs as they plan effectiveness studies.

Mr. Jonathan Hulbert

Mr. Hulbert is the Director of Leadership and Organizational Development at Buffalo State The State University of New York and the Alumni Board President at Hilbert College. He was previously the Dean of Student Success at Tiffin University and a Campus Success Consultant at Campus Labs.

Dr. Susan Whealler Johnston

Dr. Johnston has over 30 years of service in higher education as a faculty member, campus administrator, and national higher education association leader. In 2018, she was named president and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Prior to joining NACUBO, she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). Prior to joining AGB, she was professor of English and Dean of Academic Development at Rockford University. She serves on the boards of Rollins College and Radford University, and she is immediate past chair of the board of the Southern Education Foundation. She is a member of the advisory committees of the National Institute on Learning Outcomes Assessment and the National Survey of Student Engagement.

Dr. W. Hubert Keen

Dr. Keen became President of Nassau Community College in August 2016. He previously served as President of Farmingdale State College from 2007 to 2016, after two years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. From 1999 to 2005, he was Special Assistant to the SUNY System Provost. He previously held positions as Interim President at SUNY Old Westbury and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at CUNY’s York College.

Dr. Heather Kelly

Dr. Kelly is Director of Institutional Research at the University of Delaware. Her areas of expertise include institutional effectiveness and faculty workload. She has taught graduate level courses focusing on planning, governance, and finance in higher education and analyzing faculty workload, performance and compensation.

Dr. Kevin Kinser

Dr. Kinser is Professor of Education and Department Head of Education Policy Studies and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of From Main Street to Wall Street: The Transformation of For-Profit Higher Education. As a scholar of international and comparative higher education policy, his work focuses on non-traditional higher education, particularly the public policies and organizational structures related to private for-profit institutions and international cross-border higher education.

Ms. Lisa Krieg

Associate Vice President and Director of Enrollment Services, Ms. Krieg co-chaired CMU’s Self-Study (2016-2018) and has been appointed as Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO.) Ms. Krieg oversees strategic directions in enrollment and offices of the registrar, financial aid, student accounts, centralized student services, summer studies, and international education. From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Krieg directed CMU’s Office of International Education. Previously, she worked at Chatham College in admission and advising. Ms. Krieg earned an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Asian Studies/History from Cornell University.

Dr. Jodi Levine Laufgraben

Dr. Laufgraben is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Assessment, and Institutional Research at Temple University. She oversees all periodic program review and accreditation-related activities, including specialized accreditations and the University’s MSCHE accreditation. She works with the academic areas on assessment of student learning and academic program development, and teaches graduate courses in planning, assessment, and educational administration. On behalf of MSCHE, she conducts workshops covering various assessment topics. In the past several years she has conducted numerous full-day MSCHE workshops on Becoming an Assessment Facilitator, Understanding and Using Student Learning Assessment Results, and Assessing Our Assessment: How Are We Doing?

Dr. Andrea Lex

Dr. Lex, an MSCHE Vice President from 2007 through 2009, returned to the Commission as a Vice President in August 2013 and has served in her current role since 2015. Dr. Lex is a member of the President’s Cabinet and is responsible for facilitating the work of the Operations Group. Prior service includes senior level administrative positions in the areas of planning, resource allocation, and institutional research at Prince George’s Community College (MD); the University of Washington (WA); Duquesne University (PA); and the Community College of Allegheny County (PA). Dr. Lex is a Past President of the Society for College and University Planning and a recipient of the Society’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Lex received her Master’s and Ph.D. in counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s in theology, with concentrations in psychology and philosophy from Duquesne University.

Dr. Richard T. Linn

Dr. Linn is Senior Vice President at Trocaire College. In this role, he serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer, supports planning, assessment and research activities, oversees information technology, and serves as the administrative liaison to the faculty senate, staff advisory council and the faculty collective bargaining unit.

Mr. Adam Lowe

The first Executive Director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), Mr. Lowe helped steer a previously all-volunteer professional organization through rapid growth and transition. Under his leadership, NACEP’s accreditation services have professionalized to align with best practices and are more widely recognized by states, institutions, and professional organizations.

Ms. Pat Lupino

Ms. Lupino is Chairperson of the Marketing Department at Nassau Community College and Co-Chair of the College’s Institutional Planning Committee. Prior to joining Nassau in 2003, Ms. Lupino held senior leadership positions in strategic planning, marketing/sales and administration in the global consumer products industry.

Mr. Douglas MacDonald

Mr. MacDonald joined the MSCHE staff in October 2017 as a Senior Analytics Specialist. In his current role, he is responsible for the development of databases, algorithms, statistical models, and the graphical display of outcomes to assist in monitoring the performance of member institutions. In addition, Mr. MacDonald works with cross-functional teams to provide analysis and models of structured data sets using advanced statistical and mathematical methods. Prior to joining MSCHE, Mr. MacDonald was an Application Developer/Data Analyst in the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University (PA), and is currently working toward a Master’s of Philosophy in Education, Quantitative Methods, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stephanie Mackler

Dr. Mackler is Assistant Dean of the College and Associate Professor or Education at Ursinus College. Her scholarly interests include the philosophy of liberal education, and she coordinates the college’s core assessment and the college’s MSCHE self-study. She is a member of the core implementation committee and helps support the design and enactment of the new core’s assessment protocol.

Ms. Erin Mattson

Ms. Mattson join the Commission staff as the Assistant Director for Accreditation Services in 2012, served as Director for Accreditation Services from 2015 to 2018, and has served in her current role since July of 2018. In her role as Senior Director for Accreditation Services, she leads the Accreditation Services unit and is responsible for the oversight of the Commission’s volunteer management, standing accreditation Committees, and maintenance of the official accreditation record for institutions. Prior to joining Middle States, she served for six years as Senior Admissions Counselor at Temple University (PA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Master of Arts from University College Dublin (Ireland).

Dr. Sean A. McKitrick

Dr. McKitrick joined the staff of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as Vice President in 2012. In this role, he serves as a liaison to member institutions, provides training to institutions and volunteers, and supports the accreditation decision-making work of the Commission. He had served as Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment at Binghamton University of the State University of New York, as Assessment and Accreditation Director at Indiana State University, and as a Dean of Instruction for several institutions. His research interests include for-profit institutions, institutional research, student learning assessment, evaluation of institutional effectiveness, educational research and evaluation. Dr. McKitrick received his undergraduate and Master’s Degrees from Brigham Young University (UT) in international relations and his Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University (CA).

Dr. Sharon Meagher

Dr. Meagher is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC). She also serves as the Chair of MMC’s Committee on Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning and is the Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Mr. Russell Michalak

Mr. Michalak is the Director of the Library & Learning Center at Goldey-Beacom College. He oversees the annual budget, supervises librarians and paraprofessionals, manages the delivery of research, information, instructional services, the tutoring center, and archives. Before joining GBC, he worked in various roles at the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, Duke University, and the University of Utah. Russell earned his MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in History from Occidental College. His current research agenda focuses on information literacy-related assessment, with an emphasis on utilizing online training modules to increase students’ information literacy skills. Similarly, he has focused on implementing and assessing online onboarding training modules to train and retain employees across many departments across the college.

Dr. Richard Midcap

Dr. Midcap is President of Garrett College in McHenry, MD. Dr. Midcap became Garrett College’s president in 2017 after 22 years at Chesapeake College, including 13 years as Vice President For Student Affairs. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Salisbury (MD) University, an M.A. in History from Washington (MD) College, and a Doctorate in Education from Wilmington (DE) University.

Dr. Natasha Miller

Dr. Miller is the Director of Assessment at Stevenson University. She has been involved in assessment and institutional effectiveness for over 10 years at both two-year and four-year institutions. Her primary goal is to utilize assessment methodologies to make data more accessible to the institution.

Ms. Carmella Morrison

Ms. Morrison was promoted to Director for Substantive Change at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in July 2018. She had previously served as Assistant Director for Substantive Change and Assistant Director for Accreditation Services. A member of the Commission staff since 1992, she has served in various roles throughout her tenure. In her current role, Ms. Morrison is responsible for overseeing the Substantive Change procedures. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University (PA) and a Master of Business Administration in Management from Eastern University (PA).

Mr. Michael D. Moss

Mr. Moss, CAE, is the President of the Ann Arbor based Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). In collaboration with the Board of Directors, he is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the organization and guiding the development and implementation of the strategic plan, programs, policies, and practices of the society. SCUP develops individual and organizational planning capacities to strengthen and transform institutions of higher education. Integrated planning is a sustainable approach to planning that builds relationships, aligns the organization, and emphasizes preparedness for change. Integrated planning engages all sectors of the academy—academic affairs, student affairs, business and finance, campus planning, IT, communications, and development. It involves all stakeholders—faculty, students, staff, alumni, and external partners. Prior to SCUP, Mr. Moss served as Chief Operating Officer for the International Facility Management Association and Senior Director of Operations and Education at NACE International.  Mr. Moss’s past positions have provided him with a broad range of experience, from organizational design and strategic planning through certification management and member relations.

Ms. Denise Murphy

Ms. Murphy is the Assistant Vice President for Finance and Budget at Frostburg State University and has been employed at the institution for over 20 years. Ms. Murphy will has oversight responsibility for the budget area, Comptroller’s Office, Bursar and Conferences, and Events.

Dr. Donald G. Nieman

Before becoming Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Binghamton University in 2012, Dr. Nieman served as Dean of Arts & Sciences at Binghamton and Bowling Green State University. A historian of race and law, he is the author of Promises to Keep: African Americans and the Constitutional Order.

Dr. Christina Parish

Dr.  Parish is Director of Syracuse University Project Advance, the University’s longstanding concurrent enrollment program, which enrolls over 12,000 students annually in the U.S. and internationally. She also currently serves as the private postsecondary institutional representative on the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships’ Accreditation Commission.

Ms. Bethany Parliament-Chevalier

Ms. Parliament-Chevalier is the Institutional Research Senior Data Analyst at Dickinson College, a private liberal-arts college in Pennsylvania. Ms. Parliament-Chevalier has 16 years of experience in higher education—from admissions to information technology. She earned a history degree from Messiah College and master’s in history and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ms. Tammy Peery

Ms. Peery has been a faculty member at the Germantown Campus English and Reading Department for 20 years at Montgomery College. In addition to co-chairing the MC 2018 Self-Study, she co-led the redesign of the General Education program and serves as General Education co-chair. She was recognized as the 2017 ACCT Northeast Region Faculty of the Year.

Dr. Susan D. Phillips

Dr. Phillips is Professor at the University at Albany State University of New York (SUNY), and Leadership Fellow at the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership Institute, and previously served as the University at Albany Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has been active in higher education quality assurance through her work with the Regents of the State of New York, the American Psychological Association, and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

Ms. Blakely Pomietto

As Deputy Chief Academic Officer at University of Maryland University College, Ms. Pomietto collaborates directly with the Chief Academic Officer in defining, implementing and advancing key academic initiatives and institutional priorities. She oversees Academic Affairs-relevant policies and procedures, fulfillment of mandating reporting requirements, administrative and budget matters, and serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Dr. Stephen J. Pugliese

Dr. Pugliese joined the MSCHE staff in mid-2017 as Vice President. In this role, he serves as a liaison to member institutions, provides training to institutions and volunteers, and supports the accreditation decision-making work of the Commission. He came to MSCHE from Mount Aloyisius College in Cresson, PA, where he served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, as well as the Accreditation Liaison Officer and as an MSCHE Peer Evaluator. Prior to arriving at MSCHE, Dr. Pugliese served as a Vice President at Immaculata University (PA), Vice Provost for Student Life at St. Bonaventure University (NY), Dean of Students at Marywood University (PA), and other roles at King’s College (PA), Villanova University (PA), and Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Marywood University, his M.S. from Villanova University, and his B.A. from Kutztown University (PA).

Dr. Michael Redmond

Dr. Redmond has served as president of Bergen Community College since 2017. During his 36-year career at the college, which began as a philosophy and religion professor, Dr. Redmond has provided leadership as a dean, chief information officer and executive vice president. He received a NISOD Excellence Award for his commitment to teaching and student success.

Dr. Nathan Rein

Dr. Rein is Assistant Dean of the College, Co-Director of the Institute for Student Success, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursinus College. He leads the college’s core implementation process.

Dr. José G. Ricardo-Osorio

Dr. Ricardo-Osorio is the Chair of the Department of Global Languages & Cultures at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Special Assistant for Educational Effectiveness and is currently co-chairing the University’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Self-Study. Dr. Ricardo-Osorio has been a workshop facilitator, session presenter and keynote speaker at numerous professional events in the U.S and abroad. He has also served as an accreditation reviewer for the MSCHE. His research interests include student learning outcomes assessment, foreign language, ESL/EFL teacher training, and world language methodology.

Dr. W. Allen Richman

Dr. Richman joined the MSCHE staff as Senior Director for Research in January 2017 and is responsible for the development and oversight of Commission’s research plan and providing the Commission with accurate and timely data to inform decision-making. Dr. Richman played a key role in the development of the Commission’s new Annual Institutional Update and is a regular presenter and consultant on topics of assessment and institutional effectiveness. He previously served as Interim Dean in the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research at Prince George’s Community College (MD). Dr. Richman earned his B.A. from University of Texas, Austin, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Kansas.

Ms. Ellen Rosenthal

Ms. Rosenthal is Director of Institutional Effectiveness at National Intelligence University. Ms. Rosenthal is a retired Naval officer and has spent over 24 years in training and education for government agencies: teaching, developing curriculum, designing on-line courses, managing assessment programs, and developing educational standards and policies for multiple agencies.

Dr. Monica D.T. Rysavy

Dr. Rysavy is the Director of Institutional Research and Training for Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, DE. In this role, she leads all institutional research and data analysis projects for the college. Her office provides faculty and staff training support by developing new training offerings (asynchronous and synchronous face-to-face and online programs) on a variety of instructional technology, survey research, and data management/interpretation topics. Dr. Rysavy earned her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology. Her current research agenda focuses on information literacy-related topics, with an emphasis on utilizing online training modules to increase students’ information literacy skills. Similarly, she has focused on implementing and assessing online onboarding training modules to train and retain employees across many departments across the college.

Dr. Nicholas R. Santilli

Dr. Santilli presently serves as the Lead Facilitator for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Planning Institute. The Planning Institute is the premier professional development program to create institutional capacity for integrated planning in higher education. Dr. Santilli is a long-time member of SCUP. He co-chaired two SCUP annual conferences; served on the SCUP Board of Directors for three years, two years as chair; is an experienced Planning Institute facilitator, and; now works with SCUP staff on the redevelopment of the Planning Institute curriculum. He joined SCUP after a 34-year career as a faculty member and administrator in higher education that included positions in assessment of student learning and development, institutional effectiveness, accreditation, integrated planning, and provost. Dr. Santilli is also a member of the peer reviewer corps for the Higher Learning Commission.

Dr. Christina Sax

Dr. Sax is the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she leads institutional and programmatic accreditation as well as institutional and learning outcomes assessment. Her particular areas of expertise are online learning, academic innovation, and non-traditional learning models for adult students.

Dr. Mark Schneider

Dr. Schneider is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Ursinus College. Since joining the college in 2017, Dr. Schneider has been an active leader in the core implementation process both on the ground level at the college through participation in our core implementation committee and piloting a new capstone core for the core, as well as through national publications and presentations on our new core.

Dr. Robert A. Schneider

Dr. Schneider joined the staff of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2004 and has served as Senior Vice President since 2011. The Accreditation Relations Unit he leads designs, implements, and monitors compliance of member institutions with accreditation-related Federal, State, and other pertinent regulations. The Unit is responsible for accreditation operations related to Self-Study evaluations, Periodic Review Reports, follow-up activities, substantive changes, and the training and management of peer evaluators. Previously, Dr. Schneider taught American Studies and administered general education at Temple University (PA) for 18 years. At MSCHE, he has served as liaison to numerous institutions and participated in training events, policy and publication development, and special projects.

Dr. Tracy Schoolcraft-Eichelberger

Dr. Schoolcraft-Eichelberger, Associate Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Shippensburg University, has been a member of the Substantive Change Review Committee since January 2011. Additionally, she has served on four teams for self-study visits and reviewed three periodic review reports. Her areas of expertise are Design and Delivery of the Student Experience, Educational Effectiveness Assessment, and Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement.

Dr. Donald Simon

Dr. Simon is Assistant Vice President for Governmental Affairs at Monroe College where he has served for 37 years. He has worked closely with state and local policy-making agencies and higher education institutions, and serves MSCHE in multiple capacities, including as a member of the Substantive Change Committee, Monroe’s ALO, and has been part of numerous self-study steering committees. Dr. Simon has been responsible for various special projects at Monroe, is a professor in the social science department, and through his work, has become well known in Bronx civic circles. He is a recognized expert on the history of New York City and the development of its public park system.

Ms. Kelli Sisler

Ms. Sisler is Institutional Research and Effectiveness Coordinator at Garrett College in McHenry, MD. She translates her holistic approach as a yoga instructor and personal trainer into her academic role. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Kevin Smay

Mr. Kevin Smay, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Research, leads planning, assessment, and institutional research functions for the Community College of Allegheny County (CACC), which has four regional campuses and four centers around Pittsburgh, PA. His office supports college-wide efforts to manage and use data and information to drive decision making, planning, and resource allocation. Mr. Smay also serves as CCAC’s Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He has been with the College since 1986 and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with certification in Information Service Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Dr. Darlene Brannigan Smith

Dr. Smith is Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Baltimore. Previously, she was dean of the University’s Merrick School of Business. She is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program. Dr. Smith was twice recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record.

Dr. Robert Smith

Dr. Smith is Associate Vice President in the Office of Research at National Intelligence University. Dr. Smith oversees the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research, the Research Fellows Program, the National Intelligence Press and the Library. A retired military officer, he spent almost a decade in federal educational institutions. In addition to his current position, he served as Dean, Associate Dean, Faculty and Director of Staff.

Dr. Harvey G. Stenger

Dr. Stenger was appointed president at Binghamton University in 2011. At Binghamton, his emphasis has been on strengthening academic programs and promoting economic development. Previously, Dr. Stenger served in administrative roles at the University at Buffalo and Lehigh University. An engineer by profession, Dr. Stenger’s research focuses on synthetic liquid fuels.

Dr. Susan Studds

Dr. Studds is Provost and Executive Vice President at National Intelligence University. Dr. Studds serves as the university’s Chief Academic Officer, responsible for leading academic programs in Strategic Intelligence and Science and Technology Intelligence. She has held positions in academic and student affairs in private, state, and federal universities and associations for 40 years.

Dr. Angela Suchanic

Dr. Suchanic is Assistant Vice President at Wilmington University, where she reports to the President and serves as the University’s MSCHE Accreditation Liaison Officer. During her 15 years at the University, she has supervised the offices of Admissions, Academic Advising, and Institutional Research. She currently oversees strat­egic planning and assessment of institutional effectiveness, as well as a range of special projects. Dr. Suchanic has participated in accreditation visits for most of the 57 degree-granting institutions in New Jersey. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Marianna Vakalis

Dr. Vakalis, Dean of Strategic Initiatives at Berkley College, holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership; an M.Ed. in Educational Technology; and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. She has held many positions at Berkeley College including: Vice President, Academic Affairs; Provost; and Dean, Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining Berkeley, Dr. Vakalis was a faculty member teaching Computer Science courses. She arrived in the U.S. via a Fulbright grant.

Mr. Paul R. Watson II

Mr. Watson II, Dean of Academic Success at Pennsylvania College of Technology, collaborates with the NACEP-accredited Penn College NOW program to provide an opportunity for qualified high school students to earn college credit at career and technology centers and high schools across Pennsylvania.

Ms. Kalina White

Ms. White co-leads the initiative to change the Assessment Culture at Community College of Allegheny County, teaches biology and has participated frequently in efforts to improve student success. She is completing an educational doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction investigating the effect of norms messaging, task allocation, and the hidden curriculum on student success.

Dr. Kate Oswald Wilkins

Dr. Oswald Wilkins serves as the Director of Academic Assessment at Messiah College. She is also co-chair and Professor of Communication. As Director of Academic Assessment for the college, Dr. Oswald Wilkins chairs the assessment of student learning committee, coordinates institutional assessment efforts, and works with department chairs and program directors to improve assessment efforts. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Bowling Green State University, and she has presented on assessment of student learning at AALHE (2017,2016), AACU’s conference on general education and assessment (2014) and at the 2018 Indiana University Assessment Institute.