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Dr. James Sunser, Chair

President, Genesee Community College

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. James Sunser, Chair

Dr. James Sunser assumed his duties as President and Chief Executive Officer of SUNY Genesee Community College on August 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment at Genesee, he held several senior level positions at SUNY Onondaga Community College over a 22-year period. Earlier, he served for five years as an administrator at Syracuse University. On behalf of MSCHE, Dr. Sunser has chaired or served on numerous Decennial Review Teams. In addition to his service as a Peer Reviewer, he was a member of the Steering Committee that reviewed and recommended changes to MSCHE's accreditation standards and the Steering Committee that worked on changes to the Commission's accreditation processes and cycle. He served on the MSCHE Rebranding Committee that was charged with creating a new messaging platform for the Commission. He has also served as a presenter at MSCHE's Chairs and Evaluators workshops and during the Commission's Annual Conference.

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Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Vice-Chair

President, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Term: 2019-2021

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Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Vice-Chair

Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour has served as President of Pennsylvania College of Technology since 1998, guiding the institution through a period of robust growth and dynamic innovation while overseeing its development into a national leader in applied technology education. During her tenure, Penn College, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, has substantially increased its baccalaureate degree offerings and established its first graduate-level program (a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies). Dr. Gilmour served on the Executive Committee for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in 2019 after rejoining the Commission that year. She previously served from 2012 to 2017 and during that time was on the Executive Committee in 2017. In 2020, Dr. Gilmour was elected Vice Chair, and in 2019, she served on the MSCHE Rebranding Committee that was charged with creating a new messaging platform for the Commission. She joined Penn College in 1977 as an instructor and curriculum developer in the Dental Hygiene Program. In 1983, she was appointed to the first of many administrative positions including Division Director for Health Sciences, and Dean of Instruction. In 1993, she became the College's highest-ranking academic officer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and in 1996, she assumed the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in health education from The Pennsylvania State University, and she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene Education and an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty State College. Prior to her career in education, she worked as a dental hygienist for a number of Harrisburg-area dentists. Her community affiliations and professional activities include: Member and former Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors; Chair of the UPMC Susquehanna Health Board; President of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors; Chair of Presidents Council of the Northeast Athletic Conference; and Board Member of the First Community Foundation Partnership of PA as well as serving as Chairman for two terms, member of the Executive Committee and Board; Chair of Economic Community & Growth Corporation and Emerson Project for the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Board.

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Mr. David E Hollowell, Treasurer

Executive Vice President and Treasurer Emeritus

Term: 2018-2020

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Mr. David E Hollowell, Treasurer

Mr. David E. Hollowell joined the Commission in 2014 as a Public Member and serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. He retired from the University of Delaware in 2008 and is Executive Vice President and Treasurer Emeritus. Mr. Hollowell has served on over 20 MSCHE visiting teams as a member or Chair, as a financial reviewer, and as a complex substantive change reviewer. He has also served on several MSCHE committees, most recently on the committee charged with updating the Standards for Accreditation. He represented MSCHE as a member of the Board of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools from 2000 to 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers at Boston University. Mr. Hollowell began his second three-year term as a Middle States Commissioner on January 1, 2018.

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Dr. Alan D Mathios, Secretary

Professor, Cornell University

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. Alan D Mathios, Secretary

Dr. Alan D. Mathios is a Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. From 2007-2018, he served as the Dean of the College of Human Ecology. Prior to his time as Dean, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Education. He came to Cornell following six years of employment at the Federal Trade Commission, where he served as a staff economist in the Division of Economic Policy Analysis and was recognized with the Outstanding Scholarship Award, the Excellence in Economics Award, and the Award for Superior Service to the FTC. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Consumer Policy and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Consumer Affairs and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. He has co-chaired Cornell's Middle States Self-Study Accreditation Committee and co-chaired the University's Periodic Review Report Committee. On behalf of MSCHE, Dr. Mathios has served as a plenary speaker and workshop facilitator for the 2011 and 2012 Self-Study Institutes, has served as a member of an evaluation team and chaired or co-chaired three evaluation teams. He began his second three-year term as a Middle States Commissioner on January 1, 2018.

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Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger

Former President (Ret.)

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger

Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger began her duties as the 13th President of Drew University in July 2014, after serving 10 years as President of The College of Saint Benedict. She held earlier faculty appointments at The College of New Jersey, Philadelphia University, and Washington College. Dr. Baenninger currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges. Previously, she served as a Board member for the Women's College Coalition, Minnesota Public Radio, and the American University of Sharjah. Dr. Baenninger earned her Bachelor's degree and Ph.D., both in Psychology, from Temple University. She was honored with the William M. Burke Presidential Award from the National Society for Experiential Education in 2013. On behalf of MSCHE she has chaired numerous Self-Study review teams.

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Ms. Laurie A. Carter, J.D.

President, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Term: 2020-2022

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Ms. Laurie A. Carter, J.D.

Ms. Laurie A. Carter, J.D., joined Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2017 to lead the regional public university of 6,000 students as its 17th President. Ms. Carter provides strong vision for enhancing the institutional priority of student success: reorganizing the institutional structure to meet student needs, opening a comprehensive Student Success Center, and launching a program for first generation college students. Prior to Shippensburg, Ms. Carter served as the Executive Vice President and University Counsel for Eastern Kentucky University and was Vice President for Arts Education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Ms. Carter has also taught at Eastern Kentucky, The Juilliard School (NY), and Seton Hall University (NJ). She is a member of the Kentucky and New York State bar associations; the PA Chamber of Business & Industry, the National Association of College and University Attorneys; the Millennium Leadership Institute Steering Committee; and chairs the Women’s Committee for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Ms. Carter was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the PA Tuition Account Program (TAP) Advisory Board. In addition to a B.S. in Communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Carter also has an M.A. in Communications from William Paterson College (NJ), a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark (NJ), and an Honorary Doctorate from Snow College (UT).

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Mr. Michael Collins

Vice President

Term: 2020-2020

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Mr. Michael Collins

Michael Collins is Vice President at JFF, a national non-profit working to transform our nation’s education and workforce systems to accelerate economic advancement for all. Mr. Collins serves on JFF’s executive team and provides leadership for JFF programs and policy. For over a decade, he has led a multi-state postsecondary reform network working to increase the success of learners from low income-backgrounds through connecting colleges and state postsecondary systems to evidence-based practices and practitioner-informed policies and supporting their implementation through postsecondary reform initiatives such as Achieving the Dream, The Developmental Education Initiative, Completion by Design, and the Student Success Center Initiative, and the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Project. An inveterate collaborator, he has partnered with nationally recognized organizations such as The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, Carnegie Math Pathways|WesED, The Dana Center, SOVA Solutions, Research for Action, the Community College Research Center, and a host of other organizations, states systems, and philanthropic organizations. Prior to joining JFF, he served as Assistant Commissioner for Participation and Success at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Mr. Collins holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the board of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, the National Student Clearinghouse and is Chair of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Board. Mr. Collins is Pahara-Aspen Fellow and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner

President, SUNY Buffalo State

Term: 2019-2021

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Dr. Katherine S. Conway-Turner

Dr. Conway-Turner began her tenure as the ninth president of Buffalo State College on August 3, 2014. As president of SUNY’s largest and only comprehensive college located in an urban setting, Dr. Conway-Turner’s vision for Buffalo State is to become “Buffalo’s College” through engagement, excellence, and social responsibility. In 2016, Buffalo State was among five colleges and universities from across the country chosen to share in the Washington Center’s annual Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards. Dr. Conway-Turner, who has served as a peer evaluator and team chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), was elected to the Commission in 2019 and was named to the Executive Committee in 2020. Prior to Buffalo State, Dr. Conway-Turner was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hood College in Frederick, MD (July 2010 to July 2014); Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Geneseo (2004 to 2009); Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University; and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Conway-Turner serves on numerous boards, committees, and programs nationally, statewide, and locally. She is chair of the Board of the National Campus Compact and on the Executive Committee of The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. She also serves as a Pathway Program mentor for the NCAA and on their Division III Presidents Council. Her statewide commitments include serving as co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic and Development Council, and board service on the Say YES Buffalo Operating Committee, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and the Western New York Women’s Foundation among others. She also is a member of the board of directors of Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.) and frequently travels to Haiti to provide educational, medical, and community development needs. Dr. Conway-Turner earned her Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees in Social Psychology, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology, all from the University of Kansas. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, books, and book reviews.

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Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.B.A.

President, Howard University

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.B.A.

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.B.A., was named the 17th President of Howard University (D.C.) in 2014 after previously serving as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. A distinguished scholar and administrator, Dr. Frederick has advanced Howard University’s commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, workforce development, public service, and fiscal stability. Under his leadership, Howard has moved into the first tier of national universities and is now recognized as the top private institution in the “Social Mobility” category as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. He serves on numerous boards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum. Dr. Frederick currently chairs the Consortium of Universities of the Washington-Metropolitan Area and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Council of Chief Executive Officers. As a 16-year-old undergraduate, Dr. Frederick was admitted to Howard University’s B.S./M.D. dual degree program and completed the requirements in six years. Following his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick began his academic career as Associate Director of the University of Connecticut Cancer Center. He returned to Howard University in academic positions that included Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center, and Deputy Provost for Health Sciences. He later earned an MBA from Howard’s School of Business in 2011. Dr. Frederick has received various citations honoring his scholarship and service, including the 2019 MD Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials, and is a widely recognized expert on disparities in healthcare and medical education. He continues to operate and deliver lectures to second-year medical students and surgical residents of Howard University’s College of Medicine. His research focuses on narrowing racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in cancer-care outcomes, especially regarding gastrointestinal cancers.

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Prof. Ariel Guzman

Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

Term: 2019-2021

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Prof. Ariel Guzman

Mr. Guzmán has been a Professor of Music Education at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico (CMPR) since 1995 where he was appointed Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in May 2016. At CMPR, Professor Guzmán has served as Acting Chancellor, Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), Cochair of the MSCHE self-study process, and Director of the Music Education and General Studies Department. Currently, he is serving as liaison for The College Board of Puerto Rico and Latin America Office, in addition to being the CMPR’s Collegiate Chapter Advisor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). A graduate from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance of The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Professor Guzmán is a professional musician (French horn player) with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Dr. Sue Henderson

President, New Jersey City University

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. Sue Henderson

Dr. Sue Henderson has served as the 12th (and first woman) President of New Jersey City University since August 2012. Since her arrival, she has accomplished a range of transformational initiatives. She created the NJCU School of Business and relocated it to a state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City's financial district and hired over half the faculty during her tenure. During her tenure over five new academic programs were developed as well as a new General Education program and Honors Program. She spearheaded the implementation of a $350 million project to redevelop the institution's West Campus, to include student housing, shops, restaurants, and a pedestrian-friendly layout to aesthetically and economically revitalize the region. Dr. Henderson additionally ensured NJCU tuition and fees remain among the lowest of all public, four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey, and implemented the NJCU Debt-Free Promise Program to make a college education accessible and affordable. Dr. Henderson serves on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; is Vice Chair of the DIII Presidents Council and a member of the Board of Governors of the NCAA; and is on the Committee on International Education of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; chairs the Academic Issues Committee for the New Jersey Presidents Council; is on the Internationalization Commission of the American Council of Education.

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Dr. M. Karen Jogan

Professor of Spanish, Albright College

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. M. Karen Jogan

Dr. M. Karen Jogan is Professor of Spanish at Albright College in Reading, PA. Previously, she served Albright as Director of Assessment and chair of the 2006 Self-Study Steering Committee. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in both Peru and Chile, and she is a collaborator on curriculum and research projects with Latin American universities. Since 2005, Dr. Jogan has served MSCHE as a peer reviewer for 20 institutions—as team chair, team member for decennial reviews and follow-up visits, reviewer for candidacy, and as a Periodic Review Report reviewer. In addition, she has presented at MSCHE conferences and at the Commission's Self-Study Institute. Her professional service includes peer review of teacher certification programs at 15 Pennsylvania colleges and universities, and Board membership for affiliates of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in the U.S. and abroad. She earned her doctorate from Temple University. Dr. Jogan's term as a Middle States Commissioner began on January 1, 2018.

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Mary E Kennard

Retired Vice President and General Counsel

Term: 2019-2021

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Mary E Kennard

Ms. Kennard served for 23 years as the Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for American University. She has over 40 years of experience in university administration and legal affairs. Ms. Kennard has served as a senior administrator at both public and private colleges and universities. In addition, Ms. Kennard has served as the Chief Development Officer for both the University of Rhode Island and American University, planning and kicking off two successful capital campaigns. She has taught at the University of Pittsburgh—College of General Studies, University of Rhode Island—College of Business Administration, and the Washington College of Law at American University. In 2016, Ms. Kennard joined the Board of Directors of the HERS Institute, one of the oldest feminist organizations in the United States, serving women in higher education. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She was the 2007 President of the Association of Corporate Counsel—National Capital Region. Ms. Kennard is the recipient of numerous national awards and in May of 2013, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Rhode Island in recognition of her commitment to diversity in U.S. higher education. Her volunteer and community service have included the D.C Access to Justice Commission, No Kid Hungry, the International Women’s Forum—DC Chapter, the Rhode Island Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the Bethesda Place Community Council Board. Ms. Kennard attended Boston University and received her undergraduate degree in applied science, with honors. After earning her Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and Master of Laws in international and comparative law from The George Washington University, National Law Center, she served as counsel to the University of Pittsburgh, Howard University, the University of Rhode Island, the Community College of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College, before joining American University in 1995, and retiring in 2017.

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COL(R) Gerald C Kobylski, Ph.D., P.E.

Director of Institutional Effectiveness (G5) & Professor of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy

Term: 2019-2020

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COL(R) Gerald C Kobylski, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Gerald Kobylski retired as a Colonel in the United States Army following 28 years of service, and remains a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also serves as West Point’s first Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Dr. Kobylski originally served on the Commission from 2012 to 2017 participating on the Committees on Evaluations, Periodic Review Reports, and Nominations. He has also served as a peer reviewer for over 10 teams, mostly MSCHE. Dr. Kobylski holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, an M.S. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from Western New England College, and a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.

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Dr. Valerie D. Lehr

Professor of Gender Studies, St. Lawrence University

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. Valerie D. Lehr

Dr. Valerie D. Lehr is a Professor in the Gender Studies program and Government department at St. Lawrence University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1988. Her term as a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education began in January 2018, and she will serve as Chair of the Substantive Change Committee in 2020. Dr. Lehr has served MSCHE as a Team Chair, Peer Evaluator, and as a Periodic Review Report Reviewer. At St. Lawrence, she has also served as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs from 2007 through 2016, and as Associate Dean of the First-Year from 1997 through 2001. She has served on two MSCHE self-study committees at St. Lawrence. As part of her responsibilities as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, she convened the University's Assessment Committee.

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Dr. Susan D. Looney, J.D.

President, Reading Area Community College

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. Susan D. Looney, J.D.

Susan D. Looney, J.D., Ed.D., became the sixth President of Reading Area Community College (RACC) in Reading, PA, on July 1, 2018. Her teaching career began in 1998, when she accepted a full-time faculty position in Accounting at Mohave Community College (AZ). In her 21 years as a full-time community college educator, eight as a faculty member and 13 years as a senior administrator, Dr. Looney worked in diverse roles at Mohave Community College, Delaware Technical Community College, and Colorado Mountain College. She was named Dean of Instruction at RACC in 2014 and named Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost at RACC in 2015. While a faculty member at Delaware Technical Community College, she was honored with two awards that speak to her commitment to students in and outside the classroom: the Distinguished Advisor Award from Phi Theta Kappa and the Teaching in Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. After completing her A.A. at Brookdale Community College (NJ), Dr. Looney went on to earn her B.S. and M.B.A. in business administration from Monmouth University (NJ), a J.D. from Widener University School of Law (DE), and ultimately an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Nova Southeastern University (FL). Prior to entering higher education as a professional, Dr. Looney spent almost five years with the Department of Defense as an Operations Research Analyst at Fort Monmouth in NJ.

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Ms. Denise Mulkern

Former University Chief Financial Officer (Ret.)

Term: 2019-2021

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Ms. Denise Mulkern

Ms. Denise Mulkern began her first term as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in January 2016. In 2020, she will serve as Vice Chair of the Follow-Up and Mid-Point Peer Review Committee. She retired from Rutgers University in June 2014. At that time, she held the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, which was established as part of the implementation of the New Jersey Medical and Health Science Restructuring Act. Prior to the restructuring, she held several key positions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), whose activities were transferred among Rutgers and Rowan University under the Act. Over a 29-year career at UMDNJ, she served in several capacities, including the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Finance and University Controller. Each position included responsibilities for budgeting, financial operations, and financial reporting. Ms. Mulkern is familiar with MSCHE accreditation processes, having participated in internal accreditation activities within both Rutgers and UMDNJ. In addition, she has been involved with the Commission as a finance reviewer and peer evaluation team member for several years. Prior to her career in higher education, Ms. Mulkern worked in public accounting at the firm of Ernst and Whinney, and she became a Certified Public Accountant.

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Dr. Jonathan Peri

President, Manor College

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. Jonathan Peri

Dr. Jonathan Peri is the ninth President of Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. Dr. Peri has led dramatic changes to Manor’s campus without creating new costs or debt, such as the renovation of the campus library and rebranding the college along with redesigning the college’s website. Dr. Peri leads and is engaged with many community boards, especially educational. He is the only person in Pennsylvania history to concurrently sit on six of its main state boards and committees related to education. Prior to serving as Manor College’s president, Dr. Peri was the Vice President and General Counsel at Neumann University (PA). Leading to his career in higher education, Dr. Peri worked as a Litigation Department Associate at Saul Ewing, LLP. He also held several positions within the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office including, Special Prosecutor, Press Secretary, and Assistant District Attorney. While a practicing attorney, he held several adjunct faculty roles and still teaches at Manor College and Eastern University (PA). He is also a past President of the 1,350 member Delaware County Bar Association. Dr. Peri earned a B.A. in Theology from Villanova University (PA), a J.D. from Widener University–Delaware Law School (DE), and has a second doctoral degree from Eastern University’s Organizational Leadership Ph.D. program, with an education concentration. Dr. Peri was appointed to the Commission on July 1, 2019, to complete the term of retiring Commissioner Dr. Gary L. Wirt. President of Goldey-Beacom College (DE).

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Dr. Carl S. Person

Term: 2019-2021

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Dr. Carl S. Person

Dr. Carl S. Person is in his second term as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and joins the Executive Committee in 2020. He spent 14 years at NASA, most recently as its Director of Aerospace Research and Career Development in the Office of Education. In his final role at NASA, he worked with a national network of colleges and universities to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space projects, supporting and enhancing science and engineering, education, research, and public outreach efforts. In addition, he was responsible for working with the colleges and universities in 28 states and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to effect lasting improvements in research infrastructure. Previously, he served as NASA's Manager of Minority University Research and Education. He also served as the agency's program manager for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and as liaison to the White House Initiatives Office on HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Before joining NASA, Dr. Person spent 20 years in the U.S. Department of Education in a variety of positions, ranging from an education program specialist to chief of the Accrediting Agency Evaluation Branch, chief of the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Branch, and Director of the Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Service.

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Mr. Richard J. Pinkowski, Jr.

Vice President for Finance, Villa Maria College of Buffalo

Term: 2018-2020

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Mr. Richard J. Pinkowski, Jr.

Mr. Richard J. Pinkowski, Jr., is Vice President for Finance at Villa Maria College of Buffalo. He had previously served as Vice President for Business/Finance at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, from 1990 to 2019. Prior to joining Hilbert, he served at Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Pinkowski has volunteered for MSCHE for more than 20 years, primarily as a finance reviewer on visiting teams. He has also served as the Chair of EACUBO's Buffalo Region Area Planning Committee and was a panel presenter on the topic, Coming Waves of Affiliation in Higher Education at the NACUBO Higher Education Accounting Forum in 2015. Mr. Pinkowski began his initial three-year term as a Middle States Commissioner on January 1, 2018.

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Ms. Barbara Anne Pratt

Vice President Finance and Operations, Warren County Community College

Term: 2018-2020

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Ms. Barbara Anne Pratt

Ms. Barbara Anne Pratt Ms. Barbara Pratt has served as Vice President for Finance and Operations/Chief Financial Officer for Warren County Community College in Washington, NJ, since 2004. Ms. Pratt began her term as a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in January 2018 and will serve as Chair of the Follow-Up and Mid-Point Peer Review Committee in 2020. She has chaired or participated on several MSCHE Evaluation Teams and has served as a financial reviewer for a number of Periodic Review Reports. She was a member of the MSCHE Process Change Steering Committee, chairing the Financial Sustainability Group in 2016. From 2001 through 2004 she served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at New Jersey's Gloucester County College (now Rowan College at Gloucester County). Prior to that time, she worked in various financial functions at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (now Stockton University), including serving for three years as Vice President of Finance. Ms. Pratt also worked for the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in various financial and student financial aid capacities. In addition to her administrative work, Ms. Pratt teaches history courses on an adjunct basis at WCCC.

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Dr. David B. Rehm

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Misericordia University

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. David B. Rehm

Dr. David B. Rehm was named Vice President of Academic Affairs at Misericordia University in June 2017. He came to Misericordia from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD, where he served as Professor and Provost, overseeing all academic programs and activities at the Mount, the nation's second oldest Catholic University. He spent 22 years at the Mount in various positions, each requiring increased responsibility. Dr. Rehm regularly serves as a Peer Evaluator and Team Chair for MSCHE and served as a member of the Commission's Steering Committee for the revision of "Characteristics of Excellence." Dr. Rehm earned his doctorate in 1994 from the University of Chicago. He will Chair the Commission’s Follow-Up Committee in 2020.

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Mr. Lloyd Ricketts

Vice President and Treasurer, College of New Jersey, The

Term: 2019-2021

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Mr. Lloyd Ricketts

Mr. Ricketts, Vice President and Treasurer at The College of New Jersey, began his association with the College in 1999. Mr. Ricketts was elected to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in 2019 and named to the Executive Committee in 2020 and will also serve as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. He has previously served as a peer evaluator for MSCHE, participating in a number of accreditation site visits, including chairing a team visit. Since joining the College, he has played an integral role in the College’s fiscal management. Under his leadership, the College has successfully implemented new financial systems with improved campus financial reporting, as well as other initiatives aimed at providing financial service improvements to the College. He has implemented a multi-year financial model to provide a forward-looking assessment of the College’s financial health based on key assumptions such as the level of state support, enrollment level, financial reserves and liquidity, capital expenditures, and the amount and timing of future debt issuances. Mr. Ricketts serves ex officio and as a regular member of the Board of The College of New Jersey Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation that solicits, receives, and administers gifts, bequests, and trusts for the benefit of the College. Mr. Ricketts earned his undergraduate degree from New York University Stern School of Business (B.S. in Accounting) and his Master’s Degree from New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service (Public Finance).

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Dr. Havidan Rodriguez

President, SUNY at Albany

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. Havidan Rodriguez

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez became the 20th President of the University at Albany in September 2017. Before coming to UAlbany, Dr. Rodríguez was the founding Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. A respected scholar who studies the socioeconomic impacts of disasters and the economic well-being of minority populations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, he formerly directed the University of Delaware’s acclaimed Disaster Research Center, the world’s first research center devoted to studying the complex social problems that result from natural and technological disasters and other community-scale crises. Dr. Rodríguez is also a national leader in the area of diversity and inclusion in higher education and is currently accelerating UAlbany’s success toward reaching its vision to be the nation’s leading diverse public research university. Dr. Rodríguez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Dr. Olga Rodriguez de Arzola

Dean of the School of Medicine, Ponce Health Sciences University

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. Olga Rodriguez de Arzola

Olga Rodríguez de Arzola, MD, FAAP, is Professor of Pediatrics and Dean of the Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine (PHSU-SOM). She is also President of the Regional Academic Medical Center of the Southwest of Puerto Rico, an entity established by law whose mission is to support the development of undergraduate and graduate medical education in the Southwest of Puerto Rico. She previously served as Interim President and Dean for the institution from April 2012 to September 2015. Prior roles at PHSU include Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and President of the Academic Senate. She was also Director of Graduate Medical Education for the St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Ponce and Director of the Transitional Year Residency Program. During her role as Associate Dean, she led the institutional self-studies for the Middle States Commission for Higher Education, the Puerto Rico Council of Education, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. She also led the development of the strategic plan for the institution. She completed her medical education and pediatric specialty at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. During April 2012, she completed a Fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) at Drexel University (PA). Her service to the community includes active membership in the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and co-president of the Integral Development of the South Corporation (DISUR in Spanish).

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Dr. Steven M. Rose

President, Passaic County Community College

Term: 2020-2022

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Dr. Steven M. Rose

Dr. Steven M. Rose has served as President of Passaic County Community College (NJ) since 1996. Under Dr. Rose’s leadership, PCCC became one of the fastest growing colleges in New Jersey more than doubling in size. In addition, the College opened three new New Jersey campuses in Wanaque, Wayne, and Passaic, and renovated and expanded its main Paterson Campus. He began at PCCC in 1987 and has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty as well as Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management. Dr. Rose, who was Director of Admissions at Wagner College (NY) from 1981 to 1987, holds an Ed.D. in Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Vermont, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Muhlenberg College (PA). Dr. Rose currently serves on Boards of Bloomfield College (NJ), the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, Saint Mary’s Hospital, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce, and the Workforce Investment Board of Passaic County. In addition, he serves as Chair of NJ Edge (Higher Education Computing Network), Chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Treasurer of the United Way of Passaic County and Vice Chair of the Paterson Opportunities Industrialization Center. Dr. Rose has taught at PCCC and in the Rowan University (NJ) Doctoral program in Community College Leadership. On behalf of MSCHE, he has chaired numerous review teams.

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Dr. Scott Schaeffer

Professor of Biology, Harford Community College

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. Scott Schaeffer

Dr. Scott Schaeffer is currently a Professor of Biology at Harford Community College. Dr. Schaeffer began his term as a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in January 2018, and will serve as Vice Chair of the Substantive Change Committee in 2020. While at Harford, he has been active in shared governance, previously serving as chair of both Faculty Council as well as the Coordinating Group of the College's governing body. He is also very active in student retention and completion efforts, having served as co-chair of the Student Engagement, Retention, and Completion Committee and the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee. Dr. Schaeffer is passionate about student equity and inclusion in higher education and he has been serving on Harford’s Open Educational Resources Committee in an effort to reduce textbook costs to students campus-wide, while giving all of his students access to course materials at zero out of pocket cost. He has experience with student and program learning assessment, strategic planning, and the preparation of Harford's most recent Self-Study and Periodic Review Report reports. Within the accreditation area, Dr. Schaeffer has served on numerous MSCHE evaluation and small teams. He has attended MSCHE evaluator training sessions, various Town Hall and Annual Conference presentations.

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Mrs. Roberta Griffin Torian

Retired Partner

Term: 2019-2021

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Mrs. Roberta Griffin Torian

Mrs. Torian is a former Partner in the global law firm of Reed Smith, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Since announcing her retirement in January 2019, she has been focusing on her consulting firm whose mission is to address policy and legal issues of financial inclusion for women in developing countries. For more than two decades, Mrs. Torian has been a frequent presenter at ABA Continuing Legal Education programs on topics relating to banking regulation and payments law, and is a regular panelist on the biannual Banking Law Update CLE series of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. With an expertise in corporate law with a specialty in banking regulation, she had mentored numerous summer associates at Reed Smith and had spoken to many groups of college and law students, educating them on careers in the law. For over a decade, Mrs. Torian has made annual visits to Jamaica to support the educational mission of the Mt. Zion All-Age School. Mrs. Torian has extensive community service experience including as a Board Member of St. Barnabas Episcopal School, a Trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, The Church Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, as well as a Board Member of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Women’s Commission of Chester County, PA. Mrs. Torian was a member of the U.S. legal delegation for the People to People tour of Russia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. She is a Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, has published numerous articles in the ABA’s leading scholarly journal The Business Lawyer and a member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association publication Business Law Today.