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Dr. Margaret M McMenamin, Chair

President, Union County College

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. Margaret M McMenamin, Chair

Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin is the President of Union County College, the first of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, founded in 1933. Since her appointment as President in July 2010, Dr. McMenamin set forth an aggressive agenda centering on improving student success outcomes. During her tenure at Union, the college has quadrupled its IPEDS graduation rate. Dr. McMenamin was born in New York City, grew up in New Jersey, attended Temple University, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She subsequently earned a Master of Science from the University of Scranton and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Dr. McMenamin was previously employed as a professor and VP of Academic and Student Affairs Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania and Executive Vice President of Educational Services and Acting President at Brookdale Community College. She is currently Chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Presidents’ Academy Executive Committee, the International Commission for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the National Junior College Athletic Association Executive Committee. Dr. McMenamin is involved with numerous community organizations.

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Dr. James Sunser, Vice-Chair

President, Genesee Community College

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. James Sunser, Vice-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 has also served as a presenter at MSCHE's Chairs and Evaluators workshops and during the Commission's Annual Conference.

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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. Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., Secretary

Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, Biomedical and Health Sciences Division, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., Secretary

Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., is Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She previously served as Interim President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) from January 1, 2012, until July 1, 2013, when UMDNJ merged with Rutgers. Prior to her service as Interim President, Dr. Rodgers served as UMDNJ's Executive Vice President for Academic and Clinical Affairs since 2006. Before becoming Executive Vice President, she served as University Chief of Staff. In 1997 she joined the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School staff as Senior Associate Dean for Community Health. Prior to UMDNJ, Dr. Rodgers was Professor and Vice Chair in the University of California-San Francisco Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Director of the San Francisco General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. As a Middle States peer evaluator, she has served as a Periodic Review Report reader of several institutions' reports as well as a Self-Study review chair.

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Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger

President, Drew University

Term: 2017-2019

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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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Dr. Herman Beavers

Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. Herman Beavers

Dr. Herman Beavers is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching African American Literature and Creative Writing since 1989. In addition to Penn, he has taught at Wesleyan University, Sarah Lawrence College, Trinity College, Princeton University, and the University of Kansas, where he was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of English. Dr. Beavers has done extensive service in the University of Pennsylvania community and education community at-large in the areas of the retention of underrepresented minority students in institutions of higher learning. In addition, he has consulted with school districts and taught courses centered on community-service learning. He is also an accomplished author and poet. Dr. Beavers earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

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Dr. Robert K Clark

Professor Emeritus, Rowan College of South Jersey

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. Robert K Clark

Dr. Robert K. Clark is Special Assistant to the President for Planning, Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Grants at Cumberland County College in Vineland, NJ. He was a member of the College faculty for more than 20 years and was named by the Cumberland County College students as 2016 Professor of the Year. Dr. Clark also was the 2001 New Jersey Professor of the Year in a program sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and in 2005 he was named the Outstanding Faculty Member for the Northeast Region by the Association of Community College Trustees. Dr. Clark has served the Commission since 2006, first as an evaluation team member and team chair for more than a half dozen MSCHE institutions, later as a Commissioner (2009 through 2016), and as Chair of MSCHE's Committee on Follow-up Activities. He has been a presenter at various MSCHE Annual Conferences and workshops. More recently, Dr. Clark served as a member of the committee that wrote the revised Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation, and Chaired the Commission's Steering Committee on Process Review, resulting in the new MSCHE accreditation cycle and process. During Fall 2017 Dr. Clark was elected to a new term as a Middle States Commissioner. His new term began on January 1, 2018.

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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. 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 service on the New York State Education Department’s Regents Advisory Council on Institutional Accreditation, the State University of New York’s TeachNY Steering Committee, 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 has served as a peer evaluator and team chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 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. Francis J Felser

President and Chief Executive Officer, Bryant & Stratton College

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. Francis J Felser

Dr. Francis J. Felser is President and Chief Executive Officer for Bryant & Stratton College. Before being named President in July 2015, he served as the institution's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to that he held various senior leadership positions including both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Academic Officer. He has been a Commissioner since 2011. He serves on the Commission’s Finance Committee, and Committee on Evaluation Reports, and in 2012 was selected as a Commission representative to the Board of Trustees of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. He currently serves as its President. On behalf of the Commission, Dr. Felser has served as a peer evaluator team chair; a peer evaluator of institutions as part of their decennial reviews and as part of reviews for initial accreditation, candidacy or special visits; a finance evaluator; and a complex substantive change evaluator. He is a Certified Public Accountant (New York) and has extensive experience in strategic planning, institutional assessment, and student learning assessment.

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Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour

President, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Term: 2019-2021

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Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour

Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour is the President of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, a nationally recognized leader in applied technology education. Dr. Gilmour joined the College in 1977 as an Instructor and Curriculum Developer in the dental hygiene program. In 1983, she accepted the first of many administrative positions, which included Coordinator of Dental Hygiene, 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. On May 4, 1998, Dr. Gilmour became President of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Among her community affiliations and professional activities, she is Immediate Past Chair of the Little League International Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Board, Vice Chair UPMC Susquehanna Board, President of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors, and served as Chairman for two terms and Member of the Executive Committee and Board for the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Board. She is a former MSCHE Commissioner having served from 2012 to 2017. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in health education from The Pennsylvania State University as well as a B.S. and A.S. in dental hygiene education from West Liberty State College.

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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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Dr. Mary E Kennard

Former Vice President, General Counsel, Board Secretary (Ret.)

Term: 2019-2021

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Dr. 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. She also served St. Lawrence 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 Middle States 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. Dr. Lehr has served MSCHE as a per evaluator team chair, peer evaluator team member, and as a Periodic Review Report reviewer. Her term as a Middle States Commissioner began on January 1, 2018.

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Dr. Alan D Mathios

Professor, Cornell University

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. Alan D Mathios

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 two evaluation teams. He began his second three-year term as a Middle States Commissioner on January 1, 2018.

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Mr. Javier Miyares

President, University of Maryland Global Campus

Term: 2017-2019

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Mr. Javier Miyares

Mr. Javier Miyares was appointed President of University of Maryland Global Campus on October 1, 2012. He had served as the institution's Acting President since February 22, 2012. He also served in other leadership capacities since joining the UMUC staff in 2001. Prior to joining UMUC, Mr. Miyares was Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the University System of Maryland, where he also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He was the lead UMUC staff member on issues related to strategic planning, accountability, student learning assessment, and institutional research. Mr. Miyares' more than 35 years of higher education experience includes employment with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed all the requirements but the dissertation for a Doctorate in Educational Management and Statistics. Mr. Miyares has served as Chair of several MSCHE evaluation teams and as team member on numerous others.

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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 Commission in January 2016. 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: 2019-2019

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Dr. Jonathan Peri

Dr. Jonathan Peri is the ninth President of Manor College in Jenkintown, PA. Dr. Peri believes mission comes first, but without proper resources, mission cannot thrive. To these ends, he 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 currently and 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 also published one of the mainstay journal articles on the uses and purposes of in-house legal counsel in higher education. He has also been featured in several legal publications and has received numerous awards and distinctions.

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Dr. Carl S Person

Term: 2019-2021

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Dr. Carl S Person

Dr. Carl S. Person serves as a Public Member of the Commission. 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 Business/Finance at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, and has served in this position since 1990. 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 Pratt has served as Vice President for Finance and Operations/Chief Financial Officer for Warren County Community College in Washington, NJ, since 2004. 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 reaches history courses on an adjunct basis at WCCC. She has chaired or participated on several MSCHE visiting 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. Ms. Pratt began her term as a Middle States Commissioner on January 1, 2018.

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Dr. George A Pruitt

President Emeritus and Board Distinguished Fellow, Thomas Edison State University

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. George A Pruitt

Dr. George A. Pruitt is President Emeritus and Board Distinguished Fellow at Thomas Edison State University. He served as president for over 35 years. Prior to coming to the University, he served in executive leadership positions at Illinois State University, Towson State University, Morgan State University, Tennessee State University, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). He also served CAEL as Chair of the Board of Directors. Dr. Pruitt has been active in the formulation of educational policy nationally and within the State of New Jersey. He served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), and on the Boards of the American Council on Education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and various banks, charitable foundations, and higher education institutions. As a Middle States peer evaluator, Dr. Pruitt has chaired several evaluation teams. Dr. Pruitt served with distinction as Chair of MSCHE from January 2014 through December 2016.

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Dr. David B. Rehm

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Misericordia University

Term: 2017-2019

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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 a Professor and Provost, overseeing all academic programs and activities at the Mount, the nation's second oldest Catholic University. He had spent 22 years at the University in various positions, each requiring increased responsibility. Dr. Rehm regularly serves as an evaluator and team chair for MSCHE and served as a member of the Commission's Steering Committee for the Revision of Characteristics of Excellence. During the 2013-14 academic year, he was one of 40 participants in the Executive Leadership Academy, a year-long program to prepare experienced provosts and vice presidents to become college and university presidents. Dr. Rehm earned his doctorate in 1994 from the University of Chicago.

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Mr. Lloyd Ricketts

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. 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 also serves as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, participating in a number of accreditation site visits, including chairing a team visit. 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. 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. 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 guiding the Retention Council of the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee. 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, and currently serves on the Evaluation Reports Committee for the Commission. Dr. Schaeffer began his term as a Middle States Commissioner on January 1, 2018.

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Dr. Kent D Syverud

Chancellor and President, Syracuse University

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. Kent D Syverud

Dr. Kent D. Syverud has served as Chancellor and President of Syracuse University since January 2014. He arrived at Syracuse from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Distinguished University Professor. Prior to that, he served for eight years as Dean at Vanderbilt Law School. A 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he was an expert witness for the University of Michigan in a landmark Affirmative Action case. From 1987 to 1997, Chancellor Syverud served on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, earning tenure in 1992 and advancing to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1995. He has been a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law and Politics. A past editor of the Journal of Legal Education, Chancellor Syverud has also served as President of the Law School Admissions Council and as President of the Southeastern Association of American Law Schools. He is a Past Chair of the accrediting authority for law schools in the U.S., the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. On behalf of MSCHE, Chancellor Syverud has served as a Periodic Review Report reader.

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Mrs. Roberta Griffin Torian

Retired Partner

Term: 2019-2021

Public Member

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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.