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Dr. Gary L Wirt, Chair

President, Goldey-Beacom College

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. Gary L Wirt, Chair

Dr. Gary Wirt became President of Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 1, 2015. He previously served the institution with distinction as its Vice President. Dr. Wirt has chaired numerous MSCHE evaluation teams, including special visits and candidacy visits. Elected to his first term as a Commissioner in 2005, he served as Chair of the Commission’s Committee on Follow-up Activities/Candidate Institutions, reviewing dozens of institutions in Candidacy status or submitting follow-up materials, and served on the Commission’s Presidential Search Committee. He has made multiple presentations for member institutions, including “Preparing for Your Self-Study Visit,” “Revisiting the Design: When Change Affects the Self-Study,” and “A Commissioner’s Perspective on Self-Study.” In 2009, Dr. Wirt was elected as a Trustee of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, where he has been a member of the Finance Committee and Human Resources Committee. He is also serves on the Executive Committee.

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Dr. Margaret M McMenamin, Vice-Chair

President, Union County College

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. Margaret M McMenamin, Vice-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 Vice 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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Mr. David E Hollowell, Treasurer

Executive Vice President and Treasurer Emeritus, University of Delaware

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. Meg Benke, Secretary

Interim Provost, SUNY Empire State College

Term: 2016-2018

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Dr. Meg Benke, Secretary

Dr. Meg Benke is currently Professor in the School of Graduate Studies at SUNY-Empire State College. Previously, she served Empire State in a variety of roles, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Provost for Global and Online Learning, and Acting President. Within the accreditation area, Dr. Benke has served as Chair or member of multiple Middle States evaluation teams and as a member of the Commission's Substantive Change Committee. In addition, she has consulted on reviews of online learning within the SUNY system and elsewhere. Her areas of special expertise include distance education, adult education, student affairs and development, experiential learning, cooperative education, and organizational change.

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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

Executive Director of Institutional Research and Merger Liaison, Cumberland County College

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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Mr. Joseph Connolly

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Joseph Connolly

Term: 2016-2018

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Mr. Joseph Connolly

Mr. Joseph Connolly is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Universite Paris-1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. In addition, he is a trustee of the Harvard Library of New York; and Director, Mid-East Finance, for Unitas Ltd., London. For more than 10 years, Mr. Connolly has been a trustee of Richmond, The American University in London. He currently serves MSCHE as a Public Member of the Commission.

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Dr. Dario A Cortes

Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Berkeley College - New Jersey

Term: 2016-2018

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Dr. Dario A Cortes

Dr. Dario A. Cortes served as President of Berkeley College July 2008 through 2015. Following his retirement from the Presidency, he was named Berkely's Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Before joining the Berkeley College staff, he was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fashion Institute of Technology, Dean at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Cortes has chaired several Middle States evaluation teams and has also served as a Periodic Review Report reader. He is active in many community, civic, and professional organizations.

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Dr. John Ettling

President, SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Term: 2018-2020

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Dr. John Ettling

Dr. John Ettling has served as President of the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh since 2004. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Ettling is a Gubernatorial appointee to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, served for six years as a member of the Board of the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States (Fulbright Program), and has served on many other local and regional boards of directors. As a Middle States peer evaluator, he has served as an evaluation team chair. Dr. Ettling was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force with the rank of Captain. He began his second three-year term as a Middle States Commissioner on January 1, 2018.

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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. Celeste E. Freytes Gonzalez

Professor, UPR - Rio Piedras Campus

Term: 2016-2018

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Dr. Celeste E. Freytes Gonzalez

Dr. Celeste E. Freytes Gonzalez began her first term as a Commissioner in January 2016. She has been a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras since 1979. Throughout the years she has also worked on many initiatives related to higher education and the self-study process, including the coordination of the MSCHE self-study process at the Rio Piedras campus on several occasions. During her six-year tenure as Vice President of the University of Puerto Rico System, she emphasized the development of a culture of assessment and evaluation, and in coordination with the Chancellors and Academic Deans at the University, achieved the voluntary, first-time accreditation of over 84 percent of programs and services, an initiative that continues to this day. During a transition period at UPR, Dr. Freytes also worked as Acting President of the UPR System and as Chancellor of UPR-Bayamon. In addition to her efforts on behalf of MSCHE, she also served as a member of teams that evaluated Puerto Rico colleges and universities on behalf of the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education.

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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. Jack Johannes

Professor of Political Science, Villanova University

Term: 2016-2018

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Dr. Jack Johannes

Dr. Jack Johannes has served as a Commissioner since 2011. He is currently a Professor of Political Science at Villanova University, where he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1995 through 2010. He was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University from 1988 through 1993. Dr. Johannes has served as Chair of MSCHE peer evaluator teams three times, and served as a member of several other teams. He is currently a member of the Commission’s Committee on Follow-up Activities/Candidate Institutions. In addition, he served as a Board member and participated in evaluation visits to eight institutions on behalf of the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

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Dr. Karen Kershenstein

President, Karen Kershenstein

Term: 2016-2018

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Dr. Karen Kershenstein

Dr. Karen W. Kershenstein has been a Public member of the Commission since 2009. She is currently a member of the Commission’s Executive Committee. She has served as a member of numerous MSCHE committees, including the Committee on Evaluation Reports, the Committee on Follow-up Activities/Candidate Institutions, and the Committee on Substantive Change, and was an MSCHE Commissioner from 2001-2008. In addition to her work with Middle States, Dr. Kershenstein is a Public member of the Accrediting Commission for Education and Training (ACCET) and the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association. She is a former Public member of the Council on Interior Design Accreditation and the Council on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Dr. Kershenstein is the former Director of the Accreditation and State Liaison Division of the U.S. Department of Education, where she was responsible for directing the accrediting agency recognition process for the Department.

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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 University College

Term: 2017-2019

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Mr. Javier Miyares

Mr. Javier Miyares was appointed President of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) 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.), Denise Mulkern

Term: 2016-2018

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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. Carl S Person

, Carl Person

Term: 2016-2018

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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 Business/Finance, Hilbert College

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

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.

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. 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. James Sunser

President, Genesee Community College

Term: 2017-2019

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Dr. James Sunser

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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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.