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Ms. Marilyn Del Valle

Accreditation Services Coordinator
Accreditation Services

Phone: 267-284-5077

Email: mdelvalle@msche.org

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Ms. Marilyn Del Valle

Ms. Marilyn Del Valle joined the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in November 2021 as an Accreditation Services Coordinator. In this role, she supports the work of the Committee on Substantive Change and the Committee on Follow-up Activities. Ms. Del Valle has 20-plus years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining the organization, she worked as the Coordinator for Records Evaluation in the Office of Student Records and Registration at Community College of Philadelphia. Ms. Del Valle holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Peirce College (Philadelphia) and an M.S. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Success from Walden University (Minnesota).

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Mrs. Kathy Ortiz

Senior Accreditation Services Coordinator
Accreditation Services

Phone: 267-284-5015

Email: kortiz@msche.org

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Mrs. Kathy Ortiz

Mrs. Kathy Ortiz joined Middle States Commission on Higher Education as Accreditation Service Coordinator in May 2012. Mrs. Ortiz works closely with the Senior Director of Accreditation Services in the processes related to two of the Commission's Committees, Evaluation and Mid-Point Peer Review. She has over 14 years of experience in higher education, and prior to joining MSCHE, served as Office Manager in the Development Office at The University of the Arts (PA). Mrs. Ortiz studied Business Management at Peirce College and is fluent in Spanish.

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Ms. Tray Patterson

Interim Associate Director for Volunteer Services
Accreditation Services

Phone: 267-284-5056

Email: tpatterson@msche.org

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Ms. Tray Patterson

Ms. Tray Patterson, was promoted to Interim Associate Director for Volunteer Services in October 2021 after serving as Assistant Director for Accreditation Services. She has been with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 2016. In her current role, she is responsible for the processes related to the Commission's recruitment, selection, training, management, engagement, assignment, assessment, and recognition of peer evaluators. With a background in assessment and accreditation, Ms. Patterson has worked with other regional and programmatic accreditors prior to arriving at MSCHE. Her former positions included Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Student Learning and Program Assessment Coordinator, Academic Support Specialist, and Elementary Art Teacher. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Education from The George Washington University (DC).

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Ms. Carmen Scott

Interim Assistant Director for Substantive Change
Accreditation Services

Phone: 267-284-5064

Email: cscott@msche.org

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Ms. Carmen Scott

Ms. Carmen Scott joined the MSCHE staff as Administrative Assistant in April 2009 and is now Interim Assistant Director for Substantive Change. She had previously served in the role of Senior Accreditation Services Coordinator for Substantive Change and Follow-Up. In her current role she is responsible for overseeing, managing, and directly participating in the Substantive Change process from beginning to completion. Previously, she has worked at Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools assisting the Director in accreditation related activities, including the selection of volunteers for evaluation team visits.

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Ms. Carmella Smith

Interim Senior Director for Accreditation Services
Accreditation Services

Phone: 267-284-5013

Email: csmith@msche.org

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Ms. Carmella Smith

Ms. Carmella Smith was promoted to Interim Senior Director for Accreditation Services in October 2021 after serving as Director for Substantive Change at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since July 2018. She had previously served as Assistant Director for Substantive Change and Assistant Director for Accreditation Services. A member of the Commission staff since 1992, she has served in various roles throughout her tenure. In her current role, Ms. Smith leads the Accreditation Services unit and is responsible for the oversight of the Commission's standing accreditation Committees, and maintenance of the official accreditation record for institutions, including the communication of accreditation actions to institutions, the U.S. Department of Education as needed, and other accreditors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph's University (PA) and a Master of Business Administration in Management from Eastern University (PA).

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Ms. Alicia Vassallo

Accreditation Services Coordinator
Accreditation Services

Phone: 267-284-5019

Email: avassallo@msche.org

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Ms. Alicia Vassallo

Ms. Alicia Vassallo joined the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) as a full-time temporary employee in January 2021 and became a full-time employee of MSCHE in May 2021. She briefly left the organization in the summer of 2021 and returned in October 2021. As the Accreditation Services Coordinator, she provides general administrative and organizational support in all areas within the Accreditation Relations unit and is responsible for direct support to the Committee on Applicant and Candidate Institutions. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Vassallo held numerous executive administrative support and operations positions. She earned her Associates Degree in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and was a Chartered Leadership Fellow with The American College of Financial Services (Bryn Mawr, PA).

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