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Dr. Lisa Marie McCauley

Senior Vice President for Finance & Chief Operating Officer (MSA)
Finance

Phone: 267-284-5008

Email: lmmccauley@msche.org

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Dr. Lisa Marie McCauley

Dr. Lisa Marie McCauley joined the Middle States Commission on Higher Education staff as the Senior Director for Accreditation Operations in 2012. In 2014, Dr. McCauley served as the Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Middle States Association and was appointed as Senior Vice President for Finance in January 2016 for MSCHE as part of the transition of services between the organizations. Dr. McCauley is a member of the President’s Cabinet and is responsible for the facilitating the work in the Financial and Facilities Group. Her prior service includes senior level administrative positions at both public and private colleges in the areas of finance and facilities; and Deloitte & Touche in New York City where she was responsible for domestic and international financial institution client engagement services. Dr. McCauley earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Widener University (PA), her M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Scranton (PA), and her B.S. in Accounting and Theology from King’s College (PA).

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Ms. Wendy DeJesus

Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Finance
Finance

Phone: 267-284-5045

Email: wdejesus@msche.org

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Ms. Wendy DeJesus

Ms. Wendy DeJesus first joined the Middle States Association in 2010 as an Administrative Services Coordinator. Now, she is the Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Finance. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree from the Academy of Art University (CA).

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Ms. Kathie Jeffries

Controller
Finance

Phone: 267-284-5024

Email: kjeffries@msche.org

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Ms. Kathie Jeffries

Ms. Kathie Jeffries joined the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as Senior Financial Analyst in July 2009 and has served in her current role as Controller since January 2016. Before coming to the Commission, Ms. Jeffries served as Controller at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she worked from 2001-2009. Her many years of service includes working in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors in various positions, including Manager of Accounting Services and Director of Finance. Ms. Jeffries’ work brings structure and consistency to financial reporting, review and analysis for MSCHE. One of her duties involves reviewing audited financial statements and other financial data submitted annually by the MSCHE member institutions. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Economics from The King’s College (NY), with an Accounting concentration at Pace University (NY).

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Mr. Fran Murray

Staff Accountant
Finance

Phone: 267-284-5047

Email: fmurray@msche.org

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Mr. Fran Murray

Mr. Francis Murray serves as Staff Account for MSCHE. He handles accounts receivables and accounts payable, the general ledger, and other accounting functions. Before joining MSCHE, he served in a similar role for the Middle States Association. He began his work with the Association office in 1991 as a file clerk and rose to Accounting Coordinator for MSCHE. Mr. Murray attended Chestnut Hill College (PA).

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Mr. Patrick Esmonde

Senior Director of Information Systems
Information Systems

Phone: 267-284-5060

Email: pesmonde@msche.org

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Mr. Patrick Esmonde

Mr. Patrick J. Esmonde joined the MSCHE staff as Senior Director for Information Systems in 2016 where he facilitates the design, implementation, and continuous assessment of the MSCHE technology plan. Mr. Esmonde previously served as a consultant and owner of EZMO, a boutique firm specializing in strategy, cloud-based infrastructures, innovation management, and lean business process optimization. He was IT Director (2012-2015) and Senior Project Leader/Support Specialist (2010-2012) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and previously Director of Information Technology for the Princeton Photo Network. Mr. Esmonde earned his B.S. in Business Administration and M.I.S. from Drexel University, and a Master of Technology Management through a co-sponsored program with the Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mr. Tze Joe

Sr. System Administrator
Information Systems

Phone: 267-284-5028

Email: tjoe@msche.org

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Mr. Tze Joe

Mr. Tze Joe has provided IT support for the MSCHE staff since 1995. In mid 2016, he assumed his current duties as Senior Systems Administrator where he is responsible for planning, implementing, and maintaining the MSCHE network and server infrastructure among other duties. He is a Novell Certified Network Administrator and Certified Network Engineer. Mr. Joe is a graduate of Drexel University (PA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Engineering.

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Mr. Christian Slater

Senior Support Specialist
Information Systems

Phone: 267-284-5016

Email: cslater@msche.org

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Mr. Christian Slater

Mr. Christian R. Slater joined the MSCHE staff in November 2016 as Senior Support Specialist, providing technical support to MSCHE Commissioners, staff, and member institutions on matters related to accreditation. He is the lead project manager responsible for implementing several cloud migrations including email, calendaring, file, and conferencing solutions. In addition, Mr. Slater also conducts in-house training and staffs the IT help desk. Prior to joining the MSCHE staff he was employed for five-and-a-half years by Villanova University, where he provided executive-level IT support. Mr. Slater received his BA from Lebanon Valley College (PA), and his MA in History and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Villanova University (PA).

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Dr. Andrea Lex

Senior Vice President for Operations
Operations

Phone: 267-284-5010

Email: alex@msche.org

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Dr. Andrea Lex

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

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Ms. Mary Beth Kait

Senior Director for Accreditation Policy
Policy

Phone: 267-284-5022

Email: mbkait@msche.org

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Ms. Mary Beth Kait

Mary Beth Kait is the Senior Director for Accreditation Policy. She previously worked as a Consultant to the Pennsylvania Economy League conducting economic impact and other policy-related studies for government and public organizations. Ms. Kait has also worked in higher education policy in Washington, D.C., at the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance and at The College Board. She began her career in Institutional Research at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business, Marketing from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Amy Moseder

Senior Accreditation Policy Analyst
Policy

Phone: 267-284-5032

Email: amoseder@msche.org

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Dr. Amy Moseder

Dr. Amy Shew Moseder joined the staff of Middle States Commission on Higher Education in December 2011. As Senior Accreditation Policy Analyst, Dr. Moseder researches policy matters and provides the Commission with information and analyses necessary to shape accreditation policy development. She also assists in the development of recertification petitions for the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Previously, she worked as the Director of Institutional Research & Planning at Salem Community College (NJ) and as a communications and marketing professional in the architecture industry. Dr. Moseder earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a Doctor of Education degree with specialization in Higher Education Leadership from Wilmington University (DE).

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Dr. Allen Richman

Senior Director for Research
Research

Phone: 267-284-5052

Email: arichman@msche.org

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Dr. Allen Richman

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

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Mr. Douglas MacDonald

Senior Analytics Specialist
Research

Phone: 267-284-5055

Email: dmacdonald@msche.org

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Mr. Douglas MacDonald

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

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Ms. Gabriela Davie

Director for Volunteer Training and Development
Training

Phone: 267-284-5011

Email: gdavie@msche.org

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Ms. Gabriela Davie

Ms. Davie joined the Commission in September 2018 as Director for Volunteer Training and Development. In this role, she is responsible for managing the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Commission’s volunteer training and development plan in support of the MSCHE Strategic Plan and assessed member needs. Ms. Davie has 20-plus years of experience leading technology integration programs in a broad range of environments, including corporate human resources, higher education, K-12, and nongovernmental organizations. During the past four years, Ms. Davie worked for Duke University and its Health System as Senior Practice Partner and Strategic Consultant in the areas of learning, organizational development, leadership development, project management, and e-learning design. In addition, she has more than 10 years of experience consulting for several international organizations including the World Bank; United Nations Development Program; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and the United States Agency for International Development in the areas of technology and education, teacher training, curriculum design, and health education. Ms. Davie was a Humphrey Fellow at The Pennsylvania State University and holds a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language degree from Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, a B.A. in Education and Humanities from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and a Master’s in Technology, Management, and Education degree from SUNY Buffalo State. She has also served as a volunteer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Born in Guatemala, Ms. Davie is bilingual (Spanish/English).

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