Front and Center: Biographies of Participants
Governor Baliles is Director of the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, a leading public policy institution at the University of Virginia. Governor Baliles previously served as a Virginia legislator, Attorney General and as Governor from 1986 to 1990. During his tenure as Governor, he served as Chairman of the National Governors Association. As a partner at the law firm of Hunton and Williams, he chaired the section on international law, and practiced aviation law, as well as chaired such national and regional entities as the Presidentially-appointed Commission on Airline Competitiveness, the Southern States Energy Board, the Chesapeake Bay Blue Ribbon Panel, the Education Quality Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board, the AGB Commission on Academic Presidency, and the AGB Commission on the State of the Presidency in Higher Education. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Sandy Baum is an independent Higher Education Policy Analyst and a Professor of Economics Emerita at Skidmore College. She has written extensively on issues relating to college access, college pricing, student aid policy, student debt, affordability, and other aspects of higher education finance. She is the co-author of the Trends in Higher Education series and Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society for the College Board. Other recent work includes studies of setting benchmarks for manageable student debt levels and of tuition discounting in public and private colleges and universities. She co-chaired the Rethinking Student Aid study group, which issued comprehensive proposals for reform of the federal student aid system. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bryn Mawr College and her doctorate from Columbia University.
Julie Davis Bell is the Education Group Director for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), where she oversees the 12 person Education Program staff and is responsible for setting Program priorities, responding to constituent needs and requests, developing new education projects, and interfacing with other national education policy organizations. She also serves as NCSL's expert on post-secondary/higher education issues. She has been with NCSL for 20 years and has directed the Education Program for 17 years. Prior to joining NCSL, she was a Policy Associate with the Center for Policy Research in Denver and taught political science courses at the University of Colorado. She earned her doctorate in political science from the University of California at Davis.
Cheryl Blanco is the Vice President of Special Projects for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), where she issues special initiatives on college readiness and college completions and develops new projects. Prior to joining the SREB staff, Blanco was Vice President for national college access programs and Executive Director of the Pathways to College Network at TERI, Vice President for Policy and Research at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Senior Program Director for policy analysis and research at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and Educational Policy Director at the Florida Postsecondary Education Planning Commission. She has also held positions at Arecibo Technological University College, University of Puerto Rico, including Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of the Office of Continuing Education, and tenured associate professor in the English Department. She earned her doctoral degree from Florida State University.
Sarah Hardesty Bray is Editor-In-Chief, Trusteeship and Director of Publications for AGB. Previously, she was a senior editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she managed the Commentary section, commissioning and editing opinion articles on a wide range of issues concerning higher-education policy. Before joining The Chronicle, she was Vice President of Communications at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in charge of media relations, government relations, periodicals and publications, awards, and other programs. She has also been a vice president at Hill and Knowlton, an international public-relations firm; a reporter at Forbes magazine; and an account executive at the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. She is the co-author of Success and Betrayal: The Crisis of Women in Corporate America (Simon and Schuster, 1986). A graduate of Duke University, Ms. Bray also received a master's in journalism from Northwestern University.
Molly Corbett Broad serves as President of the American Council on Education (ACE). She is the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1918. She previously served as President of University of North Carolina. Before becoming UNC’s President, she was Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of California State University. She earned her baccalaureate degree from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University.
Patrick Callan is the founding President of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The National Center is best known for its Measuring Up report cards that evaluate, compare and grade state higher education performance in higher education up to and including the baccalaureate degree. He previously served as Executive Director of the California Higher Education Policy Center as well as Vice President of the Education Commission of the States and Executive Director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Washington State Council for Postsecondary Education, and the Montana Commission on Postsecondary Education.
Ellen Chaffee is Senior Fellow at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and director of its Lumina Foundation funded project on Governance for Student Success. She is past president of Valley City State University and Mayville State University, and past President in Residence at Harvard University. She chaired the board of a major health care system, was president of two national professional associations, and served on the national accrediting board for pharmacy education. She has held leadership positions in executive, academic, student affairs, research, and equal opportunity in research universities, comprehensive universities, and a state system. She earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy analysis at Stanford University.
Heather Mullins Crislip is a Visiting Fellow coordinating the Miller Center’s Policy Programs. She also served as the Staff Director of the David R. Goode National Transportation Conference at the Miller Center. She previously served as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at the University of Hawai'i, where she oversaw all external and government relations and stewarded the university through several large institutional reorganizations. Ms. Crislip also worked on a major reform of the financing of the K-12 system as Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Senate Education Committee in the Hawai'i State Legislature. Before moving to Hawai'i, she was a Policy Assistant to the Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, and Director of the regional Welfare to Work center during the implementation of welfare reform and the Workforce Investment Act. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.
Gordon Davies was the former Director of SCHEV and former President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He currently serves as a senior adviser to a Lumina Foundation project, Making Opportunities Affordable, and to the Miller Center. From 2002 through 2006, he directed a project to improve state higher education policy making that wsas funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Mr. Davies has taught at Yale University, Richard Stockton State College, and the Teachers College of Columbia University. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University.
Glenn DuBois has served as Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System since 2001. Previously, he was the Commissioner and CEO of the New Hampshire Community Technical College System, where he was responsible for the statewide community college system of seven campuses and reported to the Governor. From 2000 to 2001, he chaired the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges and has also served University of New York in numerous capacities, including Director of Community Colleges for the state system. Dr. DuBois earned his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.
Fred DuVal is Vice Chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, Chairs the Academic Affairs and Strategic Planning Committee as well as two Board initiatives, Getting AHEAD – the systems productivity initiative funded by the Lumina Foundation, and Solutions Through Higher Education which is a 501 C (3) public affairs campaign. DuVal served as an Assistant to President Clinton in the White House and earlier in his career as a senior staff to Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt. He is currently President of DuVal and Associates, a state government consulting company.
Charlie Earl is the Executive Director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he was President of Everett Community College from 1999 to early 2006. He has previously served as General Manager of Snohomish County PUD, Chief Administrative Officer of Thurston County, and Deputy King County Executive. He is a graduate of both the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Corina Eckl is Director of the Fiscal Affairs Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). She regularly provides information on state budget conditions and other fiscal matters to members of the national print and television media. She also has served as a consultant on NCSL’s evaluations of legislative organization and staff operations and has done work in numerous states and internationally. She is also the NCSL liaison to the Hawaii Legislature. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the Legislative Staff Management Institute, a program co-sponsored by NCSL and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Karen Elinski is Vice President and General Counsel of TIAA-CREF.
Donald Finley is Executive Director of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, a partnership between 75 business leaders and the presidents and chancellors of Virginia’s public two and four-year colleges and universities. Among the council’s recent accomplishments is providing leadership in the state’s approval of higher education capital improvement programs of $900 million in 2002 and $1.9 billion in 2008. It is currently leading a “Grow By Degrees” campaign to place Virginia among the very top states in having a highly educated population and workforce. He previously served as Associate Director of Finance and Facilities for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Deputy Secretary of Finance and subsequently Secretary of Education in the cabinet of Governor Charles Robb, Secretary of Education in the cabinet of Governor Gerald Baliles, and Staff Director and Senior Fiscal Analyst for the House Appropriations Committee of the Virginia General Assembly. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Richmond and a doctorate from the College of William and Mary.
Laura Fornash is the Deputy Secretary of Education for the State of Virginia and the Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment. Ms. Fornash spent her professional career with Virginia Tech in a number of different divisions including student affairs, continuing education, distance learning, and government relations, most recently serving as the Director of State Government Relations for the University. As the Director of Information Technology Programs, Ms. Fornash launched an innovative web based interdisciplinary master’s degree program to help transition professionals into the information technology field as result of research conducted for the International Technology Association of America. Ms. Fornash earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech.
Juliet Garcia is President at The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and Texas Southmost College (TSC). She became President of TSC in 1986 and was recognized as the first Mexican-American woman in the nation to lead a college or university. In 1992, she joined the University of Texas System as president of UTB. She subsequently led the development of a successful and historic partnership between UTB and TSC and now serves concurrently as president of both. Dr. Garcia earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston.
Governor Jim Geringer is one of the founding governors of Western Governors University and is currently Chairman of its Board of Trustees. He served as Governor of Wyoming from 1995 to 2003 and focused significant attention on improving education through standards, accountability and technology during his two terms. He has also served in the Wyoming House of Representative and Senate. Governor Geringer has a bachelors from Kansas State University that enabled active reserve service in the US Air Force working with unmanned space programs of Air Force and NASA.
Leslie Goldstein Leslie worked for the Washington State Legislature for 27 years, including drafting legislation in the Code Reviser’s Office, serving as the staff coordinator for the Senate Education Committee, and working for the Senate Democratic Caucus as a policy analyst on early learning, K-12 and higher education issues and as leadership counsel. Most recently, she was the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s assistant superintendent for governmental relations. Leslie also worked as a program manager for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program with the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. She earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and holds a law degree from the University of Washington.
Darryl Greer is the founding CEO and a Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Greer actively advises on New Jersey and national higher education policy. He has served as a strategic direction consultant on several campuses and on foundation-funded public policy projects, such as the Higher Education Research Project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Post-Secondary Education. Before becoming the Association’s chief executive, Dr. Greer was Director of Governmental Relations for The College Board. He has served on the ACE‘s Commission on Government and Public Affairs, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities State Relations Council. Dr. Greer earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from Stanford University; his undergraduate degree was earned at Indiana University.
Thomas Haas is the President of Grand Valley State University, as well as a Professor of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. President Haas is also the past chair of the Michigan Public Universities Presidents Council. Prior to his appointment in 2006, he was President of the State University of New York Cobleskill. He is an internationally recognized expert in hazardous material transportation, strategic planning and higher education leadership, and has published numerous articles in a variety of journals. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and then earned master’s degrees from The University of Michigan and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut.
Governor Dave Heineman has served as Nebraska’s 39th Governor since 2005. He is also Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association. He is a strong proponent of local control of schools and a quality education for all children and also supports high academic standards and increased parental involvement in education. He serves on the Board of Directors of Achieve, a bipartisan, non-profit organization working with states to improve education. Prior to being sworn in as Governor, he served more than three years as Lieutenant Governor and nearly seven years as State Treasurer of Nebraska. Governor Heineman is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Army's Airborne and Ranger Schools.
Muriel Howard is the President of AASCU, where she is an advocate for public higher education at the national level, working to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of member colleges and universities; serving as a resource to presidents and chancellors as they address state policy and emerging campus issues; and providing professional development opportunities for presidents, chancellors, and their spouses. Prior to joining AASCU, she was President of Buffalo State College and Vice President for Public Service and Urban Affairs at the University at Buffalo—where she also served in various leadership capacities over a 23-year period. Dr. Howard is a graduate of City University of New York’s Richmond College and holds a master’s and doctoral degree from the University at Buffalo.
Susan Whealler Johnston is the Executive Vice President of Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). She has been with AGB for over ten years and has directed a variety of grant-funded projects for the association including a project on board responsibility for educational quality and a project on institutional costs, a multiyear effort to stimulate a national dialogue on costs. She is the author of AGB’s annual governance survey. Johnston is a trustee of Rollins College and the Southern Education Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University.
Dennis Jones is President of The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), a nonprofit research and development center founded to improve strategic decision-making in institutions and agencies of higher education. A member of the staff since 1969, he has written many monographs and articles on these topics, has presented his work at many regional, national, and international conferences, and has consulted with hundreds of institutions and state higher education agencies on management issues of all kinds. Prior to joining NCHEMS, Mr. Jones served as an administrator in business and in institutional planning at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees in the field of management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Stephen Jordan is President of Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he has overseen a number of projects to improve retention and graduation rates among students of color. He began his career in higher-education administration at the University of Colorado, as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Regents and an Attendant Instructor in the Graduate School of Public Affairs. He has also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor, then Vice Chancellor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, before becoming the Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Planning for the Arizona Board of Regents and an Adjunct Professor in the Center for Educational Leadership at Arizona State University. He was named Executive Director of the Kansas Board of Regents and later became President of Eastern Washington University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Colorado Denver.
Clifford Kendall serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland. He is also on the AGB’s Council of Board Chairs and the Founders and Chairman of the Board of Computer Data Systems, Inc., a professional and processing services firm which provides consulting and data processing services to federal, state and local governments, not-for-profit institutions, and commercial clients. His career has included positions with Washington Gas Light Company, American University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. Mr. Kendall serves on the Advisory Council for the School of Business and Public Management of The George Washington University and is an adjunct professor at John's Hopkins University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and his business degree from The George Washington University.
Brit Kirwan is Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. He previously served as President of Ohio State University and University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a faculty member for 34 years. Currently, Dr. Kirwan chairs the National Research Council Board of Higher Education and Workforce and the College Board's Commission on Access, Admissions, and Success in Higher Education. He also is Vice Chairman of the Business-Higher Education Forum Board of Directors. In 2009, Dr. Kirwan received the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award and in 2010 he received the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Leadership Excellence Award. Dr. Kirwan earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and his master's and doctoral degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Richard Legon serves as the 4th president of the AGB. He frequently is called on to work with system, campus, and institutionally related foundation boards to address responsibilities, structure and development, and effectiveness and was instrumental in developing AGB's portfolio of services for public college and university foundations. In that capacity, he coordinated the development of AGB's handbook for foundation boards and is the editor of the association's book. In the first year of Rick's leadership, the association launched a year-long strategic planning process and several initiatives. Former Governor Tim Kaine appointed him to the Board of Visitors for the Virginia State University. He holds a master's degree from George Washington University.
David Longanecker is the President of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. He previously served as Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education and State Higher Education Executive Officer in Colorado and Minnesota. He was also the principal analyst for higher education for the Congressional Budget Office. He holds a doctoral degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s from Washington State University.
Aims McGuinness is a Senior Associate with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), where he specializes in state governance and coordination of higher education; strategic planning and restructuring higher education systems; roles and responsibilities of public institutional and multi-campus system governing boards; and international comparison of education reform. Prior to joining NCHEMS, he was Director of Higher Education Policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Before joining ECS, he served as a congressional staff member and was Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Maine System. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.
Jamie Merisotis is President and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education. He is employing a strategic, outcomes-based approach in pursuing the Foundation's mission of expanding college access and success. He previously served as Founding President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, where he helped to establish the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, an unprecedented coalition of national associations whose members include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. He has also served as Executive Director of the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Postsecondary Education and authored the commission's final report, Making College Affordable Again. Many of the commission's recommendations became national policy during the 1990s.
David Miles is serving his second term as President of the Iowa Board of Regents. He is also principal owner, CEO of Miles Capital, Inc., a registered investment advisory firm based in West Des Moines, Iowa that manages fixed income and equity portfolios for institutional and individual investors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Northwest Financial Corporation. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School, a master’s of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and his bachelor’s from Drake University.
Randy Moffett is the seventh President of the University of Louisiana System. In that role, the UL System implemented and completed a comprehensive economic and community impact study, partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education to establish mentoring programs at all eight universities, and established a cost containment and efficiencies committee to streamline operations. Governor Bobby Jindal recently appointed him to serve as a Louisiana representative on the Southern Regional Education Board. His previous worked at Southeastern Louisiana University in various staff, faculty and administrative positions. Dr. Moffett is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern State University. He was awarded a doctorate from LSU.
Sue Hodges Moore is Vice President for Planning, Policy, and Budget at Northern Kentucky University, and in that role, she provides university-wide leadership and administrative responsibility for all budget functions, including planning, directing, implementing and evaluating the annual budget process and assuring that institutional planning and budgeting are closely linked. Dr. Moore is the primary liaison with the Council on Postsecondary Education and helps ensure that the priorities of the university and the Council are aligned and mutually supporting. She spent 11 years at the Council on Postsecondary Education, the statewide policy board that coordinates change and improvement across Kentucky's colleges and universities, serving as Executive Vice President in 2001 and Interim President in 2002-03. She earned her bachelor’s degree at NKU, a business degree from Xavier University and her doctoral degree from the University of Louisville.
Erin Munley is the Press Secretary for the Communications Office of the National Governors Association.Previously, she served as Deputy Press Secretary at National Beer Wholesalers Association, as well as a Communications Assistant at North Carolina State Health Plan. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The George Washington University.
Noreen Myers is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Grand Valley State Universityand serves on its Academic and Student Affairs Committee. She is a private practice attorney specializing in employment law and workers compensation. Ms. Myers is a Grand Valley State University alumnae and earned her law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School.
George Nolen is Rector of Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors. He also is a Member of Advisory Board of Madison Capital Partners and a Director of InVivo Therapeutics Corporation. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Siemens Corporation from 2004 to 2010, where he developed and executed business strategy that growing the business to $22.4 billion, reflecting more than 40% growth in volumes and a fourfold increase in profits. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.
Rich Novak is Senior Vice President for Programs and Research and Executive Director of the Richard T. Ingram Center for Public Higher Education Trusteeship and Governance at the Washington, D.C.—based AGB. As senior vice president for programs and research, he leads the association’s efforts for effective programming and research for both public and private members. The Center’s mission is to strengthen the relationship between public academic institutions and state governments by enhancing the performance and capacity of public governing boards. While at AGB, he has directed special initiatives on board and presidential leadership; led a multi-state study on the effectiveness of public college and university governing boards; worked to incorporate environmental sustainability into governing board agendas; and directed or co-directed studies in several states, including Maryland, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Jersey. Prior to joining AGB, he spent 13 years on the staff of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Internationally, he has co-directed a project on governance for the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt funded by UNESCO, provided guidance to the Ireland Higher Education Authority, and worked extensively in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Eduardo Padron is President of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 170,000 students. He is the immediate past chair of the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and is vice chair and chair-elect of the board of ACE. He currently also serves on the boards of the Business/Higher Education Forum; League for Innovation in the Community College (past Chair); RC 2020; the Collins Center for Public Policy; College Board Advocacy and Policy Center; 2010 White House Fellows Selection Panel (Chair); the International Association of University Presidents; the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta, Miami Branch; and the Council on Foreign Relations. An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his doctorate from the University of Florida.
Scott Pattison is Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers. He is also Chair of the ITIB's Finance and Audit Committee. He previously served for four years as Virginia's State Budget Officer. Prior to that, he headed the Regulatory and Economic Analysis section of the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He also served on the Virginia Debt Capacity Advisory Board, College Building Authority and Performance Management Advisory Committee. He is a principal with the Council on Excellence in Government and also serves on the board of Old Dominion University. He earned his bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.
William Pound serves as Executive Director of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Charles Reed is Chancellor of the California State University, the country’s largest senior system of public higher education. He provides leadership to 44,000 faculty and staff and 433,000 students on 23 campuses and seven off-campus centers. The CSU, which spans the entire state of California, has an annual budget of more than $5 billion. He has served in that role since 1998, joining from the State University System of Florida where he was also Chancellor. Previous positions include Chief of Staff for the Governor of Florida and Director of the Office of Planning and Budgeting for the state of Florida. Dr. Reed earned his bachelor’s, master’s and education degrees from The George Washington University.
Travis Reindl is Program Director of the Postsecondary Education Division of the National Governor’s Association. He is responsible for overseeing the Education Division's postsecondary education work area, and his concentration is postsecondary access and completion. He is also the lead on the 2010-2011 NGA Chair's Initiative, which focuses on increasing college completion and productivity. Prior to joining NGA, he served in various roles as State Policy and Campaigns Director, CommunicationWorks, L.L.C.; Program Director for Jobs for the Future; Director of State Policy Analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Government Relations and Institutional Research for the South Dakota Board of Regents. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame and a master’s from the University of Maryland-College Park.
Ryan Reyna is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Division at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). Ryan works on a variety of high school and postsecondary reform issues, including college- and career-readiness, turning around low-performing schools, college completion and productivity, and technology in education. He currently leads the NGA Center’s work on dropout prevention and recovery, working with six states to develop comprehensive policies and programs to improve high school graduation rates. Ryan serves on Pearson’s Graduation Success Advisory Board and participates in the Associates Program of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Ryan previously worked as a Research Associate at the Data Quality Campaign and served on the Steering Committee for the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Technology and Engineering Literacy Framework. Ryan holds a B.A. in American Politics from the University of Virginia and an M.P.Aff. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
Gary Rhoades is the General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He also served as Professor of Higher Education at the University of Arizona and Director of the University’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. His research focuses on professions in academe, university restructuring, and science and technology issues in higher education. He is the Former President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and has worked with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and the AAUP. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Leonard Sandridge is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Virginia. He has served in that role since 1990, with similar titles, as a member of the presidents’ senior cabinet. He oversees operations of all non-academic support areas at the University, including the architect for the university, student affairs, management and budget, finance, human resources, emergency preparedness, police, and compliance, as well as the financial and managerial oversight of the Medical Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a master's degree from the University of Virginia.
William Sederburg serves as Utah’s seventh Commissioner of Higher Education. Previously, he was the President of Utah Valley University and Ferris State University and has also served as Vice President for Public Policy at Public Sector Consultants, as a Michigan State Senator, Executive Director of the Michigan House Republican Caucus, and Founding Chair of the Midwest Higher Education Commission. He earned a Doctorate and Master of Arts from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Ray Scheppach has led NGA as its Executive Director since 1983. He oversees day-to-day operations of NGA, managing all aspects of the association and the NGA Center for Best Practices, and also facilitates the association's efforts to achieve the three major missions of producing information and analysis of state innovations and practices, creating a bipartisan forum for governors to establish and implement policy on federal issues and assisting governors in managing state government. He has particular expertise in federalism, state and federal budgets, health care policy, energy policy and competitiveness in the world economy, and previous posts have included seven years at the Congressional Budget Office, including two years as Deputy Director. He previously served as Vice President and Senior Consultant for Economic Studies at Jack Faucett Associates and as an Economist with The Standard Oil Company (Ohio). He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut.
Winfred Sibille served as Chair of the Board of Regents for the University of Louisiana System. He was initially appointed to the Board in 1995 and reappointed to serve another six year term in 2007. He has spent many years as an advocate for the education of Louisiana’s youth. He has worked as a teacher, principal, supervisor, assistant superintendent and legislative consultant and lobbyist for the Louisiana School Board Association. He was named State Educator of the Year in 1989 by the Louisiana Association of School Executives. He earned his Bachelor’s from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his Masters from Louisiana State University.
Jeffrey M. Stanley joined the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) in July 2008 and holds the position of Associate Vice President. Among other duties, Mr. Stanley serves as the State Adviser to Indiana and Ohio in Lumina Foundation's Productivity Grant Initiative, and he works as a consultant to the recently launched Complete College America. Prior to this position, Mr. Stanley served as the Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education from 2000-2008. In addition to preparing higher education policies and reports, Mr. Stanley was the primary staff person in overseeing the development of the Commission's strategic plan, Reaching Higher: Strategic Directions for Higher Education in Indiana. From 1995-2000, Mr. Stanley worked for Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). During his time at IUPUI, he was directly involved in the reorganization of the programmatic and structural components of the division of student support services, and he designed the highly successful annual Top 100 IUPUI Students award program. Additionally, Mr. Stanley worked in Indiana's child welfare system providing services to neglected and abused youth. Mr. Stanley is a graduate of Purdue University and earned his MSW from the Indiana University School of Social Work.
Charles Steger serves as the 15th President of Virginia Tech. Dr. Steger's ties to Virginia Tech span four decades. He has been a student, teaching faculty, academic department head, college dean, vice president, and now president. For his contributions to the profession in the field of architectural education and research, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and received the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Virginia Society of AIA. Dr. Steger has served on several national research policy committees for the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), as well as on an advisory panel for the Carnegie Commission on Science. This report was highly regarded by SCHEV. Dr. Steger has been appointed by two governors of Virginia to serve on various study commissions and work groups, most recently serving on the Executive Committee of Governor's Commission on Population Growth.
Cristin Toutsi is the Assistant for Policy Analysis at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), where she serves the Richard T. Ingram Center for Public Higher Education Trusteeship and Governance. Ms. Toutsi produces resources on public higher education governance and trusteeship for the Washington, D.C.-based association. She tracks state legislation and information regarding public board structures, compositions, and policies affecting the practices of system and institutional boards. Additionally, she assists AGB Senior Fellows with research and consulting projects. Before coming to AGB, Ms. Toutsi served as a Governor’s Fellow for then-Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine, assisting the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness on various higher education projects and reports. Prior experiences include several positions serving the President’s Leadership Program at Christopher Newport University. Ms. Toutsi holds a master of education degree from the College of William and Mary.
John Walda was named President of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) in 2006. He most recently served as a Partner in the litigation group of Bose McKinney & Evans. Still earlier, he was Senior Vice President, Federal Relations, for BoseTreacy Associates LLC. He has also served at Indiana University as Executive Director of Federal Relations and as President of the IU Trustees, as well as National Chair of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Chairman of the Indiana Lottery Commission, and Chairman of the Clarian Health Partners board of directors. He is a graduate of Indiana University and Indiana University School of Law.
Garrison Walters has served Executive Director of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education since 2007. Dr. Walters also has served on the South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence On-Site Review Panel. For the prior twenty-two years, Dr. Walters worked at the State of Ohio Board of Regents, serving as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Economic Development and more recently as Interim Chancellor. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Boston University and a doctoral degree from The Ohio State University.
James Weaver serves as Board Chair for AGB. He is also Chief Executive Office of Weaver Consulting & Asset Management, LLC, based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College, as well as a trustee emeritus.
Emily Webb is a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education at Office of Governor Robert F. McDonnell. Previously, she worked as part of the transition team at Office of the Governor-elect Robert F. McDonnell and on his gubernatorial campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Emily served as Deputy Director for Virginia21, a non-partisan, student centered non-profit focused on higher education, good government and economic development policy. She is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s College Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.
Jane Wellman is the Executive Director of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity and Accountability, and, as of November 2010, the Executive Director of the National Association of System Heads (NASH). Prior to beginning the Delta Project, Wellman served as a Senior Associate with the Institute for Higher Education Policy and was Vice President for Government Relations with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Deputy Director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, and Staff Director of the California Assembly Ways and Means Committee. She began her career in higher education finance and planning at the University of California Office of the President and obtained her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California – Berkeley.
Nancy L. Zimpher is the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York. Chancellor Zimpher began her work at SUNY with a statewide tour of SUNY’s 64 campuses, which became the first phase of a systemwide strategic planning process. This plan, called The Power of SUNY, has the central goal of harnessing SUNY’s potential to drive economic revitalization and create a better future for every community across New York. A former chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Dr. Zimpher now leads the National Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and recently co-chaired a national blue-ribbon panel on transforming teacher preparation. Prior to coming to SUNY, Dr. Zimpher served as President of the University of Cincinnati, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Dean of the College of Education and Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges at The Ohio State University. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.