Passport State Facilitators

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Above, Passport State Facilitators from CA, HI, ND, OR, SD, UT, and WY


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Ann Clemmer
Senior Associate Director, Academic Affairs
Arkansas Department of Higher Education


Ann Clemmer has served as Senior Associate Director for Academic Affairs since January 2015. Her department works with higher education institutions on academic matters, making policy recommendations to the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board. She served as a state legislator for three terms, which included a chair and vice-chairmanship on the higher education and education committees, 23 years teaching political science at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and eight years as a program director and faculty member at Mississippi County Community College (now Arkansas Northeastern College.) Clemmer received her B.A. and M.A. in political science at Arkansas State University, then returned to graduate school for a second college teaching area in history.


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Thomas Krabacher
Professor of Geography
California State University, Sacramento

Thomas Krabacher has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the California State University, Sacramento for over 25 years. His academic interests are in the areas of population/demographics and climate change, particularly as they apply to Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Mali, and South Africa. For the past decade Krabacher has also served on the statewide Academic Senate of the CSU, with responsibility for monitoring higher education legislation at the state level.  He received his BS and MA from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis.


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Ian Macgillivray
Director of Academic Affairs
Colorado Department of Higher Education

Ian Macgillivray is Director of Academic Affairs at the Colorado Department of Higher Education. He coordinates Colorado’s guaranteed transfer pathways to success and the department’s P20 initiatives. Previously he served as the department’s Academic Policy Officer for Educator Preparation; was Assistant Professor in the College of Education at James Madison University where he published two books, numerous journal articles and was awarded the 2007 Provost Award for Excellence in International Beliefs and Values; and was a high school science teacher. Dr. Macgillivray received his Ph.D. in Foundations of Education Policy and Practice from University of Colorado Boulder.


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Richard Dubanoski
Dean Emeritus, College of Social Sciences
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Richard Dubanoski is former dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. During his tenure as dean he introduced a number of innovative teaching and learning programs to the Manoa campus, including the Commitment to Liberal Education, which is based on the LEAP model. This project draws from past educational programs developed at the college – for example, service learning and learning communities – and introduces new programs such as street science, a critical thinking course for freshmen. The Commitment to Liberal Education will incorporate the four Essential Learning Outcomes of LEAP and many of the high-impact teaching practices.


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Margaret Johnson
Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs
Idaho State University


Margaret Johnson currently serves as the associate vice president for undergraduate affairs at Idaho State University, where she has been a professor of English since 1999.  She oversees matters related to curriculum, general education, credit for prior learning, and other student-related issues.  Johnson received a B.S. in business administration from University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in English from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in English from University of Oregon. 


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Ken Sauer
Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer
Indiana Commission for Higher Education


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Melissa Bell
Associate Vice President
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education


Melissa Bell is the associate vice president for academic affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.  Her work focuses on major issues in college readiness and student success, including developmental education, transfer, advising, and assessment of student learning outcomes.  Melissa holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and a master’s degree from the school’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She is the former director of research at The Council of State Governments, a national organization that provides research on trends affecting all three branches of state government, and has worked on a number of research projects dealing with public policy and nonprofit management.  


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Elizabeth Ternes
Academic Policy Specialist
Montana University System


Elizabeth Ternes currently serves as academic policy specialist for the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education serving the Montana University System (MUS). In this role, she works closely with Montana’s institutions of higher education in the areas of policy compliance and academic program approval. As manager of the system wide common course numbering program and chair of the MUS General Education Council she is focused on positively effecting student transferability. Previously, Ternes lived in France where she taught English to young French students. Ternes earned her B.A. in History and French from Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

New Mexico

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Diane Evans-Prior
Academic Affairs Director of Nursing
Central New Mexico Community College



Diane Evans-Prior has worked in higher education since 2001 serving in instruction and in administration. She is involved at the leadership level in the development and implementation of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) statewide nursing curriculum. This project provides seamless transfer between state-funded nursing programs and allows students to earn baccalaureate degrees at their local community colleges through partnerships with the state's universities. Evans-Prior earned her first nursing degree in 1993 and is currently completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the Nurse Executive and Organizational Leadership tract at the University of New Mexico.

North Dakota

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Thomas B. Steen
Professor Emeritus
University of North Dakota

Tom Steen is the Past Director of Essential Studies, the University of North Dakota’s program in general education. Tom was appointed as the first Essential Studies director when the program was implemented in 2008, and he frequently speaks and writes about GE issues such as program design, student learning assessment, and transfer policy. Tom also served as the president of the North Dakota General Education Council in its initial year, co-led the state’s work in the AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives project, and is now serving his second term on the Executive Council of the Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS). He received his education at Calvin College (A.B.), University of Oregon (M.S.), and the Ohio State University (Ph.D.). Tom’s academic specialty is teacher education for physical education; he is also a Professor Emeritus at UND in Kinesiology and Public Health.


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Paula Compton
Associate Vice Chancellor/Executive Director of Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network(OATN)
Ohio Department of Education


Paula Compton has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer at the Ohio Department of Higher Education since 2009.  In 2010, Compton also became the Executive Director of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network.  She provides leadership and direction for all aspects of Ohio’s comprehensive Articulation and Transfer system.  Prior professional positions include enrollment management roles at The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo.  Compton earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a Mather’s Degree in Guidance Counseling and Student Personnel Work from Ohio State.  She was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Speech Secondary Education from Miami University.


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Sean Pollack
Academic and Student Affairs Policy Specialist
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Sean Pollack is an Academic and Student Affairs Policy Specialist with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Prior to joining HECC, Sean taught and conducted research on early modern and medieval literature while teaching at the community college level, and undergraduate institutions such as Pomona College and Portland State University. Sean has also worked on consortial initiatives in emerging technologies and study abroad. Most recently, Sean worked in policy analyst positions at Oregon University System and Clackamas Community College while completing a Masters in Public Administration, a career path that has grown out of his interest in state-level law and policy related to higher education. In addition to the MPA, Sean holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.

South Dakota

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Paul Turman
System Vice President for Academic Affairs
South Dakota Board of Regents

Paul Turman is the System Vice President for Academic Affairs, South Dakota Board of Regents. His responsibilities include oversight of the Regental system common course catalog, research and economic development, institutional research, new programs, and state scholarship programs. Turman received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2000), and prior to joining the South Dakota Board of Regents staff, Turman taught as an associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and was recognized for outstanding teaching and service at the institutional and national levels. Throughout his academic career he has published 34 peer reviewed research articles at the national and regional levels, as well as co-authored four books.


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Phyllis “Teddi” Safman
Former Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs
Utah State Board of Regents

Phyllis "Teddi" Safman is the former assistant commissioner for academic affairs at the Utah Board of Regents. Her responsibilities include general education assessment; statewide transfer and articulation; No Child Left Behind; teacher education; and working with Utah’s K-16 Alliance to improve high school to college articulation. In addition, she is the system representative for Lumina’s Tuning process and for the LEAP initiative. Safman received a Ph.D. in continuing education from the University of Illinois and held national, regional, and statewide leadership positions while serving as associate dean of continuing education at the University of Utah. She joined the commissioner’s staff in 1993, with a short break to work in accreditation and strategic planning in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Safman teaches a graduate class in organization and governance of higher education at the University of Utah.


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Paul Smith
Associate for Student Mobility Policy and Research
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Paul Smith serves as the associate for student mobility policy and research for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).  In this role, he works with public institutions of higher education and other state agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transfer in Virginia. Prior to his position with SCHEV, he held several positions at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he worked as a researcher, instructor, and safety inspector.  Smith received his B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and both a M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in education from VCU.


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Kari Brown-Herbst
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Laramie County Community College

Kari Brown-Herbst is the Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her responsibilities include faculty development and support and student learning assessment. Kari currently serves as faculty representative to the LCCC Foundation Board and is also a member of the Peer Review Corps of the Higher Learning Commission. Before arriving at LCCC, she received her Master's in Education Technology from Marian University (Wisconsin) and her Bachelor's in Sociology with an Education endorsement from Kalamazoo College (Michigan). Kari has 18 years of K-12 teaching experience in Alaska and Wisconsin, and began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati. She is currently studying for her Ed.D. in Instructional Technology at the University of Wyoming. Her research interests include investigating the impact of purposeful faculty development on student retention in the online environment.