WACCAL 2012 Annual Meeting | Speakers

Alliance 2012 Annual Meeting

Change by Design @ edu

April 17-18, 2012 | phoenix, az
Hosted by: Maricopa community colleges


Photo of Geri AndersonGeri Anderson currently serves as the vice president of academic and student affairs and provost for the Colorado Community College System. In the role of chief academic and student affairs officer, Anderson provides leadership for all community college academic and student affairs policy review and development, ensuring the development and enhancement of high-quality career and technical and transfer education programs through on-going program review, assessment of student learning, and high academic standards. Prior to joining the Colorado Community College System, Anderson served as the vice president of student learning at Front Range Community College, the largest community college in Colorado. In her 30 years of experience as a higher education administrator and faculty member, she has worked at large public research institutions, private liberal arts colleges, and public community colleges.

Photo of Keith BirdKeith Bird is the senior fellow at Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW). He conducts a blend of research and development, project implementation, and evaluation work focused on increasing economic opportunity. Bird applies his strategic thinking and subject matter expertise to develop leading-edge ideas for creating and implementing innovative credentialing frameworks and aligning postsecondary education with workforce and economic development. He has extensive knowledge of credentialing frameworks and the intersection of education, workforce development, and economic development. Bird worked closely with the Aspen Institute to develop measurements used in the first annual Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and participated in the selection process and site visits to the finalists. He was also a key collaborator in the report released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, “A Sharper Focus on Technical Workers: How to Educate and Train for a Global Economy.” He has coauthored a report with CLASP, “Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Creating a Competency-Based Qualifications Framework for Postsecondary Education and Training.” Bird joined CSW in 2009 after serving 10 years as the first chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), where he was responsible for systemwide direction of academic, student, and economic development and workforce initiatives. Under his leadership KCTCS successfully integrated technical and general education curricula and significantly expanded services to business and industry. He has initiated the use of virtual reality and simulation-based learning across the curriculum and is a leader in modularizing instructional programs in both blended and e-learning. His work with P-16 councils and college and workforce readiness programs has greatly expanded high school dual credit enrollment and articulation programs, as well as creating the first career readiness certificate endorsed by ACT. Bird has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in history and political science from Duke University and a B.A. in history and political science from Alma College.

Photo of Chris BustamanteChris Bustamante is president of Rio Salado College, one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest online community college in the nation, serving nearly 70,000 students annually, with over 41,000 students online. Previously, Bustamante served as interim president, vice president of community development and student services, dean of academic affairs, and in senior-level government affairs positions. He is well known as an advocate for increasing access to higher education and for forging transformational partnerships. Bustamante earned an M.Ed. and Ed.D. in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and a B.S. in business administration from the University of Arizona.

Photo of Mike CartneyMichael D. Cartney has served as the vice president of the Lake Area Technical Institute since February 2007. He primarily oversees academics, enrollment, financial aid, and IT infrastructure, ensuring Lake Area is meeting northeastern South Dakota’s postsecondary technical education needs. A 30-year Air Force veteran and colonel (now retired), he had recently served as the United States Air Force Academy Congressional Liaison in Washington, D.C. Cartney received his B.S. in computer science from the United States Air Force Academy and his M.S. in numerical analysis from Purdue University; he was a National Defense Fellow at Harvard University’s Program on Information Resources Policy.

Photo of John CechJohn E. Cech is the deputy commissioner for two-year and community college education for the Montana University System (MSU) and chair of the system’s Two-Year Education Council. As deputy commissioner, he also serves as the state director for Montana’s Carl D. Perkins Program and as the project director for Montana’s College!Now initiative, funded through the Lumina Foundation for Education. Cech previously served as dean and campus CEO of the Montana State University Billings College of Technology (MSUB COT) from 2002-2010. From 1989 through 2002, he was the dean of continuing education and community services at Rocky Mountain College. Cech has served on many boards and organizations in the Billings area, including the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, United Way Board of Directors, MSU Billings Foundation Board of Trustees, ZooMontana Board, Governor’s Workforce Grant Committee Board of Trustees, and the Institute for Peace Studies at Rocky Mountain College (RMC). He is also a board member for Montana PBS and the Governor’s IRR Committee. During the last 22 years of his career, he has led the development of instructional programs at both RMC and the MSUB COT. He is looking forward to engaging Montana’s two-year college leaders in his new job, to further expand outreach to all Montanans through new partnerships and innovative learning design and delivery modalities.

Photo of Lisa CirincioneLisa Cirincione is a senior consultant, trainer, technical writer and grantwriter with JVA Consulting. She has a broad background in nonprofit program development, planning and fundraising, with particular expertise in proposal writing and planned giving. In her consulting work, Lisa strengthens clients who work in the areas of education, youth development, energy, women’s self-sufficiency, health services and the arts. In the nine years that she has worked with JVA, she has consulted with over 60 clients, including leading long-standing partnerships with clients such as the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Denver Public Schools, Rocky Mountain Parents as Teachers, Mizel Museum, Children's Health Foundation, Consortium on Older Adult Wellness and the Colorado State Foster Parent Association. Lisa continually researches and identifies new funding prospects for these and other clients. Lisa received a B.A. from the University of Colorado in philosophy and political science and a J.D. from the University of Denver.

Photo of William ConleyWilliam Conley is the assistant superintendent of the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center High Schools. He previously served in various education positions, including adjunct professor at a variety of institutions. Conley received his B.A. in political sciences/history, an M.A. in secondary education, and Ph.D. in education all from Arizona State University.

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Barbara Grover is assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, where she directs institutional planning, assessment, and accreditation work. She also oversees The Center for Innovation and Professional Development, Institutional Research, Curriculum, and Scheduling. Her educational credentials include a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.S. from the University of Oregon.

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Nancy McCallin is president of the Colorado Community College System, where she leads the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 162,000 students annually. She collaborates with higher education public and private institutions, as well as other agencies and legislative bodies to improve the quality of education throughout Colorado. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting for six years and as the chief economist for the legislative council of the Colorado General Assembly for 10 years. McCallin received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Demarée K. Michelau is the director of policy analysis at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). The author of numerous education reports, policy briefs, and magazine articles, she has experience in higher education policy on issues such as accelerated learning options, adult learners, college affordability and access, articulation and transfer, and K-16 reform. Previously, she worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures as a policy specialist. Michelau received her bachelor’s degree in public law from Northern Illinois University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Cindy Miles is chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, a two-college district with 30,000 students that is the third-largest employer in eastern San Diego County. For nearly 25 years, she has served community colleges as a faculty member, administrator, and founding campus president for rural and urban institutions in five states, as well with the international League for Innovation in the Community College. Miles is a registered medical technologist and received an M.S in higher education from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in biology and Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Lynn Priddy serves as Vice President for Accreditation Services for the Higher Learning Commission of NCA. She joined the Commission in 1999 as Assistant Director of the Peer Corps and its support processes. During her tenure she has served as Associate Director of AQIP, Director of Education and Training, and the founding Director of the Commission’s Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. In her current position, she is responsible for key Commission processes including decision-making, the peer corps and peer review, PEAQ and AQIP operations, education and training, and the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. Over the past two years, Lynn has played a pivotal leadership role in the conceptualization of the Commission’s proposed new accrediting process, Pathways, and continues to direct its development. This leadership includes spearheading the Commission’s grant from the Lumina Foundation, which includes 23 institutions testing the use of Lumina’s proposed Degree Qualifications Profile as part of the Pathways Project. She is an expert facilitator of large-group processes. Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Priddy served as Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Evaluation, and Planning; Director of Research, Assessment, and Development; and English/Composition Faculty, all at Nicolet College (WI). In the early and mid-nineties, she co-led the development of Wisconsin statewide general education curriculum across the sixteen technical colleges and the two-year branch campuses. In addition, she co-led discussions with Minnesota technical and liberal arts faculty unions on the development of common general education outcomes and assessment strategies. More recently, she developed AQIP Vital Focus, facilitating it with more than 80 individual institutions. AQIP Vital Focus is a 12- to 18-month appreciative inquiry-based program that culminates in a customized day-long set of strategic conversations involving the entire staff of the institution. Dr. Priddy is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York (B. A.), a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (M.A.), and a summa cum laude graduate of Capella University, where she received her Ph.D. in Higher Education, General Education with a focus on qualitative research and evaluation.

Photo of Peter QuigleyPeter Quigley is the University of Hawai‘i System community colleges’ associate vice president for academic affairs. He is responsible for academic program planning, evaluation, and assessment; course and program articulation; regional accreditation; federal higher education and workforce development issues, and collaboration with external agencies. He also has served as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and chancellor at Leeward Community College. Prior to coming to Hawaii, Quigley served as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State University and as dean of academics/chief academic officer at Embry Riddle University.

Photo of Mike RotaMichael T. Rota became chancellor of Honolulu Community College in 2009, after serving as interim chancellor for one year. He has more than 40 years of service in public education in Hawaii. Prior to heading the Honolulu campus, he served as associate vice president for academic affairs for the University of Hawai‘i (UH) Community Colleges, where he was responsible for academic program planning, evaluation, and assessment; course and program articulation; regional accreditation; federal higher education and workforce development issues; and collaboration with external agencies. Rota previously served as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges and held various teaching and administrative positions at Hawai‘i Community College and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Rota has represented the UH System on the State Workforce Development Council since its inception in 1997 and is a member of the O‘ahu Workforce Investment Board. He led the state initiative on adult workforce development, one of eight statewide projects funded by the National Governors Association Policy Academy, and serves on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Rota received his B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Maryland.

Photo of Buck SmithBurck Smith is the CEO and founder of StraighterLine. Since 2008 StraighterLine has provided ultra-affordable online, general education college courses directly to students. Between 1999 and 2009, he cofounded and ran Smarthinking, the leading provider of online tutoring services to higher education. A prolific writer, Burck recently wrote a book chapter on public policy barriers to postsecondary cost control, an essay on the impact of subscription pricing on developmental education, and a book chapter on course-level choice and pricing in K-12 education. Burck holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.

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Vernon C. Smith is the vice president of academic affairs at Rio Salado College. He previously served as dean of instruction and faculty chair for foreign languages. Smith serves on the Educause Board of Directors. Smith earned B.A. degrees in Latin American studies and Spanish at Brigham Young University, a master of organizational behavior from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in organization and administration of higher education from The University of Arizona.

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Ken Sorber has served as vice president of strategic relations at Western Governors University (WGU) since 2005. He has been responsible for WGU’s efforts to create relationships with business, military, healthcare organizations, and community colleges nationwide. Previously, he built and directed regional and national sales teams for WICAT Systems, Academic Systems Corp., and Vinca Corp. He served as vice president of sales and marketing for Netoria, until that company was acquired by Novell. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

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Marlene Tignor has served as vice president of instruction for Laramie County Community College since 2003. Prior to moving to Wyoming, she served as dean of instruction at North Central Missouri College and has also been an associate dean and instructor while at Labette Community College. Tignor received her B. A. from St. Mary of the Plains College, M. S. from Pittsburg State University, and Ed. D. from the Kansas State University. She has served on the board of directors for both the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Council of Instructional Administrators and is a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.