As COVID-19 continues to impact campuses and states, the Forum and Alliance have decided, in the best interest of its members, to offer a virtual meeting series during the 20-21 academic year in lieu of hosting the Joint Annual Meeting face-to-face in New Mexico. With the theme of The New World of Higher Education:Challenges and Opportunities of COVID-19, the six-part series will kick off on Friday, October 2nd with presentations and discussions offered by higher education experts, community members, and practitioners. Several of the webinars will include additional breakout sessions for members to convene and share best practices as it relates to the identified topics.
The impact of COVID on higher education and the surrounding communities has yet to be fully realized. The speakers on this panel will discuss the challenges of navigating the intersection of science and policy during a pandemic and provide insights on moving forward in the COVID era.
Moderator: Brock Tessman, Deputy Commissioner, Academic, Research & Student Affairs, Montana University System
Panelists: Hilary Godwin, Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, University of Washington; Kathryn Hanley, Regents Professor, New Mexico State University; Joshua Wynne, Dean and Vice President For Health Affair, University of North Dakota
University of Washington
Hilary Godwin joined the University of Washington in 2018 as dean of the School of Public Health and professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. Prior to that, Godwin spent twelve years on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health and ten years in the department of chemistry at Northwestern University and held a number of different leadership positions at both institutions. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University and a B.S. in chemistry with honors from the University of Chicago. She is deeply committed to promoting the health of all people, locally and globally.
New Mexico State University
Kathryn A. Hanley is a Regents’ professor of biology at New Mexico State University (NMSU), where she investigates the evolution, ecology and control of emerging viruses in the laboratory and the field. Her studies have shed light on the risk of emergence of mosquito-borne viruses around the world. Before joining NMSU, Hanley was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health as part of the team that developed the NIH dengue virus vaccine, currently in Phase III clinical trials. Hanley received her B.A. in biology at Amherst College and her Ph.D. in biology at University of California, San Diego.
University of North Dakota
Joshua Wynne received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, completing residencies in internal medicine and cardiology at Harvard Medical School’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. In 2004, he was recruited to the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS). He has been UND’s vice president for health affairs and dean of its SMHS since 2010. He served as UND interim president from 2019 -2020 and was appointed as North Dakota’s chief health strategist in June, 2020. He heads the state university system’s Smart Restart Task Force on campus reentry during COVID-19.
Member representatives and select staff from the Western Academic Leadership Forum and Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders are invited to attend.
Manager, Institution Services, Programs and Services
Kay Hulstrom serves as WICHE’s manager of institution services. She works on a variety of projects including Interstate Passport®, Online Course Exchange, the Western Academic Leadership Forum, and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders. The latter two are membership organizations for the chief academic officers of WICHE-region two and four-year institutions and system offices. She holds a B.S. in finance from Colorado State University.