Western Academic Leadership Forum

Forum 2012 Annual Meeting

Academic Leadership in the West: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Innovation

April 18-20, 2012 | phoenix, az
Hosted by: Arizona board of regents and arizona state University


Photo of Sona AndrewsSona Karentz Andrews assumed the position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategies for the Oregon University System on December 1, 2010.In that role she is charged with fostering and encouraging cross-System alignment of planning efforts, providing robust analytical support to ensure informed Board and executive-level decision-making, and promoting accountability by monitoring and communicating outcomes of Oregon University System strategic initiatives. Dr. Andrews completed her first year of undergraduate education at the Nichan Palanjian Armenia College in Beirut, Lebanon and went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Geography from Worcester State College in Massachusetts and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University. She has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Boise State University. From 1995-2004 she held various leadership positions in the Provost Office at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2000-01 she served as an American Council on Education Fellow. 2004 she was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Boise State University and held that position until moving to the Oregon University System in 2010.

Photo of Cheryl BlancoCheryl Blanco is vice president for Special Projects at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), overseeing special policy initiatives on college readiness and college completions, with emphasis on connections between postsecondary and K-12 education. Previously, Blanco was vice president for National College Access Programs and Executive Director of the Pathways to College Network at TERI and held senior positions at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Florida Postsecondary Education Planning Commission. Blanco was a tenured associate professor in the University of Puerto Rico system. She earned a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University.

Photo of Michael CrowMichael M. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University (ASU) in 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, one that is directly engaged in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of its region. Under his direction the university pursues teaching, research, and creative excellence, focused on the major challenges and questions of our time, as well as those central to the building of a sustainable environment and economy for Arizona. He has committed the university to global engagement and to setting a new standard for public service. Prior to joining ASU, he was executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. As chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise, he led technology and innovation transfer operations, establishing Columbia Innovation Enterprises (now Science and Technology Ventures), the Strategic Initiative Program, and the Columbia Digital Media Initiative, as well as advancing interdisciplinary program development.

Photo of Jose CruzJosé Cruz is the vice president for higher education policy and practice at The Education Trust. He is the former vice president for student affairs of the University of Puerto Rico System (UPR), where he oversaw admissions, financial aid, and student life programs. He also served as UPR’s executive director for strategic planning and cofounded Puerto Rico’s K-16 Council. He previously served as professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and as dean of academic affairs of the UPR Mayagüez campus, where he led several research projects with significant K-12 STEM student outreach and teacher training components. He earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and he has published extensively in international scientific journals and for technical conferences. A senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, he received the National Science Foundation Career Award. Active in industry, Cruz is a patented inventor.

Photo of John CurryJohn Curry is the managing director of the Huron Consulting Group, which provides colleges and universities with financial management and strategy solutions. Prior to joining Huron, he was the executive vice president at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also held the following positions earlier in his career: vice president for business and finance at California Institute of Technology; administrative vice chancellor and chief financial officer at University of California, Los Angeles; vice president for budget and planning at University of Southern California; intern in management at Stanford University; instructor in mathematics at Chatham College; and lecturer in mathematics at Carnegie-Mellon University. Curry received his master of arts in mathematics from West Virginia University.

Photo of Henry EyringHenry Eyring is the advancement vice president at Brigham Young University-Idaho, a strategic advisor to Peterson Partners, a director of SkyWest Airlines, and coauthor of the book The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out. He served as president of the Japan Tokyo North Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2003-2006. From 1989 to 1998 Eyring worked for Monitor Company, a global management consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass. From 1998-2002 he was director of the Brigham Young University’s M.B.A. program. He earned a bachelor of science in geology, an M.B.A., and a J.D. from Brigham Young University.

Photo of Paul GastonPaul L. Gaston, an author of Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile, serves Kent State University as Trustees Professor. This appointment recognizes both his service as provost from 1999 to 2007 and his commitment to interdisciplinary research in higher education reform, public policy, and the humanities. The author of five books, including The Challenge of Bologna (2010), and more than 50 scholarly articles, Gaston speaks frequently on the Degree Profile, on liberal education, and on European higher education reform. He received his B.A. in English from Southeastern Louisiana University and the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia.

Photo of Paul GastonSamuel (Sam) Gingerich serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the South Dakota Board of Regents. In this role, he works with the Board of Regents, Board staff, institutional academic leaders, and representatives of the K-12 community to develop and to oversee academic policy for the state system. He is responsible for directing and implementing the academic core mission of the system. He serves as chair of the system’s Academic Affairs Council and serves on a number of other standing and ad hoc groups within the state. Prior to this he served for two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mississippi University for Women. From 1998-2004, Gingerich was at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He began there as vice president for academic affairs and served for a time as the college’s interim president. From 1985-98, he was at Northern State University where he moved up through the ranks from assistant professor to tenured professor of chemistry. He also served NSU in a number of administrative roles including department chair, associate vice president for research and planning and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Nevada-Reno. Gingerich holds three degrees in chemistry: a Ph.D. from Montana State University, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in Indiana.

Photo of Terry HartleTerry W. Hartle directs the American Council on Education's comprehensive effort to engage federal policymakers on a broad range of issues, including student aid, scientific research, government regulation, and tax policy. Prior to joining the council in 1993, Hartle served as education staff director for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources; as director of social policy studies and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and as a research scientist at the Educational Testing Service. Hartle received a doctorate in public policy from The George Washington University, a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Hiram College. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Northeastern University.

Photo of Stephanie JacobsonStephanie Jacobson is the Associate Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs with the Arizona Board of Regents and has been on the staff of the Board since 2002. She works closely with the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee and is Board liaison to the university provosts and to several statewide committees charged with managing the state’s transfer articulation system. She previously spent 13 years at Arizona State University as the associate director of the Division of Undergraduate Academic Services (now University College), and as the assistant director for student services in the College of Education. Jacobson has also held positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the University of Montana, and Boston University.

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Allison Jones is the vice president for postsecondary collaboration with Achieve. He is responsible for advancing Achieve's college- and career-ready mission through work with the postsecondary community, including leading the higher education engagement strategy for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium. Prior to joining Achieve, Jones was with the California State University (CSU) system for 25 years, 23 of which were with the Office of the Chancellor. Jones was responsible for leading the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP), the largest effort in the nation to use a college readiness test in high school, enabling students to place into credit-bearing courses based on their high school performance. In addition to providing a clear signal to students of their readiness for college level coursework, EAP also led to specialized curricula and supports to help students get ready for college during their senior year of high school. The program has recently been expanded to the California Community College System and has become a national model for higher education and K-12 collaboration. A similar system is envisioned in PARCC.

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Norman Jones is Director of General Education and Professor and Head of the Department of History at Utah State University. He is the Chair of the Utah Regents’ General Education Task Force. He is a noted historian of Tudor England. He is a leader in Utah’s efforts to improve general education, assessment, transfer and articulation through faculty interaction. He is deeply involved in “Tuning USA” and consults nationally and internationally on faculty led curricular reform. He attended the College of Southern Idaho before taking his BA at Idaho State University. He did his MA at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and PhD in History at Cambridge University.

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Norma Ming is a senior research scientist and director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning at Nexus, where she conducts research on learning and instruction at proprietary and traditional institutions of higher education. Previously, she was a lecturer in education in math, science, and technology at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, where she is now a visiting scholar. She earned a B.A. with honors in chemistry at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in the Program for Interdisciplinary Educational Research at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Rosemarie T. Nassif is the special advisor to the assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, where she serves as a senior advisor to advance a wide range of issues involving reform, improvement, and innovation in higher education. Previously, she served as the president of Holy Names University for 11 years and president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She has engaged more directly with the corporate community as a member of the board of directors of Provident Bank of Maryland until 2001 and, currently, as director on the boards of Fremont Bank and Payden & Rygel Mutual Fund. She earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Catholic University, supported by a National Defense Education Fellowship.

Photo of Diana NatalicioDiana Natalicio was named president of The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1988. During her long and distinguished career with the university, she has served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts, and chair of the Modern Languages Department. During her tenure as president, UTEP’s enrollment has grown to more than 22,600 students; its annual budget has increased from $65 million to more than $395 million; research expenditures have grown from $6 million to more than $70 million per year; and doctoral programs have increased in number from one to 19. She has served as member and vice chair of the National Science Board, on the boards of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science, the Sandia Corporation, and Internet2. Her current appointments include the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the American Council on Education, and Trinity Industries. Natalicio is the recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, and was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, Smith College, and the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. A graduate of St. Louis University, Natalicio earned a master’s degree in Portuguese and a doctorate in linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo of David ParisDavid C. Paris has been executive director of the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability since its founding in 2009. The alliance aims to improve student learning through voluntary and cooperative professional efforts to significantly improve assessment of, and accountability for, student learning outcomes. Paris has also served in a number of administrative and leadership roles, including as vice president for academic affairs at Hamilton College, a senior fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and senior advisor at the Council of Independent Colleges. Paris received his B.A. in government at Hamilton College and Ph. D. in political science from Syracuse University.

Photo of Jane ShermanJane C. Sherman is the vice provost for academic policy and evaluation at Washington State University, where she directs institutional planning for internal and external accountability, accreditation, and assessment activities, as well as several other areas of academic policy and planning. Prior to her work at WSU, Sherman was the deputy director for academic affairs with the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. She has also held administrative positions with the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Idaho State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the College of Idaho. She has held faculty positions at Idaho State University and the College of Idaho, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in counseling and education. Sherman's educational credentials include a B.A. in history from Earlham College, an M.Ed. in counseling from Boston University, and an Ed.D. in counseling and counselor education from Idaho State University.

Photo of Dominique RaymondDominique (Domy) Raymond is the director of Alliance State Relations at Complete College America. She leads Complete College America’s outreach, advocacy and communications, serving as a primary point of contact for state leadership teams. Across her career, she has developed expertise in implementing access and success education policy initiatives that increase academic achievement, particularly among underserved students. Raymond has served as a special assistant to the secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Outreach Coordinator for Achieve, Inc., and higher education policy analyst in the Office of Planning and Academic Affairs with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. She has also held positions as an academic advisor at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and the University of the District of Columbia. A native of Chicago, Domy earned a bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University and has completed graduate level coursework in Education Policy and Leadership Studies at UMCP.

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R. Michael Tanner joined the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) as vice president and chief academic officer in January 2011. He has responsibilities for all academic issues, including intellectual property policy, assessment, and accountability, and heads APLU’s initiative in cognitive courseware design to improve learning in gateway college courses. Previously, he was provost at the University of Illinois at Chicago and executive vice chancellor at U.C. Santa Cruz. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and he is an expert on systems that correct errors in digital messages. He is a fellow of the IEEE.

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Paul Thayer has worked on access and retention issues at Colorado State University since 1979 and currently serves as associate vice president for student affairs and special advisor to the provost for retention. He has worked as director of undergraduate student retention, executive director of the center for advising and student achievement, and director of the center for educational access and outreach. In addition, he has served as a member of the Governor's Statewide P-20 Education Council. Thayer received his B.A. in history from Williams College and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.