Association for Collaborative Leadership

The resource for collaboration in higher education.



Keynote Speaker

Eddie Glaude, Jr. | Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.  He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world.  Glaude is the author of several important books including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, which has been described as “one of the most imaginative, daring books of the twenty-first century.”  His most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was released on June 30, 2020.  Imani Perry describes the book as “precisely the witness we need for our treacherous times.   He is a columnist for Time Magazine and an MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe, and Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace. He also regularly appears on Meet the Press on Sundays.


He hails from Moss Point, Mississippi, a small town on the Gulf Coast, and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Facilitators and Panelists

Nadya K. Shmavonian | Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners 

Nadya K. Shmavonian is a partner at SeaChange Capital Partners and Director of the Greater Philadelphia Nonprofit Repositioning Fund. The Repositioning Fund is a pooled fund contributed by philanthropic partners that encourages and supports mergers and other types of formal, sustained collaborations among nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. Nadya served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) from 2010–2012, where she presided over the responsible dissolution of the organization. Nadya also has extensive foundation management experience, having served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Ms. Shmavonian has served on many foundation and nonprofit boards, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, The Lenfest Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. She serves as Board President for Social Impact Commons, the nation’s first incubator and shared services platform for the fiscal sponsorship field. She is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management and teaches graduate seminars on group dynamics at the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Teaching award. Nadya holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.

Dorothy A. Escribano | Higher Ed Consultant, Escrianbo Weissbourd Consulting, Inc.

Dorothy Escribano is currently a member of The Registry, as well as a higher ed consultant for Escribano Weissbourd Consulting, Inc.  and an executive coach to several academic administrators during their initial tenure. Dr. Escribano has worked in higher education for over 30 years and her various roles have included: an administrative fellow; training fellow; graduate student teaching elementary and intermediate Spanish courses at Brown University;  a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island; a tenured faculty member and subsequently associate vice president and vice president of academic affairs at Worcester State University; and provost and interim president at the College of New Rochelle.  Dr. Escribano was also an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in the 2004-5 class.  Dr. Escribano has written and presented about the role of the board of trustees and the presidential team in creating institutional partnerships.  She is currently coauthoring a paper on transitional presidencies (the role of the interim between permanent president placements). Dr. Escribano’s academic research is in medieval Spanish literature and the romancero (oral balladry) during times of national crisis.  She received her BA in Spanish and Education from Marist College, her MA in Liberal Studies/concentration in Special Education from SUNY Stony Brook, her MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in Hispanic Studies from Brown University

Steven L. Isenberg | Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees and former Interim President, Adelphi University

Steven L. Isenberg has served with distinction in public leadership positions at universities, newspapers and within New York City government. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees, after his appointment to the Board by the New York State Regents, and Interim President at Adelphi University, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate and his board received the highest commendation from the Association of Governing Boards. He was the President of the Executive Advisory Board to the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. He was Publisher of New York Newsday and the Executive Vice President of The Los Angeles Times, and is a member of the Senior Advisors to the Committee to Protect Journalists. When John V. Lindsay was Mayor of New York City, Isenberg was Chief of Staff. His later career includes visiting professorships of the humanities at Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, and Davidson College, and leading PEN America, the literary human rights group, as its Executive Director. Isenberg holds a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Worcester College, Oxford where he is an Honorary Fellow, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

John MacIntosh | Managing Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners

John spends much of his time exploring new ways that SeaChange might help nonprofits facing complex challenges. Prior to joining SeaChange in 2008, John was a partner at Warburg Pincus in that global private equity firm’s New York, Tokyo, and London offices. At Warburg Pincus, he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s expansion into several new international markets and industry segments, designed the firm’s investment performance and measurement system, was co-head of professional development, and served as a director of 16 portfolio companies. John remains involved with Warburg Pincus as a limited partner. Earlier in his career John worked as a software engineer in Tokyo and a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. John did a mid-life master’s in philosophy at the London School of Economics. At the same time, and in conjunction with Lord Richard Layard of the Centre for Economic Performance (at the London School of Economics) and Dr Martin E.P. Seligman of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, he coordinated a three-year program in resilience-building and depression prevention for more than 3,000 children across 25 middle schools in the United Kingdom. John has a BSE from Princeton University and a MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. In conjunction with his role at SeaChange, he serves as an observer on a number of nonprofit boards (or finance committees), is a trustee of the John Jay Foundation, the Brooklyn Heights Association, and the Putney School, and is an equity investment advisor to MicroVest Capital Management.

Laura Freebairn-Smith | Partner at OPG

Laura Freebairn-Smith is a Partner and co-founder at OPG. She has been a consultant for such distinguished organizations as the New York Times, Lemann Foundation, and ESPN. Her specialty is assisting leaders in realizing the full potential of their organizations through humanistic and analytical practices, while offering guidance in the redesign of infrastructure, the creation of strategic plans, and with organizational development.

Prior to founding OPG, Laura served as Director of Yale’s Organizational Development and Learning Center, which she helped create. Laura currently teaches leadership at Yale's Drama School.

Her work and career have three major foci:

·         Leading the creation of organizational cultures

·         Teaching and research on organizational development topics

·         Consulting on organizational development issues with a special emphasis on strategic planning and organizational redesign

Laura’s credentials include a BA from UC Berkeley (Philosophy and Political Science) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She holds a doctorate in Organizational Systems from Saybrook Institute and has published articles and chapters on organizational development topics, most recently on radical move leadership.

Prior to joining Yale, Laura founded Good Work Associates, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and organizational development. Before that, she served as Managing Director for the Gesell Institute of Human Development, as Chief Operating Officer for Jobs for the Future, and as Education Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee on the Thai/Cambodian border.

In addition to her teaching at Yale, Laura has taught at University of New Haven, Georgetown, and Central CT State University. She served on the Town of Hamden Charter Revision Committee and has served on numerous other boards in the past. Laura has received several leadership awards. For recreation, Laura enjoys running, writing poetry, tennis, and gardening.


Leah Hancock | Lead Associate at OPG

Leah Hancock is the Lead Associate at Organizational Performance Group (OPG) where her work centers on helping people work together better. Leah guides organizations through strategic planning and culture change initiatives, supports teams in their development, and facilitates meetings, workshops, and retreats – all with the goal of helping individuals and organizations to increase their positive impact on the world. She also co-teaches OPG’s three-day Mastering Group Facilitation course.

Prior to OPG, Leah was a Senior Program Manager at the national nonprofit Wholesome Wave, working to increase affordable access to healthy food in under-resourced communities. During her tenure, she organized five statewide, cross-sector partnerships, unified under shared missions, goals, and metrics. She also specialized in guiding diverse groups through strategic planning, new initiative design and development, and collaborative engagement on policy advocacy.

Leah has established and facilitated national working groups of thought leaders, cultivated research partnerships, coordinated program evaluation efforts, led successful multi-million-dollar federal grant proposals, and conducted trainings for audiences across the country.

Leah graduated cum laude from Connecticut College with a degree in Sociology-based Human Relations, a minor in Hispanic Studies, and certificate from the Holleran Center Program in Community Action and Public Policy. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Management and certificate in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation through Harvard Extension School.

 

Denise Nelson Nash | Vice President and Secretary, Board of Trustees of Scripps College

Denise Nelson Nash is currently Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Scripps College, a women’s-centered institution in Claremont, California. Scripps College is part of the seven institution Claremont Colleges consortium. Her responsibilities include coordination and support of the governing body, serving as a key advisor on institutional policy, procedures, and governance, and collaborating on an array of strategic initiatives. 

For over 25 years, Nelson Nash has served in a variety of public and private leadership positions. She is an experienced convener, developer, and implementer of collaborative practices, projects, and programs. Nelson Nash joined Scripps College from Caltech, where she served the Institute in a variety of capacities for over 15 years. Prior to her tenure at Caltech, she was Executive Director of the Cultural Planning Division for the City of Pasadena and Director of the Plaza de la Raza School of Performing and Visual Arts.

Nelson Nash serves on the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Board Professionals Council and is past chair of the AGB Board Professionals Leadership Group. She also serves on the Board of Trustees, Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California and has served as a member of the Pasadena Educational Foundation Advisory Committee and past President and board member of the Tournament of Roses Foundation.

Nelson Nash earned a B.A. from Scripps College, a M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, and is currently a doctoral candidate at New York University.

George T. French Jr. | President, Clark Atlanta University

In 2019, George T. French Jr. became the fifth president of Clark Atlanta University, the largest United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member institution in the country and the largest private HBCU within the state of Georgia.

Prior to his appointment, French served for 14 years as the president of Miles College, making him one of the longest serving university presidents in the nation.

A nationally recognized leader and influencer in higher education and educational policy, French has served three secretaries of education under two United States presidents as a congressional appointee to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity.

Additionally, President French during his tenure at Clark Atlanta University has brought millions of dollars to the institution, increased corporate partners and sponsors and has led the university through a worldwide pandemic.

He is a three-term board member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); and Chair of the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine,) Council of Presidents.

Samuel Hoi | President, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Samuel Hoi is the president of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He is an experienced and innovative higher education leader, and an advocate for art and design education and creative professionals as drivers in social, economic, and cultural advancement.

At MICA, he has ushered in its creative entrepreneurship efforts, steered its mission and vision re-articulation and college-wide DEIG (diversity, equity, inclusion, and globalization) initiative. As president of Otis College of Art and Design for 14 years from 2000-2014, he shepherded the Creative Action curriculum that places art and design education in real life and community context. He also launched the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region, which was expanded statewide in California. While serving as dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., he created a visual arts program serving inner-city youth that received a Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities. 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hoi received his BA from Columbia College in New York City, his JD from Columbia Law School, and his AAS degree in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. Hoi is a recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and Otis College of Art and Design; decoration by the French government as an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques; and the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship that recognizes U.S. artists and cultural leaders at the forefront of social change. 

Patrick E Richey | Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Nazareth College, Rochester NY

Patrick E. Richey is the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. where he is responsible for Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Campus Safety, and Campus Operations including Dining Services. Mr. Richey is committed to improving collaboration amongst public and private universities having served in leadership roles with the Upstate New York College Collaboration including, currently, as immediate past-president. Mr. Richey previously served as Vice President for Business and Finance at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and Vice President for Finance and Operations at SUNY Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY. Prior to working in higher education Mr. Richey was employed in several municipal management roles.

Mr. Richey holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s Degree from LeMoyne College.


Deborah Obalil | President & Executive Director, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD)

Deborah Obalil has over twenty years experience as a leader in the national arts and culture industry, having led multiple highly-acclaimed organizations and served as a well-regarded management consultant to the field. She was appointed the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) in June 2012, and then President in fall 2015. As President & Executive Director she leads the organization in achieving its mission of strengthening and connecting its members schools, thus advancing arts and design education.

Under her leadership, AICAD has invested significantly in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization and across its membership. During her tenure, AICAD has launched the Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship, which offers professional development to graduating BIPOC students in the association in pursuit of careers teaching in higher education, and the BIPOC Academic Leadership Institute. It has hosted multiple symposia on diversity in the academy and inclusive pedagogy

Deborah is an experienced keynote speaker, presenter and workshop trainer. She is the Board Chair of College Visions, a college access and success organization supporting first generation, low-income students of color in Rhode Island. She serves on the Virtual Professional Development Committee of the Association of Collaborative Leadership, and is a consultant in the CatalystED group serving the Intermediaries for Scale initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aiming to eliminate race and class as predictors of college success.

Allen Linton II | Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

Allen Linton II (he/him) is a proud, lifelong Southside Chicagoan. Professionally, Allen is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of 14 small, private liberal-arts colleges across five states. Allen leads the Mellon-funded Faculty and Undergraduate Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate and the ACM’s Antiracism Initiative to ensure that our campuses equitably support our staff, faculty, and students of color. He is also a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Chicago specializing in American politics with a concentration on youth politics, new/social media, and local political participation.

Charity Farber | Associate Director, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Charity Farber is an Associate Director at the Big Ten Academic Alliance. During her thirteen years at the Big Ten Academic Alliance, she has managed a wide-range of programs including undergraduate research, study abroad, course sharing, graduate recruitment, and faculty development. In her current role, she leads large-scale, multi-university collaborative professional development initiatives supported by the Big Ten Academic Alliance Provosts, National Science Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and she manages the strategic initiatives of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Vice Provosts for Faculty Affairs and the Graduate Deans stakeholder groups.

Kristen Jadul | Executive Director, Human Resources, Bentley University

Kristen Jadul joined Bentley University in January, 2017 as director of total rewards with responsibility for benefits, compensation, and rewards and recognition programs.  In 2019, she became executive director, and her role broadened to include direct involvement in the university’s human resources strategic priorities as well as responsibility for Human Resources Information Systems.  In Kristen’s role as executive director, she works closely with the CHRO in mapping out strategy and trajectory in support of the university’s mission and strategic plan. Before joining Bentley, Kristen worked in the Human Resources field for over twenty years in various roles in the software and biotechnology industries. Kristen’s human resources career has afforded her opportunities to lead functional HR areas and develop, implement and manage HR programs that align with business objectives, focus on employee engagement, and positively contribute to the overall employee experience.  Kristen is an alumna of Stonehill College and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three kids and yellow lab.

Kevin Pierson | Director, Benefits & Wellness, Brandeis University

Kevin Pierson is a compensation and benefits professional with 29 years of progressively responsible experience in support of companies’ HR and business strategy. He has experience in human resources, compensation, benefits, as well as M&A integration, employee communications, teaming, and supervision of HR professionals. He has managed benefits for a $3.5 billion, 16-location aerospace and defense business and has also managed benefits and compensation for a 150-branch, $8 billion financial institution. Kevin is currently directing the benefits and wellness strategy for Brandeis University where he has been for nearly five years.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with, singing at karaoke, and travelling with his fiancé Ann Marie, visiting his sons in NY, playing guitar, reading about almost any topic, especially music, astronomy, theology, and meteorology. He also enjoys watching the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots (when they aren’t playing Miami!), long walks, and listening to all types of music.

Scott Runkle | Director of Benefits and Compensation, Berklee College of Music

Scott Runkle is the Director of Benefits and Compensation for the Berklee College of Music. He’s been in this role for the past three years. Prior to joining the higher education industry, he served in several HR roles in the private sector. For four years he served as the Director of Benefits for Avon Corporation after being promoted from Director of Retirement. Prior to joining Avon, he was the Director of Retirement for Viacom/MTV for 10 years.

A. Tracy Hassett |  edHEALTH President and CEO

Tracy Hassett, SPHR, became President and CEO of Educators Health, LLC on September 1, 2015.  For more than 20 years, Ms. Hassett has served as a senior human resources executive and leader in multiple industry settings, most recently serving 17 years as vice president of human resources at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.  Ms. Hassett played a key role in the launch of edHEALTH, a unique entity, a first-of-its-kind captive consortium of colleges and universities with the mission of reducing employee health care costs while enhancing consumer knowledge of options, plan design, disease management and wellness programs.  Ms. Hassett, the first employee of edHEALTH, provides strategy, vision and leadership to guide growth of the organization, along with responsibility for the day-to-day operations.  Ms. Hassett is an alumna of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI and lives in Barrington, RI with her husband and their two labs. 


Robin Lerner | President & Chief Executive Officer, Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC)

Robin Lerner assumed the role of President and CEO of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) in September 2017. Prior to this position, Ms. Lerner served in the Obama administration as senior advisor and counselor to the ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, focusing primarily on adolescent girls’ education and empowerment globally, economic empowerment, and gender-based violence. Prior to that, Ms. Lerner served as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In this capacity, she oversaw the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, a public-private partnership mechanism that annually brings some 300,000 foreign citizens – mostly youth – to the United States to study, build skills, and teach through sponsored programs.

Prior to the joining the administration, Ms. Lerner served as a senior counselor on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where she led the Committee’s policy and budget positions regarding gender equality, human rights, refugees, migration, trafficking in persons, international education, and public diplomacy. While on the Committee, she was a leading voice on public and privately funded educational exchange programs and mechanisms, as well as virtual and digital educational and cultural exchange. She was the lead drafter of a number of human rights bills and resolutions on women and girls, trafficking in persons, and freedom of the press, among others.

Prior to the Committee, she spent nearly seven years in a career capacity at the U.S. Department of State, including in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and U.S. Embassies Cairo and Baghdad. Ms. Lerner, a lawyer by training, began her career as a Legal and Human Rights Advisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Missions in Croatia and Kosovo, where she handled violence against women, human trafficking, and minority and property rights. Ms. Lerner was an election supervisor for Bosnia’s first democratic elections in 1997. 

Ms. Lerner is committed to public service and civic affairs, and currently serves on the City of Austin’s Ethics Review Commission, and the Bicycle Advisory Commission, and serves on the board of directors for the non-profit organizations, Too Young To Wed and Global Ties, U.S.

When not working, Ms. Lerner enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband – a middle and high school STEM educator – and their two daughters.

Elizabeth Moy | Executive Director

Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education 

Beth Moy is Executive Director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) representing eight independent colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region: Arcadia University, Cabrini University, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd Mercy University, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann University and Rosemont College. Implementing the vision of the SEPCHE Presidents, Beth works with campus leaders, faculty and staff to improve teaching and learning and advance personal and organizational effectiveness through collaboration. Beth manages consortium development efforts in partnership with community, foundation and government organizations. Beth has held positions at Moore College of Art & Design as an Academic Planning Consultant and former Director of Development and Capital Campaign Director launching and managing its $15 million capital campaign through its expansion to $30 million. She brings over eight years of experience in public policy and legislative advocacy having served as Director of Special Projects and former Director of

Constituent Services for Philadelphia City Councilwoman-At-Large Happy Fernandez. Beth serves as Vice President of the Association for Collaborative Leadership. She is an officer of the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board and Montgomery County Industrial Development Authority. Beth has presented nationally and internationally on various topics related to collaboration in higher education. Beth has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a masters degree from the School of Social Administration at Temple University.

Laura Latta, Ph.D. | Executive Director of the Tulsa Higher Education Consortium

Dr. Laura Latta is a dedicated educator with experience in Pre K through postsecondary instructional leadership, cross-sector community development, and education research design and analytics. Dr. Latta is the Founding Executive Director of the Tulsa Higher Education Consortium, a multi-institutional collaborative that includes seven Tulsa-area colleges and universities. THE Consortium's focus is on supporting the transfer student experience, increasing equitable access to and outcomes in higher education, creating space for institutional collaboration, and building pathways to the workforce.portal with guided pathways from community colleges to universities across Tulsa.


Michael DuPont | Senior Program Office, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Michael DuPont is a Senior Program Officer for Tulsa Grantmaking with Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, where he supports the organization’s community-based grant-making focused on positive youth experiences, upward mobility through workforce development and degree completion, and supporting families in the areas of housing stability and food security.  In this position, Michael is proud to play a supporting role in expanding summer learning and leadership development opportunities for youth, promoting stronger collaboration among Tulsa’s higher education institutions to improve the experience of transfer students, connecting young adults to training and employment, finding ways to prevent evictions, supporting the development of quality, affordable housing, and ensuring families have access to resources to meet their basic needs.

Deb Mashek | Principal, Myco Consulting 

Deb Mashek is principal at Myco Consulting, where she helps higher ed leaders cultivate collaboration among diverse stakeholders to accomplish ambitious goals. Deb has spent the past 15 years leveraging her expertise in the psychology of relationships to facilitate collaborative action within nuanced academic spaces. She previously served as Professor of Psychology at Harvey Mudd College (2005-2018) and Executive Director of Heterodox Academy (2017-2020).

Barbara McFadden | Principal, McFadden, Rocklin and Associates.

Barbara McFadden  (formerly Barbara McFadden Allen) is a principal at McFadden, Rocklin and Associates. She specializes in providing strategic advice and decision support to senior university leaders. From 1999-2017, she served as Executive Director of the Big Ten Academic Alliance where she was responsible for leading and directing collaborative academic programs across the member universities.

Tom Rocklin | Principal, McFadden, Rocklin and Associate

Tom Rocklin is a principal at McFadden, Rocklin and Associates. He specializes in providing strategic advice and decision support to senior university leaders. The first half of his 36-year career in higher education was as a faculty member. Later, as an administrator at Iowa, Rocklin served as director of a teaching center, chair of his academic department, vice provost, and for almost nine years, the vice president for student life.

Dr. Peter Anderson | Executive Director, Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley

Dr. Peter Anderson is the Executive Director of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. After receiving his BA and MA in Classical Studies/Études anciennes from the University of Ottawa, Anderson earned his PhD in Greek and Latin Philology from the University of Cincinnati. He started his career as a classics professor at Ohio University and finished his 20-year teaching career at Grand Valley State University as full professor. He has published and presented internationally on Latin teacher training, Latin poetry, Roman Stoicism, contemplative pedagogy, and digital humanities. In addition to teaching and research, Anderson’s higher education career included state and national teaching awards, roles in University governance and administration, and extensive curriculum & assessment work for the International Baccalaureate Organization. As the founder of Inner Citadel Consulting, he leverages his expertise in education, emotional intelligence, executive coaching, and dialogue facilitation to develop leadership, productivity, and a culture of mindfulness in higher education, non-profit organizations, and teams of all kinds.
The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley (www.associatedcolleges.org) was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1970 and is one of the oldest higher education consortia in the country. Its four members are SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, and St. Lawrence University; the four presidents of the campuses serve as the executive board for the organization

Ruth Rauluk | Director of Risk Management, Five College Consortium

Ruth Rauluk is the Director of Risk Management for the Five College Consortium, Inc. (FCI) located in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ms. Rauluk manages the ERM, insurance, risk management, child safety program, and driver credentialing for Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges as well as for FCI. 

Ms. Rauluk is also the Chief Operating Officer of the Collegiate Catalyst Fund, a sponsored cell captive domiciled in Vermont. The captive provides auto physical damage, educator’s legal liability, general liability, cyber liability, and property coverage for the four colleges and FCI.

Ruth was formerly the Associate Vice President of Risk Management, Compliance, and Procurement at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. While at Point Park University, she was the driving force behind establishing the university’s centralized procurement, risk management, contracting, ERM, and compliance programs.

Ruth earned her MBA from Point Park University, was designated a University Scholar by the University of Pittsburgh (BA), holds a number of professional certifications, and is active in the University Risk Management and Insurance Association.

Zoë Wyner | Executive Director, The Professional Arts Consortium

Zoë Wyner has been working as the Executive Director with ProArts (a consortium of seven art colleges in Boston, MA) since January 2019. She has a background in education and the arts, with experience working with Tufts University, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and various arts nonprofit organizations. In working with ProArts, Zoë has done significant work emphasizing the importance of supporting BIPOC faculty, staff, and students, and providing opportunities for minority populations across the consortium. During her time with ProArts, she has also elevated the profile of the consortium significantly across the communities of the ProArts member institutions.

Zoë is an alumn of Lesley University (B.A) and Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts (MAT). She currently resides in RI where she is an active member of various visual and performing arts communities.


Ellen Peters | Associate Provost, Institutional Research, Planning and Student Success, University of Puget Sound

Ellen Peters is Associate Provost, Institutional Research, Planning and Student Success at the University of Puget Sound.  She previously served as Director of Institutional Research at Bates College, where she earned her B.A. Ellen attended Harvard University where she earned an Ed.M.  Ellen held positions in admission, financial aid, and student affairs before settling in institutional research and academic affairs. She is the former President of the Association for Institutional Research, and currently serves on the board of the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Ellen has published several articles on assessment, and is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences. She takes pride in her work with others both at her own institution and across higher education, where she leverages data and knowledge toward equity and student success. With co-author Bethany Miller, Ellen is working on a book about collaboration as a strong approach for leveraging institutional research toward equity and student success.

Bethany Miller | Director of Institutional Research & Assessment, Macalester College

Bethany Miller is the Director of Institutional Research & Assessment at Macalester College. She previously served as Director of Institutional Research & Assessment at Cornell College and Mary Baldwin University. She received her Ph.D. in Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her research interests include equity, student success, and inclusive excellence. She is active in regional and national organizations related to Institutional Research and Assessment including Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS), and Association for Institutional Research of the Upper Midwest (AIRUM); and is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences on topics related to assessment and student success. With co-author Ellen Peters, Bethany is working on a book about collaboration as a strong approach for leveraging institutional research toward equity and student success.


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