Highlights of Qualifications
- Twenty-three years of Executive Cabinet level experience
- Nine years as Vice President of Student Affairs and Associate Provost of Loyola University New Orleans, nationally recognized for diversifying enrollment post-Hurricane Katrina
- Supervised over $63 million in new construction and renovation projects
- Assisted in cultivating trustees and benefactors for $25 million in capital projects
- Nationally known thought leader in higher education associations
- Early and sustained proponent of collaboration between Academic and Student Affairs
- Proven institutional change agent; skills include assessment, strategic planning, implementation, program evaluation, talent identification and development. Ability to collaborate with colleagues to create and implement institutional objectives
- Keen understanding and delivery of applying knowledge, experience, and resources to create educational environments that address student needs, promote community, enhance student learning, and foster student engagement
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Upsilon Nu Chi Distinguished Scholar in Counseling, 1998
Ph.D., Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Doctor of Philosophy: Higher Education Administration, 1985
M.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Master of Science: Student Personnel Administration, 1980
B.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Bachelor of Science: Criminology, 1979
Vice President of Student Affairs and Associate Provost of Academic Affairs
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA July, 2006-Present
Lead the Division of Student Affairs and direct the following: Athletics, Bookstore, Budget Management, Career Center, Counseling Center, Food Service, Greek Life, Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, Intramurals, New Student and Parent Orientation, Recreation Center, Student Conduct, Student Involvement, Student Government Association, University Center, and Wellness Programs. Collaborative work in Academic Affairs includes: development of the First Year Experience and the Student Success Initiative; meet bi-monthly with the Provost and Vice President of Enrollment Management to coordinate recruitment, retention and graduation strategies.
Cabinet officer, reporting to the President and serves on the following committees for the Board of Trustees: Academic & Enrollment Management; Finance & Administration; Staff to Student Affairs Serves on the following University committees: Enrollment Management Leadership Team; Executive Cabinet; President’s Advisory Group for Financial Equilibrium; President’s committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (Chair); Presidential Review of the University Marketing & Communications Office (Chair); Provost Council; University Budget; University Master Plan; and University Strategic Planning Team.
- Oversight of $31M campus renovation projects significantly impacting the student residential experience
- Increased intercollegiate athletic teams (2007-2015) from six to fourteen; and more than doubled the number of student athletes from 71 to 152; initiated a faculty, staff, student study to move intercollegiate athletics from the NAIA to the NCAA. The University is currently in a campaign to increase funding for athletics, which will assist the move to the NCAA
- Reorganized the Office of Student Affairs, saving $350K for expansion of the career center, counseling and athletics
- Increased staff productivity and satisfaction by engaging colleagues with a positive, focused, inclusive style of leadership, developed a culture of trust and transparency, prioritized work-life balance, and encouraged innovation
- Strengthened programs by increasing diversity of student affairs professional staff by 35%
- Fostered philanthropic culture with Student Affairs by achieving 100% giving participation among staff for the last 4 years
- Talent identification and development of Student Affairs staff provides a mission-centric core of professionals
- Significant role in determining best practices for emergency/crisis management post-Hurricane Katrina regarding campus safety
Vice President for Co-Curricular Education and Dean of Student Life
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Education
St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY June, 1998-2006
Led the Division of Student Life and directed the following: Career Services and Leadership Education, Center for Collegiate Volunteerism, Chaplain, Co-curricular Education & Programming, Leadership Academy, Multicultural Center, New Student and Parent Orientation, Residential Learning Communities & Housing, Safety & Security, Student Health Services, Student Government Association, University Student Center, and University Judicial Boards. Co-directed the First Year Program; created learning-centered residential experiences.
Cabinet Officer, reporting to the President and served on the following Board of Trustee committees: Enrollment; Finance; and Staff to Student Life; served on the following University committees: President’s Senior Staff; Strategic Planning; University Budget; Building and Grounds; University Master Plan; and the University Retention Task Force.
- Led the architectural design and construction phase of a $15M student center; $6M upper-class residence hall; $6M comprehensive health center which included counseling; directed approximately $5M for residence hall renovations
- Directed the campus response to the September 11, 2001 crisis
- Created the St. Lawrence Leadership Academy and Center for Collegiate Volunteerism
- Provided leadership for a collaborative retention initiative resulting in an increase of first-year retention from 80.4% to 90.1%
- Increased faculty involvement in enhancing the student experience by including faculty in key student life committees such as the University response to alcohol and drug use; sexual assault; and the review of the student code of conduct
Upsilon Nu Chi Distinguished Scholar in Counseling, Postdoctoral Fellow University of North Carolina at Greensboro June, 1996-1998
Selected to teach graduate classes in: counseling, student development and higher education administration.
- Became Nationally Certified Counselor, May, 1998
- Served on the counseling staff at High Point University, 1998
- Served on the Methodist campus ministry teams at Wake Forest University and Salem College, 1997
- Served as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry, St. Timothy’s Methodist Church, 1996
Dean for Student Development
Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS June, 1990-1996
Led and directed the following: Academic Support Services, Career Services, Counseling, First Year Experience, Judicial Boards, Leadership Development, Multicultural Affairs, New Student Orientation, Residential Life & Housing, Retention Services, Student Government Association, Student Leadership, Student Programming, Student Union, and the University 101 program.
Cabinet officer, reporting to the President and served on Executive Committee; Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Council; University Alcohol and Drug Task Force (Chair); University Budget Committee; University Strategic Planning Team.
- Directed the inaugural First Year Program; developed the University 101 curriculum and taught in the program
- Developed a short and long term financial plan for deferred maintenance in residential facilities, completed several projects in the student center, residence halls and auditorium
- Initiated a standards program for social clubs to promote academic standards, appropriate social club management, new and returning membership standards, leadership development and service. Social clubs were required annually to report on each of these areas. MUW has an established social club system
- Created a student judicial system and complete update of the student code of conduct
Director of Student Development
University of North Carolina at Asheville July, 1986-1990
Directed the Alcohol Awareness Program, Greek Life, Leadership Development Program, Student Affairs Intern Program, Student Fee Allocation Process, Student Government, Student.
Organizations; University Judicial Boards, counseled students with behavior issues; supervised the Assistant Director of Student Development and Multicultural Affairs.
Reported to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and served on Alcohol & Drug Task Force, Dining Service Satisfaction Committee; Facilities Enhancement Committee; Greek Life Expansion Committee; Served as an Academic Advisor; The Office of Student Affairs Strategic Plan (chair).
- Developed and directed a comprehensive leadership program, including teaching academic leadership courses
- Founded the Western North Carolina Alliance of Collegiate Leadership Educators, members included eight regional institutions
- Created and directed the first regional collegiate leadership conference with over 250 attendees
- Directed the installations of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Alpha Phi Omega
Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of North Carolina at Asheville July, 1985-1986
Advised the Vice Chancellor’s direct reports on strategic planning and implementation; assisted and reviewed the Division of Student Affairs annual reports’, advised the Chancellor’s Leadership Colloquium, Student Judicial Boards, Student Government Association, Greek Life, and Campus Leadership Programs.
Reported to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs; assisted with the development of long and short term Student Affairs departmental goals; initiated Student Affairs staff development programs; employee evaluations; served on the University AIDS Task Force.
- Initiated the development of the Greek System
- Developed an academic leadership course to complement the campus leadership program
- Initiated the development of a Student Affairs Internship Program
- Created a student organization/faculty advisor handbook and training program
Director of Student Activities and Organizations
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL July, 1980-1982
Programmed and advised all student organizations, directed the Greek System, coordinated the First Year and Transfer Orientation Program, developed Parent’s Weekend, and initiated a leadership development program.
Reported to the Vice President for Student Affairs and served on the Board of Directors of Campus Ministry; Gleason Performing Arts Theater Committee; Media Board; New Student and Parent Orientation Committee (Chair); and Parent’s Weekend Committee (Chair).
- Hosted a weekly Sunday morning radio show on the campus radio station
- Proposed a revision to the Student Government Association to include a student legislature
- Created a Campus Programming Board
- Initiated an Inter-Organizational Student Leader Council
Professional Recognition and Service
- Pillar of the Profession, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation, 2014 Awarded NASPA’s highest peer recognition for leadership in the profession
- Senior Student Affairs Advisory Board, American College Personnel Association Governing Board, 2013-2016
- Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service, Jesuit Association of Student Affairs, 2013
- Magis Award for Outstanding Leadership Loyola University New Orleans, Black Student Union, 2013
- President, Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) 2011-2014Led the Jesuit, Catholic student affairs association of 1500 members representing 28 institutions. Chaired the executive board, and the board of directors comprised of the 28 senior student affairs officers. Led a member needs assessment and strategic planning and implementation process, chaired the national conference focused on immigration, access and equity. Previously served as vice president, 2011 and regional vice president, 2009-2011. Currently serve as past president on the executive board 2014-2016.
- Ignatian Colleagues Program, participants are nominated by their president for this program, which is designed to prepare leaders in Jesuit institutions for significant future leadership positions. The program includes a two-year course of studies, an out-of-country immersion program, and an eight-day silent retreat. 2012-2014.
- Board of Directors The Hardee Center, The Florida State University, 2012-2015
- Board of Directors NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, 2012-2015
- Editorial Board NASPA Journal of Scholarship, Research and Practice, 2012-2015
- NASPA Dissertation of the Year Committee, 2011-2014
- Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Buffalo State College, Student Personnel Administration, 2008
- Editorial Board ACPA Books and Media Review, 2008-2014