Brontè Burleigh-Jones, Ph.D.

Brontè Burleigh-Jones, Ph.D.

Vice President for Finance and Administration
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
HERS Board Chair

Brontè Burleigh-Jones serves as the vice president for finance and administration at Dickinson College where she oversees all areas of finance and campus operations, including Facilities Management, Dining Services, Human Resource Services, Financial O...

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Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.

Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.

Chancellor
University of Michigan – Flint
Flint, MI

Chancellor Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D. is the seventh chancellor of the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a student-centered leader with a passion for academics and a dedication to community transformation. Her career has been driven by a dedication to ...

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Debra K. DeMeis, Ph.D.

Debra K. DeMeis, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow
Cambridge Hill Partners
Cambridge, MA
HERS Board Secretary

Debra DeMeis recently became a Senior Fellow at Cambridge Hill Partners after retiring from a long career in higher education. Since joining the firm as a part-time consultant, she has worked with higher education institutions to help them achieve inst...

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Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

President
HERS (Higher Education Resource Services)
Denver, CO

Prior to joining the HERS team, Fitzsimmons served as the CEO of Kansas State Polytechnic Campus and dean of the College of Technology and Aviation, positions she held since 2012. Under her leadership, Kansas State Polytechnic created a campus strategi...

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Phoebe Haddon, J.D.

Phoebe Haddon, J.D.

Chancellor
Rutgers University – Camden
Camden, NJ

Respected nationally as a constitutional scholar and a leader in higher education, Phoebe A. Haddon became chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden on July 1, 2014. Prior to joining the Rutgers–Camden community, Haddon served as dean of the University o...

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Julia Jasken, Ph.D.

Julia Jasken, Ph.D.

Provost and Dean of the Faculty
McDaniel College
Westminster, MD

As McDaniel College’s new chief academic officer, Jasken oversees the college’s academic program including curriculum, staffing, instruction, student support services and academic resources. As dean of the faculty, she represents the faculty to the adm...

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Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Director of Organizational Development and Philanthropic Practice
Lumina Foundation
Indianapolis, IN

Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D., is Director of Organizational Development and Philanthropic Practice where she provides conceptual leadership and strategic direction in Lumina’s efforts to achieve the 60% attainment goal.

Throughout her career in higher educa...

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Mary Kennard Smith, J.D.

Mary Kennard Smith, J.D.

Vice President and General Counsel (Retired)
American University
Washington, D.C.
Chair of Nomination and Governance Committee

Mary E. Kennard served as the vice president and chief legal counsel for American University for 23 years. . She has over 30 years of experience in university administration and legal affairs. Ms. Kennard has served as a senior administrator at both pu...

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Carolyn P. Landis

Carolyn P. Landis

Managing Member
Catalyst Partners, LLC
Washington Crossing, PA

Carolyn P. Landis manages finances for growing companies in which Catalyst Partners has invested. She also assists corporations to prepare business plans and acquire capital through private placement investors. For non-profit clients, she guides the st...

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Belinda Miles. Ed.D.

Belinda Miles. Ed.D.

President
Westchester Community College
Westchester County, NY

Dr. Belinda S. Miles has served as president of Westchester Community College, a State University of New York (SUNY) institution serving more than 26,000 students in one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, since 2015. Deeply committed to studen...

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S. Georgia Nugent, Ph.D.

S. Georgia Nugent, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow
Council of Independent Colleges
Washington, D.C.

Dr. S. Georgia Nugent currently serves as Senior Fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges. Beginning in 2003, she served as President of Kenyon College. In the six years since at Kenyon, Nugent increased the quality and diversity of faculty and st...

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Mary A. Papazian, Ph.D.

Mary A. Papazian, Ph.D.

President
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
HERS Board Vice Chair, Chair of Audit Committee

Dr. Mary A. Papazian, a seasoned leader with nearly 30 years of experience as a university professor, academic and administrative leader, joined San Jose State University as its 30th president on July 1, 2016.
As the leader of the founding campus of th...

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Jacqueline Pollard, Ed.D.

Jacqueline Pollard, Ed.D.

President and CEO, The Pollard Group
Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Morris Brown College
Atlanta, GA
Chair of Advancement Committee

Recognized and respected as an innovative and entrepreneurial advancement professional, Dr. Pollard has served in a myriad of senior level management positions for more than fifty years in the higher education arena at educational institutions such as ...

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Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ph.D.

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ph.D.

President
Texas A&M University – San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
HERS Board Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Investment Committee

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson is the second president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA), one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and the only Texas A&M System university located in a major metropolitan city. Since becoming president i...

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Pamela Benoit, Ph.D.

Pamela Benoit, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
University of Alabama – Birmingham
HERS Board of Directors

Pam Benoit, Ph.D., was named senior vice president of Academic Affairs and provost at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May 2017 and began serving July 1, 2017.

Benoit joined UAB from Ohio University, where she served as executive vice preside...

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Susan Elrod, Ph.D.

Susan Elrod, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Whitewater, WI
HERS Board of Directors

Susan Elrod began as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater on April 15, 2016. Prior to this appointment, she served as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Calif...

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Tuajuanda Jordan, Ph.D.

Tuajuanda Jordan, Ph.D.

President
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
St. Mary’s City, MD
HERS Board of Directors

Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan has served as St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s (SMCM) seventh president since July 2014. During her tenure, the Board of Trustees approved A Time for Rebirth, a new three-year strategic plan that builds on the College’s charter as ...

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