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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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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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 publ...

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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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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 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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Dr. Angélica Garcia

Dr. Angélica Garcia

Vice President of Student Services
Skyline College
San Bruno, CA
HERS Board of Directors

Dr. Angélica Garcia is an educational leader who is passionate about issues of access, equity, and student success in higher education. Over the past 16 years, her professional experiences have included direct student support, teaching, and leadership ...

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Susan Elrod, Ph.D.

Susan Elrod, Ph.D.

Chancellor
Indiana University - South Bend
South Bend, IN
HERS Board of Directors

Susan Elrod has been named chancellor of Indiana University South Bend and will begin this position on July 1, 2019. Previously, she served as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater since ...

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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.

Executive Vice President/Provost

As the Executive Vice President and Provost at McDaniel College, a private, liberal arts college in Westminster, Md., Jasken oversees the newly integrated divisions of Academic and Campus Life. In this role, she has spearheaded several significant cost...

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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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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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Kimberly Kvaal

Kimberly Kvaal

Vice President for Finance & Administration
St. Edward’s University
Austin, TX
HERS Board of Directors

Kimberly Kvaal is the Vice President for Finance & Administration at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas since August 2014 and has over 20 years of experience in the higher education industry at two previous institutions. Her areas of responsibili...

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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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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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Dawn M. Rhodes, M.B.A.

Dawn M. Rhodes, M.B.A.

Chief Business and Finance Officer and Vice President
University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD
HERS Board of Directors

Dawn Rhodes has more than 35 years of experience in finance and operations, 27 of them in higher education. Ms. Rhodes currently serves as the chief business and finance officer (CBFO) and vice president of administration and finance at the University ...

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