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Senior Administrator Leadership Conference Forum- 
Data Driven Decision Making - the smart way to leverage summer and special sessions for strategic enrollment and student success

Ben Kennedy, Managing Partner, Kennedy & Co., Washington DC
Ben is the Managing PartnerBen is the Managing Partner of Kennedy & Co., which focuses exclusively on the unique challenges and opportunities higher education institutions face with innovative approaches for integrated, insightful, and actionable strategies. Kennedy & Co. provides financial and statistical modeling for universities, enrollment and marketing strategy, market research for universities and budgeting models and revenue/cost sharing formulations. A graduate of Duke University, and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Ben acts as a university trustee. He is also a strategic Advisor for the University of South Carolina, an Advisor for ReveLAtion group (Non-profit focused on economic development in Louisiana), Director of Huron Education, Student Enrollment and Retention Services, and a Consultant for Bain & Company.

Andy Hannah, CEO, Othot, Pittsburgh, PA.
Andy is the CEO of Othot, an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Analytics, and an Entrepreneur- In-Residence at Pitt Business. Othot takes predictive analytics to the next level with real-time answers that are ready to use in your decision-making.Andy has been an entrepreneur since 1995, a calling that has stayed firmly with him ever since. He has played leading C-Level roles at four high tech start-ups over the past two decades and the resulting perspectives, learnings and expertise are the cornerstones of his endeavors.  Andy’s companies touched a range of industries such as information, software, consulting and materials science. He was directly involved in over $180 million of venture transactions and three of these companies were bought by industry leaders. Andy worked successfully with prominent venture firms such as Trident Capital, Advent International, Safeguard Scientific, Draper Triangle, and Birchmere. He has also raised funding from leading leverage buyout companies including Vestar and corporate VCs such as Samsung and Applied Materials. Prior to Othot, Andy was the Co-Founder and CEO of Plextronics, a global materials science company.

Pre-College Programs;  A Playground of Opportunity

Christopher Cofer, Executive Director, Summer@Syracuse, Syracuse University
Cofer works with the University’s schools and colleges to support credit and non-credit course programming in summer and online courses in winter. He provides central planning and advocacy to coordinate cross-college initiatives and promote long-range planning and marketing for summer and winter. Cofer also oversees various pipeline and other summer programs, including: Summer College for High School Students, SummerStart for incoming freshmen and the Syracuse SUccess Initiative to support University retention and progression to degree goals for undergraduates. Cofer joined Syracuse University in 2007 as the Director of Summer College for High School Students and became Director of Summer@Syracuse in 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and American literature from Northern Arizona University in 1996 and a master’s degree in outdoor and environmental education from SUNY Cortland in 2002.

Keynote Address:Bridging Achievement Gaps Through Data and Analytics

Timothy Renick, PhD, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and
Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University.

 Dr. Renick has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student successand enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in thenation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Dr.

Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has
twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall
Street Journal, and CNN and cited by President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative
People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for
National Leadership in Student Success Innovation. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million
U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement
on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of
Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and PHD. in Religion from Princeton University

Winter Intersession Panel - purpose, popularity, promotion… pitfalls and paranoia.

Gary Simon , Director, Adult and Summer Academic Programs, The University of Tampa
Gary is the immediate past-president of NAASS and is the Director of Adult and Summer Academic Programs at The University of Tampa. In this role, he oversees all special sessions, including Winter Intersession, and several not-for-credit programs.  He also teaches marketing classes at the graduate level in the Sykes College of Business.  Prior to joining the University, he held marketing and management positions in regional and international professional services firms.  Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in business administration, and a doctor of business administration in marketing with additional study in international business.

Chris Cofer, Executive Director, Summer@Syracuse, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
Chris Cofer works with the University's schools and colleges to support credit and non-credit course programming in summer and online courses in winter. Cofer provides central planning and advocacy to coordinate cross-college initiatives and promote long-range planning and marketing for summer and winter.  Cofer also oversees various pipeline and other summer programs, including Summer College for High School Students, SummerStart for incoming freshmen, and the Syracuse SUccess Initiative to support University retention and progression to degree goals for undergraduates.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and American literature from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in outdoor and environmental education from SUNY Cortland. 

Jeanie Kline EdD, Executive Director of Academic Initiatives, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA
Jeanie Kline works in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where her responsibilities include launching academic initiatives, including summer and winter terms, as well as new and modified degree programs. She previously served as Assistant Vice President for Distance Learning at Old Dominion, and prior to that worked at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. In addition, she has served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Network since 2004, holding the role of State Coordinator from 2008-2011. She has served on the board of the ODU Women’s Caucus, twice as president.  Kline’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Virginia Tech, a Master of Education and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an Educational Specialist and Doctor of Education from the College of William and Mary.  She also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Arts and Letters at ODU.


Paul Cesarani PhD, Professor & Assistant Vice Provost, Online & Summer Academic Programs, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Paul Cesarini is a Professor in the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering at Bowling Green State University, and also serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Online & Summer Academic Programs.  He is originally from the Boston area, and has published and presented in a wide variety of academic venues.  Cesarini holds BFA, BA, MA, and PhD degrees.


Rachel Nottingham Miller PhD, Associate Director, Summer & Special Academic Programs, University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
Rachel Nottingham Miller is the Associate Director for Summer and Special Academic Programs at the University of Virginia with the mission to broaden the educational experiences of students beyond the traditional academic year.  She is the Academic Editor for Summer Academe, a higher education journal dedicated to summer session administration and pedagogy, sponsored by NAASS and other summer organizations.  Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Nottingham Miller holds degrees from Mars Hill College, Western Carolina University, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Virginia.  Her career in higher education began at Mars Hill College, where she served in several roles including Director of Counseling.  In 2008, she brought her experience to the University of Virginia’s Summer and Special Academic Programs where she oversees Summer Session, January Term, UVA Advance Pre-College Programs, and opportunities for visiting international students.

Owen Hooper, Director of Innovative Education,  University of South Florida
Owen Hooper serves as the Director of Innovative Education for Accelerated Summer and Intersession Academic Programs (ASAP) at the University of South Florida.  He has worked within summer and special sessions for over eight years after completing his B.S. in Sports Management and Masters of Education in Counseling with Emphasis in Higher Education.  Hooper currently oversees Summer@USF, Winter Session, Maymester, the Academic and Cultural Engagement Program, and USF PreCollege.  Owen is currently completing his Ed. D. in Program Development for Educational Innovation.

Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson MA, Intersession Summer and Evening College Program Coordinator, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS
Jo Maseberg-Tomlinson is a “jack of all trades” in her role at Kansas State University where she serves as the K-State Global Campus Program Coordinator for Summer School, Intersession, and Evening College with primary responsibility for facilitating the delivery and coordination of university credit courses and programs delivered on campus, off campus, and online. She also coordinates marketing and promotion efforts for these programs, works to develop new programs and courses, and makes sure the finances for all her programs are in order.  Prior to joining K-State Global Campus, Maseberg-Tomlinson worked as an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, and prior to that she was a marketing specialist for a large industrial supply company in northeast Ohio.  She holds a Master of Arts in English from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fort Hays State University. 



What’s New with the JSR: Data Trending, Dataset Access, and User Experiences

Trish Suske, Director of Summer Term, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Patricia (Trish) Suske is currently entering her twenty-eighth year with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her tenth year as Director of Summer Term. Trish has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Information Technology and Systems Management from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. She is President-Elect of the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators, Western Regional Vice President of the National Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS) and Co-Chair of the NAASS Quality and Research Committee.


On Your Time Initiatives - Building Programs for Retention and Progression 

Shelley Dempsey, MEd, MBA , Director, On Your Time Initiatives, Office of the Provost, University of South Carolina
Shelley Dempsey is the Director of On Your Time Initiatives at the University of South Carolina. Her 20 years at USC have provided the opportunity to work in a variety of offices including, Student Affairs, the Moore School of Business, the Carolina Alumni Association, and currently the Office of the Provost. One of her favorite activities at USC is teaching University 101, and she treasures the amazing students who have been in her classes and also assisted as peer leaders. 
Working in higher education is a privilege, and Shelley enjoys the opportunity to learn something new each day - from both colleagues and students. The emphasis on transitioning and growing as the needs of our industry change are a challenge she enjoys and one she has been able to put into action as the new director of USC’s On Your Time Initiatives. Helping students reach their goals is a passion for Shelley, and she prides herself on working to support them as an active member of the university community. 
Shelley is a graduate of Wofford College and also holds two master degrees from USC: a Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education Administration and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Her newest adventure is becoming a student in the University of South Carolina's PhD in Higher Education Administration program. 
She enjoys spending time with her husband Scott and their sons Aiden (11) and Cooper (9). They have a dog named Max who is the highlight of the household! Much of their time is spent at the soccer field watching Aiden or in a theatre watching Cooper.

Amanda Therrell, BA , Manager for Academics, On Your Time Initiatives, Office of the Provost, University of South Carolina
Amanda Therrell is the Manager of Academics in the Office of On Your Time Initiatives at the University of South Carolina. She has worked for the University in this office for two and a half years. Her role with OYT is to develop and implement programs to help students stay on track for graduation, initiate supplemental offerings of high demand courses and oversee processes of advisement and academic administrative services within the office. Previously, Amanda worked at Columbia College, a private women’s college in South Carolina, in the Office of the Provost for six years. She is also an alum of Columbia College, with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Amanda is beginning to work toward a Master’s degree in Higher Education at USC. 
Amanda lives in Lexington, SC, with her husband, James, and their children, James (11) and Christopher (1). She spends her time spoiling their boxers, Jewel and Jax, watching James play sports, pulling for the Gamecocks and going to the beach. Amanda is a passionate advocate for victims of domestic violence and volunteers for Sistercare, a local non profit agency, from time to time.


Writing an Annual Report: Owning the Narrative

Susanna Cowan, PhD, Director, Summer and Winter Programs, University of Connecticut
Susanna Cowan, PhD, has been the Director of the Summer & Winter Programs at the University of Connecticut since the fall of 2013. She is the outgoing NAASS VP of the NE Region. Her professional interests, beyond the day-to-day running of a summer/winter program, include assessment, user experience, undergraduate education, and qualitative study of undergraduates.



PreCollege: Different Models; Different Initiatives; All Successes

Owen Hooper, Director of Innovative Education,  University of South Florida 
Owen Hooper serves as a Director of Innovative Education at the University of South Florida - a role he has held for three years. Owen oversees the Office of Accelerated Summer and Intersession Academic Programs (ASAP) that includes Summer@USF, Maymester, Winter Session, PreCollege, and the Academic and Cultural Engagement Program (for incoming Out-of-State and International Freshman). Previously Owen spent six years at North Carolina State University working with summer session; specifically directing the Summer START program. Owen has earned his BS in Sports Management and M. ED in Higher Education Counseling from NC State and is currently enrolled in the Ed. D. program in Program Development - Emphasis in Educational Innovation at the University of South Florida.



Publishing Workshop: Writing for Summer Academe

Rachel Nottingham Miller, PhD, University of Virginia 
Rachel Nottingham Miller's mission is to broaden the educational experiences of students beyond the traditional academic year. She currently serves as the Associate Director for Summer and Special Academic Programs at the University of Virginia, and is the Academic Editor for Summer Academe, a higher education journal dedicated to summer session administration and pedagogy. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, she holds degrees from Mars Hill College, Western Carolina University, and a PhD in higher education from the University of Virginia. Her career in higher education began at Mars Hill College, where she served in several roles including Director of Counseling. In 2008, she brought her experience to the University of Virginia’s Summer and Special Academic Programs where she oversees Summer Session, January Term, UVA Advance Pre-College Programs, and opportunities for visiting international students.



Catamount Gap Abroad: Adapting the Learning Community Model for WCU Freshmen Abroad in the Summer


Brian Gorman, Director, Western Carolina University
Brian J. Gorman is director of Mentoring and Persistence to Success (MAPS), the first generation, low income, and independent student support office at WCU. MAPS also coordinates early start summer programs for incoming freshman as well as academic advising for continuing students. His research is broadly grounded in at-risk population persistence, retention, and graduation rates. Much of his experience is in summer school, more specifically the development of early start and transitional programs for incoming freshman using a living/learning community model. A formally trained teacher, he has experience in curriculum development, including a course designed to interconnect academic and co-curricular skills for at-risk populations.


Lowell Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Western Carolina University
Lowell Kent Davis is a native of Dallas, Texas. Lowell attended Hampton University where he graduated with Honors with a degree in English Arts-Secondary Education. While at Hampton, Lowell served as his class president, Student Government Association President, member of the Student Leadership Program, Who’s Who Among America’s Colleges and Universities, Honors College, Golden Key International Honor Society and many other campus activities. Lowell was voted Most Likely to Succeed/ Most Likely to be on the cover of Ebony magazine by his college senior class as well. Lowell has a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling with an emphasis on College Student Development. Lowell received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs with a minor in Counseling and African American Studies from Indiana University. Lowell currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success at Western Carolina University.




Building A Program for Generation Z: A Look Inside the Blueprints for ZAP

Alexis Quintal, M.Ed., Recruiter & Admissions Advisor, Zimmerman Advertising Program,University of South Florida
Alexis Quintal is the first face most prospective students will see. Entrusted with finding the best 34 students in the world, Quintal travels the country looking for the world's next generation of chief marketing officers. As the architect of ZAP's entire recruiting strategy, Quintal has developed a close bond with her suitcase and frequent flier miles as she takes the ZAP message to high schools and college fairs across the nation. With the kind of precision that ZAP students learn to target their advertising, Quintal uncovers any place likely to be home to advertising's next great leaders. 
In addition to mapping out a strategy to find and attract the very best students, Quintal oversees all marketing efforts for the program. From posters and brochures to the clever ZAP branded beach balls and sunglasses (popular in the northeast in the winter), Quintal coordinates these efforts, overseeing ZAP's web presence and social media. She also reviews applications to ensure they meet the program's academic standards and coordinates campus visits and interviews to find exactly the right 34 students each year. 
A veteran of college admissions, Quintal began working in admissions as an undergraduate student at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Having found her home in college recruiting and admissions, after receiving her bachelor's degree in communications, Quintal earned a master's in higher education student affairs at Salem State University. After uncovering her spark during the interview process, the ZAP team worked hard to recruit this recruiter to USF.


It Takes a Village: Building Summer Programs for Incoming First-Year Students

Daphne Rankin, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost, Strategic Enrollment Management, Virginia Commonwealth University
Daphne L. Rankin, Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management at Virginia Commonwealth University, has more than twenty-five years of higher education experience. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her M.S. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from VCU. 
An innovative and enthusiastic educator, administrator, and communicator, Daphne has extensive experience in student transition, retention, and success. Since joining the university's administration in 2004, she has assumed progressive leadership responsibilities in curriculum development, student retention, parent and family programs, enrollment management, summer studies, and Intersession programs. Dr. Rankin served as VCU’s first Director of Student Engagement and helped develop the University College. As the Associate Vice Provost for Instruction, she introduced VCU’s Summer Reading Program and expanded New Student Orientation to include a robust program for parents and families. Since joining Strategic Enrollment Management, Dr. Rankin has worked to enhance VCU’s Summer Studies and Intersession programs through the use of data analytics and a comprehensive marketing campaign.



Online Winter Session and Think 30

Monique LaRocque, Ph.D, Associate Provost, Division of Lifelong Learning, University of Maine
Monique LaRocque is the Associate Provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning. In her position, she oversees UMaineOnline, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Summer University, Winter Session, Conference and Institutes, Professional Development Programs, Early College and Student Support Services, and the Hutchinson Center, an outreach facility of the University of Maine. Recently, Monique and her team launched a fully online Winter Session which they paired with the Provost's Think 30 Initiative. This initiative has been very successful and has resulted in dramatic increases in the number of credit hours students take per year as they move towards graduation.



The Iowa Summer Hawk Grant: A 4-year impact report

Marlys Boote, Director of Summer Session, University of Iowa
Marlys Boote is Assistant Dean and Director of Summer Session in the Division of Continuing Education, and Senior Director of Enrollment Management in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her areas of expertise include course planning, budgeting, and instructor compensation.


Continuing Student Engagement and Retention Beyond the Summer Program

Elizabeth Bambacus, M.Ed., N.C.C., Ph.D. candidate, Student Engagement & Summer Studies Administrator, Virginia Commonwealth University
Elizabeth Bambacus was an academic advisor to first-year college students before becoming VCU's Student Engagement & Summer Studies Administrator. In addition to managing Summer Studies and Intersession, Elizabeth coordinates programing for students who are at risk, including first-generation college students and student who are put on academic warning during their first year. Elizabeth earned her Master of Education in Counselor Education in 2011 and is in the dissertation phase of VCU's counselor education and supervision doctoral program.



The Summer Pre-College Leadership Risk Management Conundrum: Who’s Minding the Store? 

Jimmy Musiker, Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs 
Esteban Olivares, Assistant Dean, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies



Using Summer Session to Develop Accelerated Degree Programs

Blake Snider, M.B.A., Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies, Clemson University
I have a passion for student success and higher education that comes from 15 years of experience as both a full-time tenured faculty member and an administrator of University-level programs. I completed a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University in 2002 and an M.B.A. in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University in 2011, where I also served as a faculty member, a program coordinator and the Director of Budget and Planning within an eLearning unit. 
I accepted a new position at Clemson University in 2012 as the founding Director of Summer School, and as an Associate Professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. I also supported Clemson Online with Finance and Operations for a year. I currently serve as the Assistant Dean for Assessment & Outreach in the Office of Undergraduate Studies with responsibilities for Assessment, Summer Session and Outreach. Additionally, I represent the Provost on administrative Boards at University Center of Greenville (UCG), with the twin goals of managing the University's partnership with UCG and promoting the growth of Clemson University programs at UCG. 
In addition to an outstanding record of teaching and scholarship as a faculty member, I have developed an intimate knowledge of higher education administration and expertise in strategic planning, student advising, business processes and procedures, eLearning, and University level program administration. I am excited about providing visionary leadership during a time when institutions of higher learning are navigating a rapidly changing higher education landscape. 

Jisoo Kim, PhD, Director of Summer Academnic Programs, University of California, Los Angeles
A thought leader who is well-rounded both academically and administratively with business acumen, technological aptitude, and leadership abilities to strategize and innovate, to empower staff to change and grow together, and to build meaningful partnerships. 
Having ably served UCLA and its constituencies in various capacities that relate directly to her analytic skills, strategic planning capacity, curriculum development experience, and strong credibility within UCLA and beyond, Jisoo, as Director of Academic Programs, currently leads the effort to advance the two prongs of UCLA Summer Sessions' mission: ensuring sustainable revenue growth and meeting campus academic priorities. 
She welcomes challenges in higher education that involve strategic program development and financial management.

Robert Brackett, M.Ed., Student Services Coordinator, Undergraduate Assessment, Clemson University
Bob Brackett was the Assistant Director of the ePortfolio Program at Clemson University. He now works in undergraduate assessment at Clemson. His research interests include career ePortfolios and faculty engagement. Prior to joining Clemson, he served as a secondary classroom teacher and the Managing Director of a large private K-12 learning center. He earned his M. Ed. In Instructional Technology from the University of Maryland, University College and his B.A from the George Washington University.



Student Success in Difficult Courses: Implications for Summer Scheduling and Advising

Heather Hartman, PhD, EdS, MS, BSBA, Summer Sessions Coordinator, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Hartman currently serves as the NAASS Regional Vice President for the Southern Region, having served the region previously as an Assistant Vice President. She has worked at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for over four years as Summer Sessions Coordinator. In addition to coordinating summer sessions, Dr. Hartman also leads the institution-wide Accessibility Implementation Team working on improving accessibility at the university for students who have identified their disabilities and those who have not. This fall, she assumes the role of accreditation liaison for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and will retain her summer coordination responsibilities. 
Prior to working at UT Knoxville, Dr. Hartman worked for SACS Commission on Colleges and served as accreditation liaison and online director at a small liberal arts university in Georgia. Dr. Hartman is a higher education professional with extensive experience in various areas of administration including accreditation, institutional effectiveness, online learning, summer sessions, accessibility and information technology.



The Power of Peers: Modeling a Successful Peer Administrative and Mentoring Structure Across Summer Initiatives

Owen Hooper, Director of Innovative Education,  University of South Florida 
Owen Hooper serves as a Director of Innovative Education at the University of South Florida - a role he has held for three years. Owen oversees the Office of Accelerated Summer and Intersession Academic Programs (ASAP) that includes Summer@USF, Maymester, Winter Session, PreCollege, and the Academic and Cultural Engagement Program (for incoming Out-of-State and International Freshman). Previously Owen spent six years at North Carolina State University working with summer session; specifically directing the Summer START program. Owen has earned his BS in Sports Management and M. ED in Higher Education Counseling from NC State and is currently enrolled in the Ed. D. program in Program Development - Emphasis in Educational Innovation at the University of South Florida.


































 



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