Speakers - Articulation and Transfer Conference 2021
 

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Patrick Bennett

Vice President, Academic Quality and Planning and Dean, School of Education, Franklin University

As Vice President for Academic Quality and Planning, Dr. Bennett leads the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University, which consists of a diverse team of faculty and staff dedicated to improving teaching and learning.  By working closely with Franklin’s Centers of Excellence, Dr. Bennett assists in the development and implementation of high-quality learning solutions for Franklin University and external partners, including universities (domestic and international), Fortune 100 corporations, and governmental entities.

As Dean, Dr. Bennett leads the School of Education, which is a community leader in the preparation of educators who welcome all learners, expect high outcomes, and inspire greatness from all students.

Dr. Bennett has 19+ years of experience in higher education, elevating his roles and responsibilities throughout his career.  He provides executive leadership and management for projects that are mission-critical to the university’s strategic objectives and worldwide partnerships, including overseeing Franklin University’s $3M Title III Department of Education grant. 

In addition, Dr. Bennett serves as lead faculty for the Higher Education Leadership focus for the Franklin University Doctor of Education program.  In this role, he develops curriculum, manages faculty, teaches, and advises graduate students. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Creighton University teaching in the Interdisciplinary Leadership program.  He is an accomplished author and international speaker on topics including education leadership, transnational education, and technology-enhanced education.

Dr. Bennett has a B.S. in Information Technology, an MBA with a concentration in Financial Leadership and a Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

 

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Lawrence A.Q. Burnley, Ph.D.

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Dayton

 

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Peggy Chalker, Ph.D.

Dean, Articulation & Transfer and Director, Student Success, Southern State Community College

Peggy Chalker has served higher education as an administrator for over 40 years in Ohio, Washington DC, and Virginia. Her experience has included all types of institutions: private, public, research-based, community, regional, single-gender, large and small.  She has served both academic affairs and student affairs and has managed departments as a dean, director, and department chair. Most recently she holds the position of Dean, Articulation & Transfer/Director, Student Success at Southern State Community College.  She holds two degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. from the American University in Washington, DC.

 

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Paula Compton

Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer, Ohio Department of Higher Education, Executive Director of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Kristi Conrad

Senior Associate Director for Secondary Career-Technical Alignment Initiative, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Maureen Cooper

College Credit Plus Manager, Franklin University

Maureen Cooper is currently the College Credit Plus Manager at Franklin University. Before joining the College Credit Plus Department in 2017, she worked for two years as the Community College Representative for Urbana University Branch Campus of Franklin University, assisting community college students through the transfer process. Throughout her 15-year career in higher education, she has also worked in various roles such as Admissions, Academic Advising, and Continuing Education. Maureen has a B.S. in Biology from Wright State University. She is passionate about the power of education to change lives and enjoys assisting students in meeting their educational goals.

 

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Rachel Fulton

Wright Path Program Manager, Transfer Student Resource Center, Enrollment Management, Wright State University

Rachel Fulton currently serves Wright State University as the Wright Path Program Manager in the Transfer Student Resource Center.  Her role focuses on supporting students in the Wright Path partnership programs and creating a holistic transfer experience while the student is enrolled at one of the five partner institutions through their first term at Wright State.  Prior to joining Wright State in July 2021, Rachel served in articulation, advising, and transfer professional roles at the University of Cincinnati, IUPUI, and Ivy Tech Community College.  She has served higher education as a transfer champion with an advising heart since 2010.

 

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Jenny Garringer

Community College Regional Manager Team Lead, Franklin University

Rachel Fulton currently serves Wright State University as the Wright Path Program Manager in the Transfer Student Resource Center.  Her role fJenny Garringer currently serves as the Community College Regional Manager Team Lead at Franklin University. Her role at Franklin is to assist students making the transition from their associate degree to bachelor’s degree as seamless as possible while building relationships with Franklin’s Community College Alliance partners. Jenny earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an MBA, both from Wright State University. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years, holding positions in marketing, recruitment, academics, and student services at for-profit as well as non-profit public and private institutions.

 

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Candice Grant

Senior Director, Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Holly Hall

Assistant Director of Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Kimberly Hardy-Porter, Ed.D.

Special Assistant to the Provost, Wilberforce University

Dr. Kimberly Hardy-Porter is currently the Special Assistant to the Provost/Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Wilberforce University. Dr. Porter is a 1985 graduate of Wilberforce University. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. She has been with Wilberforce since January of 2021, when she started as the CLIMB (Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business) Director. She has 16 years of K-12 teaching experience and has been a non-credit ESL Instructor at Columbus State Community College. Dr. Porter earned both of her advanced degrees at Northcentral University out of Arizona. She earned her Doctorate in Education in 2020.

 

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Janet L. Marling, Ph.D.

Executive Director, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

Janet L. Marling, Ph.D. has been affiliated with NISTS since its establishment in 2002 and was named executive director in 2011. In this role and through her extensive speaking, training, and consulting activities, Dr. Marling works with individuals, higher education institutions and associations, state agencies, foundations, and legislative bodies to improve transfer policy, practice, and research. She edited the New Directions for Higher Education volume titled, Collegiate Transfer: Navigating the New Normal, published by Jossey-Bass, and has been involved as a project director and/or co-principal investigator for multiple research grants focusing on transfer student success.

Dr. Marling is a past appointed Board Member for the National Association for College Counseling (NACAC) and an affiliate member of the Council for Standards in Higher Education (CAS) board of directors where she acted as the lead content expert in the collaborative effort to develop the Standards for Transfer Student Programs and Services.  Dr. Marling has previously served as vice president of student affairs and held professional positions in orientation and new student programs, personal and career counseling, peer mentoring, leadership, and learning support. Dr. Marling holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of North Texas, an M.S. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. in psychology from Texas Christian University.

 

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Jonathan McCombs, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Public Health & Administration and Executive Director, Center for Public Safety & Cyber Security Education, Franklin University

Jonathan McCombs is an educator, former police officer, and investigator, holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. His dissertation topic was a study of problem-based learning in law enforcement in-service training.

An extensive career of over 20 years in public safety and higher education provided experience in narcotics investigations, intelligence analysis, anti-terror investigations, gun trafficking investigations, street patrol, campus law enforcement administration, higher education administration, and advanced training.

As an industry expert in the field of law enforcement, problem-based learning, and online learning, Jonathan McCombs is currently the Dean of the College of Health and Public Administration at Franklin University.  At Franklin University he has been involved in many significant strategic partnership initiatives that advance access to higher education for students and develop innovative workplace education solutions.

He is the Executive Director of the Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education which includes public safety, public administration, and cybersecurity-related degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as short-term micro-credentials.  He engages in partnership development as an innovation catalyst aimed at addressing the impacts of technological transformation and the future of credentialing.

 

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Cody L. McMillen, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Recruitment and Admission for Transfer and Strategic Partnership Programs Office of Recruitment and Admission, University of Dayton

 

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Marvin L. Reid, Jr., D.B.A

Chair, College of Business and Interim MBA Coordinator, Central State University

Marvin L. Reid, Jr. is the Central State University College of Business department chairperson. Dr. Reid is also the interim MBA Coordinator for the Central State University College of Business. Additionally, Dr. Reid is the Program Manager for the Central State University HBCU C2 Initiative, supported by Tennessee State University and Apple, Inc.

Dr. Reid has an extensive educational background. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration – Information Systems Management degree from Walden University. His doctoral study is titled Adoption of Electronic Health Records within Primary Care Practices. Additionally, He holds degrees in Master of Business Administration (Indiana Wesleyan University), Master of Science – Information Technology (Florida Institute of Technology), and Bachelor of Science – Information Technology (Wilberforce University). Dr. Reid is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education – Educational Technology and Design from Walden University. His research is a qualitative phenomenological study on the lack of adoption of mobile learning applications within the pedagogy of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) STEM instructors. Research interest in the areas of adoption of healthcare information technology in healthcare, bridging the digital divide between teaching and learning methodologies in higher education, strategies to efficiently adopt educational technologies in higher education institutions to promote STEM education, and innovative technology solutions to public and private organizations.

 

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Jared Shank

Senior Director, Military Apprenticeship Initiatives and Special Projects, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Jessi Spencer

Director of Articulation and Transfer Policy, Budget and Constitution Relations, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Amy Sues

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, Assessment and Accreditation, Clark State College

Amy Sues is the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation for Clark State College. She has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education at both the community college and university environments. She started her career in Student Affairs and held positions in Academic Advising, Career Services, and Student Leadership. Within the last decade, she has been working in Academic Affairs at Clark State Community College. She oversees Institutional Research, the Library, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.  In her current role, she serves as the HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer and has helped the college with several new degree programs including the applications for baccalaureate degrees. Additionally, she serves as the contact for credit transfer at ODHE; including course and degree development as well as articulation and transfer.

 

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Julia Thompson

Associate Director of Recruitment and Admission, University of Dayton

Julia Thompson is Associate Director of Recruitment and Admission at the University of Dayton. She has over 14 years of professional experience in higher education, within the areas of admission and financial aid.  Her current work focuses on transfer student admission and the development and implementation of the UD Sinclair Academy, a partnership between the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College.

 

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Nikki Wearly

Director of Career-Technical Education Transfer Initiatives, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Mitch Wilson

Director of Articulation and Transfer Technology Initiatives, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

 

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Zoe Woodbury

Office Manager, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network

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