Paul Gordon Brown
Class of 2017
Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is an educator specializing in student learning and development’s intersection with technology, social media, and design. For more than 15 years, Paul has served in a diverse array of student affairs functional areas from entry-level to senior-level administrative roles and as an instructor in the Boston College and Merrimack College Higher Education programs. Paul currently serves as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research for the higher education software company, Roompact, and conducts research on social media’s impact on college student development and identity. An experienced presenter, Paul has given over 50 refereed presentations at professional conferences. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, an MS in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a PhD in Higher Education from Boston College. Paul serves on the Governing Board of ACPA—College Student Educators International and as a faculty member for the Residential Curriculum Institute. His latest book is a collaboration with Erik Qualman as a contributing author to “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube”--a work that educates college students about the new realities of living online lives.
Jayne E. Brownell
Class of 2017
Jayne Brownell joined Miami University in March 2014 as Vice President for Student Affairs. As vice president she leads campus efforts to promote students’ individual engagement and growth, as well as the development of a strong, inclusive community, within a safe learning and living environment. She is also an active participant in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development. Jayne has worked in a broad range of areas across student affairs, including academic advising, residential life, leadership development, orientation, student activities and peer education. Prior to coming to Miami, she served as assistant vice president for student affairs at Hofstra University from 2006-2014. Jayne earned her undergraduate degree at Douglass College, Rutgers University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in student affairs and higher education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Class of 2017
Tony Doody has over 20 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within Higher Education in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Student Engagement on the five New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses of Rutgers University. Prior to that Tony was the Director of Student Life for the five New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses of Rutgers. Over the last 4 years, Tony has presented at over twenty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership and has appeared on Higher Ed Live and other online panels speaking innovation in higher education. He is the recent Innovation chair for the ACPA 2014 conference and serves as co-chair of the ACPA Presidential Digital Task Force. Tony co-hosts a regular show on Higher Ed Live. Tony has also had over 20 years of international corporate training in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, personality assessment, diversity, presentation skills, generational marketing, digital leadership, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness.
John P. Dugan
Class of 2017
John P. Dugan currently serves as associate professor and chair for Higher Education programs and the Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to his academic appointment, he worked in leadership education at the University of Maryland and University of Nevada Las Vegas. Two active research projects support John's scholarly interests. The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is a quantitative, international research program examining the influences of higher education in shaping leadership development (www.leadershipstudy.net). The MSL has collected data at more than 300 universities in the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Australia, and Mexico with data representing over 500,000 respondents. The second project is a qualitative, longitudinal study employing both critical narrative and phenomenological methods to understand the influences of identity and power on leadership for social justice across a wide array of career sectors (e.g., medicine, education, non-profit, business). John is the author of 21 peer-review journal articles, 12 book chapters, and 4 books. He is the recipient of several awards including: Research Article of the Year, American Educational Research Association's Queer Studies Special Interest Group; Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago; and Emerging Scholar Award, ACPA: College Student Educators International.
Jennifer L. Ferrell
Class of 2017
Jen Ferrell has worked at Keene State College in Keene, NH since 2005. Prior to her time at Keene State, Jen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Jen began work at Keene State as the Coordinator of Student Activities in 2005, and transitioned into the role of Director of Student Involvement in 2010, providing guidance and oversight for student organizations and activities, student leadership, fraternity/sorority life, community service, and is currently transitioning to oversee the entire Student Center facility and programs housed within its walls. During her time at Keene State, Jen has been a flexible leader and strong advocate for students and staff alike. Jen currently serves as the elected Assembly Coordinator for Coalitions, social identity based groups for ACPA (College Student Educators International). Jen is a former chair of the ACPA Standing Committee for Women, now known as the Coalition for Women’s Identities, as well. Jen also frequently publishes and presents on topics related to thoughtful programming, connecting programs to social justice issues, and managing change. Jen works diligently to prepare students for graduate level academic work and the transition into professional life, through advising, graduate student practicum opportunities, and job opportunities for undergraduate students.
Deborah A. Garrett
Class of 2017
Dr. Deborah Garrett is a motivational, industrious, and dedicated leader committed to student success with a distinguished record of service in higher education. She currently is President of the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). She also served CAS as Member-At-Large for Outreach on the Executive Committee and as Director to the Board of Directors representing the National Council on Student Development (NCSD), an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. In addition, Deb served two separate terms as President of NCSD for 2001-2002 and 2005-2006. Other associations she served include ACPA, American Association of Community College, Arizona Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Arizona Community College Administrators, and National Association for Campus Activities, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Deb currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Student Services at Arkansas State University - Beebe, where she is the chief student affairs officer (CSAO) at a four-campus comprehensive community college. She has been the chief student affairs officer at Ivy Tech College, McClennan Community College, Mohave Community College, and Kaskia College, where she also served as interim president. Through her campus and national service, Deb has provided exceptional leadership to support student learning and development.