2019 ACAO Business Meeting

Board of Directors 

Kathy Johnson, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 

President, Term 2019-2020
Dr. Kathy Johnson serves as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a core campus of Indiana University and the state’s urban research and academic health sciences campus. She is a professor of psychology and has previously served as Dean of University College and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, where she led ... Read more here. 

Mary Boyd, Berry College
Treasurer, Term 2019-2020
Dr. Mary Boyd serves as Provost and Professor of Chemistry at Berry College. Dr. Boyd received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto. Among her previous administrative appointments, Dr. Boyd served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego.

Martha Potvin, Springfield College
Past President, Term 2019-2020
Dr. Martha Potvin has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Springfield College, beginning June 30, 2016. She brings more than 25 years of academic administrative experience to Springfield College. Most recently,  she served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Montana State University (MSU) since January 2011. Ms Potvin also served as a professor in ... Read more here. 

Charles Cook, Austin Community College
Term 2018-2021
Dr. Charles M. Cook joined Austin Community College (ACC) as Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on August 1, 2014. As the chief academic officer, Dr. Cook guides and oversees all programs relating to instruction and student services. He is currently focused on leading the implementation of guided pathways for ACC.

Beth Ingram, North Dakota State University
Term 2018-2021
Before arriving at NIU, Beth Ingram, Ph.D. served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at North Dakota State University (NDSU). At NDSU, she created and implemented a new strategic plan and built productive relationships to develop a better sense of direction for the institution. Read more here.

Laura Niesen 
de Abruna, York College of Pennsylvania
Term 2018-2021
Laura Niesen de Abruna currently serves as immediate Past President and Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Association of Chief Academic Officers and as a member of the CAO Task Force of the CIC.  She has also served a three-year term on the board of directors of ACAD of the AAC&U and as President of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Dr. Niesen de Abruna graduated from Smith College with a major ... Read more here.

Gregory Ochoa, Potomac State College of West Virginia University
Term 2018-2021
Dr. Gregory Ochoa currently serves Potomac State College, WVU as the Dean of Academic  Affairs and has served in numerous academic leadership roles. Dr. Ochoa earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Creighton University, a Masters in Psychology from Marshall University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University.

Peter Nwosu, Lehman College of The City University of New York
Term 2018-2021
Dr. Peter Nwosu became provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and student success at Lehman College of The City University of New York, effective spring 2019. He has broad responsibilities for advancing excellence in faculty teaching, research and scholarship, improving student success outcomes (access, learning, retention, graduation, and post-graduate experiences), and achieving greater academic and ...Read more here. 

ie Johnson, Colorado Technical University
Term 2019-2022
Dr. Connie Johnson is Colorado Technical University's (CTU) chief academic officer and provost, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic affairs, including faculty, curriculum, classroom experience, and accreditation. During her time at CTU, Connie has initiated adaptive learning technology implementation, effective leadership of academics, women's leadership, leading ... Read more here. 

Gail F. Baker
Dr. Gail F. Baker, Ph.D., University of San Diego
Term 2019-2022

Dr. Gail F. Baker is vice president of Academic Affairs and provost of the University of San Diego. In this role, she is USD's chief academic officer and works closely with President James T. Harris III and the university's academic deans. Prior to joining USD...Read more here.  

Andrew Shean

Dr. Andrew Shean, National University System
Term 2019-2022
Dr. Andrew Shean is the Chief Academic Officer at NUS Online at National University System. Previously, Dr. Andrew Shean was the Chief Academic Learning Officer for Bridgepoint Education, where he led the development of new program design..Read more here.  

Lori Werth
Dr. Lori Werth, University of Pikeville
Term 2019-2022
Dr. Lori Werth is the Provost at University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky and has been selected to participate in the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) Digital Fellows Program. Werth is one of 30 Chief Academic Officers nationwide selected for... Read more here.  

Michele Wheatly
Michele G. Wheatly, Ph.D., Syracuse University
Term 2019-2022
Michele G. Wheatly, Ph.D. has served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at Syracuse University since May 2016. Wheatly previously served as Provost at West Virginia University (WVU), from January 2010 to June 2014. In that role she..Read more here.  

Laura Woodworth
Laura Woodworth-Ney, Idaho State University
Term 2019-2022
Laura Woodworth-Ney was named Idaho State University's Executive Vice President and Provost August 14, 2016. Previously, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since June 24, 2013, and as ISU’s Associate Vice President for... Read more here.

Michael Evans, Southern New Hampshire University
Term 2020-2023
Michael Evans is the Vice President for Academic Affairs art Southern New Hampshire University. He came to SNHU from Unity College in Maine, where he was the VPAA and Provost. Before Unity, he was on the faculty of... Read more here.

David Manderscheid, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Term 2020-2023
David Manderscheid serves as provost and senior vice chancellor for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to joining UT in 2018, Dr. Manderscheid was the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice provost for arts and sciences at ... Read more here.

Scott Newman, Oklahoma State University
Term 2020-2023
Scott Newman has served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer at the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology since 2014. He is a former American Council on Education Fellow and recipient of the ... Read more here.

Patricia E. Salkin, Touro College
Term 2020-2023
Patricia E. Salkin was appointed Provost in August 2016 for the Graduate and Professional Divisions of Touro College in New York after having served as dean and professor of law of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (2012-2016) and ... Read more here.

Constance St. Germain, Capella University
Term 2020-2023
Constance St. Germain, Ed.D., J.D. joined Capella University in 2017, and currently serves as its Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, where she is responsible for leading the university in achieving superior outcomes and impact. In her position, St. Germain provides leadership, ... Read more here.