2019 ACAO Business Meeting

Board of Directors 

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Mary Boyd, Berry College
President, Term 2020-2021
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.

Kathy Johnson, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 
Past President, Term 2020-2021
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. 

Beth Ingram, Northern Illinois University
Treasurer, Term 2020-2021
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.

Gail F. Baker
Dr. Gail F. Baker, Ph.D., University of San Diego
President-Elect, Term 2020-2021

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.   

Michael Evans, Southern New Hampshire University
Secretary, Term 2020-2021
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.

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, West Virginia University Potomac State College
Term 2018-2021
Dr. Gregory Ochoa currently serves West Virginia University Potomac State College, 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. 

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.  

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 Quillen, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Term 2010-2022
Dr. Michael Quillen serves as the Vice President of Academic Programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina. As the Chief Academic Officer, he leads areas ranging from dual credit, early college programs, libraries, tutoring, as well as curriculum and programs. Read more here. 

Heather J. Coltman, D.M.A., James Madison University
Term 2020-2023
Heather Coltman is the Provost and Senior Vice President at James Madison University. In this position, she leads the Division of Academic Affairs and is the institution's Chief Academic Officers, directing the development and delivery of all academic programs at JMU while overseeing the division's budget and personnel. Read more here.

Junius J. Gonzales, New York Institute of Technology
Term 2020-2023
New York Institute of Technology Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Junius J. Gonzales, M.D., M.B.A., joined the university in June 2018. He is responsible for academic planning, new initiatives in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, faculty development, and student success initiatives. Read more here.

John McCarthy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Term 2020-2023
John McCarthy is Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After a year as Acting and then Interim Provost, his appointment was regularized in July 2018. 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.

Pam Stinson, Northern Oklahoma College

Term 2020-2023
Pam Stinson earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, in 1987 and then taught at Braggs High School before returning to Northeastern State to complete a Master of Arts in Communications degree in 1989. Read more here.