Board of Trustees

James D. Spaniolo, J.D.

James D. Spaniolo, J.D..
Chairman of the Board
Higher Education Advisor to the Governor at State of Michigan

James D. Spaniolo recently completed almost a decade as the seventh president of the University of Texas at Arlington. During his presidency (2004-2013), enrollment increased by 34% to more than 33,800 total, annual research expenditures more than tripled to $71.4 million, and private giving more than tripled to over $20 million annually. President Spaniolo initiated and completed more than $400 million in campus construction, including a major engineering research complex and a 20-acre mixed-use development, the centerpiece of which is a 7,000-seat College Park Center. 

Mr. Spaniolo’s career has encompassed leadership roles as a communications lawyer and executive, senior officer of a national philanthropic foundation, as well as a dean and university president. Most recently, Mr. Spaniolo has served as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s higher education advisor.

Mr. Spaniolo earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Michigan State University, his law degree from The University of Michigan Law School, and a master’s degree in public administration from The University of Michigan Institute of Public Policy Studies (now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy).

Rod Paige, Ed.D.

Rod Paige, Ed.D.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Dr. Rod Paige earned his B.S. from Jackson State University and his M.A. and Ed.D. from Indiana University. During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Paige was a stalwart supporter of improving the way that students learn on all levels and setting standards of achievement. Dr. Paige made history by becoming the first school superintendent to be named Secretary of Education. While serving as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school district in the U.S., he was honored as National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. Dr. Paige served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas, where he worked to ensure that future educators receive the training and expertise necessary to succeed in the classroom. He also established the University’s Center for Excellence in Urban Education, a research facility that concentrates on issues related to instruction and management in urban school systems. Dr. Paige speaks frequently to educators across the country and emphasizes, “Civilizations rise and fall depending on the quality of education.”


Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.D.

Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.D.
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, co-directed Harvard’s Urban Superintendent Program and now guides students in the University’s Doctor of Education Leadership program. Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Jewell-Sherman worked with the Richmond, Virginia, public schools, serving as Superintendent from 2002-2008. Under her leadership the Richmond Public Schools became recognized nationally as a “Flagship” district. Previously, she served as an elementary school principal and taught English, mathematics, and computer science. Dr. Jewell-Sherman has both an Ed.D. and an M.A. from Harvard, both in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, an M.A. from Kean College in Educational Administration, and a B.S. from New York University in Elementary Education.

Don McAdams, Ph.D.Don McAdams, Ph.D.
Vice Chairman
Chairman and Founder, Center for the Reform of School Systems

Dr. Donald R. McAdams earned his B.A. from Columbia Union College in Maryland and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. Dr. McAdams founded the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS), a not-for-profit Texas corporation, which provides governance training and advisory services for urban school boards. He is a nationally recognized authority on school district governance and is a frequent speaker and widely published author on school reform in America. Dr. McAdams served for 12 years as a member of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) Board of Education, serving twice as board president. Teachers College Press published his first book, Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools... and Winning! Lessons from Houston in 2000 and his second book, What School Boards Can Do: Reform Governance for Urban Schools in January 2006. His most recent book, The Redesign of Urban School Districts: Case Studies in Urban School Governance, 1990-2011, will be issued from Harvard University Press in 2013. Dr. McAdams has been a research professor at the University of Houston; President of McAdams, Faillace & Associates, Inc; Executive Vice President of the American Productivity and Quality Center; and President of the Texas Independent College Fund. From 1975-1984, he was President of Southwestern Adventist College. Earlier, he was associate professor of history and acting chairman of the Department of History at Andrews University.

Shawntel Landry, Ed.DShawntel Landry, M.B.A., Ed.D.

Joy Bibb, ControllerJoy Bibb, M.B.A.

Dan Holestine, M.B.ADan Holestine, M.B.A.
Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Swapnal Shah, M.A.Swapnal Shah, M.A.
Vice President, Technology

Placeholder TorchBruce Pullum, A.A.S.
Application Integration Architect

Tony Miller, M.L.A.Tony Miller, M.S.
Executive Director, Field Operations and Partnerships

Nicky WileyNicky Wiley, B.S.
Director, Enrollment Operations

Victoria BrooksVictoria Brooks, A.A.
Enrollment Manager

Robert HoustonRobert Houston, B.S.
Enrollment Manager

Jenni SopkoJenni Sopko, M.A.
Senior Director, Communications and Marketing

Mike CookMike Cook, B.A.
Marketing Manager

Megan EspinalMegan Espinal, B.A.J.
Marketing Manager

Courtney Shelton, M.M.Courtney Shelton, M.M.
Senior Director, Admissions and Registration

Jeannie Taylor,Jeannie Taylor, B.A.
Assistant Director, Admissions

Placeholder TorchLindsay May, B.A.

Anissa Anderson, B.B.A.Anissa Anderson, B.B.A.
Senior Manager, Student Services

Katy GhormleyKaty Ghormley, B.S.
Manager, Analytics and Reporting

Stephanie Hinshaw, M.B.A.Stephanie Hinshaw, M.B.A.
Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

Jerry Ausburn, Ed.D.Jerry Ausburn, Ed.D.
Assistant Provost, Education Professions

Crystal Neumann, D.B.A.Crystal Neumann, D.B.A.
Chair, Leadership and Administration

Imani Akin, Ed.D.Imani Akin, Ed.D.
Academic Curriculum Director, Leadership and Administration

Krista Allison, Ph.D.Krista Allison, Ph.D.
Doctoral Program Coordinator, Leadership and Administration

Placeholder TorchKathy Stroud, Ed.D.
Program Director, Educational Leadership

Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.
Chair, Teaching and Learning

Rebecca Wiehe, Ph.D.Rebecca Wiehe, Ph.D.
Academic Curriculum Director, Teaching and Learning

Katrina Landa,Katrina Landa, Ed.D.
ESL/BL Program Coordinator, Teaching and Learning

Marsha Moore, Ph.D.Marsha Moore, Ph.D.
MAT/T2T Program Coordinator, Teaching and Learning

Cathy McKay, Ed.D.Cathy McKay, Ed.D.
Chair, Professional Educational Studies

Claudia MitchellClaudia Mitchell, R.N., M.S.N, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost, Healthcare Professions

Byron Barton, Ph.D.Byron Barton, Ph.D.
Chair, Healthcare

Debbie BeckDr. Debbie Beck, C.N.E, R.N., M.S.N, M.S.A, Ph.D.
Chair, Nursing

Tracey SoperTracey Soper, C.N.E., R.N., M.S.N., Ed.D., D.N.P.
Academic Curriculum Director, Nursing

Lana Sloan, Assistant Provost, Curriculum Production ServicesLana Sloan, Ed.D.
Assistant Provost, Curriculum Production Services

Jill Delcambre, M.Ed.Jill Delcambre, M.Ed.
Senior Director, Curriculum Production

Kenneth Jandes, Ed.D.Kenneth Jandes, Ed.D.
Senior Director, Academic Excellence

Erin Maurer, M.S.Erin Maurer, M.S.
Associate Director, Academic Excellence

Robyn Burrell,Robyn Burrell, B.A.
Senior Director, State Licensing and Approvals

Sandra Quiatkowski, Ph.D., M.L.S.Sandra Quiatkowski, M.L.S., Ph.D.
Director, Library

Traci CoomerTraci Coomer, Ph.D.
Academic Affairs Manager and Internship Coordinator

Placeholder TorchKathryn Talley, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Becky Garambia, M.A.Becky Gerambia, M.A.
Associate Director, Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Alison Witherspoon, M.S.Alison Witherspoon, M.S.
Director, Assessment and Accreditation

Tom Brouwer,Tom Brouwer, B.A.
Director, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance

KK Byland, M.S., PHRKK Byland, M.S., P.H.R
Vice President, Human Resources and B Corp Benefits Officer

Natalie Pelham, M.Ed.Natalie Pelham, M.Ed.
Director, Training and Development

Jill AlgateJill Algate, B.A.
Executive Assistant, Board Liaison and Office Manager