Vice-president of strategic communications and external affairs
New York Institute of Technology
Nada Marie Anid is vice-president for strategic communications and external affairs at NYIT. In 2009, Dr Anid became the first female dean of the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and has long been an advocate for women pursuing education and career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. Her efforts in this area include her recent book, The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change. In March, Dr Anid was instrumental in launching NYIT’s Women’s Corporate Council, a group of female leaders whose goal it is to empower and inspire others within the institute’s community and beyond. She is also the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Long Island Software and Technology Network Diamond Award.
Joe Barrett is an award-winning journalist and the US Midwest and national education editor of The Wall Street Journal. From the Chicago office, he oversees four reporters in the Midwest and three education reporters across the country. He joined WSJ in 1997 as a news editor and has fulfilled various roles over the years including deputy bureau chief. He has two college-age children, so knows well the stress of the application and financial aid process.
Paul Basken joined Times Higher Education as North America editor in September 2018. He was previously a government policy and science reporter with The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he won an annual National Press Club award for exclusives. He founded the State Department bureau at Bloomberg News, was a White House and international correspondent with United Press International, and serves on the editorial advisory board of ASEE's Prism Magazine.
Douglas Belkin joined The Wall Street Journal’s Chicago Bureau in 2007 from The Boston Globe where he was bureau chief. Initially a national correspondent at WSJ, he became a higher education reporter in 2012 with a focus on value, emerging technologies, federal policy and the gap between the academy and the labour market.
Katherine Bergeron joined Connecticut College in 2014 and has supported the faculty in developing an interdisciplinary education initiative in which students are encouraged to create deeper linkages between the work they do in courses, in jobs, in the community, and around the globe, to prepare them for leadership in an era of change. Previously, she was dean of the college at Brown University. She sits on several boards, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and is a commissioner for the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Alexander Cartwright joined the University of Missouri in 2017. An internationally-recognised researcher in the area of optical sensors, Dr. Cartwright holds a joint appointment as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science. He served as provost and executive vice-chancellor from 2014-2017 at State University of New York, and prior to that he spent almost 20 years at the University at Buffalo where he held multiple senior administrative positions including vice-president of research and economic development.
Executive director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service
University of Illinois Springfield
Dr Cook is the executive director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service and research professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Springfield. She holds a PhD in higher education administration and an MS in adult education. Dr Cook has been engaged in providing consultancy on faculty development to educational leaders across the US, Canada and Mexico. Her research interests include generational learning and heutagogical approaches to teaching and learning.
Emma Deraze is a data scientist at Times Higher Education where she works on the teaching rankings, including the THE/WSJ US College Rankings and the Japan University Rankings. She is involved in the analysis and processing of the data used in those rankings as well as development of the various methodologies.
Kate Eichhorn is director of the cultural studies and media studies programmes at The New School, a university in New York City. For more than two decades, she has researched the impact of new media technologies on youth cultures, subcultures and social movements. Her most recent book, The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media, published by Harvard University Press in 2019, examines the impact of social media platforms on identity development, reputation management and memory.
Richard Ekman has been president of the CIC since 2000. Previously, he was vice-president for programmes of Atlantic philanthropies, and secretary and senior programme officer of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has also been director of education programmes at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and vice-president and dean at Hiram College. He currently serves as a member of many boards, including those that provide guidance to the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (which he chairs), American Academic Leadership Institute, Emeriti Retirement Health and Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.
Dr Farvardin has made great changes since he joined Stevens Institute of Technology in 2011 from the University of Maryland where he was provost. In 2017, he received the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and, in 2018, he was given the American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation in recognition of his innovations. His work has improved student success, alumni engagement, philanthropic support, modernised and expanded IT and campus infrastructure, and strengthened financial profile. He also launched programmes that vastly increased the percentage of underrepresented students in the freshman cohort last year.
Henry C. “Hank” Foley is the fourth president of the New York Institute of Technology. He joined the institute in June 2017 after serving as interim chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia. A seasoned administrator and an accomplished research scientist and teacher, Dr Foley has decades of high-level experience in strategic planning, economic development and advanced research collaborations, programme development and enhanced funding in higher education.
John Gill has been editor of Times Higher Education since March, 2012. He has previously held roles as news editor, deputy news editor and reporter with the magazine. John has been closely involved in the development of THE’s World University Rankings portfolio over the last eight years, and was called to give evidence to the recent parliamentary inquiry into teaching metrics.
Prior to joining NYIT in June 2018, Junius Gonzales served as senior vice-president for academic affairs and chief academic officer for the University of North Carolina. He also served as provost at the University of Texas at El Paso and was founding dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at University of South Florida. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded many initiatives in support of student and faculty success. He recently completed an Association of Chief Academic Officers’ Digital Learning Fellowship supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Vice-president of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ariana González Stokas’ role is to promote diversity, establish accountability and support inclusivity among Barnard’s community. She took on the position in July 2019. She is a committed educator and researcher and has worked as an administrator, faculty member and scholar of philosophy and education, with a focus on equity and access. Previous appointments have included dean of inclusive excellence at Bard College in New York, and assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Guttman Community College of the City University of New York.
Provost and senior vice-president of academic affairs
Rochester Institute of Technology
Ellen Granberg became RIT’s provost and senior vice-president of academic affairs in 2018, and is the first woman in the university’s history to serve as provost. She previously served as senior associate provost at Clemson University. She spent 11 years working for Pacific Bell as a project manager and technical director in software development.
Dr Kington was appointed president of Grinnell College in 2010, before which he served in a range of positions at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to this, he was a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has also been a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and an assistant professor of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2006. His research has focused on the social determinants of health and more recently on diversity in the scientific workforce.
Dr Laursen joined SUNY in September 2018 from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi where he was the founding president and served as its leader from 2010. Prior to that, he was member of the faculty of Duke University from 1992, during which time he had appointments in civil engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, including serving as chair of the department of mechanical engineering and materials science (2008-10). He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Kevin McAllister is a rankings data reporter in the New York office of The Wall Street Journal, where his role is to lead rankings and structured data projects within WSJ’s strategy team, including the WSJ/THE US College Rankings. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Matt Murray became editor in chief in June 2018. He has spent more than two decades at the WSJ in roles including executive editor, deputy managing editor and national editor. He began in the Pittsburgh bureau of the journal and joined the money and investing section in 1997, covering banking. He is the author of two memoirs, The Father and the Son and Strong of Heart. He holds a BA and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Dr Pasquerella took on her current role in 2016. A philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, she has written widely on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy and the philosophy of law. She hosts Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute and is president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Previous positions have included president of Mount Holyoke College, provost of the University of Hartford and dean of the graduate school at the University of Rhode Island. She serves as an advisory board member of Newman’s Own Foundation.
Lauren Redding joined WSJ in July 2019 as a young audiences editor. Prior to that, she spent seven years as publisher of Rookie, a digital magazine made by and for young people. At Rookie, she oversaw the editorial team and led the brand’s expansion into book publishing, video, podcasting and events.
Duncan Ross has been a data miner since the mid-1990s. As director of data and analytics at THE, he oversees a team that generates university rankings and related data products. Prior to this, he led Teradata’s data science team in Europe and Asia, where he was responsible for developing analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root-cause analysis in manufacturing and social network analysis in telecommunications.
Bernie Savarese joined New York University from The Ohio State University where he most recently served as director of first year experience and led the university’s standing committee on student success and retention. At NYU, he oversees the Office of Student Success, leads the university’s student success steering committee and directs NYU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program and the state-funded Opportunity Program. He serves as a subject matter expert and consultative resource to university leaders on issues including the development of strategic initiatives to enhance student retention, graduation and the overall student experience.
Associate dean of undergraduate studies and co-director of the Center for Project-Based Learning
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alongside her role as co-director of the Center for Project-Based Learning, Dr Wobbe directs the Great Problems Seminar programme, the university’s first-year projects programme. Her teaching awards include the Moruzzi Prize for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, and she a co-recipient of the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education awarded by the National Academy of Engineering. She is co-author of Project-Based Learning in the First Year: Beyond All Expectations. She completed a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard University.
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