AAC&U Board Member Biographical Sketches


Jonathan R. Alger
Jonathan R. Alger is president of James Madison University. Alger plays a very public role in the life of JMU, as he represents JMU to the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia, presides at university events, serves as the principal voice of the institution, participates in fundraising and stewards JMU’s many relationships. Alger has been recognized as a leader by his peers nationally in many contexts. He currently serves on the American Council on Education Board of Directors, the Campus Compact Board of Directors, the Association of Governing Boards' Council of Presidents, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Council of State Representatives, and the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee. He is a member of the Council on Competiveness and the Council on Foreign Relations. At the state level, he serves as a member of the Virginia Business Higher Education Council and the Virginia Complete Count Commission. He earned his B.A. with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College (political science major, history minor and public policy concentration), and his J.D. with Honors from Harvard Law School. 

Brooke Barnett
Brooke Barnett is Associate Provost for Academic and Inclusive Excellence at Elon University where she previously served as a faculty member in the School of Communications. Prior to Elon, she taught at Indiana University and worked as a television news director, reporter, and award-winning documentary producer. She is the author of "The War on Terror and the Wars in Iraq" in the Greenwood American War Reporting series, is co-editor of "Communication and Law: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Research," and co-author of "Terrorism and the Press: An Uneasy Relationship."

Katherine Bergeron
Katherine Bergeron is President of Connecticut College. Previously, she served as Dean of the College at Brown University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Dr. Bergeron earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University and is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including two prize-winning books on French music and culture. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Liberal Education, on the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, and on the board of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.

Brandon Busteed 
Brandon Busteed is President, University Partners and Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation. Busteed leads Kaplan’s work serving U.S. colleges and universities, leveraging the organization’s highly-diversified, global educational offerings and insights. His mission is to help U.S. higher education adapt, grow and thrive. Prior to Kaplan, Busteed was Global Head of Public Sector at Gallup – serving higher education, government and foundations. In that role, Busteed led dozens of ground-breaking studies and consulted with hundreds of higher ed leaders. He remains a Gallup Senior Advisor. An internationally known speaker and author on education and workforce development, Busteed has published more than 100 articles and keynoted more than 200 conferences. He was named a LinkedIn “Top Voice” in education for 2018. Busteed received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Augustana College. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy.


Nancy J. Cable
Nancy J. Cable is the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. A nationally recognized leader in higher education, educational access, financial aid and affordability, and liberal arts and sciences curricula, Dr. Cable served as Dean at Denison University from 1977-1986, Guilford College from 1986-1991, and Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davidson College from 1991-2005. Together with Davidson trustees, faculty, staff, and student leaders, she helped to lead efforts to advance selectivity, diversity, financial capacity, and to implement a strategic plan that advanced Davidson College’s standing as one of the strongest liberal arts colleges in the U.S. From 2005-2009, she served as Vice President for Development in the College of Engineering at the University of Virginia and later with UVA’s Semester at Sea Program. Following three years of service as Bates College’s Vice President, the Bates College Board of Trustees elected Dr. Cable as Interim President, a position that allowed her to help lead college wide efforts on governance, faculty and curricular issues, and matters of diversity and inclusion. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she earned her B.A. from Marietta College, a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

William J. Craft (Chair)
Bill began his service as president of Concordia College in 2011. Prior to his election, he served as the Dean of Luther College and Vice President for Academic Affairs, holding a faculty appointment as Professor of English. His scholarly work on early modern poetry and prose includes a book on Philip Sidney, and his academic leadership has focused on curriculum reform, faculty development and workload, institutional diversity, and institutional planning. He currently serves as Chair of the Wye Seminar Advisory Council. He earned his doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been a Fellow of the Newberry Library and the American Council on Education.

Ronald A. Crutcher
Ronald A. Crutcher has been president of the University of Richmond since July 2015.  He is president emeritus of Wheaton College, where he served from 2004 to 2014.  Dr. Crutcher is founding co-chair of the LEAP National Leadership Council, and he writes and speaks widely on the value of liberal education and the democratic purposes and civic mission of higher education. A former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and several other symphonies, he currently performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio.  Dr. Crutcher was the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale, where he also earned his master’s degree. During his graduate study, he received a Fulbright Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University.

Timothy K. Eatman
Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D., is the inaugural dean of the HLLC. Most recently, he held an appointment as Associate Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at Syracuse University.  From 2012 to 2017, Tim served as Faculty Co-Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA). He is co-author of Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a seminal IA research report on faculty rewards and publicly engaged scholarship. Tim’s research explores institutional policy and equity issues in higher education. He has published in such venues as the Journal of Educational Finance, Readings on Equal Education, Diversity and Democracy, and The Huffington Post, and has written several other book chapters and reports. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, released in 2017.

David Theo Goldberg
David Theo Goldberg is Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, a system-wide research facility for the human sciences and theoretical research in the arts. Additionally, he holds faculty appointments as Professor of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine. Professor Goldberg’s work ranges over issues of political theory, race and racism, ethics, law and society, critical theory, cultural studies and, increasingly, digital humanities. Earlier in his career, David Theo Goldberg produced independent films and music videos and co-directed the award-winning short film on South Africa, The Island.

Marjorie Hass
Marjorie Hass is president of Rhodes College. Previously, she served as president of Austin College for eight years.  Prior to her presidencies, she served as provost at Muhlenberg College, where she began her career as a member of the philosophy faculty and also served as director of Muhlenberg’s Center for Ethics. Her scholarship and teaching focus on issues in philosophy of language and philosophy of logic. Dr. Hass earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign.

Mary Dana Hinton
Mary Dana Hinton is President of the College of Saint Benedict. Prior to her presidency, she was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mount Saint Mary College. Dr. Hinton is the author of "The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America." Her scholarship focuses on African American religious history, religious education, and leadership, strategic planning, assessment, and diversity in the academy. She earned a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Williams College.

Alex Johnson (Treasurer)
Alex Johnson is president of Cuyahoga Community College, a position he has had since 2013.  Prior to his appointment, he served as president of the Community College of Allegheny County.  Additionally, he served as Chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University, a master’s degree from Lehman College, and a doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University.  Additionally, he completed the Executive Leadership Institute of the League for Innovation, the Management Development Program at Harvard University, and was an ACE Fellow.

Tuajuanda C. Jordan
Tuajuanda C. Jordan has been president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s (SMCM) since 2014. Prior to SMCM, Dr. Jordan served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of chemistry at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon. Dr. Jordan gained national prominence in the realm of science education with the creation of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance program and the launch of its first initiative, the SEA Phage program, which engaged novice undergraduates in research in genomics and bioinformatics.  Dr. Jordan holds a B.S. in chemistry from Fisk University and a PhD in biochemistry from Purdue University.

Paul G. Lannon
Paul G. Lannon is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Boston office and a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Group. He is co-chair of the Education Team and chair of the Non-Competes, Trade Secrets and Defecting Employees Team. Mr. Lannon represents public and private companies in complex civil litigation, counsels businesses on crisis management and workplace issues, and advocates for management in employment disputes. Mr. Lannon also serves as the outside general counsel for several private universities, colleges, and secondary and elementary schools in New England. He holds a B.A. and M.T.S from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Carol A. Leary (Past Chair)
Carol A. Leary has been president of Bay Path University since 1994. She previously served as vice president for administration and assistant to the president at Simmons College and held administrative positions at Siena College, Boston University, and the Washington Campus Organization.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University, she earned her master of science degree at the State University of New York at Albany and her doctorate of philosophy degree at American University.

Laurie Leshin
Laurie Leshin has been president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) since 2014. Previously, she served as Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  While there, Dr. Leshin continued her work as a scientist for the Mars Curiosity Rover mission and was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Board for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Prior to joining Rensselaer, she served as the deputy director of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, where she was responsible for oversight of NASA’s future human spaceflight programs and activities.  She is a recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, and the Meteoritical Society’s Nier Prize. Dr. Leshin received her B.S. in chemistry from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Paula O’Loughlin 
Paula O’Loughlin serves as the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Coe College. Prior to Coe, she served as Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Gustavus Adolphus College. Before beginning her full-time administrative roles, O’Loughlin spent 16 years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota-Morris. While at Minnesota Morris, she served in a a variety of leadership roles including directing the Academic Center for Enrichment and as Assistant to the Dean. O’Loughlin has presented nationally in recent years on best practices for recruiting and retaining under-represented faculty, questions of academic freedom and civility and the administrator as mentor. She is on the steering committee of the Consortium for Faculty Diversity and serves as an HLC reviewer. She received her B.A. in Government from Smith College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

Mary A. Papazian
Mary A. Papazian has been president of San Jose State University since 2016. Most recently, she served as president of Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to her tenure there, Dr. Papazian was the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Dr. Papazian holds a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Lynn Pasquerella
Lynn Pasquerella assumed the presidency of the Association of American Colleges and Universities on July 1, 2016. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to access to excellence in liberal education regardless of socioeconomic background. A philosopher, whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Pasquerella’s presidency of Mount Holyoke College was marked by a robust strategic planning process, outreach to local, regional, and international constituencies, and a commitment to a vibrant campus community. A graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University, Pasquerella joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island in 1985, rising rapidly through the ranks to the positions of Vice Provost for Research, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Graduate School. In 2008, she was named Provost at the University of Hartford. In 2010, her alma mater appointed her the eighteenth President of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. At the core of her career is a strong commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence, manifested in service as senator and vice president of Phi Beta Kappa; her role as host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute; and her public advocacy for access and affordability in higher education.

Robert L. Pura
Robert L. Pura is president of Greenfield Community College. He has chaired the Massachusetts President’s Council and served on its Executive Committee. He was a member of the Working Group on Assessment of Student Learning for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and currently serves on the Commission on Academic Student and Community Development for the American Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Pura earned his A.A. at Miami Dade Community College, his B.A. at the University of South Florida, his M.S. from St. Thomas University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas in Austin.

Lenore Rodicio (Vice Chair)
Lenore Rodicio is Executive Vice President and Provost at Miami Dade College, where she previously served in the capacities of Provost for Academic and Student Affairs and Vice Provost for Student Achievement.  Dr. Rodicio joined Miami Dade in the fall of 2002 as an adjunct instructor of chemistry at the Kendall and InterAmerican campuses. Since that time, she has held a number of positions at the college including associate professor, Chair of Natural and Social Sciences, and dean of Academic Affairs. Dr.  Rodicio holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Barry University and Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Louisiana State University. 

Mary Ann Villarreal
Mary Ann Villarreal is the inaugural vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Utah. She provides leadership and strategic oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the University’s academic and health sciences campuses. Prior to her current role, Villarreal served as the associate vice president of strategic initiatives at California State University, Fullerton; the associate dean at Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver; an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and an instructor as well as an assistant professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of Utah. She has authored articles and book chapters, and her book Listening to Rosita: The Business of Tejana Music and Culture, 1930–1955, won the South Texas College Américo Paredes Book Award.

Ralph Wilcox
Ralph Wilcox is Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of South Florida. Previously, he served at the same institution as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as Professor and Vice Provost. Dr. Wilcox holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, the M.Sc. degree from Washington State University, and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Dr. Wilcox has a long history of community and global engagement, and has been a strong proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration. He formerly served as Interim Vice President and Campus Executive Officer of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and has held tenured faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, and Hofstra University.

Kathleen Woodward
Kathleen Woodward is Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. She has published essays in the broad cross-disciplinary domains of the emotions, women and aging, and technology and culture. Previously, she was President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and Director of the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a BA in Economics from Smith College and a PhD in Literature from the University of California at San Diego.