• Academic Affairs Staff

    George MehaffyGeorge L. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change
    George L. Mehaffy has served as AASCU’s Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change since 1999. In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing programs for member institutions in areas such as student success, international education, teacher education, civic engagement, leadership development and technology. Before coming to AASCU, he had more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education in Texas, New Mexico and California. In addition, he served for 33 years in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, retiring as a Captain (0-6) in 2000. George received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas, Austin.
    Jolanda WesterhofJolanda M. Westerhof, Associate Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change and Director of Teacher Education
    Jolanda Westerhof is AASCU’s Associate Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change and Director of Teacher Education. In this role, she provides general oversight for the international education, civic engagement and student success programs, and she directs the association’s work on teacher education. Prior to joining AASCU, Jolanda had a 20-year career as a member of various education faculties, most recently at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Indiana University.
    Kristin LeonatoKristin Leonato, Program Manager, Academic Leadership and Change
    Kristin Leonato is a Program Manager for AASCU’s Academic Leadership and Change Division. In this role, she manages a diverse portfolio of projects, including the National Blended Course Consortium and the biannual Academic Affairs Meetings. Prior to joining AASCU, Kristin was a writer and program manager at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She received an M.A. in International Training and Education from American University and a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Rhodes College.
    Felicia DurhamFelicia Durham, Staff Associate and Meetings Registrar, Academic Leadership and Change

    Felicia Durham is a Staff Associate and Meetings Registrar for AASCU’s Academic Leadership and Change Division. She provides administrative and program support to the division as a whole, and oversees meeting registration for the Academic Affairs meetings and the Civic Leadership and Democratic Engagement meeting. Felicia has been with AASCU for over 30 years and has worked in divisions across the association. She holds a business certificate from Graduate School USA.

    Civic Engagement

    Jen Domagal GoldmanJennifer Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project
    Jennifer Domagal-Goldman directs the American Democracy Project (ADP), AASCU’s civic learning and democratic engagement campus network. Prior to joining AASCU, Jen worked in higher education and student affairs at Penn State University, Bucknell University and the University of Vermont. Jennifer holds an ex-officio position on the eJournal of Public Affairs’ editorial board and serves on the advisory boards of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University.
    Verdis RobinsonVerdis Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment
    Verdis Robinson is the National Director of The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a national civic engagement project for community colleges. Prior to joining TDC in 2016, Verdis worked for ten years as a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to serving as Monroe Community College’s TDC Campus Coordinator, he served on TDC National Steering Committee and on the Advisory Council for its Economic Inequality Initiative. He holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. and an M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.

    International Education

    Arlene JacksonArlene Jackson, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives
    Arlene Jackson is AASCU’s Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives. In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of AASCU’s international programs, initiatives and partnerships. Arlene joined AASCU in 2001 with over 30 years of experience in international education and exchange, having served most recently as the Director of the Center for International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served on numerous boards of directors and advisory committees and conducts workshops and trainings on international education both domestically and internationally. Arlene earned her B.A. and M.A. in International Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has a certificate from the Harvard School of Education Management Seminar for University Administrators (MDP). In 2016, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Troy University for her contributions to international education.
    Sufei LiSufei Li, Manager, International Programs
    Sufei Li is the Manager of International Programs in AASCU's Office of International Education. In this role, she manages AASCU’s China Initiatives and provides support to a variety of other programs. Sufei holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Nanjing University in China, a master’s degree in Comparative Education from the University of London, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Maryland.
    Jody DixonJody Dixon, Program Coordinator, Global Initiatives

    Jody Dixon is the Program Coordinator for Global Initiatives in AASCU’s Office of International Education. She comes to AASCU after two years as a recruiter and advisor for the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education at American University, and five years in Japan as an assistant language teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching program (JET Program). She earned her M.A. in International Training and Education from American University and her B.Sc. in Geography from the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica).

    Student Success

    Jo ArneyJo Arney, Program Director, Re-Imagining the First Year of College
    Jo Arney is the Program Director for AASCU’s Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY) initiative. She is also an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (on leave through 2018). In addition to her work on RFY, Jo is one of the faculty curators for the Stewardship of Public Lands course, part of AASCU’s National Blended Course Consortium. Jo earned her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver, her M.A. in Philosophy from Colorado State University, and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
    Robin EllisRobin Ellis, Director, AASCU's Frontier Set
    Robin Ellis is the Director of AASCU's Frontier Set (FS) initiative. Prior to this, she served as the Operations Director for AASCU’s Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY) initiative. Robin comes to AASCU from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she worked as a development officer, grant administrator and project manager for more than 15 years. Robin earned her Ed.D. Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, her M.A. in Public Administration from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, and her B.A. in International Relations from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
    Nyala WatkinsNyala Watkins, Program Manager, Student Success Initiatives

    Nyala Watkins is a Program Manager of Student Success Initiatives for AASCU’s Academic Leadership and Change Division. She works with the Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY) and Frontier Set (FS) initiatives. Prior to this role, Nyala was the Senior Program Advisor for AASCU’s Grants Resource Center. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Speech Communication from Syracuse University.