• AASCU's Student Success Team

    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 (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.
     
    Amanda CookAmanda Cook, Program Manager, Academic Leadership and Change
    Amanda Cook is a Program Manager in 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, Amanda was the Assistant Director of the Education Research Program at the Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Sociology and French from the University of California, Berkeley.
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    Angelica SterlingAngellica Sterling, Team Member, Re-Imagining the First Year of College
    Angellica Sterling joined AASCU’s Re-Imagining the First Year of College team as an intern in June 2016 and soon moved on to become a full team member in August 2016. She is currently attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Anthropology and General Sociology. Her expected graduation date is December 2017.

    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.

    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. 

    Advisory Council

    • M.J. Bishop, University System of Maryland

    • Jillian Kinzie, Center for Postsecondary Research and Indiana University School of Education

    • Judith A. Ramaley, Portland State University

    • Randy L. Swing, Association for Institutional Research