2020 Academic Affairs Winter Meeting: Speakers

Archie P. Cubarrubia

Archie CubarrubiaArchie P. Cubarrubia serves as deputy director, institutional transformation in the Postsecondary Success Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the foundation’s team responsible for understanding how colleges and universities transform themselves to dramatically improve their performance and eliminate student success gaps and translating that understanding into useful tools, methods and resources.

Cubarrubia has worked to improve student success and institutional effectiveness for nearly two decades and from multiple vantage points—from institutional leadership to federal policymaking to state policy advocacy.

He previously served as vice provost for institutional effectiveness at Miami Dade College (Florida), where he led the institution’s strategic planning, institutional research, policy analysis, assessment and evaluation, and quality assurance activities.

He also previously served at the U.S. Department of Education, leading the agency’s high-priority and high-profile activities related to postsecondary access, affordability and accountability under the Bush and Obama Administrations. He oversaw the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative and directed research and development activities for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). He also served as the Designated Federal Official for the federal advisory committee on Measures of Student Success under former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and as principal analyst for former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings’ Commission on the Future of Higher Education. 

A lifelong student advocate and national expert on postsecondary policy, programs and data, he earned his B.S. in health studies and Ed.M. in policy, planning and administration from Boston University and his Ed.D. in higher education administration from The George Washington University.

Tyrone C. Howard

Tyrone Howard

Tyrone C. Howard is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also the inaugural director of the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, a campus-wide consortium examining academic, mental health, and social emotional experiences and challenges for California’s most vulnerable youth populations. Howard is the former associate dean for equity, diversity & inclusion. 

Professor Howard’s research examines culture, race, teaching and learning. He has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools and Black Male(d): Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males. His most recent book, Expanding College Access for Urban Youth, documents ways schools and colleges can create higher education opportunities for youth of color. 

Howard is also the director and founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers dedicated to examining the nexus of race, class, and gender of school age youth. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, California, Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest honor provided to teaching excellence at the university. In 2016, Howard was listed by Education Week as one of the 50 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform.

Patrick Methvin

Patrick Methvin

Patrick Methvin, director of postsecondary success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the U.S., oversees work designed to significantly increase the number of Americans achieving a post-high school credential and eliminate educational attainment disparities by race and income.

Previously, Methvin served as deputy director for the postsecondary success strategy, focusing on the adoption and scaling of innovations associated with improving student success and institutional sustainability. Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, Methvin served as a principal in the Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact and Consumer Goods Practice Areas. In the Social Impact Practice, Methvin supported higher education institutions in managing operating model changes necessitated by their rapidly changing funding environments. He also supported K-12 transformation at the state, district and charter school organization levels.

Methvin holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

Lynn Novick

Lynn Novick

Lynn Novick is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker and the director/producer of the PBS miniseries College Behind Bars. The four-part documentary film series follows the lives of a group of men and women imprisoned in New York State for serious crimes, struggling to earn degrees in one of the most rigorous liberal arts college programs behind bars in America: the Bard Prison Initiative. Ken Burns is executive producer. 

Produced by Sarah Botstein, Salimah El-Amin and Mariah Doran, College Behind Bars asks several essential questions: What is prison for? Who in America has access to educational opportunity? Can we have justice without redemption? 

For nearly 30 years, Novick has been directing and producing films about American history and culture, most recently The Vietnam War, an immersive, 10-part, 18-hour epic, directed with Ken Burns, that aired on PBS in the fall of 2017. Novick and Burns have long been creative partners and collaborators, responsible for some of the most respected and top-rated documentaries to have aired on PBS, including Prohibition, Baseball, Jazz, Frank Lloyd Wright and The War, a seven-part, 15-hour exploration of ordinary Americans’ experiences in World War II. The Vietnam War, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, and written by Geoffrey C. Ward, received widespread critical acclaim and was seen by nearly 50 million viewers in the U.S., as well as millions more in nearly 100 countries. A groundbreaking 360-degree exploration of the conflict, the series features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as dozens of Vietnamese combatants and civilians from the winning and losing sides. Novick and Burns are currently collaborating on a two-part biography of Ernest Hemingway slated for PBS broadcast in 2020, a series about the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and a series on the history of crime and punishment in America. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University (Conn.) and lives in New York City.

Dyjuan Tatro

Dyjuan TatroDyjuan Tatro serves as the government affairs associate for the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). As a BPI alumnus, he leverages his education and experience to further criminal justice reform through increased public investments for college in prison. Prior to his work with BPI, he advised Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) on criminal justice policy and currently sits on the board of directors at The Fortune Society. Originally from Albany, New York, Dyjuan now resides in New York City where the New York City Council recently honored him for his work.

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