• ADP Steering Committee

    Peg Gray-VickreyPeg Gray-Vickrey
    Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Texas A&M University-Central Texas

    Prior her role at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Peg was associate vice president and associate provost at Florida Gulf Coast University and served as interim dean, College of Health Professions; director of the School of Nursing; interim provost; and professor of Nursing. Peg holds a B.S.N. degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; an M.S. as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist from Northern Illinois University; and a D.N.S., Doctor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Buffalo (N.Y.). She has received many awards and recognitions in her career, and she has been credited with over 40 peer reviewed publications, two award-winning AV productions on Alzheimer’s Disease, and multiple invited and peer reviewed professional presentations. Peg has been actively involved in civic and community engagement during her career in higher education.

    David HoffmanDavid Hoffman
    Director, Center for Democracy and Civic Life, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    ADP Steering Committee Chair-Elect

    David is an architect of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's (UMBC) BreakingGround initiative. His work is directed at fostering civic agency and democratic engagement through courses, co-curricular experiences and cultural practices on campus. His research explores students’ development as civic agents, highlighting the crucial role of experiences, environments and relationships students perceive as “real” rather than synthetic or scripted. David is an alum of University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.); Harvard University (J.D., M.P.P.); and UMBC (Ph.D.).

    William J. McKinneyWilliam J. McKinney
    Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs, Indiana University
    ADP Steering Committee Past Chair

    For more than 25 years, Bill has been committed to the civic value of a liberal education. His current position at Indiana University (IU) encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, especially those outlined in Blueprint 2.0: The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for the Regional Campuses of Indiana University. This ambitious plan links student success and community engagement. He leads a number of strategic projects for IU’s five regional campuses, including their joint participation in AASCU’s Re-imagining the First Year. Prior to joining IU in 2015, he served as president of Valdosta State University (Ga.) and vice chancellor for academic affairs at IU-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and his M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science from IU-Bloomington. He has published or presented well over 100 papers, book chapters or reviews in such diverse topics as the philosophical nature of scientific experiments, environmental ethics, liberal education, and civic engagement.

    Shala MillsShala Mills
    Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Extended Learning, State University of New York at New Paltz                                                             

    Shala is the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards. She taught courses in the areas of law and the courts, current political issues, sustainability, food and politics, and global challenges at Fort Hays State University (Kan.). She serves as one of AASCU’s Global Engagement Scholars, was the National Coordinator for the AASCU Global Challenges Project, and spent her 2015-16 sabbatical serving as the National Manager for AASCU’s Blended Course Consortium. Her most recent publications have been in the areas of academic assessment and leadership, new models for educating undergraduate students, and global challenges. She is engaged in a wide range of service activities, including leading Fort Hays State University’s Food and Hunger Initiatives. Civic engagement is one of her core values, permeating her teaching, scholarship and service, and leading her to involvement in the American Democracy Project on her local campus and nationally.

    Mel NetzhammerMel Netzhammer
    Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver

    Mel has served as chancellor of Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver since July 2012. Previously provost at Keene State College in New Hampshire, he is the second chancellor in WSU Vancouver’s 26-year history, advancing the university’s mission to provide access to baccalaureate-level education in the region. In addition to the American Democracy Project, Netzhammer’s extensive civic engagement focus includes serving on several boards and committees dedicated to education and economic development in Vancouver and Portland. He studied communication, earning a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah.

    Lane PerryLane Perry
    Director of Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Western Carolina University

    With nearly 15 years of experience in community engagement within higher education, Lane has seen firsthand the value of people, systems and processes when it comes to advancing community-campus partnerships. Across these networks of community members, neighbors, organizations, and institutions exists symbiotic opportunities for advancing mutually beneficial outcomes. Lane has presented and published extensively in the fields of community engagement, service-learning, global citizenship, and pedagogical approaches to disaster response. He served as co-editor of the International Journal for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (2016-2019) and was recognized as the 2015 NC Campus Compact Civic Engagement Professional of the Year, the 2015 co-recipient of the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, and the 2017 Gulf South Summit Community Engagement Practitioner of the year.

    Kris PierreKris Pierre
    Director, Career Development & Community Partnerships, Northeastern Illinois University
    ADP Steering Committee Chair

    Kris is the director of career development & community partnerships at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), a diverse urban campus on the north side of Chicago. Previously, she served as the senior director for academic & community partnerships. In that role, she provided leadership for developing meaningful opportunities for civic learning and democratic engagement, strengthening existing and developing new collaborative community partnerships, and facilitating connections between student affairs and programs in academic areas to support student success and retention. She coordinates NEIU’s involvement in the American Democracy Project and NASPA’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiative. Kris serves as the student affairs lead for Northeastern’s participation in ADP’s Economic Inequality Initiative. Kris has spent the bulk of her career working across organizational boundaries to improve programs and better support student learning. Kris was elected in 2014 to the North River Commission Board of Directors, which serves as the lead organization for community and economic development for the north river area of Chicago.

    Kim Schmidl-Gagne Kim Schmidl-Gagne
    Program Manager, Keene State College (N.H.)

    Kim is the program manager for accreditation processes and for diversity and multicultural student initiatives at Keene State College (N.H.). After 20 years in residential life, Kim joined the staff of the provost and chief officer for diversity and multiculturalism as the accreditation liaison officer and to assist with coordinating a variety of programmatic efforts, including the American Democracy Project, the symposium, numerous speaker series, and efforts to integrate academic affairs and student affairs. Kim is a past president of the Northeast Regional Housing Association. Kim is the curator for the AASCU Economic Inequality Blended Learning Course and a member of the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Steering Committee.