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Institutional Accreditation Committees

Ohio University will use a committee structure to identify evidence, perform gap analysis, and recommend next steps to complete the Assurance Argument, ensuring broad participation across the university. Higher Learning Commission Evidence Collection Committees are organized around Core Components and sub-components primarily related to the following:

The President’s Office and the Board of Trustees

Responsible for subcomponents of Core Components 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2C, 2D, 5A, 5B and 5C pertaining primarily: to guide the institution according to our mission and vision; ensure that the university follows its policies and procedures; is committed to academic freedom and the freedom of expression; and that the university has the resources, structures and processes to fulfill our mission and improve the quality of our educational offerings.


  • Carly Leatherwood – co-chair, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
  • David Moore – co-chair, Secretary, Board of Trustees
  • Julie Allison, Associate Vice President, Finance, Associate VP for Finance & Administration
  • Candace Boeninger, Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • John Day, Associate Provost, Academic Planning and Budget, Interim Budget Director
  • Cary Frith, Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Russell Morrow, Interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Jackie Rees Ulmer, Dean, College of Business
  • Sarah Wyatt, Professor, Chair, Environmental and Plant Biology and Chair of Faculty Senate

The Provost’s Office and Academics

Responsible for subcomponents of Core Components 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A and 5A concerning the rigor and appropriateness of our educational programs, providing a general education program appropriate to our mission and educational offerings, and engaging the University’s internal constituencies in shared governance.


  • Todd Eisworth – co-chair, Professor of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Katie Hartman – co-chair, Vice Provost of Faculty Development
  • Deb Benton, University Registrar
  • Kim Ciroli, Associate Professor of Instruction, College of Education
  • Char Miller, Executive Director, School of Nursing and Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences and Professions
  • Sarah Poggione, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Professor, Political Science
  • Beth Quitslund, Professor & Chair, Department of English
  • Nukhet Sandal, Professor, Political Science & Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bärbel Such, Associate Professor & Chair, Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences

The Provost’s Office, Administration, Support and Policies

Responsible for subcomponents of Core Components 1C, 3C, 3D and 4C including ensuring that the University provides opportunities for civic engagement in a multicultural and globally connected world, investing in the faculty and staff needed for high quality programs and student services, and continually pursuing educational improvement through goals and strategies to improve student success.


  • Candi Morris – co-chair, Executive Director of the Office of Instructional Design
  • Loralyn Taylor – co-chair, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics
  • Patrick Barr-Melej, Professor of History & Executive Director, Center for International Studies
  • Imants Jaunarajs, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Jennie Klein, Associate Director and Graduate Director, School of Art + Design; Professor of Art History, College of Fine Arts
  • Kris Kumfer, Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Services, University College
  • Lewis Mangen, Director of Organizational and Talent Development, University Human Resources
  • Adam Pergram, UHR Faculty Affairs Liaison, University Human Resources
  • Lindsey Rudibaugh, Executive Director of Experiential Learning, Advising, Career Services, and Experiential Learning

Research and Ethics

Responsible for subcomponents of Core Components 2E and 3B addressing responsible and ethical conduct in the acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge by its faculty, students and staff and the promotion of student mastery of intellectual inquiry and creative work.


  • Greg Newton – chair, Associate Professor, Media Arts and Studies and Associate Dean, Graduate College
  • Chad Boeninger, Interim Assistant Dean for Research and Education Services, Library
  • Scott Carpenter, Director, Laboratory Animal Resources, Research and Creative Activity
  • Rox Male-Brune, Senior Director, Grant Development and Projects, Research and Creative Activity
  • Sue Robb, Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Karen Petko, Associate Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Process
  • Hillary Snyder, Director of Research Compliance, Research and Creative Activity

Marketing, Communications and Enrollment

Responsible for subcomponents of Core Components 1A, 1C, 2B and 4A ensuring that the University represents itself accurately and ethically in its communications and marketing, that it fosters a climate of respect among its diverse students, faculty and staff, and that it has the evidence to support any claim the University makes regarding its contributions to the educational experience through research, community engagement, experiential learning and economic development. 


  • Beth Backes – co-chair, Associate Director, Market Research, University Communications and Marketing
  • Rob Callahan – co-chair, Senior Director, Enrollment Initiatives
  • Carissa Anderson, Associate Vice Provost, Regional Higher Education
  • Lisa Flowers-Clements, Director, Center for Multicultural Programs
  • Augustine Gyekye, Center for Community Engagement (Graduate Assistant)
  • Sara Hartman, Associate Professor, Teacher Education and co-chair of ICC
  • Mary Nally, Director, Center for Community Engagement
  • Katie Troyer, Senior Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations, Enrollment Management

Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning

Responsible for subcomponents of Core Components 4A, 4B and 4C demonstrating that Ohio University is responsible for the quality of our education programs and that we promote continuous improvement by assessing our students’ learning.


  • Joni Wadley – chair, Senior Director for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Wendy Adams, Associate Director of Assessment, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • Carey Busch, Interim Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Elizabeth Fallon, Director of Academic Assistance
  • Jennifer Maskiell, Director of Residence Life Operations
  • Jen Newton, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
  • Beth Quitslund, Professor & Chair, Department of English
  • Scott Titsworth, Dean, Scripps College of Communication

Federal Compliance Committee

Responsible for compiling information to demonstrate that Ohio University meets the expectations of specific federal regulations including Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) to ensure continuing eligibility for federal financial aid. Co-chaired by Loralyn Taylor, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics and Accreditation Liaison Officer and Laura Myers, Director of University Compliance, the Committee is comprised of individual stakeholders with experience and expertise in the areas of review.

Subcommittee 1 - Assignments of Credit, Program Length, and Tuition; Institutional Mechanisms for Handling Student Complaints; Protection of Student Privacy

  • Deb Benton - University Registrar
  • Ed Cater - Chief Information Officer
  • John Day - Assoc Provost for Academic Budget and Planning
  • Joshua Gonzalez - Chief Privacy Officer
  • Kerri Griffin - Director of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance; Title IX
  • Kari Lehman - Vice Provost, OHIO Online
  • Laura Myers - Director of University Compliance
  • Connie Patterson - Assoc Dean Academic Engagement, Patton College
  • Beth Quitslund - Chair, English Dept, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Mac Stricklen - Ombudsperson

Subcommittee 2 - Publication of Transfer Policies; Practices for Verification of Student Identity; Recruiting and Admissions-related Practices

  • Ashlee Bevan - Audit Manager - Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance
  • Rob Callahan - Senior Director, Enrollment Incentives
  • Ryan Chapman - Director of Enrollment Operations
  • Valerie Miller - Exec Director Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Candice Morris - Assoc Vice Provost of Instructional Innovation
  • Bill Newton - Asst Director of Enrollment and CRM
  • Jill Nice - Asst Dean, Graduate/Professional Programs, COB
  • Mateo Remsburg - Asst. VP Enrollment; Exec Dir Undergrad Admissions
  • Regina Schwartz - Executive Director of Marketing Strategy
  • Katie Tadlock - Assistant Dean, Graduate College
  • Katie Troyer - Senior Director of Enrollment Marketing and Operations

Subcommittee 3 - Publication of Student Outcome Data; Standing with State and Other Accreditors

  • Wendy Adams - Assoc Director of Assessment - CTLA
  • Janelle Crossgrove Hart - Institutional Accreditation Manager
  • Melinda Rhodes - Exec Director - CTLA
  • Loralyn Taylor - ALO and Associate Provost Institutional Effectiveness & Analytics
  • Joni Wadley - Senior Director for Institutional Effectiveness