2016 RBCA Presentations
Susan Elkins, Walter Collins, Chris Nesmith, Michael Sonntag, Ann Carmichael, John Catalano - USC Palmetto College: A Collaborative Approach to Accessible, Affordable and Flexible Degrees for South Carolinians
2016 RBCA CONFERENCE PRESENTERS
Dr. John Catalano, Acting Dean at USC Union, has also earned the titles of Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Regional Campus Dean Emeritus at USC Lancaster. Catalano attended the University of South Carolina and earned a BA in Philosophy, an ML in Librarianship, an MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy. He has been a member of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy, the Society for Business Ethics, and the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.
Dr. Walter Collins began his career at USC Lancaster in 2002 as an Instructor of French and English. Rising through the ranks to Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Collins became Regional Campus Dean of USCL in April 2013. He earned tenure in 2009 and promotion to Full Professor in 2015. In addition to his duties as Campus Dean, Collins remains active in research and scholarship in the area of African Post-colonial Studies and carries on a long-standing USCL tradition as a teaching administrator, by offering classes in French and English.
Bill Cox is currently the Executive Director of the Austin Peay State University Center at Fort Campbell, KY and the academic head (dean) of the School of Technology and Public Management. He previously served at Tusculum College as the Assistant Vice President of Extended Education, Director of the Knoxville, TN Center, and Assistant Professor of Research. Bill retired as a Major from the U. S. Air Force in 1997 with over 24 years of active duty service. He holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.A. in Education Administration from Chapman University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Alabama
David H. Devier assumed the position of President of Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Michigan on January 20, 2014. This appointment came after serving thirty-seven years in Ohio at both public and private, two and four year institutions including as Dean/CEO of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College regional campus. He also was instrumental in developing two significant branch campuses of Clark State Community College between 2007 and 2014.
Susanne Eisenhart, MA, obtained her master’s degree in management from University of Redlands and has been employed as a campus director at Brandman University for five years. She has held multiple positions within higher education for 27 years in a range of positions.
Chancellor Susan Elkins serves as the chief administrative officer of Palmetto College of the University of South Carolina, which includes distance education offerings, four associate degree-granting regional campuses, Extended University and Fort Jackson. Prior to her appointment as Chancellor and Full Professor in 2013, Dr. Elkins previously served as Vice President of Extended Programs and Regional Development, Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Professor at Tennessee Technological University (TTU). Her Vanderbilt University Ed.D. focused on higher education leadership.
Marjorie A. Mattis, D.Ed. is currently serving as the Interim Vice President of the Harrisburg Area Community College’s York Campus. Margie serves in a permanent capacity as the campus' Dean of Academic Affairs where she provides leadership for the daily operations of the campus' academic programs and services. She began her career at HACC in 2005 and is part of the inaugural team that started the York Campus.
Dr. Chris Nesmith is in his 13th year with USC, where his academic and administrative career has focused on providing access to educational opportunities for working adult and underrepresented students. He was hired as Director of the Evening Program as an Assistant Professor of English with Extended University in 2008. He earned tenure and became Assistant Vice-Provost for Extended University in 2013. In January 2015, he was appointed Dean of Extended University and Associate Provost.
Nicole Pennington currently serves as the dean of Ohio University Southern Campus. In this role, Nicole is the chief academic and administrative officer for the campus. In addition to being dean, Nicole is an associate professor of Nursing at the Southern Campus. She received a DNP degree from Chatham University, a MSN degree from University of South Alabama, and a BSN degree from Bellarmine University.
Nicole has been a nurse since 1993 and spent the early part of her career in clinical practice with a maternal-child health focus. Associated with Ohio University for the last ten years, Nicole has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses and continues to teach graduate courses online. She was promoted and tenured to Associate Professor in 2012 and served as the Associate Director of Nursing from 2007-2014. In this role, she was responsible for the administrative and academic leadership for all nursing programs offered at Ohio University Southern.
Nicole resides in Russell, Kentucky with her husband, Jonathan and sons, Jacob and Nicholas. She enjoys hiking, scuba diving and traveling with her family.
Kristin Plapis, MBA, obtained her master’s degree in business administration from Brandman University and has been employed as a campus director at Brandman University for almost six years. She has worked in a variety of positions in higher education from admissions, to student services to marketing.
Since joining Miami University in 2010, Dr. G. Michael Pratt oversaw the development of a regionally organized and administered campus system, addition of a dozen new bachelor’s degrees, and the first master’s degree on Miami’s regional campuses.
His other accomplishments include opening the Greentree Health Science Academy, the English Language Center for international students, and establishing the College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences, of which he is the first Dean and Associate Provost.
As Vice President for University Affairs at the University of North Georgia, Eric Skipper has administrative oversight over four campuses. He also oversees economic development and continuing education across UNG. He has been CEO of the Oconee Campus since 2013. He is chair of the implementation process for the UNG Strategic Plan 2014-2019.
Skipper served as Dean of Honors/Graduate Studies at UNG from 2013 to 2015. Skipper held a variety of administrative positions at the former Gainesville State College, including Interim AVP for Academic Enrichment, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Chair of Foreign Languages.
In 2010, Dr. Skipper was named Professor of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-Georgia chapter. He is author of numerous scholarly publications, including the volume A Recipe for Discourse: Perspectives on Like Water for Chocolate (Rodopi, 2010), which offers critical analyses of the best-selling novel by Laura Esquivel. He is Immediate Past President of the Georgia Council of Graduate Schools, and is a graduate of the University System of Georgia’s Executive Leadership Institute.
Skipper holds a B.S. in Management from Georgia Tech (B.S.) and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Florida State University.
Dr. James M. Smith is the dean of Ohio University Lancaster. As chief administrative and academic officer of the campus, he is responsible for the overall administration of the campus, including fiscal management, physical plant operations, and academic programs. Smith is the seventh dean of the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center. Smith served from 2007 to 2009 as the interim dean at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Firelands College in Huron, Ohio. While at BGSU Firelands, he also served as the associate dean for academic programs and services, several years as an associate dean for engagement and outreach and as the applied sciences department chair. Smith holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Michael Sonntag is the first in his family to earn a college degree, and his academic career has focused on small, publicly-funded regional universities. Sonntag rose through the faculty ranks at Lander University, serving as Department of Psychology Chair and Director of Assessment and Planning. In 2007 he became VP for Academic Affairs at University of Maine at Presque Isle, serving there until 2014 when he became Campus Dean at USC Sumter.
Dr. Uduma is the President of the Northwest Campus of the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD). Previously, she served as the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services, and District Dean of Learning Technologies. Prior to joining WCCCD, Dr. Uduma was an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems for over 11 years at Davenport University. She also worked as Adjunct Faculty at Lawrence Technological University Graduate School, Wayne State University Computer Science Department, and Marygrove College Teacher Education.
Dr. Uduma holds a Doctorate degree in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University with specialization in Interactive Technologies, an MBA with Information Systems and Database Management specialization from Lawrence Technological University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Her professional escapades include reviewing academic books and software for several publishers, published an academic book and articles in various academic journals.
Dr. Doris Wilson has served as Superintendent of two high performing school districts. Dr. Wilson retired from Desert Sands Unified School District, CA (2007) and was appointed Associate Professor, College of Education, California State University - San Bernadino. Dr. Wilson assumed the role of Associate Dean, Palm Desert Campus in 2010 and is a member of the core doctoral faculty, CSUSB. Dr. Wilson’s professional career includes twenty three years as a public school teacher and administrator, ten years as professor and administrator for the University of Southern California, European and Asian Pacific operations. Her research and presentation interests involve strategic planning, educational leadership, and the impact of higher education on family and community development.