Mr. Frank T. Brogan
Mr. Frank T. Brogan became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on October 1, 2013. A lifelong educator, Mr. Brogan previously served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was president of Florida Atlantic University and was twice elected lieutenant governor of the state of Florida. As PASSHE’s chancellor, Mr. Brogan serves as the State System’s chief executive officer, which operates 14 comprehensive universities with a combined enrollment of nearly
115,000 students. The chancellor works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the System.
Mr. Brogan began his academic career as a teacher at Port Salerno Elementary School in Martin County, Fla. After working his way up through the Martin County School System—including serving six years as superintendent—he was elected Florida’s Commissioner of Education in 1995. As commissioner, he spearheaded passage of a law to strengthen criminal background checks for all educators and led the effort to establish the Bright Futures Scholarship Program.
He continued his advocacy of education issues as lieutenant governor — steering education policy as legislative liaison for Governor Jeb Bush. Upon assuming the presidency of Florida Atlantic Universityin 2003, Mr. Brogan’s top priority was to elevate academic standards at the institution, which resulted in stricter admissions criteria, higher retention rates and improved time-to-degree. He also helped raise more than $120 million in private funds and matching grants for the university, while increasing its focus on research and establishing a four-year medical education program.
Mr. Brogan was named chancellor of the State University System of Florida in 2009, and immediately went to work to successfully repair strained relationships between the System and the Florida Legislature. As chancellor, he led the development of a new strategic plan that includes 39 distinct benchmarks — an integral part of Florida’s nationally recognized accountability framework that tracks progress of university and system goals.
Mr. Brogan also led the Florida system’s efforts to develop a performance funding program with goals similar to those of PASSHE’s nationally recognized model. The program utilizes key measures to reward universities for excellence and improved performance in areas that support both the institutions’ unique missions and system-wide goals for improved quality, accessibility and accountability.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Brogan was the first member of his family to attend college, earning a bachelor's degree in education (magna cum laude) from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in education from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife Courtney have a son, Colby John.
Dr. Damon A. Williams
Dr. Williams is a scholar, administrator, and educator passionate about making organization’s inclusive and excellent for all, creating equitable educational outcomes, and activating learning, youth development, and leadership in ways that are transformative and inspiring of new possibilities. Driven by a relentless curiosity and drive to activate meaningful change efforts, Dr. Williams has authored or co-authored dozens of books, monographs, and articles that have influenced thousands worldwide. He is widely considered one of the nation’s most dynamic and innovative leaders winning the 2013 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Inclusive Excellence Award for Leadership, and serving as invited keynote speaker and thought leader to more than 200 institutions of higher education.
His most recent books are released as companion volumes – The Diversity Leadership Set, offering strategic guidance to leaders interested in the most cutting edge insights into leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Designed to be read alone or as companion books, Strategic Diversity Leadership: ActivatingChange and Transformation In Higher Education and The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy,Structure, and Change Management (Co-authored with Dr. Katrina Wade-Golden) provide a sophisticated and nuanced approach to assist leaders with the overall process of leading diversity themed change and developing sound diversity infrastructures and strategies. As part of an ongoing effort to build diversity capacity in higher education, he also authored A Matter of Excellence: Strategic DiversityLeadership and Accountability in Higher Education a featured publication of the American Council of Education (ACE).
In September of 2013, he assumes an epic new role of global responsibility as the Senior Vice President for Programs, Training, and Youth Development Services for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In this role, he is the chief youth development and educational officer for the BGCA movement, serving more than 4 Million youth across more than 4000 clubs around the world. In this new role, Williams will lead national program strategy for BGCA's strategic outcome areas—Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles—with a focus on strengthening the club experience and creating a new generation of leaders that expand the pipeline into higher education.
Prior to joining the BGCA, he served for five years as associate vice chancellor, vice provost, chief diversity officer, and member of the educational leadership and policy analysis faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the founding leader of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) a vertically integrated portfolio divisional infrastructure that includes the nation’s largest pre-college to college k-16 pipeline development program (n=1300 students), the world’s only hip-hop urban arts scholarship program learning community (Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives/First Wave), innovative campus-wide partnerships to enhance STEM achievement, leadership development of intercollegiate athletes (Beyond the Game), faculty diversification, research centers (Wei Lab), and a four-city partnership with the National Posse Foundation. He also served as assistant vice provost for multicultural and international affairs at the University of Connecticut, where he provided key leadership in the development of game changing STEM educational initiatives that resulted in a more than 92% program graduation rate and nearly tripled the numbers of historically underrepresented students completing degrees in these most difficult to diversify areas of study.
He is a four-time scholar in residence for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) leading sessions at the Greater Expectations and High Impact Practices (HIP) Institutes, and serving as a past leader in their Inclusive Excellence Project. He has served as a two-time scholar in residence for prestigious American Council of Education (ACE) Fellowship Mid-Year Institute, lecturing on issues of strategic diversity leadership, retention, youth development, pre-college to college pipeline programs, leadership development, faculty diversity, inclusion, and change management. In addition, he currently serves on the ACE Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the UC Berkeley Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the Galluadet University Diversity Advisory, and the National Diversity Council Executive Board.
He received his PhD from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education (CSHPE), where his focus was organizational behavior and management. He received his master’s degree in college student personnel services and his bachelor’s degree in sociology both from Miami University.
Stephan J. Hamlin-Smith
Since 2002, Stephan Hamlin-Smith has been the executive director of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD, www.ahead.org). In his position with AHEAD, Stephan directs the overall operations, public engagement, member services, funding, and external relations of the organization that currently serves over 2,700 institutional and individual members in 17 countries. AHEAD has 37 US State and multi-state affiliate organizations. In 2010, Stephan became the executive officer of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS, www.disstudies.org); the largest academic society in the world dedicated to the advancement of disability studies as an academic discipline with over 400 members in 13 countries.
Recognizing that collaboration and contribution are keys to advancement for any good cause, Stephan invests heavily in serving on numerous boards of directors, advisory and executive committees, and steering councils for national and international organizations and programs that work to eliminate barriers to equity for disabled people in education and society. In 2010 Stephan was appointed as a commissioner for the US Department of Education to address barriers related to accessibility of instructional materials in post-secondary education. Other specific ‘hot topic’ areas of his involvement currently include: post-secondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities; increasingly effective transition practices from secondary to post-secondary education and employment; and advancing post-secondary educations’ corporate understanding of disability and social responsibility.
Lee Ann Cornell
Dr. Lee Ann Cornell is the Program Manager for the Center for Urban Education. Previously she was the Graduate Education Program Director for a cancer center California. She provided administrative leadership and coordination for the hospital’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences and the undergraduate Summer Academy. Lee Ann also has experience working in student orientation, academic advising, student leadership programs, and graduate school admissions. She is an active member in the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals and the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals. Lee Ann earned a master’s degree from UCLA in counseling in student affairs and a doctorate in educational leadership from USC.
Dr. Chris Navia is a member of the U.S. Education Delivery Institute’s higher education team. In this role, Chris provides support to state systems of higher education committed to producing equitable outcomes for all students, particularly in the arenas of access and success. Previously, Chris served as a Senior Institutional Planner for the University of Wisconsin System’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, working with institutions to craft learning environments that were more inclusive and student-centered. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.
Georgia K. Prell
Ms. Georgia K. Prell is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for System Research for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). She provides strategic leadership, coordination and oversight to the System Research Office whose responsibilities include performance-based accountability systems, analytical research and assessment used to convert data into actionable information for decision making, compiling and analyzing data for internal and external reports and surveys, and managing the data collection and data management infrastructure. Ms. Prell supports other key activities impacting student success, including program reviews, planning and budgeting, policy development, strategic planning and other System initiatives and goals.
Ms. Prell has over 30 years of experience in higher education in the public sector arena. She held various leadership positions in enrollment services, financial aid and student affairs at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Prell earned her undergraduate degree in Economics (summa cum laude), with a concentration in Management from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Structure and Policy from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.