ACPA is pleased to present senior practitioners and scholars as the Institute faculty.

Cindi Love, Ed.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Cindi Love was named ACPA’s fourth Executive Director in January of 2014 and officially began her duties on July 1, 2014.  With significant experience in higher education, for-profit and non-profit management, and social justice work.  Cindi is advancing ACPA’s current strategic plan and guiding new contributions to high education and student services globally.

During the past decade, Cindi has served as the chief operating officer of two global non-profits as well as the Executive Director of Corporate & Continuing Education at Brookhaven College with the Dallas County Community College District. Prior to that time Love was a senior executive with the TORO Company (NYS:TTC) and an award winning founding entrepreneur of eight corporations

Cindi has a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas Tech University, a Master of Arts in Special Education from Louisiana Tech University and a Bachelor of Science from Abilene Christian University. Love holds a Certificate in Executive Education from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Cindi was a member of the inaugural class of the MIT/YEO/Inc Birthing of Giants program.

Robert Reason

Associate Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education at Iowa State University

Robert Reason is an Associate Professor of Student Affairs and Higher Education at Iowa State University. Reason served in a similar position at Penn State University from 2003 to 2011, where he was also a Senior Research Associate in Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. He earned his Doctoral degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University, a Masters degree in Counseling and College Student Development from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Bachelors degree in Economics from Grinnell College. He serves as the Program Coordinator of Iowa State’s Student Affairs program, in which he teaches courses related to student development theories, college student outcomes, social justice issues, and assessment in student affairs. He recently completed (with Patrick Terenzini) two comprehensive studies of first-year student learning outcomes at over 45 colleges and universities. In 2009, Bob completed a 6-month sabbatical working as Faculty Fellow with Penn State’s Vice President for Student Affairs, reconnecting with the practice of student affairs, which continues to inform his teaching and research.

Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo

Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech

Dr. Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech. She provides leadership and oversight for the 21 departments in the Division of Student Affairs. She oversees a budget of over $150 million and a staff of more than 3,400 employees. Prior to her work at Tech, Patty served as the Associate Dean of Students at Davidson College and the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Additional professional experiences include work at the University of Maryland, College Park, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, State University of New York at Albany, and the University of Delaware.

As a transformative leader in higher education for the past 25 years, Patty has been actively engaged in all aspects of college life and has had the privileged opportunity to lead and serve in every functional area within the division of student affairs; she has also worked in academic affairs. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master and bacehelor degrees from the University of Delaware.

As a result of her relational, collaborative, inclusive, and process and outcome-centered leadership, Patty was elected to serve as President for the American College Personnel Association's (ACPA). Her many honors and awards include recognition by ACPA as a "Diamond Honoree" for her service to higher education, induction into Phi Kappa Phi, and induction into Omicron Delta Kappa to name a few. As a transformative leader in higher education, she has also been a national leader in the profession having served in the following ways: President of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA); 2011 ACPA Convention Chair; ACPA & National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Consolidation Steering Committee; ACPA & NASPA Professional Competencies Task Force; and, the ACPA Foundation. She has received many awards over the years, most notably the ACPA Diamond Honoree Award for Service to Higher Education and induction into Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, & Phi Alpha Epsilon.

In her free time, Dr. Perillo most enjoys spending time with her wonderful family and close community of friends and engaging in the arts, athletic events, outdoor activities, prayer/reflection, music, reading, and entertaining.

Donna A. Lee

Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Division of Student Life, Agnes Scott College

A native New Yorker, Donna A. Lee received her B.A. from the University of Tampa and her M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University. She served in the U.S. Army for 9 years, earning the rank of Captain. She discovered her passion for higher education and her vocation as a Student Affairs professional when she accepted a position at Rollins College in 1996. Her passion for her work is fueled by the affinity she has for students and their learning. She served the Rollins College community for 12 years, afforded the opportunity to experience several positions of increasing responsibility, positions that enabled her to develop and hone her skills as an educator and as a leader.

As an assistant director of Residential Life, she was privileged to live among students, gaining a unique perspective into student culture and student life outside of the classroom. As the coordinator of Diversity Programs and later as the director of Multicultural Affairs, she provided vision and leadership in shaping a diversity initiative for the college, working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to create programs, services, and resources to foster an inclusive campus community. She developed and taught courses designed to immerse students in learning opportunities that encouraged an exploration of self and others within diverse cultures and contexts, including service-learning experiences in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Her unanticipated transition to the role of dean of Student Affairs allowed her to creatively use her leadership skills to effect positive change both within her division and the campus community.

In 2008, her professional journey took her to Agnes Scott College, a private liberal arts college for women. She is driven by the institution’s mission to educate, empower, and liberate young women as they find, raise, and place their voices in pursuit of the common good in our world. Donna embraces an approach to learning that blends social justice education, leadership theory, and feminist pedagogy; she advocates for an education that enables individuals to develop their full capacities, empowering them to assume active leadership roles in their communities, realizing their agency and responsibility to create social change and working collaboratively with others to affect this change. She has presented numerous workshops on topics related to diversity, leadership, organizational development, and community engagement, and she has worked with the Anti-Defamation League, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Human Rights Council. Passionate about and committed to service, she regularly volunteers her time in the community. Donna is motivated each day by the students she works with, and she focuses her energies on creating spaces and opportunities for them to find and use their unique voices in our local, national, and global communities. A proud mother, Donna receives daily inspiration from her 15 year old son, Jonathan, who continually reminds her of the importance of reflection, integrity, and authenticity.

Bridget Kelly

Associate Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago

In 2009, Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly joined the Higher Education masters and doctoral programs as an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago and served as Program Director for three years.  Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Kelly was Associate Professor in the Student Development Administration Program at Seattle University and an Assistant Professor in The University of Vermont’s Higher Education Student Affairs graduate preparation program.

For over a decade, her teaching has introduced master and doctoral students to theoretical concepts, language, and educational practices that informed their thinking and understanding of students and faculty. Dr. Kelly’s primary teaching responsibilities for the Higher Education programs are Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education, Student Development in Higher Education, and Women in Higher Education.

Dr. Kelly’s scholarship is focused on gender and racial equity of women students and faculty in higher education, and preparing socially just student affairs professionals. She has authored articles in peer-refereed journals of high national reputation and also presented numerous refereed papers at national conferences.  She was recognized with the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago.  Dr. Kelly was a 2013 Diamond Honoree for ACPA, awarded the NASPA IV-East Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching in 2011, recognized as an Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association in 2005, and received the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award in 2004 from the Office on Women in Higher Education, a division of the American Council on Education. 

Steve Tyrell

President of North Country Community College

Dr. Steve Tyrell currently serves as the President of North Country Community College. He has also served in student affairs positions at Alfred State College, MIT, Michigan Tech and SUNY New Paltz since 1983. Dr. Tyrell has also been active on a number of state and national associations’ committees including ACPA’s Commission on Administrative Leadership, ACPA Professional Skills and Knowledge Competencies, NASPA/ACPA Joint Committee on Developing Professional Standards, SUNY Chief Student Affairs Officers. He currently serves on the CSPA-NYS Journal’s editorial board.

Dr. Tyrell has published and presented papers on topics ranging from academic integrity, assessing community development in the residence halls, crisis management, managing issues related to students at risk, effective intervention strategies for alcohol and drugs, applying student development theories and models to practice, middle managerial discourse, effectiveness and politics in higher education, developing student learning outcomes assessment programs in student affairs, and has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching interpersonal communication.

Dr. Tyrell recently co-authored a monograph on the future of student affairs with Dr. Charlie Fey. He has a PhD from Michigan Tech in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications, both from SUNY New Paltz.