WELCOME to the new members of the Senior Student Affairs Officers Advisory Board!

Willie BanksDr. Willie L. Banks, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs at Indiana State University

Dr. Willie L. Banks, Jr. serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Indiana State University. Prior to joining Indiana State University, Dr. Banks worked for Cleveland State University in a variety of positions, including Assoc. Dean of Students and Interim Asst. VP for Student Affairs. Dr. Banks worked at the University of Georgia for over 18 years in a variety of positions within the Division of Student Affairs including, Director of the Tate Student Center and Campus Life; and Assoc. Dean of Students for Intercultural Affairs. Professionally, Dr. Banks is involved with ACPA, ACUI, and NASPA. Dr. Banks received his undergraduate degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and his Master’s and Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

At Indiana State University, Dr. Banks holds graduate faculty status with the Bayh College of Education and serves within the Student Affairs and Higher Education (SAHE) program. During his time at the University of Georgia, Dr. Banks held graduate faculty status with the College of Education and served as an instructor for a number of courses within the College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) program, including College Student Ecology, Issues in Student Affairs Administration, and College Student Affairs Interventions.

Laura BaylessLaura A. Bayless, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (SSAO) at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Member-at-Large – Senior Level, ACPA Governing Board

Dr. Laura A. Bayless serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (chief student affairs officer) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She previously served as the Interim Vice President for Student Life at Caldwell University in N.J.; Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Dean of Students at Longwood University in Virginia. Laura earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech; MS in college student personnel services at Miami University of Ohio; and BA in speech communications/mass media from Denison University. She has been honored as a Diamond Honoree by the ACPA Foundation, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Higher Education Program at Virginia Tech, and received the Award for Excellent Practice-Senior Level from ACPA's Commission for Administrative Leadership, in addition to being recognized by students on several campuses. She is a frequent presenter, consultant, and podcaster. Laura is passionate about the growth and development of both students and employees, creating environments in which all contribute to the community we create, and make a difference in the world.

James BreslinDr. James D. Breslin, Dean of Student Success at Bellarmine University, Member-at-Large (Elect) – Senior Level, ACPA Governing Board

Dr. James D. Breslin serves as the Dean of Student Success at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Breslin has recently been recognized for his work in the field by the American College Personnel Association, with the Commission for Academic Support’s Commitment to Excellence in Academic Support Award, and the National College Learning Center Association, with the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award (for his leadership of Academic Enhancement at the University of Kentucky). Dr. Breslin participates as an active citizen in the field of higher education and has consulted with more than two dozen institutions across the US and beyond. He has served as Managing Editor of the Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice; Editor of the Academic Support Monograph Series for the ACPA Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education; currently serves on the editorial board for The Learning Assistance Review, the peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the National College Learning Center Association; and as a reviewer for the Journal of Interrupted Studies, a multidisciplinary scholarly journal launched at Oxford University to provide publishing opportunities for scholars who have been displaced by forced migration. Dr. Breslin is originally from Louisville, KY, and his academic background includes a BA in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an MS and PhD in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.

Monica Coen ChristensenDr. Monica Coen Christensen, Dean of Students at Manhattan School of Music

Dr. Monica Coen Christensen currently serves as Dean of Students at Manhattan School of Music, an undergraduate and graduate conservatory with an enrollment of approximately 1000 students.  Monica also holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Higher & Postsecondary education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She previously served full-time as Lecturer in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Department at Teachers College, where she has been a faculty member since the year 2000.  During this time, she taught a wide variety of courses, including Student Personnel Administration, College Student Development Theories, Theories of Diversity, and Analysis of Student Cultures. While on the faculty at Teachers College, Monica engaged in numerous consulting projects in which she was engaged to help institutions of higher education improve student experience. Previous to her work as a faculty member, she worked for over 10 years in student affairs positions in New York City. Monica holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and Dartmouth College. She has served ACPA in the past through presentations and through leadership on a special project to create a complexity rating system for presentations based on NASPA/ACPA recognized professional competencies.

Irvin ClarkIrvin R. Clark, Ed.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Irvin R. Clark joined Radford University in October 2014 as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students. In this capacity he serves five primary roles: supervisor for six departments; SGA advisor; senior judicial officer for conduct/appeals; emergency/threat assessment coordinator; and student resource/advocate.

Dr. Clark received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida A&M University, his Masters of Public Administration from Savannah State University, and the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership & Change from The Fielding Graduate University.

Mark DenkeDr. Mark S. Denke, Associate Vice President with the Arizona Board of Regents

Dr. Mark S. Denke is an Associate Vice President with the Arizona Board of Regents and serves as a Senior Academic Officer and Chief Student Affairs Officer for the State University System of Arizona. Dr. Denke has provided leadership for student development initiatives in many areas of academic, business and student affairs at a number of universities for over 30 years. Prior to coming to the Arizona Board of Regents, he held a joint appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. He was also a Faculty Associate at the University of Northern Colorado in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Graduate Program in the College of Education. He has been nominated by students and alumni numerous times as a “Best Teacher” at Colorado State University and won the award in 1999. In the fall of 2003, the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) established the “Dr. Mark S. Denke Service Award” to be given annually at the university to an administrative professional staff member in recognition of outstanding service and support to students. Dr. Denke received a national award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as the Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students and ACPA named him a Diamond Honoree for career contributions to his field in higher education. He holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Higher Education from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling/College Student Personnel Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2005, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania selected Dr. Denke for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor the university can bestow upon a graduate.

Luoluo HongLuoluo Hong, PhD, Vice President of Student Affairs at San Francisco State University

The eldest daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Luoluo (pronounced “lō-lō”) Hong is a passionate and energetic educator, leader and student advocate who initiated her career at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She joined the executive leadership team of San Francisco State University as the Vice President for Student Affairs in 2014. Prior to SF State, Luoluo served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Hawaiˈi at Hilo, where she concurrently took on the role of Acting Athletic Director for one and a half years. Other senior administrative roles have included Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students at Shepherd College; Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Dean of Student Affairs at the West campus for Arizona State University. Luoluo holds a BA in Psychology from Amherst College, a Master’s in Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership & Research from LSU in Baton Rouge.  A nationally-sought after speaker and trainer in the areas of violence prevention, social justice, and leadership, Luoluo has delivered over 2,200 presentations and keynoted over 40 conferences and meetings. 

At each campus where she has worked, Luoluo has taught undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and been an affiliated faculty member in a variety of disciplines, including Kinesiology, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Psychology, and Criminal Justice & Criminology.  Luoluo was also a tenure-track Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at ASU and was tenured as an Associate Professor in Public Health Leadership & Education in UH Hilo’s College of Pharmacy.

Chicora MartinDr. Chicora Martin, Vice President and Dean of Students at Mills College

Chicora Martin is currently the Vice President and Dean of Students for Mills College in Oakland, CA.  Before coming to Mills, Chicora was at the University of Oregon for fourteen years serving as the Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Education and Support Services, Area Director for the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, and coordinator of the Bias Response Team.  Chicora received a doctorate from Colorado State University in Educational Leadership and a master’s degree in College Student Personnel with a concentration in LGBT services from the Florida State University.  Chicora was honored as the 2015 ACPA Voice of Inclusion Medallion recipient and by the Consortium of LGBT Resource Professionals as the 2014 Contribution to the Profession award.  Chicora was the co-chair for the consortium from 2003-2005, served on the American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee for LGBT Concerns and was the Region V Knowledge Community Chair for LGBT Issues for NASPA.   Chicora is a Title IX investigator in their current position and while at Oregon and has also completed NASPA’s Law and Policy Certificate program.  Chicora’s research interests include the intersections of higher education policy, gender identity and ethnic identity.  Past presentations have focused on gender identity, Title IX and policy development, multiethnic/queer identity, oppression and privilege, bystander engagement, and campus climate.

Melinda TejadaDr. Melinda J. Tejada, Vice President of Student Development at Waubonsee Community College

Dr. Melinda L. Tejada is Vice President of Student Development at Waubonsee Community College (WCC).  Dr. Tejada has over 30 years of higher education experience. She serves WCC as an adjunct faculty member, teaching the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership course.

She has been a long-time advocate for service to the community and has been past chair of the Fox Valley United Way. Dr. Tejada continues to serve as a member of their Allocations Committee and was the recipient of the Rita Anderson Smith award for leadership, creativity and dedication to communities within the Fox Valley.  Currently, Dr. Tejada is a board member of the DuPage County Quad County Urban League and the Association for Individual Development.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of SPARK (Strong, Prepared, and Ready for Kindergarten) and the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry Advisory Board and is co-chair of the Aurora Daughter of the American Revolution Service for Veterans Committee.

Dr. Tejada holds a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from George Williams College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in Psychology from Murray State University.

Tammy WalshDr. Tammy S. Walsh, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Ringling College of Art and Design

Tammy Walsh serves as Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Ringling College of Art and Design. Before joining Ringling College of Art and Design, Dr. Walsh served as the Dean of Student Life at the University of Dubuque, Director of Housing and Residential Life and then as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Nova Southeastern University (NSU).  She additionally served as an adjunct faculty member at both institutions.  Previous to her time at NSU, she worked as a Residence Coordinator at both the University of Miami in their residential college system, and the University of Kansas in a first year residence. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication/Broadcasting from Mansfield University, her Master of Science in Counseling/College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University, and her Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

 


March, 2017 (cycling off after convention)

March, 2018

March 2019

Tammy Walsh
Ringling College

Laura Bayless
University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Jim Breslin
Bellarmine University

Irvin Clark
Radford University

Loulou Hong
San Francisco State University

Willie Banks
Indiana State University

Monica Christensen
Manhattan School of Music

Mark Denke
Arizona Board of Regents

Chicora Martin
Mills College

 

Melinda James
Waubonsee Community College

 

 

Also note that several of the board members who have cycled off this year will be continuing to work with the board on the messaging project: Mike Whaley and Case Willoughby.


Members of the Board 

Laura Bayless

Dr. Laura A. Bayless

Dr. Laura A. Bayless is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (chief student affairs officer) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She previously served as the interim vice president for Student Life at Caldwell University in N.J.; vice president for Student Affairs at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and dean of students at Longwood University in Virginia. Laura earned her BA in speech communications/mass media from Denison University; MS in college student personnel services at Miami University of Ohio, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. Laura serves on the Governing Board of ACPA: College Student Educators International. She has been honored as a Diamond Honoree by the ACPA Foundation, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Higher Education Program at Virginia Tech, and received the Award for Excellent Practice-Senior Level from ACPA's Commission for Administrative Leadership, in addition to being recognized by students on several campuses. She is a frequent presenter, consultant, and podcaster. Laura is passionate about the growth and development of both students and employees, creating environments in which all contribute to the community we create,  and make a difference in the world.

 

Dr. Mark S. Denke

Dr. Mark S. Denke

Dr. Mark S. Denke is an Associate Vice President with the Arizona Board of Regents and serves as a Senior Academic Officer and Chief Student Affairs Officer for the State University System of Arizona. The authority of the Board of Regents includes the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University with a combined enrollment of over 163,000 students, 33,000 employees and annual operating budgets of $4.7 billion. Dr. Denke represents the Arizona Board of Regents on many local and regional committees and advisory councils, including the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE); the Arizona Business; Education Coalition (ABEC); the Western Consortium for Accelerated Learning Opportunities (WCALO); the Arizona ACT Advisory Council Executive Committee (ACT); the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE); the Arizona Faculty Council (AFC); the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC); and the All-Arizona Academic Team Steering Committee.
 
Dr. Denke has provided leadership for student development initiatives in many areas of academic, business and student affairs at a number of universities for over 30 years. Prior to coming to the Arizona Board of Regents, he held a joint appointment as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. He was also a Faculty Associate at the University of Northern Colorado in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Graduate Program in the College of Education. He has been nominated by students and alumni numerous times as a “Best Teacher” at Colorado State University and won the award in 1999. In the fall of 2003, the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) established the “Dr. Mark S. Denke Service Award” to be given annually at the university to an administrative professional staff member in recognition of outstanding service and support to students.
 
He has served as a faculty member for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV-West (NASPA) Mid-Level (MLI) and New Professional (NPI) Institutes and received the 2003 NASPA Regional Outstanding Faculty Award, “Presented to a faculty member who has contributed significantly to graduate higher education and the preparation of student affairs professionals.” In 2005, Dr. Denke received a national award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) as the Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students and ACPA named him a Diamond Honoree for career contributions to his field in higher education. He also served two three-year terms on the editorial board for NASPA Journal of Student Affairs Administration, Research, and Practice.
 
He holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Higher Education from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling/College Student Personnel Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2005, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania selected Dr. Denke for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor the university can bestow upon a graduate.