Paul Gordon Brown

Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant and speaker working on the fringes of where student learning and development intersect with technology, social media and design. Paul has over 10 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs in a diverse array of functional areas including residential education, honors programs, academic advising, and student activities.  Currently serving as an instructor in the Higher Education programs at Boston College and Merrimack College, Paul has extensive experience in the classroom and working in blended student and academic affairs environments.  An experienced presenter, Paul has had accepted and given over 40 refereed presentations at national and regional conferences.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.  Paul has also studied at Miami University in Oxford, OH and at New College, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom.  Paul is currently a full time PhD student at Boston College in the Higher Education program.  Find out more at and follow along at @paulgordonbrown.

Karen Inkelas

Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas is currently the Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She has had a longstanding interest in how college environments—curricular, co-curricular, interpersonal, and structural—affect students. Her prior research has focused on the impact of living-learning programs, or academic programs based in residence halls that strive to integrate students’ academic and social spheres to optimize learning, on undergraduate student outcomes. She is the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Living-Learning Programs (NSLLP), which was awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation to study the role of living-learning programs in facilitating the success of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors. Dr. Inkelas has also secured extramural funds from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Association of College & University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The 2007 NSLLP data collection included over 50 postsecondary institutions across the United States, and over 20,000 undergraduate respondents in over 600 living-learning programs. In addition to her work with living-learning programs, Dr. Inkelas has studied the Asian Pacific American college student experience, especially in terms of their attitudes toward racial/ethnic diversity.

Prior to her appointment at UVa, Dr. Inkelas was an Associate Professor in the College Student Personnel Program in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. She also served as Faculty Director of the Advocates for Children living-learning program within College Park Scholars. She also developed and directed the Housing Research Office for University Housing at the University of Michigan, and coordinated projects and events for the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. Dr. Inkelas has been awarded the Research and Scholarship Award from ACUHO-I, the Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award from NASPA, and an Emerging Scholar designate by ACPA.

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.