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Digital Leadership Pathways for New Presidents

NASPA 2023

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#Presidential - Digital Leadership Pathways for New Presidents

NASPA 2023

PRESIDENTIAL- Digital Leadership
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Session Description

The pipeline to the presidency is strong in student affairs. This session features a panel of brand new college presidents who will reflect on their career pathways and digital leadership journeys to get connected with their campus communities. Whether a presidency is part of your career plan or you want to help your campus leaders better strategize and utilize digital communication tools — this program will offer a values-based and sustainable framework.

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Frank Shushok

Lori White

Mary K. Boyd

John Hoffman

Dr. Josie Ahlquist

Josie has two decades working in higher education, with the last eight years focused on educating, researching, and writing about building digital communities and the empowerment of digital leadership. Learn more about Josie’s experience and passion, as well as her research, consulting, speaking, publications, and much more!

Learn more about how Josie supports Higher Ed Marketing & Communication Leaders

Frank Shushok

President —Roanoke College
He/him

President Frank Shushok Jr. was elected by unanimous vote of the Roanoke College Board of Trustees and began his term as Roanoke College’s 12th president in July 2022.

Shushok holds a B.S. in history from Baylor University, an M.A. in higher education and student affairs administration from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education policy, planning and analysis from the University of Maryland, College Park.

President Shushok brings 30 years of work experience in higher education. He has been especially known for his passion for integrating academic and student life, and championing the role of faculty in the holistic development of students. 

Shushok has been a formidable fundraiser, a prolific author, and a passionate partner to underserved and underrepresented student populations. He authored and co-authored multiple in-depth studies, helped bring in millions of dollars in gifts, and led a re-organization that addressed the systemic pattern of residence hall racial segregation.

In 2017, Shushok was named a Fellow of the American Council on Education and took up residency at Wake Forest University, where he focused on fundraising, alumni engagement and enrollment strategy.

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Lori White

President — DePauw University
She/her

Lori White was appointed the 21st president of DePauw University on March 4, 2020, and began her term on July 1, 2020. At DePauw, she also holds the rank of professor of education. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as DePauw’s president.

Dr. White has spent 40 years working in higher education. Active nationally in several higher education organizations, she currently serves on the Association of Governing Board’s Council of Presidents and is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression. Dr. White is one of five founding college Presidents of the Liberal arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA).

Dr. White’s areas of emphasis in research and teaching include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. Her most recent publications appear in a co-edited volume titled “Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders” and another titled “Keep Calm and Call the Dean of Students: A Guide to Understanding the Many Facets of the Dean of Students Role.”

Dr. White and her husband Anthony Tillman are both career educators with a deep passion and commitment to student access, equity and success.

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Mary K. Boyd

President — Emmanuel College
She/hers

Mary K. Boyd serves as the 13th president of Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She previously served as Provost of Berry College, Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Edward’s University, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. She was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Loyola University of Chicago where she received the Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Boyd also served as a faculty fellow in the Center for Ethics and Social Justice and Graduate Program Director at Loyola.

She earned her Ph.D. and B.Sc. in chemistry at the University of Toronto, and was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Fellow at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Boyd is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and served on the ACS Committee for Minority Affairs. She currently serves on the Board for COACh, which provides high-impact program to ensure that all scientists and engineers have an equal opportunity to be successful in pursuit of their career aspirations.

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John Hoffman

President — Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College
He/him

Dr. John Hoffman became president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College in July 2022.  senior vice chancellor in 2021. His responsibilities have spanned all of academics, student affairs and enrollment management.

Signature accomplishments have included implementing multi-faceted student success programs credited with increasing student success and retention rates, reducing the first-year retention rate disparities between Black and Indigenous students, students of color and their white counterparts, and increasing performance on two-thirds of core learning outcomes for all first-year students. This past year, he co-authored the University of Minnesota system-wide strategic enrollment management plan.

Previously, he held faculty and a variety of administrative positions within the California State University between 2004 and 2018 including chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and director of the Doctor of Educational Leadership Program. Over 10 years at Cal State Fullerton, he earned tenure and advancement to full professor, and his leadership contributed to significant diversification of the faculty, significant enrollment growth including increases in the racial and ethnic diversity of students and enhanced graduation rates with no measurable achievement gaps by race or gender.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Nebraska and a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

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Rebekah Tilley

Assistant Vice President, University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Rebekah Tilley is the assistant vice president of communication and marketing for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA). In that role she supports fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for the university, including its CASE Gold winning Iowa Magazine, and serves UICA in a variety of strategic communication efforts.

Previously she was the director of strategic communication for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, and the director of communication for the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a Kentucky native and a proud alum of the University of Kentucky.

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