The following review team members will be speaking to students, staff, and faculty during their visit. Please do your best to assist them and answer their questions:
Dr. Karen L. Kirkendall, Team Chair
Director of Capital Scholars Honors Program
University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL
Dr. Kirkendall attended Florida State University where she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and her master's degree in Developmental Psychology. She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati, where she received her doctorate in Experimental Psychology. She came to the University of Illinois-Springfield right after graduate school and has been there for 23 years. She started as a Faculty member in the Psychology program and she recently switched to Individual Option and Liberal studies so she could work with graduate students again. She works in her community, specifically with children who have Autism, and is an avid tennis player.
Dr. Myron L. Pope
Vice President of Enrollment Management
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
Dr. Pope grew up in Sweet Water, AL, and attended the University of Alabama where he received his bachelor's degree in History/English and a master's and doctorate in Higher Education Administration. During his career, he has worked in the community college system of Alabama as a Talent Search Counselor, at the University of Alabama as the Director of Recruitment for the College of Education, and at the University of Oklahoma as a faculty member in the Adult and Higher Education program. He brought his broad range of experience to the University of Central Oklahoma in 2004, serving as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs before being promoted to his current role in 2005. Pope continues to teach in the African and African-American Studies and the Adult and Higher Education programs at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Suzanne Shipley
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
President Shipley holds a PH. D. in German from the University of Texas and an M.A. and B.A. in German from Texas Tech University. Before assuming her role as President of Shepherd University, Dr. Shipley was the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Before Notre Dame, she served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She was previously head of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Cincinnati, where she also was a full professor and had served as Director of the University Honors Program. She spent one year at Arizona State University as an American Council on Education Fellow. She is married to Randy Wadsworth, a clinical pharmacist at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Dr. Martin Tadlock
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
Dr. Tadlock's career in higher education dates back to 1990 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was an assistant professor and chair of the university's Middle Level Education Team, and also was director of its Center of Education for the Young Adolescent. He was at Utah State University from 1993-2001, spending eight years as an associate professor in the school's elementary education department and one year as interim associate dean of its College of Education. From there, Dr. Tadlock moved on to Bemidji State, where he served as dean from 2001-2006. After leaving Bemidji State in 2006, Tadlock was dean of the College of Professional Studies and graduate dean and professor of Educational Leadership at California State University Monterey Bay, and assistant Vice Chancellor and professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He then moved to Northeastern State in January 2010. There, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and also as the school's Interim President until coming back to Bemidji in 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree in Geography and English and a master's degree in English Secondary Education, both from Utah State University. He earned his doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership from Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Dr. Bin Ning
AVP and Executive Director, Institutional Research and Information Management
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Dr. Bin Ning serves as the Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Institutional Research and Information Management (http://irim.emich.edu) at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), a university that enrolls more than 23,000 students. Before joining EMU, he served as the Director of Institutional Research at the University of Toledo, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Wayne County Community College District in Michigan, and the Director of Institutional Research & Assessment at Marygrove College in Detroit. He became an accreditation Consultant Evaluator (peer reviewer) for the Higher Learning Commission in 2005 and has been involved in multiple accreditation visits and institutional self-studies. Ning received his bachelor's degree from Beijing Institute of Technology and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Toledo.
Dr. Paul Ballard
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO
Dr. Ballard received his bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He continued on to Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where he received his master's in Exercise Physiology and his doctorate in Athletic Administration. He became an assistant professor at Appalachian State University. A couple years later he became an assistant professor and program director at Southeast Missouri State University. After that, he moved to Saginaw Valley State University where he served as the chair of the Department of Kinesiology. He soon became the Assistant Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, until his move to Associate Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver.