HLC Visit Countdown: 4 days: HLC Visiting Team
Editor's note:Ranger Today continues a series of articles on the upcoming visit by the Higher Learning Commission Visiting Team and how you can prepare for it.
Final Forum; Meet our HLC visitors
Today: Final Forum
If you still have questions about the HLC visit April 29-May 1, today is the day to get them answered. The final pre-visit open forum takes place today, Thursday, April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Walnut Room. Everyone is urged to attend.
Meet our HLC visitors
Led by Chair Dr. Karen Kirkendall, the six-member Higher Learning Commission Visiting Team of Dr. Myron Pope, Dr. Suzanne Shipley, Dr. Martin Tadlock, Dr. Bin Ning, and Dr. Paul Ballard arrives on campus Monday, April 29. Before they depart for the final time at noon on Wednesday, May 1, they will have completed a busy itinerary and will have gotten a thorough knowledge of our campus. Here's your chance to get to know a little about our visitors.
Dr. Kirkendall is director of the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois-Springfield. With 23 years at UIS starting as a faculty member in Psychology, Dr. Kirkendall recently switched to Individual Option and Liberal Studies to work with graduate students again. She is a graduate of Florida State University and the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Pope is vice president for Enrollment Management at the University of Central Oklahoma, also teaching African and African-American Studies and Adult and Higher Education there. Dr. Pope served students in Alabama's community college system and as College of Education director of recruitment at his alma mater the University of Alabama. He also served as a faculty member in the Adult and Higher Education program at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Shipley is president of Shepherd University. She has served in administrative capacities at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and Northern Arizona University. Dr. Shipley was a professor, head of the Germanic Languages and Literature Department, and director of the Honors Program at the University of Cincinnati. She spent a year at Arizona State University as an American Council on Education Fellow. Dr. Shipley is a graduate of the University of Texas and Texas Tech University.
Dr. Tadlock is provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Bemidji State University. Currently on his second BSU tour, Dr. Tadlock started his career in UW-Platteville's education program. He later served at Utah State University, where he had earlier earned his bachelor's and master's degrees before going to Bemidji State as a dean. He made stops at California State Monterey Bay, UW-Oshkosh, and Northeastern State before returning to Bemidji in 2012. His doctorate is from Miami of Ohio.
Dr. Ning isassistant vice president and executive director of Institutional Research and Information Management at Eastern Michigan University. He previously served in major administrative roles at the University of Toledo, Wayne County Community College of Michigan, and at Marygrove College in Detroit. Dr. Ning earned his undergraduate degree from Beijing Institute of Technology and his master's and doctorate at the University of Toledo.
Dr. Ballard is associate dean of the School of Professional Studies at Metropolitan State University. An assistant professor at Appalachian State University starting his career, he served as assistant professor and program director at Southeast Missouri State. He became chair of Kinesiology at Saginaw Valley State and was elevated to assistant dean of the College of Health and Human Services before his current position at Metropolitan State. Dr. Ballard received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University with his master's and doctorate from Temple University.More information on our guests is available online.