2018 Board of Directors Elections

The following people have been nominated for election positions to the NACEP Board of Directors and are appearing on the ballot. The terms for these positions begin November 2018. Electronic ballots have been distributed to the designated voting representative of each NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment program and are due on Wednesday, August 8 by 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. If you are the designated voting representative of a NACEP-accredited concurrent enrollment program and have not received your ballot, please contact Adam Lowe (alowe@nacep.org).

President-elect

  • Dr. Kayla Westra, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Liberal Arts, Minnesota West Community and Technical College

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 17 years
    NACEP conference attendance history:2013 national conference in Florida
    2015 national conference in Denver
    2016 national conference in Louisville
    2017 national conference in Washington, D.C.
    2018 spring regional conference in Cincinnati
    Minnesota concurrent enrollment institutes in 2015,  2017, and 2018.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:Kayla has worked as both a concurrent enrollment mentor faculty (English faculty, mentor for 9 years) as well as the dean responsible for the concurrent enrollment at Minnesota West CTC for the past 8 years. We have a large geographic service area in rural, outstate Minnesota (19 counties, 22,000 square miles). We have been involved in concurrent enrollment programming in area high schools since 1989, and we earned our NACEP accreditation in 2016. Program standards, yearly professional development, rigorous dual enrollment courses, and extensive communication between mentors and high schools are hallmarks of Minnesota West's REACH program. Kayla is also involved in Minnesota's MnCEP organization, which brings together NACEP institutions, public and private, across the state.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: "I am interested in serving for this position as a way to assist, nation-wide, with quality concurrent enrollment programs. Those involved with accreditation efforts are critical to helping raise the academic bar in many areas of higher education, and this in turn helps us better serve our students as they progress through their post-secondary pathways. Another reason that I am interested in serving in this capacity is that I have found that when I am involved and serving, I can also learn and share that information at my institution, at the state level (MnCEP), and through NACEP, across the nation. Providing a quality education that meets the needs of our students is the calling I have followed for 20+ years." Kayla Westra
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:

    • November 2018, NACEP conference, 2 Year Colleges Issues and Trends with Rakhshi Hamid.
    • June 2017, NACEP Accreditation Mini-Series, Program Evaluation Standards, webinar, presenter on standards S1-S4
    • June 2017, MnCEP / NACEP Accreditation Institute, “Concurrent Enrollment Nuts and Bolts” and “From the Eyes of a Peer Reviewer.” 
    • Twice yearly to Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board for REACH program at Minnesota West CTC
    • August 2016, REACH (Concurrent) Enrollment and PSEO: What’s the difference and why does it matter? All faculty development day, Minnesota West CTC
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:

    • Have been involved in concurrent enrolment as a dean, a faculty mentor, and a faculty team teacher. 
    • Have volunteered to help other schools within Minnesota State work on their accreditation applications.
    • Have mentored new NACEP members to assist them with accreditation efforts.

4-Year Private Postsecondary Institutional Representative

  • Bretton DeLaria, Director, 1818 Advanced College Credit Program, St. Louis University

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 5 years
    NACEP conference attendance history:
    I have attended all NACEP national conferences since I began my position, as well as presented at a number of accreditation institutes and the 2018 Midwest Regional Conference.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:
    I have over five years experience in concurrent enrollment. I currently serve as the Director of the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program, the premier dual credit program of Saint Louis University. In that role, I have grown the program to serve over 6,000 students in 8 states and three countries. I have expansive knowledge of state policy surrounding concurrent enrollment. In addition, I serve of the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s Early College Advisory Board, I am the resident expert for Noodle.com on dual credit, and have advised state legislatures across the country on concurrent enrollment. In addition, I am very familiar with accreditation processes having worked with the ACCSB (premier accreditor of Business schools) before my time with NACEP. During my time with NACEP, I have been extremely active. I served as a peer reviewer, presented at the last three national conferences on a variety of topics, volunteered for the organization, provided sponsorship to the conference, and currently am finishing my first term as an Accreditation Commissioner. As a commissioner, I have dedicated my time to building the momentum of quality concurrent enrollment through presenting at accreditation institutes in person and online, help advise applicants, and am the creator and featured resident on NACEP’S “Ask a Commissioner” vlog series.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position:
    I have a continued vested interest in seeing NACEP succeed and ensuring that NACEP upholds and uplifts program to adopt quality standards. My work with and outside of NACEP speaks to my desire to ensure quality across the board. My prior service as a commissioner has allowed me to be a vocal advocate for post-secondary partners and provide fresh prospective on the Commission. I wish to continue to serve to complete the work that has been started with the new standards and with the process of expanding the scope of NACEP’s accreditation.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:
    I have presented at a number of accreditation institutes and the 2018 Midwest Regional Conference.
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:
    As noted before, I have a long standing dedication to the success of NACEP. In my two years on the Accreditation Commission I have taken leadership and helped pushed the revision of the standards, review of current processes, and clarification of policies. I worked tirelessly adopting NACEP as a second full-time job. I have provided experience and time in volunteering at Accreditation Institutes, answering questions on the vlog series, and been a reliable voice for post-secondary members on the accreditation commission. I have worked tirelessly on the recent standard revisions bringing focus and vision, have been an outspoken critic to the Board regarding the necessity for expanding NACEP’s scope, and am an asset that should not be lost.
  • Kelly Smith, Campus President and Running Start Director, Baker College

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: 8 years
    NACEP conference attendance history:
    I have attended four National Conferences - Washington DC, Louisville, Denver and Chicago.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:I have 28 years in public education where I was a high school principal for 6 years. As principal, I was always looking for post secondary opportunities for my students. I have worked at Baker College as president of the Cadillac campus for the last eight years. All eight years we have provided a significant amount of concurrent enrollment opportunities in the Northern Michigan region. As the program has expanded, I was tasked to oversee the program for the entire system (9 on ground campuses and an online college). We wrote and received NACEP accreditation two years ago as the only four year institution in the state with NACEP accreditation (Mid Michigan Community College is also NACEP accredited). I oversee 1500 individual students throughout the state and 15 Early Middle College partnerships.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I believe very strongly in the mission of NACEP. Michigan is woefully behind some of the cutting edge strategies that are helping other states create consistent opportunities for high school students using NACEP as their catalyze. We need to strengthen the role of NACEP in Michigan and I would like to work to make that happen by serving as the first NACEP Board member from Michigan.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:I have presented at the Governor's Summit, The Michigan Association of School Board Members, and at our own faculty PD regarding NACEP. I have delivered many conference presentations in my 35+ years in education.
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:
    As campus president I am very involved in the local community and sit on various boards. I have spearheaded Economic Development opportunities through leadership in the Alliance for Economic Success in which I have been chair the last two years. I received Cadillac Chamber "Citizen of the Year" two years ago for my contributions to the Cadillac community.
  • Dr. Dennis Waller, Professor and Director NNU Bridge Academy (concurrent enrollment), Northwest Nazarene University

    Length of time spent working in concurrent enrollment: Since 1999, year NNU began offering CEP options
    NACEP conference attendance history:
    I have attended nearly every informal meeting and formal conferences with NACEP since approximately 2002. Continually involved in various conference sessions, workshops, and other activities at various conferences.
    Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:Began CEP work at NNU as a department chair and faculty mentor in 1999 when NNU offered its first 2-3 courses in a local area high school. In 2006, I became the first NNU Director for CEP (NNU calls it concurrent credit). I served from 2009-2015 as a NACEP Board member, Four-Year Private University Representative, Board Parliamentarian, and continue as an institutional member and accreditation reviewer.
    Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position: I remain committed to the intent of concurrent enrollment and believe that students should remain our first priority. NACEP is in the unique position of providing support to all audiences interested in concurrent enrollment, including policy formation in all our institutions and organizations on a national and state level. I believe that private institutions are important to all parts and phases of the educational process and a representative to the NACEP Board for private institutions is critical to forming effective decisions on the part of NACEP. Therefore, I am interested in being on the NACEP Board again as NACEP continues to look to the future of education.
    Presentations on concurrent enrollment given at NACEP or other conferences/workshops:
    -2016: Waller, D.R. (2016). "Program Considerations for the Concurrent Enrollment Program,” in Jerry Edmonds (ed), Bridging the High School-College Gap: The Role of Concurrent Enrollment, Syracuse University Press: NY.
    -2011-2017: PD credit - “Concurrent Credit Program... NNU” Idaho High School Speech Teachers Association.
    -2016 & 2017: 'CEP Issues' for the 2017 Idaho Advanced Opportunities Conference hosted by ID State Department of Education.
    -2017: CEP panelist and presenter, for first Western Regional NACEP Conference; April 2017 in Missoula, MT.
    -2010-2014: presentations on ‘college readiness, preparation, and CEP’ for various ACSI (Assoc. Christian Schools International, conferences in WA (2014 & 2013); OR (2012 & 2010); CO (2011); Alaska (2010).
    -2009-2016: various CEP presentations for NACEP Conferences from 2009 (Memphis, TN) to 2016 (Louisville, KY).
    -2008: CEP and 'college rigorous courses in the high school' for the ICEC-ACSI, conference of the Association of Christian Schools International held in Hong Kong.
    Any special background associated with the nominee’s responsibilities, other volunteer service, or awards and recognition:
    -2016: member of Idaho Workgroup on Dual Credit by the Idaho State Board of Education.
    -2009-2012: Consultant in professional development opportunities to the Kuna School
    District (Idaho), concerning the Teaching American History Grant.
    -2008-present: serve as the Northwest Nazarene University representative and liaison to the GEARUP Idaho Committee involved with At-Risk students.
    -2007-2009: member appointed to the Idaho Task Force on Concurrent (enrollment) Credit which was created by the 2007-08 Idaho Legislature with the intent to analyze options in concurrent enrollment for Idaho.

Current Board Members

President: Tim Stetter, University of Washington (Washington)
President Elect: Patrick Cannon, Indiana University (Indiana)
Past-President: Kent Scheffel, Lewis and Clark University (Illinois)
Treasurer: Cesar Perez, College of Southern Idaho (Idaho)
Secretary: Ronald Brownie, Northern State University (South Dakota)
Member-At-Large: Carla Mebane, University of Missouri - Kansas City (Missouri)
Two-Year Postsecondary Institutions Representative: Kayla Westra, Minnesota West Community and Technical College (Minnesota)
Four-Year Private Postsecondary Institutions Representative: Bill Newell, Syracuse University (New York)
Four-Year Public Postsecondary Institutions Representative: Mike Beam, Indiana University (Indiana)
Accreditation Commission Chair: Diana Johnson, NorthWest Arkansas Community College (Arkansas)
Communications Committee Chair: Angela Hobby, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (Georgia)
Governmental Relations Committee Chair: Paul Watson II, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Pennsylvania)
Secondary School Partners Committee Chair: Mary Perez, Falcon School District 49 (Colorado)
Research Committee Chair: Marian Borgmann-Ingwersen, Nebraska Wesleyan University (Nebraska)
Membership Committee Chair: Rakhshi Hamid, Laramie County Community College (Wyoming)