Accreditation Commission Nominee Bios

The following professionals have been nominated to serve on the Accreditation Commission. Please take a look at their bios below. Reminder, only accreditated members can vote.

Four-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

John Dobyns

Job Title: Director Outreach and Operations CAPP

Organization: University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Years in DE/CE: 15 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

I have been an Accreditation Commissioner for the past two years with NACEP, and a reviewer for two cycles before that. I "co-direct" the oldest and largest CEP in the State of Wisconsin, and before this position, was an adjunct for the Biology Department at UW Oshkosh (teaching in the program I now run). Additionally, I am a liaison for the Biology Department here as well. From a CE perspective, I can visualize all oversight angles of the CEP world.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

As a peer reviewer and current Accreditation Commissioner, I have had the privilege of working on super teams that dissect what it means to adhere to the NACEP standards. I have delivered information at the national conference (pre-conference) on both the standards and the process of accreditation, and have counseled other institutions on implementation and adherence to the standards. I feel as though my position as a current commissioner has allowed me to fully comprehend the standards as written, as well as interpret them and apply them to evidence provided by other institutions.

Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

My first year on the Accreditation Commission was eye-opening. It took a few meetings to understand the depth and breadth of standards knowledge required to perform the duties of a commissioner. The past year (my 2nd) has seen me (from my own vantage point) become an integral member of the Commission. As my goal is to go to work every day for high school students....I would relish the chance to further my own growth and development on the commission to further shape and implement the standards that impact the experiences of the students we all serve. I also believe in term limits and want others to be enriched by commission experiences. Therefore, I would seek the two year term. I care about NACEP's position as a leading voice in concurrent enrollment, and would be humbled by the chance to volunteer for two more years as an Accreditation Commissioner.

Brett Meeker

Job Title: Director of Academic Outreach

Organization: Missouri Southern State University

Years in DE/CE: 3 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

I have been the Concurrent Enrollment director for 3 years and a NACEP Peer Reviewer for 2 years. I currently serve as the MoACEP President.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

I have been a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer for 2 years.

Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

I have enjoyed being a peer reviewer. My experience as an attorney is beneficial because I can sift through large amounts of evidence and get to the heart of what needs to be found. I enjoy looking at what other institutions are doing well and what they can improve upon. I want to help NACEP grow through strong outstanding programs.

Dr. Steve Simpson

Job Title: Campus President

Organization: Baker College 

Years in DE/CE: 5 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

Dr. Simpson serves as President for two small campuses in Michigan and is actively involved in the supervision of all concurrent enrollment partnerships for each campus. Working in both a rural and urban campus provides the chance to explore a wide diversity of programs, district needs, and diverse student bodies. Steve currently administers concurrent, direct, dual, and early college programs in several districts and counties throughout southern Michigan. Steve also currently serves as a NACEP peer reviewer and peer review coordinator. He has participated in peer review recruiting webinars and regularly attends the national conference. Dr. Simpson also chairs the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion council and believes that concurrent enrollment programs are an important mechanism in helping overcome structural inequity for many students who try to access higher education. His background in DEI and college access programs also expands the value he can offer as a member.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

Steve has been a peer reviewer for NACEP for several years. Additionally, he was tasked this past year to begin serving in the capacity as a peer review coordinator for two applications. Steve regularly attends the national conference and has presented in information sessions to recruit new peer reviewers. Steve participated in the review of several components of the new standards when in development. In addition to his work with NACEP, Dr. Simpson has been a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission for 5 years and is actively engaged in the work of peer review and external accreditation. His work for the Higher Learning Commission includes portfolio reviews, site visits, new program requests, and multi-site location visits.

Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

Steve believes strongly in the benefit and value of concurrent enrollment programs. He also understands the critical importance of an organization like NACEP in providing a framework and a process for institutions and schools to safeguard a consistent experience for their students. Dr. Simpson also realizes that organizations like this take a huge amount of human resources to work effectively and depend on the input and contributions of the membership to provide for growth and support. Dr. Simpson is at a point in his career where he feels confident he can contribute at the national level to help support the organization in meeting the challenges of the future.

 

Two-Year Postsecondary Institutional Representative

Connie Poteet

Job Title: Concurrent Credit Coordinator

Organization: National Park Community College

Years in DE/CE: 13 years

Brief description of nominee's work in concurrent enrollment and with NACEP:

Mrs. Poteet resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas and has been employed with National Park College for the past thirteen years. She has served as the Concurrent Credit Coordinator for the past six years. During her time as the Coordinator, she has been instrumental in developing the National Park Early College program. Under her direction, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has approved National Park College with an additional site location to offer the Lakeside Legacy Program on the campus of Lakeside High School. The Lakeside Legacy Program provides eligible students at Lakeside High School the opportunity to obtain an Associate of Arts degree by the time the student graduates high school. This process required her to work closely with administration from both the high school and the college to ensure the paperwork and site visit with HLC was a smooth and seamless process.

Prior service as a NACEP accreditation peer reviewer, knowledge of NACEP's standards, and other relevant experience (e.g. with other accrediting organizations):

Connie is currently the NACEP Accreditation Commission – Two-Year Postsecondary Representative. She has previously served as a NACEP peer reviewer, a NACEP lead reviewer, served on the NACEP State and Regional Council Committee, served on the NACEP Strategic Plan Workgroup and was the first president of the Arkansas Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (AACEP). Poteet was the driving force in the formation of the AACEP chapter. She attended the NACEP National Conference for six years and found her attendance and participation at these conferences has provided her with a wealth of knowledge. While at the Louisville, Kentucky conference in 2016, she served on the panel for the discussion of “The Benefits and Challenges of Starting a State or Regional NACEP Chapter.” She has continued to serve NACEP in her role as the Two-Year Postsecondary Representative by presenting at National and Regional Conferences on the Accreditation Standards.

Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in the position. Please include if running for the Four Year Position, if there is a preference between the two or three-year term:

Mrs. Poteet is interested in continuing to serve as the Two-Year Postsecondary Representative on the NACEP Accreditation Commission to have a voice in the decision making process, to give back to the organization and to continue her growth as a lifelong learner. If she is re-elected to this position this will also allow her to continue to stay current with national trends so she can be a benefit to her institution, the students it serves and her state through her various representative roles.