Summer Institute

Institute Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deborah Garrett

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Dr. Deborah Garrett is the Vice Chancellor for Student Services at Arkansas State University-Beebe and also serves as the President of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Dr. Garrett has served in higher education for almost forty years with roles as an executive assistant to the president, senior-level student affairs professional and an interim college president. She has a passion of improving programming and services for students through the implementation of self-assessment and the incorporation of student learning outcomes.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Math and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Services, both from Western Illinois University. Her Doctorate of Education degree in Education Administration is from Northern Arizona University.

In addition to serving on the CAS Board of Directors, Dr. Garrett has twice been the president of the National Council on Student Development (NCSD). NCSD is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. She has served in many leadership positions with local, state and national organizations.

Dr. Paul Brown

Photo of Paul BrownDr. Paul Gordon Brown is a speaker and educator specializing in student learning and development's intersection with technology, social media and design. Paul has over 15 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs in a diverse array of functional areas and he has served as an instructor in the Boston College and Merrimack College Higher Education programs. Paul most recently served as the Acting Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. An experienced presenter, Paul has had accepted and given over 40 refereed presentations at international and regional conferences.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and a PhD in Higher Education from Boston College.

Paul currently serves on the Governing Board of the ACPA—College Student Educators International, as a faculty member for the Residential Curriculum Institute and on the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Social and Digital Technology and Higher Education. His latest book is a collaboration with Erik Qualman as a contributing author to "What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube." A work that educates college students on the new realities of living online lives. Now available on Amazon. Find out more at and follow along at @paulgordonbrown.

Title IX Panelists

Jill Myers
Director, School of Law Enforcement & Justice Administration
Western Illinois University
Matt Tanney
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Western Illinois University
Sarah Cunningham
Senior Director of Student Life and Assistant Dean of Students
University of Chicago