Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Timothy Renick, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies

Presentation: How Georgia State University Eliminated Achievement Gaps Using Data and Analytics

Timothy Renick has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN and cited by President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.


Thursday, November 9, 2017
Richard Pattenaude - Photo Richard Pattenaude, Ph.D., Ashford University
President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science

Presentation: Rocks, Shoals and Storms Along the Course to Institutional Success

Dr. Richard Pattenaude joined Ashford University in October, 2012 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until May, 2016. Dr. Pattenaude spearheaded Ashford University’s strategic planning and accreditation process. In June, 2013 Ashford University obtained initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). He is currently a full-time Professor of Political Science at Ashford.His previous leadership positions include Chancellor of the University of Maine System, President of the University of Southern Maine, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central Connecticut State University, and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Drake University. He served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).Active in the community he currently serves on the Boards of San Diego United Way, the California VetFund Foundation, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the California Chamber of Commerce.Dr. Pattenaude earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Economics from San Jose State University. He is a Vietnam Veteran. He resides in San Diego, California.


Friday, November 10, 2017
Mike Tamada - Photo Mike Tamada, Reed College
Director of Institutional Research

Presentation: Change is in the air. What should you do? What should we do?

Mike Tamada is the Director of Institutional Research at Reed College in Portland, OR. Prior to that, he had worked in institutional research for over 20 years in California and served CAIR in a variety of capacities including independent segment representative on the board of directors and vice-president (and briefly president before departing for Oregon). He is currently on the board of directors for AIR.

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