Cedar Crest College 150th

Speaker Bios

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Ra

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. Her research examines the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award.In September of 2016, the University of Chicago published her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream.

W. Scott Lewis, J.D

W. Scott Lewis, J.D., is a partner with The NCHERM Group. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA (the Association for Title IX Administrators) and NaBITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association). He has worked with the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women as a trainer and consultant, and was a consultant to the Office of the Vice President and the White House Task Force on issues of sexual misconduct and Title IX. Additionally, he works with athletes, coaches and administrators in athletics, working with Divisions I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA athletics departments and athletes, as well as with the USOC and NCAA in the areas of sexual misconduct and gender equity in sport.

Dr. Timothy Renick

Dr. Timothy Renick serves as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success at Georgia State University. He is recognized as a leader in promoting retention and student success. Under his leadership, Georgia State is first in the nation in bachelor’s degrees conferred to African Americans, and is conferring 1,700 more degrees every year than it did in 2008. Renick was asked to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on higher education by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) who praised the institution for its innovative efforts. He has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Michelle Samuels-Jones

Michelle Samuels-Jones is Vice President for Student Success at Credo and has been working in higher education and student affairs since 1996. Most recently, she served as the Dean of Spring Lake Campus at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) where she launched a collaborative planning effort to identify a strategic direction for the institution and implemented a data-driven planning framework to develop a learning community for students interested in health care fields—the first of its kind at FTCC. Prior to her work at FTCC, she worked as the Associate Provost of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland University College. In this role, she served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer where she provided visionary leadership for 160 staff members, led the design and implementation of innovative enrollment and student support initiatives, and assisted in the development of an early alert/intervention campus system. Michelle also held positions at Lehigh University and the University of Virginia.