RPA Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer K. Waters, Ph.D., as SUNY Maritime College’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Waters comes to the College from the United States Naval Academy (USNA), where she serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is the USNA’s senior female civilian. As Associate Dean, Dr. Waters manages all curricular matters for the USNA’s 25+ academic majors. She also oversees the USNA’s Academic Advising & Mentoring, Academic Support Center, and Registrar’s office. She is the primary liaison between the Office of the Academic Dean & Provost and other offices across the Academy, including Athletics, Information Technology, Midshipman Medical, and the Commandant’s Office/Student Life. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Department Chair of Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, breaking ground as the first female engineering department chair at USNA. She has also previously served as the Program Director for Ocean Engineering. She is a full Professor and has taught at USNA since 1994. She earned a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, an M. Eng. in Ocean Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental & Coastal Engineering, also from Stevens Institute. RPA Inc. wishes Dr. Waters and SUNY Maritime College great success in their new partnership.
RPA Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Tara Hart, Ed.D., as Truman State University’s new Director of Admission. Dr. Hart comes to Truman from Arkansas Tech University, where she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the College Student Personnel department. Previously, Dr. Hart served for six years as Associate Director of Admissions at Angelo State University in Texas, during which time she developed recruitment initiatives that increased enrollment from approximately 6,500 to more than 10,000 students. She also increased the number of on-campus recruiting events from three to roughly 20 events and enhanced the group tour program and daily campus tour program with a minimum 15 percent increase of visitors each year for both programs. Prior to her appointment as Associate Director, Dr. Hart served as Angelo State’s Director of the Student Support Center. In this role, she implemented student retention strategies as well as designed and coordinated Bridge programs for high school seniors and at-risk first generation students. Also during her appointment as Director of the Student Support Center, she served as a staff representative on the Provost Graduation Completion Task Force and was selected as chair of the Veterans Educational & Transitional Services (VETS) action team, a committee dedicated to enhancing campus awareness and support for students receiving military benefits. In addition to her leadership roles at Angelo State, Dr. Hart held several positions at Midland University, including Dean of Students, and served as the Director of Student Activities & Student Center at Wayne State College. She began her career in higher education as an Admissions Counselor at College of Saint Mary, a private, all-women’s liberal arts institution in Omaha, Nebraska, ultimately becoming the College’s Director of Residential Life. Dr. Hart earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Service Counseling from Wayne State College, a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Doctorate of Leadership in Higher Education from Hardin-Simmons University.
RPA Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelly McMahon as Meredith College’s new Registrar. Ms. McMahon comes to Meredith College from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she has served as Registrar since 2010. Previously, she served Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, in multiple roles, culminating in her appointment as Associate Registrar and Director of Transfer and Articulation. During her time with Franklin University, she also taught as an adjunct faculty member. Additionally, Ms. McMahon served in the Army National Guard, holding the rank of Sergeant First Class. Ms. McMahon earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science in Marketing & Communication, both from Franklin University.
RPA Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood as Millersville University’s new Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Brown-Haywood comes to Millersville from Penn State Harrisburg, where she currently serves as the Director of Student Affairs and Engagement as well as the chief thought leader and strategist on issues relating to diversity and inclusive excellence. Previously, Dr. Brown-Haywood served Penn State as the Director of Equity and Intercultural Affairs for its Harrisburg and Schuylkill campuses. In addition to her administrative leadership, she also teaches graduate-level courses as an Affiliate Faculty Member in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Cheyney University, a Master of Science in Professional Counseling and Student Personnel from Shippensburg University, a Master of Divinity in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Virginia Union University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning from Penn State University.
RPA Inc. extends its congratulations to Truman State University and Dr. Tyana Lange on her appointment as the University’s new Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Dr. Lange comes to Truman from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, where she currently serves as the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Prior to serving as Vice President, Dr. Lange held the title of Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, also at Lock Haven. Before arriving at Lock Haven, she was the Director of Enrollment Management at Indiana University Kokomo. She also previously served Kettering University in Michigan in several capacities, including as the Marketing Manager, Business Manager, and Academic Advisor. Additionally, Dr. Lange has taught as an Adjunct Professor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Communication from Rochester College, a Master of Science in Administration with a Leadership Concentration from Central Michigan University, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Lawrence Technological University.
RPA Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Aaron J. Hart as the new Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Houston–Clear Lake. Dr. Hart currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Dr. Hart worked for six years at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, ultimately as the Associate Dean of Students. Dr. Hart has also held appointments with American Campus Communities at Prairie View A&M University, California State University-Channel Islands, Arizona State University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of South Florida, University of Illinois at Chicago, Western Michigan University, and the University of Louisville. Dr. Hart earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville, and a Doctor of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University.
RPA Inc. extends its congratulations to the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Joseph Staley on his appointment as the next Vice President for University Advancement. Staley served most recently at Johnson & Wales University where he held the position of Vice Chancellor for Resource Development. Before his work at JWU, he served a variety of institutions in his role as President/CEO at StaleyRobeson, a comprehensive fundraising consulting firm in Mystic, CT, and he began his career as Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Pennsylvania. Staley is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Johnson & Wales University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Olaf College.