Advisory Board

Linda Baer

Dr. Linda Baer has served over thirty years in numerous executive level positions in higher education including Senior Fellow with Civitas Learning, Senior Program Officer in Postsecondary Success for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs in the Minnesota State College and University System, Senior Vice President and Interim President at Bemidji State University and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Minnesota State University Mankato. Currently, she is doing senior level consulting in higher education. Her ongoing focus is to inspire leaders to innovate, integrate and implement solutions to improve student success and transform institutions for the future.  Baer presents nationally in academic innovations, educational transformation, the development of alliances and partnerships, the campus of the future, shared leadership and building organizational capacity in analytics.  Recent publications have been on smart change, shared leadership, successful partnerships, what leaders need to know in an age of analytics,  innovations and transformation in higher education, change agent leadership and analytics as a tool to improve student success.  She presents on issues relating to analytics, optimizing student success, next generation leadership, and change management in higher education.


Dragan Gasevic

Dr. Dragan Gasevic is a Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is the current president and a co-founder of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and holds several honorary adjunct appointments in Australia, Canada, and USA. A computer scientist by training and skills, Gasevic considers himself a learning analyst developing computational methods that can shape next-generation learning technologies and advance our understanding of self-regulated and social learning. Funded by granting agencies and industry in Canada, Australia, Europe, and USA, Gasevic is a recipient of several best paper awards at the major international conferences in learning and software technology. Committed to the development of international research community, Gasevic had a pleasure to serve as a founding program chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge and the Learning Analytics Summer Institute. Currently serving as a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics, Gasevic is a co-author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker


Lev Gonick

Lev Gonick is an educator, technologists, and smart city architect. He has been teaching, working, and living on the Net for more than 25 years. Gonick is co-founder and CEO of OneCommunity, the award-winning non-profit organization enabling and celebrating innovation, collaboration, and productivity through next generation broadband networks, big open data solutions, and IoT for public benefit. He was CIO at Case Western Reserve University from 2001-2013. He and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next generation network projects, and organizational development. Inside Business Magazine name Lev one of their Power 100 in 2015. In 2011 Government Technology awarded Lev one of their “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation.” In the same year Crain’s Business Cleveland named Gonick one its “10 Difference Makers” in Northeast Ohio and Broadband Properties honored him with their Cornerstone Award for “using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals.” In 2010 he received recognition as “Visionary of the Year” from NATOA. Lev has been recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT leader and honored by CIO magazine with a CIO 100 Award.


William M. “Bill” Holda

Dr. Bill Holda served as the eighth president of Kilgore College from 1996 until his retirement in 2016. Prior to that he served Kilgore College as the Dean of Admissions and Registrar for six years. He was also employed by Kilgore College as an instructor of voice, ear training, opera workshop, and music theory. He has served as the Director of the Fine Arts Division, supervising the departments of Music, Art, Theater, and Dance. He also served as an instructor of music and philosophy, and in various capacities at the institution, as well as on numerous state and local committees and task forces. He served ten years on the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and was Chairman of that association from 2011-2013. Holda has served as a facilitator and presenter for numerous leadership academies and community college trustee workshops.


Phil Ice

Dr. Phil Ice brings more than 15 years of leadership in higher education. He is currently the Chief Learning Officer at Mirum. Previously, he served as Vice President of Research and Development at American Public University System. His research focuses on the impact of new and emerging technologies in online learning environments, with an emphasis on the integration and utilization of advanced analytics. His work with technology-mediated feedback is widely recognized and has been adopted at dozens of institutions of higher education worldwide. The recipient of four Sloan-C Effective Practice Awards, the Gomory Award, and leadership awards from USDLA and OJDLA, Dr. Ice is also one of the founding developers of the Community of Inquiry Framework.


Davis Jenkins

Dr. Davis Jenkins is a senior research associate at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He works with colleges and states to find ways to improve educational and employment outcomes for students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds of credentials, and to prepare students to succeed in further education and careers. His research and thinking have informed the development and spread of innovative approaches to improving student outcomes, including career pathways, adult technical bridge programs (such as Washington State’s I-BEST), and guided pathways to success (GPS).


Sally Johnstone

Before joining NCHEMS as its President, Dr.  Sally M. Johnstone served the higher education community as a vice president at the Western Governors University, a provost at a public comprehensive university, the founding director of WCET at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an assistant dean, and as a faculty member.  She also serves as the executive director of the Foundation for Student Success, a commissioner on the U.S. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Commission, and on the editorial boards for Change magazine (USA) and the Journal of Open Learning (UK).  She is the founding editor of the new Journal of Competency-Based Education.


Lisa Petrides

Dr. Lisa Petrides brings over 20 years of K-12 and higher education experience to the table. She is currently the CEO and founder of ISKME (Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education), a global leader in research and practice around open access tools in the education sector. ISKME, an independent, non-profit organization founded by Petrides in 2002, is well known for its OER Commons initiative, as well as its award-winning international research. Petrides’ research and writing are at the forefront of innovation in how education can be made relevant to learning through open access, social learning, information sharing, and knowledge collaboration.


George Siemens

Dr. George Siemens has played a vital leadership and innovator role in higher education for more than 20 years. He is currently the executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK) at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Siemens is an educator and researcher on learning, networks, analytics and visualization, openness, and organizational effectiveness in digital environments. He is the author of Knowing Knowledge, an exploration of how the context and characteristics of knowledge have changed and what it means to organizations today, and the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning.


Vincent Tinto

Dr. Vincent Tinto is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University and the former Chair of the Higher Education Program. He has carried out research and has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His book, Leaving College, published by the University of Chicago Press, lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is considered the benchmark by which work on these issues are judged. His most recent book, Completing College, also published by The University of Chicago Press, lays out a framework for institutional action for student success, describes the range of programs that have been effective in enhancing student success, and the types of policies institutions should follow to successfully implement programs in ways that endure and scale-up over time.