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Staff Liaisons

HLC assigns each affiliated college or university a staff liaison, who serves as the institution‘s primary contact. Staff liaisons advise institutions about HLC’s policies and procedures and help coordinate the peer review and decision-making process.

An institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer should contact the staff liaison with questions related to the institution’s status with HLC and any accreditation process. Staff liaisons are available by email or phone, and institutions may invite their liaison to visit their campus to discuss more substantive issues related to accreditation.

 

Tom Bordenkircher

Tom Bordenkircher

Vice President for Accreditation Relations
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Tom Bordenkircher, vice president for accreditation relations, has experience in P–12 public education, higher education, county and state government policy and leadership, national foundation leadership, and specialized accreditation. Prior to coming to HLC, Tom was senior consultant and state director for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s STEM Teaching Fellowship Program. In Ohio, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for the state Board of Regents, where he oversaw higher education program approval and the development of a statewide accountability system for educator preparation programs.

His higher education experience also includes roles as professor of education, chair, director, and associate and interim dean. Prior to his work in higher education, Tom began his career as a teacher of young children with severe disabilities. His professional interests continue to center around research and policy work for young children, especially those experiencing learning and reading difficulties. Dr. Bordenkircher holds B.S., M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Stephanie Brzuzy

Stephanie Brzuzy

Vice President for Accreditation Relations
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Stephanie Brzuzy joined HLC as vice president for accreditation relations in 2013. Dr. Brzuzy is active in projects to better understand how non-financial indicators impact institutions of higher education.

Before joining HLC, Dr. Brzuzy was professor of social work at Aurora University. She has served in numerous administrative capacities, most recently as director of the School of Social Work at Aurora University. She also served as chair of the Department of Social Work at Xavier University and associate director of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University.

Dr. Brzuzy earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has published works on vulnerable populations in the social welfare state, gender identity and teaching in social work. She continues to do research on transgender identities and social policy activism in the United States.

A. Gigi Fansler

A. Gigi Fansler

Vice President for Accreditation Relations
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Gigi Fansler joined HLC as vice president for accreditation relations in 2018. Prior to this role, she served more than 25 years as an administrator in both public and private universities, working with liberal arts and professional programs serving undergraduate and graduate, and traditional and nontraditional students in face-to-face, hybrid and online environments.

Before joining HLC as a staff liaison, Dr. Fansler was a member of the HLC Peer Corps and Institutional Actions Council, a trainer for new peer reviewers and new team chairs, and her institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer. She also served on peer review teams as a chair for various types of HLC visits, and on the Peer Corps Diversity Committee.

Dr. Fansler earned a Ph.D. in higher education from Illinois State University and a Post-Graduate Studies Certificate from Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute of Education Management.

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Andrew Lootens-White

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
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Andrew Lootens-White joined HLC in 2007 as Vice President for Accreditation Relations, but now serves as HLC’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Academically and professionally, he is interested in how colleges and universities can mobilize the efforts of faculty, staff and students to accomplish collectively valued goals. This approach is important not only in regard to his work with a small number of institutions for which he remains staff liaison, but also with his present focus on HLC’s internal accreditation operations, peer review and member education, meetings and events, information technology, and other support activities.

Dr. Lootens-White previously worked as the director of academic technology and a writing-across-the-curriculum faculty liaison at the University of Missouri. He also has served in a state-wide academic affairs role at the Missouri Department of Higher Education. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education, English Education, a M.Ed. in Secondary Education, Language Arts, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Theory and Practice from the University of Missouri.

John Marr

John Marr

Vice President for Accreditation Relations
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John Marr joined HLC as vice president of accreditation relations in 2018. Dr. Marr brings over 30 years of administration, teaching, consulting and board governance experience from a broad cross-section of higher education institutions.

Dr. Marr has held student development and academic administrative positions at Clark State and Columbus State Community Colleges. He served as secretary of the university and executive assistant to the president at Wittenberg University, and dean of academic affairs for the Eastern Campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Dr. Marr has served on the boards of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Kendall College and has extensive adjunct teaching experience with The Ohio State University, Antioch University Midwest and Ferris State University. Dr. Marr is also an experienced former HLC peer review team chair and a former member of the Institutional Actions Council. Dr. Marr holds a B.A. from Wittenberg University, an M.S. from Wright State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University.

Eric Martin

Eric Martin

Vice President and Chief of Staff
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Eric Martin joined HLC in 2010 as vice president for accreditation relations and also served as the director of the AQIP Pathway from 2012–15. He now serves as vice President and chief of staff and performs a wide range of leadership functions for HLC and its members.

Prior to joining HLC, Dr. Martin held multiple positions at Governors State University in south suburban Chicago, including: director of Writing Across the Curriculum (1999–2001); assistant provost (2001–04); associate provost (2005–06); and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2006–10).

Dr. Martin holds a Doctor of Arts degree in English from Illinois State University (1995) as well as a Master of Arts (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude (1990), also from Illinois State.

Jeff Rosen

Jeff Rosen

Vice President for Accreditation Relations and
Director, Open Pathway
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Jeff Rosen serves as vice president for accreditation relations and director of the Open Pathway. With expertise in governance, graduate study, civic engagement and strategic planning, he advises institutional leaders on accreditation policies and practices and oversees the peer review process for 130 public and private institutions. In 2018, Rosen conducted an agency-wide evaluation of HLC’s processes and outcomes, and in 2013, developed HLC’s approval protocol for competency-based education. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies).

Before joining HLC, Jeff served as a research university dean of professional and continuing studies, professor of art history, and elected trustee of a public community college. In those roles, he created numerous academic programs by developing cross-campus initiatives using multiple delivery platforms. Rosen holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Adult Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a B.A. from New York University. His most recent book is Julia Margaret Cameron’s ‘fancy subjects’ (Manchester University Press, 2016).

Karen J. Soloman

Karen J. Solomon

Vice President for Accreditation Relations and
Director, Standard Pathway
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Karen J. Solomon, vice president for accreditation relations, joined HLC in 2003 and is also director of HLC’s Standard Pathway. Since 2016, she has been leading HLC’s future-focused grant initiatives on innovation and student success.

Dr. Solomon serves as a public representative for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and is a past chair of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Executive Council. She served as a reviewer of good practices for INQAAHE and has been a consultant, presenter and peer reviewer for developing international accrediting agencies.

Previously, Dr. Solomon was the founding Executive Director of Illinois Campus Compact and served in various roles at ACT, Inc., Benedictine University, and Northern Illinois University. She holds an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University with a focus on adult learners and educational technology, a M.B.A. from Benedictine University and a B.A. from North Central College.

Linnea A. Stenson

Linnea A. Stenson

Vice President for Accreditation Relations and
Director, AQIP Pathway
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Linnea A. Stenson joined HLC as vice president for accreditation relations in December 2013 and was named director of the AQIP Pathway in 2015. Dr. Stenson brings more than 30 years of higher education experience at a wide range of institutions, affording a broad understanding of higher education. Dr. Stenson was the founding program director of Steven J. Schochet Center for GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota. From there and for 10 years, Dr. Stenson served as academic dean for liberal arts departments and career programs at Minneapolis Community and Technical College; for five years during this same tenure, Dr. Stenson served as the associate vice president for academic affairs.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Dr. Stenson received an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. She has published a number of articles and presented papers at national conferences, most recently on creative partnerships between community colleges and small liberal arts colleges to support world language learning, and on programs designed for college readiness and retention.