Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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All of us at Academic Search recommit ourselves to supporting the work of our institutional partners who seek to redress past inequities and to assure that the value and dignity of all are protected and celebrated. To this end, we have come together with other members of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) in signing the AESC Diversity Pledge. We remain steadfast in our commitment to examining the faults and failures in our own lives and to exercising our privilege to be thought leaders who make a difference in the vital role we play in serving the cause of higher education.

Excelsior College

Recent Placements

Executive Director of Enrollment Management
Ebony comes to Oswego from Southern Methodist University (SMU), where she most recently served as the Director of Recruitment and Retention for the Lyle School of Engineering. In that leadership position, she was responsible for developing and managing recruitment, marketing strategies and plans for all undergraduate and graduate programs. Prior to her time at SMU, Ebony was employed at her alma mater, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, for 15 years.
Ebony Dixon
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Recent Placements

Dean of the College of Business
Dr. Tomljanovich was recently the Executive Director of Business Programs for Drew University. During his tenure at Drew University since 2013, he held the following positions: Chair, Department of Economics & Business; Chair, Global Education Faculty Advisory Committee; Chair, Academic Computing Advisory Committee; Director, Drew shortTREC programs; Director of Business Program, and Professor.
Dr. Marc Tomljanovich
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Recent Placements

Provost and Executive Vice President
of Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., as provost and executive vice president, effective Sept. 14, 2020. As provost, she will oversee faculty, academic administration and support services, online and remote learning, library services and institutional research. Dr. Siegle joins Walsh from Concordia University, Ann Arbor where she most recently served as the assistant vice president for legal affairs and operations, campus dean for the Haab School of Business, and professor of business and leadership.
Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D.
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Recent Placements

Vice President of Student Success
Bill Hébert Jr has been named Vice President of Student Success at Illinois Central College Hébert joins ICC after serving as Vice President for Student Affairs at North Shore Community College, outside of Boston, MA. Prior to this experience, his leadership roles included: Senior Vice President for Educational Services for the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and Creator and Director of the Office of Central Advising at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Bill Hébert Jr.
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Recent Placements

Vice President of Finance and Administration
Letisha Trepac has been anounced as the new Vice President of Finance and Administration at Heartland Community College. Ms. Trepac will begin at Heartland later this month after 20 years at Western Illinois University. Most recently she served as Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance.
Letisha Trepac
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Recent Placements

Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
Dr. Gia Soublet has been announced as the new Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Soublet will manage the overall operation of fundraising efforts for NCCU, build and cultivate corporate and foundation partnerships and support, and galvanize alumni. She previously served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Xavier University of Louisiana and as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Dr. Gia Soublet
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Recent Placements

Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Xavier University of Louisiana has announced the appointment of Phillip D. Adams as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA). As the VPIA, Adams will provide leadership to the University’s fundraising and development division and is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement initiatives.
Phillip D. Adams
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Recent Placements

Dean of the School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership
Guyer has been a faculty member at Springfield College since receiving her Doctor of Physical Education degree from Springfield College in 2003. Most recently, Guyer served as the chair of the Springfield College Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training for the previous four years. In 2017, Guyer was named the Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics, and focused on a year-long vision to foster collaborative relationships and leadership on campus between exercise, health and other disciplines.
M. Susan Guyer, DPE
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Recent Placements

Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Lisa R. Braverman is a leader and innovator in the field of higher education. Her career has included both public and private colleges and universities nationally. She has served at senior leadership levels in distance, continuing, adult, and international education, as well as in strategic community and corporate partnerships.
Lisa Braverman
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Recent Placements

Associate Vice President for Student Success
A champion of adult learning, prior to joining Excelsior College, Heather Chakiris was chief student experience officer and director of student and alumni services at UCLA Extension, University of California. In this role she provided executive-level leadership for enrollment management strategy and the creation of the student-service experience for one of the nation’s largest continuing and online education institutions.
Heather Chakiris
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Recent Placements

Executive Director of Enrollment Management
Ebony comes to Oswego from Southern Methodist University (SMU), where she most recently served as the Director of Recruitment and Retention for the Lyle School of Engineering. In that leadership position, she was responsible for developing and managing recruitment, marketing strategies and plans for all undergraduate and graduate programs. Prior to her time at SMU, Ebony was employed at her alma mater, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, for 15 years.
Ebony Dixon
Dean of the College of Business
Dr. Tomljanovich was recently the Executive Director of Business Programs for Drew University. During his tenure at Drew University since 2013, he held the following positions: Chair, Department of Economics & Business; Chair, Global Education Faculty Advisory Committee; Chair, Academic Computing Advisory Committee; Director, Drew shortTREC programs; Director of Business Program, and Professor.
Dr. Marc Tomljanovich
Provost and Executive Vice President
of Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D., as provost and executive vice president, effective Sept. 14, 2020. As provost, she will oversee faculty, academic administration and support services, online and remote learning, library services and institutional research. Dr. Siegle joins Walsh from Concordia University, Ann Arbor where she most recently served as the assistant vice president for legal affairs and operations, campus dean for the Haab School of Business, and professor of business and leadership.
Suzanne M. Siegle, Ed.D., J.D.
Vice President of Student Success
Bill Hébert Jr has been named Vice President of Student Success at Illinois Central College Hébert joins ICC after serving as Vice President for Student Affairs at North Shore Community College, outside of Boston, MA. Prior to this experience, his leadership roles included: Senior Vice President for Educational Services for the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and Creator and Director of the Office of Central Advising at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Bill Hébert Jr.
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Letisha Trepac has been anounced as the new Vice President of Finance and Administration at Heartland Community College. Ms. Trepac will begin at Heartland later this month after 20 years at Western Illinois University. Most recently she served as Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance.
Letisha Trepac
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
Dr. Gia Soublet has been announced as the new Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research at North Carolina Central University. Dr. Soublet will manage the overall operation of fundraising efforts for NCCU, build and cultivate corporate and foundation partnerships and support, and galvanize alumni. She previously served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Xavier University of Louisiana and as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Dr. Gia Soublet
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Xavier University of Louisiana has announced the appointment of Phillip D. Adams as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement (VPIA). As the VPIA, Adams will provide leadership to the University’s fundraising and development division and is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive institutional advancement initiatives.
Phillip D. Adams
Dean of the School of Physical Education, Performance and Sport Leadership
Guyer has been a faculty member at Springfield College since receiving her Doctor of Physical Education degree from Springfield College in 2003. Most recently, Guyer served as the chair of the Springfield College Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training for the previous four years. In 2017, Guyer was named the Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics, and focused on a year-long vision to foster collaborative relationships and leadership on campus between exercise, health and other disciplines.
M. Susan Guyer, DPE
Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Lisa R. Braverman is a leader and innovator in the field of higher education. Her career has included both public and private colleges and universities nationally. She has served at senior leadership levels in distance, continuing, adult, and international education, as well as in strategic community and corporate partnerships.
Lisa Braverman
Associate Vice President for Student Success
A champion of adult learning, prior to joining Excelsior College, Heather Chakiris was chief student experience officer and director of student and alumni services at UCLA Extension, University of California. In this role she provided executive-level leadership for enrollment management strategy and the creation of the student-service experience for one of the nation’s largest continuing and online education institutions.
Heather Chakiris

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