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Higher Education Reauthorization

Two New Board Members
CHEA Priorities for Higher Education Authorization

New Staff


     Judith S. Eaton, formerly chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, joined CHEA as its new president in August 1997. Judith has also been president of the Council for Aid to Education as well as the Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Southern Nevada.

     Michael Nugent joins the staff as a CHEA vice president. Michael was serving as deputy to the chancellor for system relations at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Michael has a background in research on teaching and learning from Pennsylvania State University. He will be the chief operating officer as well as provide leadership in establishing CHEA's research program and work with distance education.

     Phyllis "Teddi" Safman will start at CHEA on November 15, 1997 as vice president for accreditation services. Her portfolio includes responsibility for recognition, mediation, and development of our good practices data base. Teddi is presently serving as assistant commissioner for academic affairs, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, Utah Board of Regents and has a background in music and continuing education. She has had major responsibility for state assessment initiatives in Utah.

     Gregory Fusco is serving as consultant to CHEA for governmental and external relations. Gregory has worked with Columbia University as vice president for external relations, has served as executive director of the National Commission on Research and worked with both the United States Senate and the office of education. He also staffed the 1995 Accountability Study co-authored by Martin Trow, Patricia Graham and Richard Lyman.

     Eleanor Cushman is also working with CHEA. Eleanor is a doctoral student at George Washington University and has an extensive background in nursing education. She is assisting us with the Recognition Task Force and our Chief Academic Officer/Specialized Initiative. Eleanor's doctoral dissertation will focus on accreditation and quality.

     Patrice Johnson is CHEA's new administrative assistant/receptionist. Patrice will likely be on the other end of the line when you give us a call. In addition to working with us, Patrice is completing her baccalaureate degree at Penn State University.

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