Advisory Board


The 2018 Leadership in Higher Education Conference’s Advisory Board.

Edna B. Chun, DM

Edna B. Chun, DM, is chief learning officer with HigherEd Talent. She has more than two decades of strategic human resource and diversity leadership experience in public higher education. Her work and publications focus on academic and administrative talent practices that build organizational capacity. A sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator, Chun is an award-winning author and thought leader with a major body of published work on diversity and human resource practices in higher education. As a nationally recognized expert in leadership development, she frequently advises universities and colleges on diversity strategic planning, total rewards strategy, talent acquisition and retention, change management and organizational effectiveness, cultural competence, and the integration of HR and diversity practices. Her particular expertise is in the development of concrete, research-based strategies that strengthen organizational synergy and build more inclusive cultures in support of institutional goals.


Alvin Evans

Alvin Evans, MEd, serves as higher ed practice leader with HigherEd Talent. With more than 20 years of executive-level experience in complex local education agencies and doctoral extensive institutions of higher education, he works with organizations interested in developing strategic and cutting-edge organizational capabilities. His expertise lies in core human resources administrative functions (talent management, total rewards programs, professional development, information systems, labor and employee relations, contract negotiation and administration, EEO, and Affirmative Action), policy development, organizational design and development, program evaluation, change management, organizational diversity, coaching and mentoring programs, and leveraging qualitative and quantitative data to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Evans is recognized by his peers as a thought leader and award winning author. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to major national educational and diversity publications.


Jennifer Lorenzetti

Jennifer Lorenzetti, MS, is managing editor of Academic Leader, the newsletter for academic deans and department chairs. She is a writer, speaker, higher education consultant, and the owner of Hilltop Communications.


Lolita A. Paff, PhD

Lolita A. Paff, PhD, is associate professor of business and economics at Penn State Berks. Her pedagogical scholarship and faculty development work focus on classroom and online interaction, student engagement, and active learning.


Scott Schneider, JD

Scott Schneider, JD, leads the higher education practice group at Fisher & Phillips, LLP, where he provides counsel and litigation support for a host of higher education issues, including the handling of sexual assault allegations and Title IX violations, labor and employment matters, student affairs, Clery Act compliance and campus law-enforcement support, workplace safety and OSHA compliance, and more.


Karin Van Voorhees

Karin Van Voorhees is the content development manager for Magna Publications, where she oversees all products that serve the academic, compliance, and student life communities in higher education.


Roberet Cipriano, EdD

Conference Advisor: Robert Cipriano, EdD, is professor emeritus and former department chair at Southern Connecticut State University.