Advisory Board

The 2019 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.


Stephanie Delaney, PhD

Stephanie Delaney, PhD, is the dean for academic programs at South Seattle College in Washington State. There, she oversees all of the transfer programs including the humanities, social sciences, math, science, and business. In addition to her administrative work, Delaney teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level. She has more than 15 years experience teaching in traditional and distance modalities. Delaney earned her PhD in educational leadership in higher education/distance education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She also holds a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School. She earned her BS at Georgetown University.


Oliver Dreon, PhD

Oliver Dreon, PhD, is an associate professor and director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He teaches a wide variety of education and instructional technology courses both in face-to-face and online formats. He is the co-author of the book Authentic Instruction with Technology: A Student-Centered Approach, the co-editor of the book, Teacher Education for Ethical Professional Practices in the 21st Century, and co-author of Best Practices for Blended Science Instruction. Dreon has spent more than 25 years teaching in various educational environments and provides regular professional development and consultation on online and blended learning. His work examines how technology can be used to support student development through physical, online, and hybrid learning spaces.


Alvin Evans

Alvin Evans serves as higher ed practice leader with HigherEd Talent. With more than twenty 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.


Tanjula Petty, PhD

Tanjula Petty, PhD, currently serves as the assistant provost of academic affairs for Alabama State University. Petty first began her career in technical education in 2005 as a retention specialist. Petty has also served in many other roles including Vernon College in Vernon, Texas as the Title III director, Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Fla., as director of quality enhancement plan, and Alabama State University as the director of assessment and director of quality enhancement plan. Additionally, Petty served as the dean of instruction at Trenholm State Community College in Montgomery, Ala. Petty received a BS in resource management and MS in public administration from Troy State University. She completed her doctoral studies at Alabama State University in educational leadership, policy, and law.


Roberet Cipriano, EdD

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