Board of Directors
Dennis Black, J.D.
Mr. Black is the former Vice President for University Life and Services at University at Buffalo (UB), and served as the University’s senior student affairs and sustainability officer. He also served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education (GSE).
Within higher education, Dr. Black has been a national leader in student affairs and professional associations. He served on the joint ACPA-NASPA Task Force on the Future of Student Affairs, chaired the 2008 NASPA National Conference, served on the NASPA Board of Directors, NASPA Journal editorial board, and has been active in a host of professional associations.
Black served on the Editorial Boards for the NASPA “Leadership Exchange” and has been a Board member for the National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness. He has served on the faculty for the NASPA National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness, New Student Affairs Officer Institute, Stevens Institute, Law and Higher Education Institute, and the Student Services Institute. Mr. Black has also served as the national co-chair of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) Council on Student Affairs, and as a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
He is the recipient of the 2001 Newman Award for Service, 2004 NASPA Pillar of the Profession Award, and the 2010 Fred Turner Award given by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education for outstanding service.
Mr. Black has served as a coordinator for New York’s Empire State Games, Special Olympics, and the World University Games. He is the author of the higher education law “Just Ask” series and two other books, “Perspectives and Principles” and “Maintaining Perspective.” Mr. Black received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Ken Blanchard
Dr. Blanchard is a prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, widely regarded as one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. His phenomenal best-selling book, “The One Minute Manager” (coauthored with Spencer Johnson) has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on the best-seller list along with: “Raving Fans”, “Gung Ho!” and “Whale Done!” His most current release is “Great Leaders Grow.”
The author or co-author of 30 books with combined sales of more than 18 million copies in more than 25 languages, Dr. Blanchard’s influence as a writer and speaker on leadership is far reaching.
He is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies – an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979. Dr. Blanchard also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Blanchard’s term concluded in September 1, 2016. His guidance and support was instrumental in getting this conference off the ground. How honored Lead365 is to have such a champion of leadership as a friend.
Ken Brill, M.A.
Ken Brill is Associate Dean of Students at Augustana College, where he serves as Director of Student Life and Leadership & New Student Orientation while supervising Campus Recreation, Multicultural Programming and Greek Life. He began working for Augustana College in the fall of 1985 and became the Director of the Office of Student Life and Leadership in 1986. Ken supervises all operations of the Office of Student Life and Leadership including the Student Life Programming Board, Multicultural Programming Board, and Greek Life.
Ken is actively involved with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) where he served on the Board of Directors (2007-2010) and as Association Treasurer (2009-2010). He is an active member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) and the Association for Fraternity Advisers (AFA).
Ken frequently facilitates programs and workshops at regional and national conventions. He has been published in NACA’s Campus Activities Programming Magazine. His most recent articles include: “Steps to Individual Excellence” (September, 2007), which offers student activities professionals a resource and assessment instrument identifying the ideal performance characteristics associated with excellence in professional practice; and, “Competency Guide for College Student Leaders: Focus on Event Management” (October, 2009), which outlines the skills and competencies necessary to be an effective event planner.
Ken received the highest honor in the former NACA Illiana Region, the Janet Carl Smith Award, in 2000 and was inducted into the Campus Activities Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dr. Maura Cullen
With over 25 years of experience as a trainer and keynote speaker, Dr. Cullen is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities on diversity issues on college campuses today. She is the founder of the Diversity Student Summit and a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute.
Dr. Cullen is a contributing author to numerous books including “Wisdom Along the Way,” and “Lessons from the Road: Inspirational Insights by Leading Speakers in Education.” Dr. Cullen’s most recent release, “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say” has become one of the most popular books on how to understand how personal biases impact communication patterns. Dr. Cullen received her doctorate in Social Justice and Diversity Education from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Bruce Jackson
Dr. Bruce H. Jackson has dedicated his career to the development of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities that seek to maximize influence, leadership, and change. Bruce has worked with colleges/universities, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit institutions to develop and implement principles of performance, leadership, and change—for students, professionals, and public servants alike. Bruce is the founder of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence—a training firm dedicated to helping individuals achieve peak performance. He wrote Finding Your Flow: How to Identify Your Flow Assets and Liabilities—the Keys to Peak Performance Every Day to increase awareness, clarify driving principles, and engage in strategic and focused change.
Formerly with Korn Ferry/Hay Group Dr. Jackson directs the C. Charles Jackson Foundation— advancing leadership centers, programs, and research throughout the world to develop a new generation of influential leaders.
Bruce earned his doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, where his research led to the development of “Attentional Leadership Theory” (ALT). Prior to achieving this distinction, he earned master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology (Boston University), Business Administration (University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management), Organizational Development (Fielding Graduate University), and Public Administration (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government)—all of which provided a broad and deep understanding of human capacity building, leadership development, and organization effectiveness within diverse arenas. Bruce, his wife Marta, and their three children currently live in Highland, Utah.
Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr.
Dr. Jackson is President of Black Hills State University. He is well known for his commitment to improving the student experience in higher education and a true student affairs advocate. Prior to accepting the presidency at Black Hills, Dr. Jackson provided leadership for student affairs division at several universities. He served as the Vice-President for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dean of Students at McMurry University, and Director of the Student Activities Center at the University of Texas-El Paso.
Dr. Jackson is a familiar face to both national “umbrella organizations” for student affairs professional development. He served as president of the American College Personnel Association for the 2009 – 2010 term. Dr. Jackson holds a doctor of education degree in educational management from the University of La Verne in California.
Dr. Chuck Lloyd
Dr. Lloyd is the Vice President of Student Affairs at New Hampshire Technical Institute – Concord’s Community College, where he maintains a strong passion for student leadership and service. In addition to being a true practitioner, Dr. Lloyd teaches courses in the Business Department.
Previously awarded the 2006 NHTI Service Learning Award and 2007 Commissioner’s Award for Service Excellence, Dr. Lloyd is an accomplished student advocate and motivator. His creative approach to developing student leaders has earned him a national reputation as a dynamic speaker and consultant.
Dr. Lloyd has served on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Student Leadership and is a frequent presenter at regional, state, national and international conferences. He earned his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University.
With over 26 years working to develop student leaders, Susan Luchey currently serves as the Associate Director of University Student Centers for Leadership Development at the University of Delaware. Previously, she served as the Manager of Student Life and Director of Student Involvement at the University of Baltimore where she developed and directed their campus wide student leadership program. In 2008, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University.
Ms. Luchey oversees the Blue Hen Leadership Program that continues to be a model for certificate programs in the United States. The program was recently recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Program in the country by the Association of Leadership Educators. Her professional experience includes managing four departments within the Division of Student Affairs including: Student Involvement, the Career Center, the Achievement and Learning Center, and Campus Recreation and Wellness. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore, and in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Delaware. She also works in an educational advising role for the Baltimore Ravens.
An active member of numerous professional associations, Ms. Luchey serves on the planning board of the Association of Leadership Educators. Ms. Luchey earned a BA in English from Western Maryland College (McDaniel) and a MA in Liberal Arts with a counseling concentration from Loyola University.
Dr. Tom Matthews
Dr. Matthews is the Associate Dean of Leadership and Service at SUNY Geneseo. He also serves as the Director of the nationally acclaimed GOLD Program – an initiative that received the “Program of Excellence and Distinction” by the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. This certificate program has attracted upwards of 7000 participants in a single year.
Dr. Matthews recently released his first book, “Building Leaders One Hour at a Time: A Guidebook for Leadership Development” which outlines the entire GOLD curriculum. An authority on leadership curriculum, Dr. Matthews has chaired numerous committees, presented papers and given hundreds of program sessions throughout his career. He served as board chair of the National Association for Campus Activities and has been an active member in a variety of organizations including the Association of College Unions-International, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the New York State United Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, NASPA, and the American Association of University Professors. He also served as the chief negotiator for two collective bargaining agreements for SUNY academic and professional faculty with United University Professions and the State of New York.
Dr. Matthews co-chaired the NCLP National Leadership Symposium for three years and was the founder of the New York Leadership Educator’s Consortium. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Dr. Matthews earned his doctorate in Student Personnel & Higher Education from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Jason L. Meriwether
Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast. In 2014, Jason was selected to Louisville Business First’s Top Forty under 40 and as one of Business First’s 20 People to Know in Education and Workforce Development. In 2014, Jason was honored as Outstanding Kentuckian, and was commissioned to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. In 2016, Jason was named one of Southern Indiana Business Source’s 20 under 40.
In his role as Vice Chancellor, Jason is responsible for the Student Services Division. He has published on such topics as adult learning, student retention, digital media, and hazing prevention. A Higher Education & Social Media contributor for Socialnomics.net, Jason is contributing author of What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube, published in 2015.
A native of Guthrie, KY, Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Louisville and his M.A. in Psychology from Fisk University. He completed the inaugural Academic Leadership Academy at The Pennsylvania State University Center for the Study of Higher Education in 2011, earning a certificate and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University. His dissertation was titled, The Impact of Hazing Rituals on the Intent to Report: Examining the Perceptions and Beliefs of Undergraduate Students in Greek Letter Organizations.
Dr. Susan Salvador
She served as Vice President of Student Services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY and was its representative to the League for Innovation in Community Colleges from 1999-2013. She was a contributing author to Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-wide Focus on the Student Experience, as well as a member of the National Writing Team for the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs, sponsored by NASPA and ACPA.
The recipient of numerous honors for her work in advancing student affairs at the local and national levels, Dr. Salvador is the past president of ACPA, and recently served on the ACPA’s Senior Student Affairs Advisory Board and External Relations Advisory Board.
Dr. Salvador earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The University of Michigan, a Master’s in College Student Personnel from The Pennsylvania State University, and did her undergraduate work at Siena College.
Dr. Corey Seemiller
Dr. Seemiller currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Organizational Leadership at Wright State University. She was formerly the Director of Leadership, Learning, and Assessment for OrgSync assisting OrgSync campus partners with designing leadership and involvement assessment projects as well as engaging in research initiatives related to leadership, involvement, and student success. Prior to that role, Dr. Seemiller served as the Director of Leadership Programs at the University of Arizona overseeing more than 3000 participants in 10 leadership programs including the Arizona Blue Chip Program and the National Collegiate Leadership Conference.
Dr. Craig Slack
Dr. Slack is the Assistant Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and Director of Leadership and Community Service for the University of Maryland – College Park. In addition, he serves as an affiliate instructor in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education while also fulfilling the role of Director for the Leadership Studies Program.
For the past 23 years, Dr. Slack has been a national leader in weaving themes of leadership education into community service-learning, civic engagement and student involvement experiences in partnership with students, community partners, faculty, staff and alumni. As the Director of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), Dr. Slack collaborates with approximately 400 leadership educators from around the country and internationally to advance the scholarship, teaching, and practice of leadership for the common good.
Dr. Slack currently serves on the board for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, and is on the planning teams for the National Leadership Symposium and National Leadership Educators Institute. As one of the co-editors for the “Handbook for Student Leadership Development,” Dr. Slack has his pulse on the most current research, imperatives and practices in leadership education. He received his doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore.
Dr. William Smedick
Dr. Smedick is a Senior Lecturer in the Center for Leadership Education at Johns Hopkins University. Bill has been involved in leadership education at Johns Hopkins University since 1989. The courses he currently teaches include, Leadership Theory, Leading for Social Change, Leading Change, and Leading in Teams. He also instructs the freshmen and sophomore seminars in the Center for Leadership Education. Bill serves as a Consultant for Kathleen Allen Associates providing student affairs program reviews, curriculum design and professional coaching.
Bill has served in various community and professional leadership roles including Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities, Board of Directors member for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and President of the Westminster (MD) Wolves Soccer Club. He earned his B.S. at Southern Connecticut State University, M.S. at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, and Ed.D. at Morgan State University.
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
Dr. Washington serves as President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm out of Baltimore, MD. He also serves as the President and Co-Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. He is a senior consultant with The Equity Consulting Group of California, and Elsie Y. Cross and Associates out of Philadelphia.
As a writer, speaker, coach, consultant, teacher, trainer and minister, Dr. Washington has spoken all over the United States and internationally. With a national reputation for being “The Engagement Specialist,” he sees himself as an instrument of change and strives to help people find the best in themselves and others. Prior to becoming a consultant, he spent 20 years as an educator and administrator in higher education.
Dr. Washington has been honored by both “umbrella organizations” in higher education. He holds a Ph.D. in College Student Development, with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland College Park and earned a Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in May 2004.