2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Planning Committee

Kevin Bailey, University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Chair)

Dr. Kevin W. Bailey is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UNC Charlotte. He has worked in student affairs for 27 years in Ohio, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Florida before returning to North Carolina to assume his current role in July 2017. Bailey has a doctorate in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University. His master's and bachelor's degrees are both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

Deb Moriarty, Towson University (Board Chair)

Dr. Deb Moriarty has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Towson University since 2004.  Deb is serving as Chair of the Board (2017-2018) for NASPA. Additional professional and community involvements include serving on the Board of Directors of the Towson Chamber of Commerce and for Baltimore’s Collegetown Network.

Recognitions during her time at TU include, the 2009 Daily Record’s “Maryland’s Top 100 Woman”, Maryland/DC Campus Compact’s 2013 “Institutional Leadership Award”,  and the 2014 “LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Award” from the Baltimore County Commission for Women.  She was also recognized as a NASPA Pillar of the Profession in the 2014 class.

Natasha Croom, Clemson University

Dr. Natasha N. Croom is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education at Clemson University. Her scholarship focuses on disrupting intersecting systems of oppression across higher education. Her work appears in Negro Educational ReviewEquity & Excellence in EducationThe Review of Higher Education, andthe Journal for Student Affairs Research and Practice. Dr. Croom is a (M)NUFP alum and has continued her service to NASPA via numerous roles.

Henry Gee, Rio Hondo College

Henry Gee is entering his 39th year in higher education, and his fourteenth year as the Vice President of Student Services at Rio Hondo College in Whittier CA.  Prior to that, he served for 10 years as the Dean of Student Affairs at Santa Ana College and 15 years at Azusa Pacific University in various capacities.  He has been active with the NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, having served in many roles regionally and nationally, from New Professionals to the Network for Educational Equity and Ethnic Diversity (NEEED), two annual conference committees, and countless regional conference committees, a term on the Scott Academy Board and a term on the Foundation Board.

Beth Hagovsky, Saint Joseph’s University

Beth Hagovsky is the Director of Student Leadership & Activities at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. After graduating from Rosemont College, she worked at the University of Pennsylvania and held positions in Student Life, College House and Academic Services and the Wharton Undergraduate Division. While a proud NJ native, she has embraced Philly as her home and is thrilled to have thousands of NASPA colleagues and friends here to celebrate our 100th conference!

Jennifer Jensen, Salve Regina University

Jennifer Jensen, Associate Dean of Students, Salve Regina University in Newport, RI.   Completed her undergraduate degree at UNC Charlotte and master’s degree in Higher Education as The Florida State University. Has been at Salve Regina for 17 years and during that time has been involved with NASPA on a variety of levels (Mid level Institute Alum and planning committee, Region 1 conference planning committee

Lincoln Johnson, University of Washington

Lincoln serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Life at the University of Washington where his portfolio centers primarily on campus and student engagement. In some circles, students refer to him as Miss Manners due to his ever-vigilant education of professional etiquette for students.  When he’s not on campus, Lincoln hikes the Cascades, sings with Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, and volunteers with the Pride Foundation, Roots Young Adult Shelter, and Sanctuary Art Center.

Jason Pina, Ohio University

As Ohio University’s vice president for student affairs and interim chief diversity officer, Dr. Jason Pina provides leadership and vision in administering a comprehensive range of programs and services. His purview includes 420+ staff, 3,300+ undergraduate employees, 13 departments and an annual operating budget of $127 million. Dr. Pina holds a doctoral degree from Johnson & Wales University, master’s and educational specialist’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College. 

Myron Pope, University of Central Oklahoma

Dr. Myron L. Pope is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma. He attended the University of Alabama where he received a doctorate in higher education administration. 

Pope has conducted many research projects on higher education. He serves on numerous boards and was appointed by Governor Fallin to serve on the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Commission and the Administrative Citizens’ Advisory Panel.

He is active in the community and resides in Edmond with his family.

Will Simpkins, CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice

Dr. Will Simpkins is the Senior Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York and is an adjunct instructor in Higher Education Leadership at Montclair State University.  He sits on the NASPA Region 2 Advisory Board as Treasurer and previously served as a member of the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies Task Force and as co-chair of the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community.  

Iesha Valencia, Highline College

Iesha Valencia serves as the Director for Center for Leadership & Service at Highline College. Giving back to her communities in meaningful ways has always been very important to her. As a (M)NUFP alum, she enthusiastically volunteers with NASPA and is most proud of her roles as a NUFP Board Member, a recent Community College Symposium host, and the various local events centering the lived experiences of soon to be and current community college students. 

Kevin Colaner

With over 25 years of professional experience in student affairs, Dr. Colaner currently serves California State Polytechnic University, Pomona as Associate Vice President for Student Services.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor for at USC.

He earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services from Miami University after graduating Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications.