NC-SARA's Board of Directors

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) was established to ensure that the SARA initiative provides a national solution, rather than four regional solutions. The NC-SARA board includes the chief executive officers of the four regional compacts, as well as leaders from states, institutions, accreditors, and other higher educational organizations and associations, to assure that the perspectives of all stakeholder groups are represented, while keeping the board small enough to be workable and effective. With the exception of the four regional compact leaders, there are not specific roles on the board for individual stakeholder groups.

Board of Directors

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Rob Anderson

President State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)
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Barbara Ballard

State Representative Kansas Legislature
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Chris Bustamante, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Arizona Community College Coordinating Council
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John Cavanaugh

Former President & CEO Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
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Art Coleman

Managing Partner and Co-Founder EducationCounsel, LLC
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Laurie Dodge

Vice Chancellor of Institutional Assessment and Planning Brandman University
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Lanna Dueck

Executive Director of the Arizona SARA Council
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Susan G. Heegaard

President Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
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Angela Lee

Executive Director for the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission
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Teresa Lubbers (Chair)

Commissioner Indiana Commission for Higher Education
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Leah Matthews

Executive Director Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
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Demarée Michelau

President Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
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Carlos Morales

President Tarrant County Colleges Connect Campus
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Patricia O'Brien

Senior Vice President New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
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Stephen Pruitt

President Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
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Pamela "Pam" Quinn

CEO/Provost LeCroy Center and Dallas Colleges Online, Dallas College (retired)
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Edward "Ed" Ray (Vice Chair)

President Emeritus and Professor of Economics Oregon State University
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George Eugene Ross

President Emeritus, Central Michigan University
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Paul Shiffman

Chief Executive Officer Presidents’ Forum at Excelsior College (retired)
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Peter Smith

Orkand Chair and Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, University of Maryland Global Campus
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Michael Thomas

President and CEO New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
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Larry Tremblay

Deputy Commissioner Planning, Research and Academic Affairs Louisiana Board of Regents
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Leroy Wade (Treasurer)

Deputy Commissioner Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
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Belle Wheelan

President Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
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