Core Competencies: Communications, Fiscal Management, Human Resource Development, Intercultural Proficiency, Leadership, Management, Planning
December 2 – December 5, 2014
Dana Point, Calif.


Educators-in-residence are a new element of the Women's Leadership Institute that we hope will enhance the experience of participants. These senior leaders in administrative disciplines will attend the full institute program. Participants will be randomly grouped with one of the educators-in-residence as small groups throughout the program. As a group, there will be time after each of the plenary sessions to react to the content and have a small group conversation to help apply the content back to your jobs and homes.

Additionally, educators-in-residence will host afternoon discussion groups on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss career pathways. They will discuss their own journeys and give you time to share yours, soliciting advice and support from other program attendees. These discussion groups will be open to all attendees, not just those assigned to a particular educator-in-residence. Educators-in-residence are:

Anne Beaubien, ACRL

Anne BeaubienAnne Beaubien has held a variety of positions at the University of Michigan Library since 1971. She co-created an information literacy program for graduate students/faculty and co-developed an information literacy class at the School of Information. In 1980, she created MITS, one of first fee-based services for business in academic libraries, followed in 1985 by the creation of 7FAST, an on-campus document delivery service for books and articles. She has served the library as the chief financial officer, grants officer, and is currently director of MLibrary Document Delivery.

Beaubien helped create and chaired the international Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative. With her Big Ten colleagues she helped create UBorrow, a shared interface to search the holdings of loanable items across all their libraries to create a new, more efficient consortial borrowing system.

Beaubien has been the recipient of several awards during her career including the Virginia Boucher–OCLC Distinguished ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Librarian Award (2007) and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Information & Library Studies, University of Michigan (1987). She was president of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) l991–92 and served on the ACRL Board of Directors for a total of nine years. Beaubien received her bachelor's degree in social sciences from Michigan State University and her AMLS from the University of Michigan. Her interests include user-centered services, process improvement, team-based accomplishments and developing future library leaders. She has mentored many librarians and library staff throughout her career. 

Susan Borrego, NASPA

Susan BorregoSusan E. Borrego, Ph.D., is the eighth chancellor of the University of Michigan–Flint. With an extensive background in student services, Borrego is a national leader and advocate for student success.

Borrego is passionate about supporting student success, particularly for traditionally under-represented students. At Flint, she is working with the campus and the community on issues of diversity and inclusion. She has served on numerous boards and task forces, including as a team leader for the AASCU Hispanic Success study, chair of NASPA undergraduate fellows program, and has consulted for the Irvine Campus Diversity Initiative project. Her ongoing research focuses on issues of student learning and success, developing organizational capacity to serve under-represented students and the low socio-economic class.

Throughout her career, Borrego has continued to teach and write. In addition to her role as chancellor, she holds a tenured faculty appointment in the School of Education and Human Services. She has served as a clinical faculty member at the University of Southern California, where she was a finalist for the Socrates Teaching Award and as an adjunct faculty in higher education at the University of Redlands, as well as teaching in the graduate program in Educational Leadership at California State University–Fullerton.

Prior to joining Flint, Borrego served as the vice president for enrollment management, planning, and student affairs at California State University–Dominguez Hills. In her most recent role there, Borrego led the campus through a variety of initiatives that strengthened the campus. She was an integral part of developing a new strategic plan, rebranding and marketing the university, as well as developing and implementing a strategic enrollment plan. Borrego was also charged with oversight of student affairs and intercollegiate athletics.

Raised in Detroit, Mich., Borrego received her bachelor's degree in speech and communication from Northwest Nazarene College. She went on to achieve a master's degree in student development from Azusa Pacific University, and her Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate School. She and her partner Mary Boyce reside in Flint. They are the proud parents of two adult children and three grandchildren.

Marsha Herman-Betzen, ACUI

MHBMarsha Herman-Betzen is employed as executive director of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). She has worked in ACUI’s Central Office for 29 years and served the Association as the coordinator of educational programs and services and associate executive director before becoming the executive director in August of 1994. Herman-Betzen began her college union career at the Oklahoma State Student Union as the manager of conferences and scheduling.

Herman-Betzen has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in speech education and sociology from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in interpersonal communication from the University of Michigan. Herman-Betzen completed more than 60 hours of course work at the University at Buffalo in organizational communication, and has taken and passed 15 hours of written comprehensives and three hours or orals making her an ABD but since that is not a recognized degree, she is not allowed to mention it. In addition, Herman-Betzen has taught interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and public speaking at the University at Buffalo and Canisius College.

She is one of the most traveled executive directors, logging more than one million air miles. She has presented numerous educational sessions, workshops, and keynotes for campus, state, national, and international organizations. Herman-Betzen represented ACUI at the Presidents’ Summit on America’s Promise in Philadelphia, the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, and has served on the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights task force to identify best practices in diversity education in higher education.

Herman-Betzen has been married for 38 years to her husband Keith; they have a daughter Rachel, a son-in-law Tom, and two grandchildren, Zoë (6) and Simon (1), who live in Madison, Wis.

Kathleen Kerr, ACPA

Kathleen KerrKathleen G. Kerr serves as the executive director of residence life and housing and has a secondary appointment as an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. She is currently serving as ACPA past president.

Kerr’s involvement with ACPA began on the directorate of the Commission for Housing & Residential Life, which she chaired from 2006–08. She served on the Presidential Task Force on Sustainability, chaired two convention Program Teams, served as the Director of Membership Development on the Governing Board, and was elected ACPA Vice President in 2012, serving as ACPA President in 2013–14.

Kerr attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where she received both her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in college student personnel administration. In 1998, she earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. She currently resides in Newark, Del., with her husband, four daughters, and pug, Sadie.

Cindy Matson, NACUBO

Cindy MatsonCynthia Teniente-Matson became the vice president for administration and chief financial officer of California State University–Fresno in 2004. Matson has more than two decades of experience in multiple leadership roles and previously served as vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Alaska–Anchorage. She is a regular speaker on contemporary issues in higher education and her research interests are in leadership development for business officers.

Matson’s responsibilities include financial services, facilities and capital management, human resources, technology services, university police, and auxiliary services. She chairs the Fresno State Association, Inc., the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity, and the CSU Risk Management Authority. She is a mentor in two formal programs with an under-represented student and a faculty administrator at a community college.

Matson served as the chair of the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), as president of both the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) and CSU Business Officers, and as a governor on the Finance Committee for City University of Seattle. Matson has a wide range of public service including board leadership with the Central Valley Business Incubator, the El Dorado Park Community Development Corporation, the Fresno Council of Government’s Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee, Leadership California, and Special Olympics of Alaska, amongst others.

Matson earned her bachelor's degree in management and her MBA from the University of Alaska and a doctorate in Educational Leadership California State University–Fresno.

Beth McCuskey, ACUHO-I

Beth McCuskeyAs the interim vice provost for student life at Purdue University, Beth McCuskey oversees a broad range of departments dedicated to supporting student success. In this role, she has been charged with “emphasizing the lifelong benefit of an educational experience through environments, culture, people, and programs.”

In collaboration with the vice provost for student learning, key areas of focus include: launching Purdue’s Student Leadership Initiative; enhancing arts, culture, and ideas across campus; developing a more robust student employment model for Purdue; and factoring the findings of the Purdue-Gallup initiative into campus-wide educational and programmatic efforts. Additionally, McCuskey is providing leadership for Purdue Moves-Housing, a strategic planning item that is adding 25% more beds to University Residences.

McCuskey joined Purdue as the associate vice president for housing and food services in November 2010 and was responsible for University Residences, Purdue Dining and Catering, the Purdue Memorial Union, and the Hall of Music Productions. She was previously the executive director of residence life, dining services and the Wyoming Union at the University of Wyoming. Besides overseeing the three departments, she coordinated the student learning assessment functions for the Division of Student Affairs, and co-led the Summit program, a three-day transitions program for all first-year students. Prior to her position in Wyoming, she held a variety of administrative roles in the Housing & Residence Life department at West Virginia University.

McCuskey has a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in higher education, a master's degree in industrial and labor relations, and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership—all from West Virginia University. She has served as a faculty member for ACUHO-I’s Chief Housing Officer Training Institute and National Housing Training Institute and helped to conceptualize the AIMHO College, an institute for new housing professionals in the intermountain region. She has been active in NASPA and ACUHO-I, previously serving as chair of the ACUHO-I Foundation Board of Trustees and as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of College and University Student Housing. She has published several articles and co-edited a book, Foundations: Strategies for the Future of Collegiate Housing, published by ACUHO-I in 2006. She is currently serving as vice president of ACUHO-I, an elected position that will culminate with serving as president in 2017. McCuskey has two children, Chris, age 23, and Allison, age 21.

Amy Orders, CSHEMA

Amy OrdersAmy Orders is the assistant director of environmental health and safety at North Carolina State University. She couples a highly technical background with adult and higher education leadership expertise and teaches in a variety of settings. Orders is the president-elect of the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) and is very active with developing communities of practice for higher education safety professionals. In her spare time, she spends time outdoors and traveling with her two very active children and husband.


Marta Perez Drake, NACUBO

Marta Perez DrakeMarta Perez Drake has served as vice president for professional development of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) since 2010. In this position, Perez Drake oversees NACUBO’s annual meeting, workshops and forums, webinars, online resources, virtual and hard copy publications, and Business Officer magazine. Prior to assuming this position, she served NACUBO for six years as director of constituent programs, focusing on issues affecting research universities and community colleges.

Before joining NACUBO, Perez Drake's on-campus experience spanned 10 years at Duke University and Georgetown University, where she worked in student and faculty affairs. She also has worked at three higher education associations: the Council of Graduate Schools, the American Council on Education, and the American Association for Higher Education. She has served on several boards in the higher education, K-12, and nonprofit sectors.

Perez Drake received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She resides in Arlington, Va., with her family and at any given time is training for her next 10-mile, half-marathon, or marathon race.

Polly Pinney, APPA

Polly PinneyPolly Pinney is the executive director of facilities management at Arizona State University and a past president of APPA International. In addition to a bachelor's and master's degree, she is a graduate of the APPA Facilities Management Institute, the APPA Leadership Academy, and the HERS-Mid America Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College. She served as the RMA representative to the Educational Programs Committee and was APPA vice president for educational programs from 2006–08. She has been a speaker at both regional and national forums on multiple occasions and was a facilitator for APPA’s Supervisors Toolkit for the Rocky Mountain Region. She facilitates the customer service session for APPA U and is currently preparing to compose a new section on customer service for the APPA Body of Knowledge. Units which Pinney has managed have garnered six Governors Awards for Excellence. Pinney was named twice to the Outstanding Young Women of America, and she is the recipient of an APPA President’s Award, an RMA President’s Award, and the APPA Meritorious Service Award.


Michelle Smith, ACUI

Michelle SmithAs the director of corporate partnerships and events, Michelle J. Smith directs many of the programs that generate revenue for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). By combining eight years of ACUI programming with her prior hotel industry experience, she works with corporate partnerships for two associations, as well as the ACUI recreation and leisure activities programs, bringing synergy between the important information that the business world has to offer and the work done in college unions.

Smith is a graduate of Indiana University–Bloomington and loves life in a college town. Her family and friends keep her company at IU sporting events, local festivals, and dining establishments. She is passionate about work-life balance and loves this quote from Eliana Murillo, head of multicultural marketing at Google: “Find your purpose by aligning your passions and skills to become critical talent.” 



Pam SuPam Su joined San Francisco State University as the director of campus recreation in 2013. She reports to the dean of students in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and oversees a young, but growing, campus recreation program. She is working on the design of a new 118,000 square foot campus Recreation Wellness Center, opening in 2017. Su views recreation as a unique vehicle for providing educational opportunities to the campus, particularly in the areas of health, wellness, sustainability, and community building.

Su currently co-chairs the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Commission for Sustainable Communities and has been instrumental in raising awareness of sustainability within the profession. She has served as the NIRSA Liaison to the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and as a planning director for the North Bay Sustainable Enterprise Conference. She also co-authored the CSU Sport Clubs Resource Guide, a project of the Office of Risk Management in the California State University’s Chancellors Office.

Previously, Su spent 23 years at Sonoma State University, first as the recreational sports coordinator and then as director of campus recreation. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of California–Berkeley in human physiology and her master’s degree in health, physical education, recreation, and dance at Eastern Michigan University.


Updated Nov. 9, 2014