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EAB IgnitED 2022: On-Demand Materials

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Washington, DC

The biggest issues facing higher ed are no longer under the purview of any one leader, making it all the more challenging to inflect change. EAB updated our research approach to address this tectonic shift, and we’re changing the way we convene senior-most institutional leaders.

Our EAB IgnitED event brings together provosts, chief business officers, and heads of strategy for closed-door, role-specific discussions and cross-cabinet working sessions with peers from other institutions. Sessions include case profiles and interactive workshops designed to activate learning around our latest organizational effectiveness research and the ramifications for the higher ed landscape.

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EAB Experts

Sally Amoruso

Chief Partner Officer

Sally Amoruso is Chief Partner Officer for EAB and serves as an extension of the Office of the CEO.

In addition to advising university presidents, provosts and other executive leaders on campus, Sally leads firm-wide efforts to integrate insights and expertise across EAB’s myriad capabilities in enrollment, student success, strategy and operations to drive greater impact and more meaningful results at and for our partner institutions. She has also co-hosted EAB’s Presidential Experience Labs, bringing presidential partners to out-of-industry exemplars such as LinkedIn and Zappos to explore non-linear career paths, transformative leadership and building a more client-centric culture.

Sally has 30+ years of experience building and leading enterprises serving mission-driven organizations in education and healthcare during times of dramatic change. She has worked with senior executives, leadership teams and boards as a presenter, facilitator and catalyst in developing future visioning and driving effective strategy.

Sally is a passionate DEIJ advocate and part of EAB’s Steering Committee for VIVID, an innovative professional development program for rising leaders of color. She also hosts EAB’s Industry Insights Speaker Series, bringing thought leaders to EAB for open discussion and debate on topics such as the innovation and disruption in higher ed, the future of online education, resilience and mental health, women in leadership, and more.

She received her bachelor's in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, her master’s in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. Sally is a second-generation Asian American and proud parent of two musician-actors. She enjoys theatre and film, cooking and hiking.

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Carla Hickman

Carla Hickman

Vice President, Research

As Vice President, Research Growth Strategy, Carla leads the design and development of new research initiatives, experiences, and services to drive action and results for our K12 and higher education partner institutions. Proud to be counted among the first EAB Research employees, Carla has specialized across her decade-plus career in supporting institutions with innovative and flexible credentials for adult learners and working professionals. Her research seeks to understand the needs and motivations of these “not-so-nontraditional” students as she advises institutions on organizing for growth and market-responsive program development.

Following her time as an undergraduate at Colgate University, Carla cultivated a passion for education as a K12 teacher in the Bronx and Washington, DC. She holds an MS in Teaching from Pace University and a Duke MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. When not cheering on the Cubs or the Crimson Tide, you’ll find Carla volunteering as a mentor for Tennessee Achieves, engaging with the Chattanooga/Nashville Teach For America community, or serving as chair for the Duke University Learning Innovation Advisory Council.

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David Attis

Managing Director, Research

Over the past decade, David has worked with more than five hundred colleges and universities in the US and Canada, leading workshops and strategy sessions for boards, cabinets, deans’ councils and department chairs and presenting to a wide range of audiences on the major trends impacting higher education.

His studies have explored data-informed decision-making in higher education, innovative academic program design, university budget models, academic organizational structures, managing large-scale multidisciplinary research, and the future of doctoral education.

Prior to joining the EAB, David was a senior director of policy studies at the Council on Competitiveness. While there he worked on the National Innovation Initiative, contributed to the National Academies’ Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, and collaborated with Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School on the council’s Competitiveness Index.

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Khadish O. Franklin

Managing Director

Khadish O. Franklin is a Managing Director and Team Lead for EAB’s Research Advisory Services Division, as well as, a subject matter expert on institutional strategy, student success, enrollment and DEIJ. The Research Advisory Services Expert Team houses EAB’s experts in academic strategy, business affairs, fundraising, alumni affairs, community college leadership, student affairs, information technology, strategic enrollment management, financial aid optimization, professional and adult education program innovation and university marketing; and is responsible for driving value for our partner institutions through consensus building, decision support, and guidance on best practices implementation.

Khadish has spent his entire career working in higher education holding roles in policy organizations, research centers, and university teaching and administration. Prior to coming to EAB, he served as the Associate Director and Senior Researcher at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. He was also a co-author of the widely cited annual publication of Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States and chair of the Student Financial Aid Research Network (SFARN) Conference. Khadish has also worked for the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the University of Maryland, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and Florida State University. From these experiences, Khadish has gained passion for helping institutions improve educational opportunity and outcomes for all students.

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Dawn Ressel

Dawn Ressel

Senior Director, Financial Sustainability Terrain Lead

Dawn joined EAB in the summer of 2022. She has over twenty-five years of experience in institutional effectiveness and data analytics and will be leading the Financial Sustainability Terrain within the Research Advisory Services team of EAB. Working at both the campus level and the state board governing level, Dawn brings a deep understanding of the Institutional Effectiveness / Institutional Research profession. She has experience working on performance funding, state allocation models, campus allocation models, predictive analytics, implementing student success platforms, implementing data governance, developing and enriching data infrastructures, and completing compliance reporting and national benchmarking studies.

Dawn has worked with both 4-year and 2-year institutions and understands the needs and uniqueness of both sectors. When not helping institutions find efficiencies Dawn enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping with her family, that includes several 4 legged children.

Dawn earned a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of Arkansas in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri in 1989.

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Colin Koproske

Managing Director, Research Development

Colin Koproske serves as a Managing Director within EAB’s strategic research division, overseeing research and services spanning academic affairs, enrollment strategy, student success, and strategic planning.

Colin joined EAB in 2010 and is one of the firm’s leading experts and thought leaders on the trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the higher education landscape. He has led over 20 large-scale research initiatives on topics such as the impact of online education, progressive approaches to student advising, curricular design, experiential learning, departmental management, and the future of academic libraries. He is often called upon by EAB member institutions to present to cabinets, boards, faculty senates, and academic leaders on these topics.

Prior to joining EAB, Colin led policy and public affairs efforts for a national campaign finance reform organization in Washington, D.C., and served as a research fellow for a think tank focused on the intersection of science and philosophy.

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Jennifer Latino

Jennifer Latino

Senior Director, Research Advisory Services

Dr. Jennifer Latino is a Senior Director for EAB’s Research Advisory Services and serves as an expert in Student Success and Institutional Strategy and Planning. Jennifer enjoys engaging with EAB partners around topics such as Mental Health, DEIJ, and Strategy and Planning. She is a facilitator for EAB’s Mental Health Collaborative.

Jennifer built her career through experiences at a diverse array of institution types including large-research, women’s college, community college, and faith-based institutions. After seventeen years as a college administrator, Jennifer entered the field of educational consulting.

Dr. Latino is also an adjunct faculty member in a doctorate for higher education leadership program and a published author and national presenter on a variety of topics including effective student engagement practices, faculty development, and effective institutional governance structures.

When she is not engaged in work with EAB partners, Jennifer enjoys a variety of activities including boxing, CrossFit, and riding her Peloton. Additionally, she enjoys cooking and is an enthusiastic fan of jigsaw puzzles!

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Michael Fischer

Senior Director, Research

Michael Fischer is a Senior Director of Research, overseeing EAB’s Administration, Finance, and Operations research group. Michael works closely with Chief Business Officers, Chief Finance Officers, Chief Operations Officers, and Senior Facilities Officers to diagnose challenges and unearth best practices to improve the financial sustainability and operating efficiency of campuses. His research specialties include administrative efficiency, cost containment, building design trends, flexible work arrangements, and sustainability. He is also one of EAB’s lead researchers on the impact of Generative AI on institutional strategy. Michael joined EAB in 2016, and has served in both research and advising roles at the firm. Prior to joining EAB, he held various educational positions in the United States and United Kingdom. Off-hours, he enjoys baking and tabletop games with his wife and two sons.

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Savon Sampson

Savon Sampson

Senior Director, Strategic Research

Prior to joining EAB, Savon spent over 15 years leading marketing and product strategy for Fortune 50 companies like Target and McKesson. She was known for the omni-channel marketing campaigns, product launches, and sales enablement strategies she designed and deployed across the marketing mix. Savon started at EAB in the Adult Learner Recruitment division where she developed innovative marketing, recruitment, and program growth strategies to foster adult learner enrollment and revenue growth for over 50 colleges and universities. As a member of the Strategic Research team, Savon leverages her expertise in and outside the sector to help colleges and universities develop and achieve short and long-term enrollment and financial sustainability goals. Savon has a gift in helping colleges and universities challenge the status quo. She is uniquely positioned to push Cabinet leaders on strategic differentiation by thinking about prospective students as consumers, the university as a brand and the education they provide as a product. Outside of EAB, Savon is passionate about her community and serves on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Hollins University. She is also a Past President of the Junior League of Richmond. Savon received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hollins University and is pursuing an Executive MBA at the College of William and Mary with an estimated completion date of June 2024.

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Melanie Overton

Melanie Overton, Ed.D

Director, Research Advisory Services

Melanie Overton is a Director in EAB’s Research Advisory Services. She provides decision support for partner institutions around academic, advancement, DEIJ, and student success strategy. Melanie’s prior administrative experience includes tenures as Chief Student Affairs Officer, Vice President of Advancement, and Vice President of Enrollment, and she led the network of United Methodist-related colleges from 2011 to 2016. She has benefited from extraordinary leadership development opportunities, which most recently included the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission fellowship.

She lives in Western Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and two rambunctious dogs.

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