This week on Student Affairs Live, special guest host Chris Conzen from Suffolk County Community College will be facilitating a conversation on Careers at Community Colleges with Dr. John Laws, Vice Chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College; Dr. Susan Gardner, Vice President for Student Services at Kanawha Valley Community College; Dr. Case Willoughby, Vice President for Student Services at Butler County Community College; and Michelle Samuel-Jones, Dean of Spring Lake Campus at Fayetteville Technical Valley Community College.
This is Chris’ second time guest hosting this season and all of us at HigherEd Live and Student Affairs Live are excited to watch and learn from his leadership and the knowledge of this exciting panel!
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Dr. John Laws is the Vice Chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College. In his fourteenth year at Ivy Tech, he has assisted the campus move onto a new campus, increase enrollment from 2900 in 1999 to over 8,000 this year. Working with all aspects of enrollment management, student life, conduct, career services, disability support services and more, Dr. Laws is currently beginning a transformation of the campus to a “One Stop” operation to better serve students.
Dr. Laws has worked in various aspects of Student Affairs for 35 years at four-year public and private institutions in addition to his current position in Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Laws has also served the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as both a Board Member and the Community College Division Chair. He has presented at many conferences and has had several articles published throughout his career.
(Susan Gardner, from LinkedIn) I consider myself a “builder” of sorts. I thrive in environments that allow for program improvement and development. My present and past experiences have included: teaching communication and social science courses, developing curriculum for scholarship programs as well as first year programs, assisting with the development of learning outcomes and rubrics for communication and writing courses, implementation and design of living learning communities, development of peer education programs to better prepare first generation students, creation of a comprehensive student services division with the goal of serving a variety of student populations, implementing a degree audit program, serving as a college registrar on an interim basis and supervising staff in the areas of both enrollment (financial aid, admissions AND registration) and student affairs.
Case Willoughby was appointed Vice President for Student Services at Butler County Community College in 2012, and oversees both student affairs and enrollment services. Prior positions include Director of Advising Services at Hunter College, Director of Academic Achievement at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, and Class Dean at Columbia University. In addition to his graduate training, he credits this diversity of institutional type for his ability to translate effective programs and services to different sectors of higher education. He has presented widely at national conferences, authored book reviews for professional journals, and been active in professional organizations. His education includes an Ed.D. and an M.A. in Higher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in Hispanic Civilization from New York University, and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College.
Michelle Samuels-Jones, originally a native of Red Bank, NJ earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies and her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education, from the University of Virginia (U.Va). For the past 18 years, Michelle has served students and their families, faculty, staff, and the community as an Assistant Dean at U.Va., an Assistant and later Associate Dean of Students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, the Director of Special Projects and then Associate Provost at the University of Maryland University College, and now as the Dean of the Spring Lake Campus for Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina. Michelle has worked in and/or provided leadership for nearly every functional unit within Student Affairs. She has also worked outside Student Affairs in Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, as well as provided leadership for an IT support services unit. Michelle is most grateful for the opportunities to work with students from across the spectrum. From adult learners returning to school after 30 years in the workforce to high school students taking classes on the college campus, Michelle finds her greatest accomplishments lie in the thousands of students she has had the pleasure of working with—students who are now changing the world!