Doctoral Scholars Program Staff Contacts

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Ansley Abraham
Director, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program

Ansley Abraham joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 1985 as a research associate and became the founding director of the State Doctoral Scholars Program in 1993. Under Ansley’s direction, the Doctoral Scholars Program has developed into a nationally recognized program for producing minority Ph.D.s who seek faculty careers. The program hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring — the largest gathering of minority Ph.D.

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Bob Belle
Senior Consultant

Robert (Bob) Belle joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2002 as the director for the SREB Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Doctoral Scholars Program. Prior to joining SREB, he served as the director of the Office of Federal TRIO Programs for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. While at the department, he also served as the acting deputy secretary of education in the Office of Postsecondary Education. Bob has over 55 years in education, which include teaching across education levels (elementary to collegiate).

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Veronica Johnson
Communications Specialist, Postsecondary

Veronica Johnson manages communication for the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program, the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring and a portfolio of other postsecondary programs and services. Veronica joined the Southern Regional Education Board’s communications team in 2017 as the digital communications specialist, where she managed SREB.org content, social media and analytics. Veronica joined SREB in 2014 as the administrative assistant/research associate for the Learning-Centered Leadership Program.

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Andrea Kiely

Andrea Kiely
Program Specialist, Postsecondary

Andrea Kiely is a member of the Postsecondary team for the Southern Regional Education Board. She works as program specialist for the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program where she researches and advocates for faculty diversity in higher education. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Alabama and her Master of Education in higher education administration from the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

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Abbey McDaniel
Program Coordinator, Postsecondary

Abbey McDaniel is the Program Coordinator for the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring for the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program. She joined SREB with over seven years of experience in the non-profit and higher education sectors, including previous roles at CARE and Georgia State University. She’s experienced in project management, event planning, communications, and grant and contract management.

Abbey holds a master’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s from Kennesaw State University. She resides in Decatur, Georgia.