Office of Postsecondary Education
Stevie L. Lawrence II joined Southern Regional Education Board in September 2019 as vice president for postsecondary education. In this role, he will lead SREB’s postsecondary programs, such as the Academic Common Market, Doctoral Scholars Program, education data services and state authorization reciprocity agreements. He will also be charged with developing additional initiatives to support postsecondary state offices and institutions.
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.
Robert Aycock joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2022 as a member of the Postsecondary team. He works as a research analyst in Education Data Services, assisting with the management of the SREB State Data Exchange, analyzing data, and the production of several publications including the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education. Prior to joining SREB, Robert worked with the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts where he served as a statistical analyst and governmental affairs liaison.
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).
Megan Boren joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2010. She currently serves as project manager for the postsecondary office and also leads SREB’s work on educator human capital strategies policy research, implementation and state technical assistance. From late 2014 to early 2019, Megan was a member of SREB’s educator effectiveness team, leading the technical assistance state grants, state progress monitoring and community of practice projects. She also worked on college completion and college-readiness policy and research and led the SREB Readiness Courses initiative.
Charlotte Dailey is a program specialist with the Southern Regional Education Board, working in open educational resources with the postsecondary education team. Charlotte comes to SREB from Alcorn State University where she managed federally funded grants to provide farm management education for new, beginning farmers and ranchers in Mississippi.
Michael DeJesus leads Student Success and Access at SREB. He joined SREB’s Postsecondary Education team in 2022, bringing more than a combined 20 years of experience in the higher education and state government. He was previously a program officer at the New York State Education Department where managed the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) state-wide. He has also held several roles in higher education before serving as director of intercultural leadership and diversity at a private liberal arts college.
Tiffany K. Harrison works with the Educational Technology Cooperative on research and policy efforts regarding the 10 Issues in Educational Technology. She joined the SREB benchmarking college- and career-readiness standards team in April 2017, bringing more than 10 years of experience in education research and program evaluation. Prior to joining SREB, she was a program evaluation and data specialist for five years with the North Carolina Partnership for Children. She is also a former research associate for the SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro.
Elisa Jaden leads SREB’s regional tuition reciprocity programs: the Academic Common Market and the Regional Contract Program. She also serves as director for the SREB region to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). In this role she follows state and federal higher education regulations and policy related to state authorization and program approval. Elisa works with the S-SARA Regional Steering Committee to inform and clarify policy changes made at the national level.
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.
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.
Susan Campbell Lounsbury joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2014 as the director of education data services. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education policy and practice. Susan is responsible for coordinating the collection of data for the SREB State Data Exchange. She analyzes data and produces publications, such as the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, Featured Facts, and Indicators Report.
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.