Student Success Advisory Council


SREB Student Success Advisory Council

The SREB Student Success Advisory Council is identifying challenges, shared interests, and recommended policy and practice to support the retention, graduation and career entry of students historically underserved in postsecondary education.

The goal: Help states achieve greater rates of postsecondary success, particularly for students from low-income families or rural communities, for Black, Hispanic and Native American students, and for those who would be the first in their families to attend college. Success for these students is a critical factor in meeting workforce demands and building a stronger economy.

Members include leaders from colleges and universities, state-level postsecondary agencies and state legislatures.

The SREB Student Success Advisory Council is supported with funding from the Ascendium Education Group.



Jim Purcell, Executive Director
Alabama Commission on Higher Education 

Cynthia Anthony, President 
Lawson State Community College 

Taffye Benson-Clayton, Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity
Auburn University 


Heather Reed, Director of Student Retention Initiatives
University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Naomi Nash, Director of Student Success Initiatives
University of Delaware


Shouping Hu, Director, Center for Postsecondary Success 
Florida State University 


Jonathan Hull, Director, Student Success  
University System of Georgia  

Freddie Powell-Sims, State Senator  
Georgia General Assembly

Allison Calhoun-Brown, Senior Vice President for Student Success and Chief Enrollment Officer  
Georgia State University  


Aaron Thompson, President  
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education  

Steve Riley, State Representative  
Kentucky General Assembly


Melva Williams, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management 
Southern University at Shreveport 


Emily Dow, Assistant Secretary for Academic Affairs 
Maryland Higher Education Commission  


Ontario Wooden, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs  
Alcorn State University  

Katie McBride, Director, Center for Student Success 
University of Southern Mississippi 

North Carolina

Bethany Meighen, Vice President, Student Affairs
University of North Carolina System   

Farrah Jackson Ward, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
Elizabeth City State University  


Ruth Ray Jackson, Vice President for Academic Affairs 
Langston University 

Kylie Smith, Vice Chancellor for Administration
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education 

South Carolina

Denver Malcom-Key, Director, Academic Success Center 
Claflin University 

Rusty Monhollon, President and Executive Director 
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education 

Amanda Craddock, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management 
Coastal Carolina University 


Brittany Mosby, Director, HBCU Success  
Tennessee Higher Education Commission  


Robin Garrett, Deputy Chancellor, Academic and Student Success 
Central Texas College


Manie Lock, State Senator  
Virginia General Assembly 

Frances Villagran-Glover, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success 
Northern Virginia Community College 

West Virginia

Joseph Oden, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs  
West Virginia State University  

Randall Brumfield, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission