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ACCSC Executive Committee


Julie Basler, Ph.D.

Chair of the Commission

Dr. Julie Basler has served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Platt College, an ACCSC-accredited institution located in Aurora, Colorado since 2007. Julie has been volunteering with ACCSC since 2008 and has served in a variety of positions including as a member of the Degree Committee, as a Distance Education Specialist onsite evaluator, and as a featured speaker at ACCSC’s Professional Development Conferences where she focuses on best practices in self-evaluation and curriculum development. In 2011, in recognition of her dedication and service to ACCSC, the Commission selected Julie as a Volunteer of the Year. Additionally, throughout her career in postsecondary education, she has served on accreditation and compliance committees and for Columbia State Community College, where she served as Coordinator Chair of Fine Arts and Chair of the College's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin; a Master’s degree from Murray State University, and a Doctor of Arts/Philosophy from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Mildred Lane, Ed.D.*
Vice-Chair of the Commission
Dr. Mildred Lane is a professor emeritus from Duquesne University where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the College of Education’s Special Education Program. As a licensed counselor, Mildred has been affiliated with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, the American Psychotherapy Association, and Duquesne University’s School of Education Counseling Center. Additionally, from 1997 to 2000, Mildred served as the president for the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Development and Aging. In 1997, Mildred began volunteering with ACCSC as an Education Specialist, which evaluates the educational delivery of programs offered by institutions that are seeking accreditation, and since that time has participated on approximately 100 onsite evaluations. In recognition of her service to ACCSC, in 2012, the Commission selected Mildred as a Volunteer of the Year. Mildred earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degree in Education from Duquesne University.

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Mollie Hager
Secretary of the Commission

Mollie Hager currently serves as the Vice President of Central State Beauty and Wellness College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Previously, Mollie acted in a variety of capacities with the Platt College system of schools in Oklahoma, including Dental Assistant Program Coordinator, Instructor, Admissions Representative, Student and Career Services Coordinator, Financial Aid Director, Campus Director and finally as Executive Director, a role in which she was responsible for overseeing five campuses. Mollie’s commitment to the vocational education sector is evident through her involvement in other regulatory bodies such as the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. Mollie has been volunteering as a Team Leader for ACCSC since 2004 and was recognized as ACCSC’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009. Mollie holds a Medical Secretary Diploma from City College in Norman, Oklahoma and has completed coursework towards a Bachelor of Science in Business Management

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Norbert Kreuzer
Treasurer of the Commission
Norbert Kreuzer is an award-winning song writer, composer, and music producer, has an extensive background in audio visual production and technology, and is a national speaker on career development best practices and graduate success strategies. Prior to being appointed to the Commission, Norbert served as a volunteer Team Leader for ACCSC, and previously served as the Campus Director for the Institute for Audio Research in New York, New York as well as the Institute of Production and Recording, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Norbert earned an MBA from the Minnesota School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Rollins College.

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Vickie Clements
Vickie Clements is the Director of Education and Institutional Compliance at Great Lakes Institute of Technology and Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy located in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Throughout her career, Vickie has been an active volunteer with ACCSC serving on the Progress Review Committee which is charged with supporting the Commission’s efforts in the review and assessment of successful student achievement at accredited institutions, as well as since 2013 serving as a Team Leader. Vickie earned Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education/Math from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 

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Kathryn Dodge, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathryn Dodge is the founder of the Dodge Advisory Group, LLC, a practice focused on working with institutions domestically and globally on strengthening capacity for institutional effectiveness through a commitment to quality and student success, and a co-founder of Radio Higher Ed, a national podcast focused on higher education policy issues and their broader implications.  In addition to serving as a Public Commissioner for ACCSC, she serves on the board for the Commission for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and on the distance education committee for Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES).  Furthermore, by gubernatorial appointment, Kathryn represents New Hampshire as a Commissioner at Education Commission of the States and is on the founding board of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Kathryn earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Human and Organization Systems and her Master of Science in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She also earned a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling/ Student Personnel from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, and her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature from King’s College in New York, New York.

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Jerrold Foust*
Jerrold Foust formerly served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire and as President of The Art Institute of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout his career in postsecondary, career education, Jerrold has supported institutional operations in a variety of ways, including student affairs, academics, career services, and human resources. Jerrold, a strong advocate for online education, co-wrote and produced digital film and video production courses, and helped to develop processes to increase student persistence, ensure quality, and demonstrate compliance with various regulatory criteria. Jerrold earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, Jerrold completed doctoral coursework in Education Leadership with Argosy University. Jerrold has supported the accreditation process with ACCSC by serving as a volunteer Education Specialist onsite evaluator since 2009.

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Susan Johnson
Susan Johnson is the Director of Education, Accreditation, and Regulatory Affairs at Gemological Institute of America (GIA) located in Carlsbad, California. Throughout her career with GIA, Susan has volunteered with ACCSC as a School Commissioner from 2007 to 2013 and as a Team Leader where she has lead more than 20 on-site accreditation evaluations to institutions in the ACCSC accreditation process. Susan is an active advisory board member for National University and a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from National University, a Graduate Gemologist diploma, as well as several other industry certifications from GIA.

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Alfred Medro
Alfred Medro has served as the Vice President and School Director of Platt College in San Diego, California since 2003. Before his tenure with Platt College, Alfred taught within the Victorian Department of Education in Victoria, Australia, during which time he was not only responsible for the design and delivery of secondary and post-secondary curricula, but also the integration of multimedia tools into the delivery of the courses. Additionally, Alfred has volunteered as an ACCSC Team Leader since 2010 and as an ACCSC Nominating Committee Member since 2014. In addition to his work with the Commission and with Platt San Diego, Alfred currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools (CAPPS). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Professional Diploma of Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and a Graduate Diploma of Computing from Deakin University in Geelong, Australia.

Cedric Page, Ph.D.*
Dr. Cedric D. Page is a Professor Emeritus from University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, where he served as the Dean of Instruction, Professor of Geography, and Executive Director. He previously served as Dean of Faculty at DigiPen Institute of Technology and on the faculty of the University of Colorado-Denver and of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Cedric is also currently affiliated with the Regional Development Corporation (NM) Board of Directors and the Santa Fe NAACP.  Previously, he served on the board of directors for the United Way of Northern New Mexico and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, and president of the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges. Cedric has also volunteered as an ACCSC Team Leader, Education Specialist, and an Appeals Panel member.  Cedric earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban and Social Geography and Master of Arts in Quantitative and Urban Geography from Rutgers University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Syracuse University.  Additionally, Cedric has earned a Certificate in Management Development from Harvard University.

Carol Palacios
Carol Palacios is the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the Executive Director of Atlantis University in Miami, Florida. For the past decade, Carol has been responsible for providing leadership and support to institutional operations at Atlantis University while ensuring compliance, institutional oversight and monitoring within the organization, as well as serving a student community with varied career needs, professional interests, and international and cultural backgrounds. Carol earned a Master in Business Administration from Adolfo Ibáñez School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Ted Settle, Ph.D.*
From 1992 to 2010, Dr. Theodore “Ted” Settle served in a variety of roles at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, including the Director of Economic Development, Adjunct Associate Professor for a Higher Education and Student Affairs Program, and as the Director of Continuing Education. Before his tenure at Virginia Tech, Dr. Settle served as the Director of Program Development and Evaluation for NCR Management College in Dayton, OH and as the Assistant Director for Academic and Health Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Dr. Settle has served on numerous regulatory bodies and oversight agencies, most notably, the Education Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, and U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Dr. Settle holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Iowa State University, a Master of Business in Business Administration from Harvard University and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration from University of Michigan. Dr. Settle currently owns and operates a higher education consulting firm, Creative Partnership.

Patricia Thomas
Patricia "Pat" Thomas currently serves as the Regional Director of Operations for the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia where she oversees the operations of an six campus system. Previously, Pat served as a School Director for Centura College in Virginia Beach, Virginia,as a Regional Director of Operations for Sylvan Learning Center, and as a Director of Education for Barclay Career School.  Since 2008, Pat has supported ACCSC and its mission by serving as a a Team Leader during the on-site evaluation process. Pat holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts from Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Art Waller, Ph.D.
Dr. Art Waller is the Campus Director for the On-Line campus of Vista College, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Art brings 25 years of experience in higher education and extensive distance education experience to the Commission.  Since 2011, Art has served as a Team Leader in the ACCSC on-site evaluation process and has helped the Commission to evaluate and assess successful student achievement as a member of the Program Review Committee.  Additionally, Art is actively involved with Academy of Management, the University Continuing Education Association, and the Regional Campus and Distance Education Association.  Art earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Utah State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Philosophy from Utah State University.

Marya Withers, Ed.D.
Dr. Marya Withers has served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs of Lincoln Education Services since 2009, during which time she has overseen and supported 36 campus education operation systems across fifteen states. In her career, Marya has a served as a Program Director and Instructor at Rutgers University and an Academic Advisor at Seton Hall University. Since 2013, Mary has been an active ACCSC volunteer Team Leader for onsite evaluations. Marya is a member of Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honor Society and the recipient of the Excellence in Corporate Service Award from Lincoln Education Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Education from Seton Hall University an Doctorate of Education  from Northcentral University.

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