VP interviews available on video


The college is in the final steps of the hiring process for the Vice President of Student Services position. All students and employees are invited to attend the open forum sessions on Monday, Dec. 10, Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12. This is an opportunity to meet the finalists, ask questions and provide input to Dr. Daniels related to the candidates for the position.

The 45-minute open forum sessions are scheduled to be held at Truax in D1630.

Please plan to attend one or all of the sessions and share your feedback. All of those attending will be provided with a sheet to complete on each candidate. 

Forums will be live-streamed and videotaped so those who are not able to attend will still be able to watch.

The session times are as follows:

Monday, Dec. 10
Candidate Dr. Charles Lopez: 2–2:45 p.m.
Dr. Chuck Lopez currently serves as the Provost’s Advisor for Student Success and Retention at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Previous positions within EWU have included Associate Dean at the University College and Provost for Undergraduate Studies & Student Success, all since 2013. During his service, Dr. Lopez increased the 4-year graduation rate from 22% to 25%, and the 6-year graduation rate from 45% to 52%. Collaboratively, he also reviewed and designed a proactive advisor contact model from a student’s first-year through graduation.   

Previously, from 1999 until 2013, Dr. Lopez served Stephen F. Austin University in various positions including Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Support Services, Director of Disability Student Services, Testing Services, and ADA Coordinator, and Coordinator of Student Employment. He has also served Tulane University as Director of Orientation and Leadership, and Utah State University as Director of Transitional Programs.

Dr. Lopez began his career at Stephen F. Austin State as Coordinator of Orientation and Testing, after earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Dr. Lopez has served as an instructor of management, psychology, counseling, statistics, and leadership at Utah State, Stephen F. Austin State, and Eastern Washington Universities.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Candidate Dr. Jana Schwartz: 2–2:45 p.m.
Dr. Jana Schwartz currently serves as the founding Dean of Pathways and Student Success and Title III Program Director reporting directly to the President at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Colorado. In this role, she participated in the development of this grant, and FRCC was awarded $2.5 million for their overall student success efforts. She provides leadership for all campuses and sites in the areas of student success, retention, and completion efforts. She also has served as Dean of Student Success at the Larimer Campus of FRCC. 

Previously, Dr. Schwartz was the Director of the Center for Human Enrichment at the University of Northern Carolina and as the Program Director for the Bradley Learning Community at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. She began her professional career as a Residence Hall Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Dr. Schwartz earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from Central College, and her M.A. in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from the University of Iowa. She began her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and completed it at the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership.   

Candidate Dr. Howard Spearman: 10:15–11 a.m.
Dr. Howard Spearman currently serves as Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer in Student Services at Rock Valley College, a college within the Illinois Community College System. He has also served as Associate Vice President, Enrollment, Retention and Student Development/ Chief Student Services Officer, Dean of Advising and Retention, Director of Transfer Advising and Student Success, and Manager of Academic and Transfer Advising. Dr. Spearman provided leadership in the implementation of a $6 million Engineering Our Future Grant, and three TRIO grants totaling approximately $3.3 million.

Prior to his service to Rock Valley, Dr. Spearman was Senior Academic Advisor/Multicultural Student Coordinator for the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as Interim Program Director, TRIO and Precollege Programs.  He began his career in student services at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as a Multicultural Advisor/Counselor, where he then went on to be a Precollege Director and an Admissions Counselor/Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator.  

Dr. Spearman earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Services and his Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  His earned Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service is from Cardinal Stritch University.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Candidate Dr. Lori Berquam: 10:15–11 a.m.
Dr. Lori Berquam is currently an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, nominated by the Provost of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She provides leadership support in strategic directions for the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Arizona. She is engaged in the innovative planning for the Student Success District to better align the environment with their commitment to better serve the needs of students. 

Prior to the ACE fellowship, Lori has served the University of Wisconsin Madison in numerous roles in student life including most recently as Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students and previously as Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and Assistant Dean of Students. 

Dr. Berquam has a B.S. in Mathematics and Psychology from Truman State University, an M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and her PhD. In Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.

Candidate Dr. Laura King: 2:15–3 p.m.
Dr. Laura King currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Saint Paul College in Minnesota. She is responsible for oversight of all student services related to enrollment, student success and engagement. Dr. King led the development and early adoption of a co-curricular student learning model for the division. She began her career at Saint Paul College as Dean of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness. 

Prior to this she was the Institutional Research and Planning Analyst at Chippewa Valley Technical College where she co-chaired the Wisconsin Forward Baldrige Award.  Her former position was as Student Experience Coordinator at Century College, and previous to that she was the Student Life Program Coordinator at Normandale Community College.  

Dr. King earned her B.S in Music Performance and Biology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and her M.S.Ed. in College Student Development and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota in Education Policy and Administration: Higher Education and Evaluation Studies.

Thank you for your assistance and support in this very important decision.

Tim Casper

Vice President, Institutional Learning & Effectiveness 

Published December 10, 2018. Updated December 14, 2018.