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Featured Speakers

Brian Murphy
De Anza College

Brian Murphy is President of De Anza College. He was Director of the San Francisco Urban Institute at San Francisco State University, after serving as Chief Consultant to the California State Legislature's Review of the Master Plan for Higher Education in the late 1980's. Murphy taught political theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, and San Francisco State, and has served on city Commissions and non-profit Boards in San Francisco. He received a B.A. (Williams College), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees (University of California, Berkeley), all in Political Science.

Stephanie M. Foote
Associate Professor of Education in the Department of
First-Year Programs
Kennesaw State University

Stephanie M. Foote is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of First-Year Programs at Kennesaw State University.  Prior to coming to coming to Kennesaw in 2011, Stephanie was the administrator for academic success and first-year programs at the University of South Carolina Aiken.  In 2009, Stephanie won the NODA Outstanding Research Award for her dissertation study of the perceived effects of first-year seminar participation on the experience of students in their first semester of college. She has published and presented on her research college students in transition, and she has developed and taught online courses on fostering the success of first-year students.  Stephanie has served as a Commission Chair for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission on Admissions, Orientation, and the First-Year Experience, and she currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP).  Stephanie is also the Editor for the Journal of College Orientation and Transition (JCOT).

Mark Allen Poisel
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs
Augusta University

Mark Allen Poisel currently serves as Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs at Augusta University and has more than two decades of experience in student services. As Augusta University's chief enrollment and student affairs officer, his responsibilities include supervising an array of student programs and services while working closely with academic affairs leaders and faculty to enhance the co-curricular experience of all students. Poisel has made over 50 presentations, including 10 keynote speeches, co-authored two articles and co-edited a monograph. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Indiana State University and specialist and doctoral degrees from Florida State University.