Public Policy Advisory Group

The group provides an essential practitioner perspective on emerging legislation and public policy matters and serves as a practical resource to AACRAO’s Executive Director and Government Relations staff as they craft responses to proposed legislation or regulation. Areas of expertise may include admissions, enrollment services, financial aid, access and equity, serving veterans and servicemembers, community colleges, graduate and professional education, competency based education, credit for prior learning, and others.

The Advisory Group consists of 8-12 AACRAO members selected based on their areas of expertise and type of institution and are representative of the regional, gender, and ethnic diversity of the association. Members are appointed for a three-year term.

2023 - 2024 Members:

Sara Sullivan (Chair)
Associate Registrar
University of Iowa

Tim Amyx
Director of Admissions and College Registrar
Volunteer State Community College

Blake Bedsole
Director of Admissions and School Relations
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Marc Booker
Vice Provost, Strategy
University of Phoenix

Wendolyn Davis
Director, Transfer Center
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Sarah Kessler
Associate Registrar
University of Georgia

Samantha Marquez
Program Administrator - Veterans Certifications
University of Southern California

Jerry Martinez
Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar
Wharton County Junior College

Steve McDowell
Associate Vice President for Financial Aid Services & Title IV Compliance
Connecticut State Community Colleges

Laura Stone
Compliance Specialist
University of Connecticut

Erika Swain
Assistant Director for Compliance and Authorization
University of Colorado - Boulder

Douglas Swink
Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
University of Missouri - Kansas City