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.

2021 - 2022 Members:

Charles Couch (Chair)
University Registrar
University of Northern Colorado

Justin Barlow
Director of Admissions
University of West Georgia

Marc Booker
Vice Provost, Strategy
University of Phoenix

Kelley Brundage
University Registrar
Kansas State University

Wendolyn Davis
Director, Transfer Center
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Karen Del Plato
Associate Registrar for Records and Compliance
Cornell University

Vicki Hou
Registrar and Manager of Student Services
Colburn Conservatory of Music

Samantha Marquez
Program Administrator - Veterans Certifications
University of Southern California

Megan Mitchell
Director of Graduate Admissions/Recruitment
Austin Peay State University

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

Debra Zavatkay
Northwestern Connecticut Community College