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Plenary Speakers:

Sean Gallagher

Dr. Sean Gallagher

Dr. Sean Gallagher is Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, and Executive Professor of Educational Policy.  

Sean’s writing and commentary are frequently featured in leading media outlets, and his research has been cited in numerous academic papers and books. His book, The Future of University Credentials: New Developments at the Intersection of Higher Education and Hiring, was published in 2016 by Harvard Education Press.

Sean holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Northeastern University; an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology; and a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern.

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Dr. Ja’Bette Lozupone

    Dr. Lozupone earned her doctorate in organizational leadership from Hood College with a concentration in education leadership. She also holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in communications and Hispanic American philology from Hood College.

    Dr. Ja’Bette Lozupone is an educator, writer, and speaker, who has helped countless people transform themselves through her mentorship, coaching, programs, and public speaking. After transforming her own life from a teen mother to a successful college administrator and business owner, her accomplishments testify to our ability to realize our full potential.


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    Tracey Jamison

    Tracey has over 32 years of experience in higher education, having previously worked at the University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland School of Nursing and American Intercontinental University. With AACRAO, she has served on various committees and task forces, including a term as Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management on the Board of Directors and a former chair of AACRAO’s Nominations and Elections Committee. She sits on or has served on various committees within Maryland, including the State Transfer Advisory Council, the Maryland College Commission for Student Veterans, and the State Advisory Board for Future Business Leaders of America.

    Tracey is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Howard County. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from the University of Baltimore. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Marymount University where her research is focused on post-legislation trends on dual enrollment, persistence and graduation.

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    Christopher Buonocore

      Chris Buonocore is the Director of Student Success Initiatives at Lehman College, City University of New York. Chris is responsible for coordinating advising efforts across campus, including leading the implementation of EAB Navigate. He is an expert in Peoplesoft and Degree Works data and strategy, especially as it relates to working with transfer students. Chris serves on the ACT grant project management team and coordinates development and training for Transfer Explorer.


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      John P. Panzica

        John P. Panzica is a Product Solutions Specialist at CollegeSource who has served in higher education for more than 25 years. Starting out in Financial Aid, John progressively took on additional duties within Enrollment Management, making his way into Admissions and Records, and then on to University Registrar. John’s vast experience on campus gives him a unique perspective on transfer-related issues. Having worked at both 2-year and 4-year institutions, the issue of student transfer is central to John’s experience.

        John holds a Post-Master’s Certificate in Transfer Leadership and Practice from the University of North Georgia, an M.B.A in International Management from the University of Rhode Island, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.A. in French from the University of Rhode Island.


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        Emily Kittrell

        Prior to joining the NISTS team in 2017, Emily held roles in testing, registration, and student orientation at a primarily transfer-sending, two-year campus. She has expertise in student development, instructional design, and teaching pedagogy, and is deeply committed to sharing information that is relevant, practical, and practitioner-focused. A self-professed nerd, Emily loves learning and is an avid consumer of podcasts, including the HBR IdeaCast, Business Made Simple (formerly Building a Storybrand), and Teaching in Higher Ed. Emily earned a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas and a master of science degree in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky.