Archives of Staff

Kimberly Lowry

Dr. Kimberly M. Lowry is the director of leadership initiatives for our program and an alumna of our Rising Presidents Fellowship. Prior to joining CEP, Kim served as the vice president for instruction and student services at Lone Star College-Houston North in Texas, where she worked with faculty and staff to assist students in completing […]

Abigail Decker

Abigail Decker is an associate with the College Excellence Program, where she assists the Curriculum team in developing curricular modules and initiatives to support transformational college programming and leadership. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Abigail worked as a public school educator in Fairfax County, Virginia, and published research on queer and gender inclusivity in […]

Rebecca Wrenn

Rebecca Wrenn is the executive assistant on the College Excellence Program’s bachelor’s attainment team. Rebecca provides administrative support to Tania LaViolet, the team’s director, and supports the broader team with scheduling, processes, and meeting management. Before joining CEP, Rebecca served as an event planner and administrative coordinator at Gator Boosters, Inc.  She received her BA from […]

LaKisha Chenault

LaKisha “LC” Chenault is an operations coordinator on the operations team at the College Excellence Program. In her role, she provides operational and administrative support including expense processing, meeting planning and logistics, and onboarding of new employees. Before joining CEP, LaKisha worked as a contractor supporting the Marine Corps in supply chain management, logistics, procurement […]

Konrad Mugglestone

Konrad Mugglestone is a Senior Manager with the College Excellence Program, focused on research and knowledge management. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of Research and Policy at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, and he has held policy research positions at Education Reform Now and Young Invincibles. Throughout his career, Konrad’s published work has […]

Ben Barrett

Ben Barrett is a senior program manager with the College Excellence Program. Prior to joining CEP, Ben supported higher education research and data sharing at the National Student Clearinghouse. Ben also previously worked in higher education policy research at New America with a primary focus on improving financial aid systems. Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree […]

Pascale Charlot

Pascale Charlot is the Managing Director of the College Excellence Program (CEP).  She is a visionary and outcomes-driven leader deeply committed to student success. An alumna of Aspen’s year-long Rising President Fellowship, Pascale plays a lead role in crafting and overseeing CEP’s strategy to develop a network of transformational college presidents who share a relentless […]

Millicent Bender

Millicent Bender is a director at the College Excellence Program, where she oversees the development of curricula for leadership programs, including the Aspen Presidential Fellowships. Millicent manages partnerships for the deployment of curricula to state-based audiences of presidents, trustees, and other senior leaders, and leads the curriculum team in the synthesis of learning from across […]

Leigh Cooksey

Leigh Cooksey is a Senior Program Manager at the College Excellence Program where she focuses on developing curriculum for leadership initiatives, including the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship and Aspen New Presidents Fellowship.  Prior to joining Aspen, Leigh worked in education at the school, district, and state levels. At Tennessee SCORE, a non-profit focused on delivering […]

Kimbell Dobbins

Kimbell Dobbins is a program associate on the Rising Presidents Fellowship team. She went to Furman University for undergrad. While there, she was a classics major (Latin and Greek history, language, and literature) and developed a passion for higher ed. She then went to Clemson University for grad school and received an M.Ed. in counselor […]