2014 Communications Conference for Senior Professionals: Speakers

A. Michael Berman, Ph.D.

Michael BermanMichael Berman has spent most of his career in higher education. After earning tenure in Computer Science at Rowan University in New Jersey, he became successively the senior information technology executive at Rowan, Cal Poly Pomona, and Art Center College of Design.

In 2009, Dr. Berman joined CSU Channel Islands and is currently Vice President for Technology & Communication. In this role he is responsible both for campus information and academic technology as well as communication and marketing.

Dr. Berman earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. He has written and spoken widely on topics including 3D printing, cloud computing, identity management, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning. He is an active member of the NMC Horizon Project Advisory Board which produces an annual report predicting the technologies most likely to impact higher education during the next five years.

Dr. Berman has a significant presence on social media (@amichaelberman), and was recently named one of 20 "Rising Star CIO's on Twitter" and one of the 10 most "Social CIO's in Higher Education" in Huffington Post.

Brent Bilodeau, Ph.D.

Brent BilodeauBrent Bilodeau, Ph.D., serves as the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Over the course of his career, he has worked in residence life, student activities, leadership development, multicultural education, internationalization, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affairs. His publications have focused on student multiple identities, LBGT identity development, and transgender college students. At UW-Whitewater, he is proud to be affiliated with the efforts of the University Center and the Department of Career and Leadership Development.

David Brond

David BrondDavid Brond is senior vice president for communications and marketing at Georgia Regents University and Health System. In this role, he is responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing efforts for the colleges, schools, centers, institutes and departments of the university and its affiliated health system. In addition, he serves as a professor of business in the James M. Hull College of Business. Prior to this appointment in August 2012, Brond served as vice president for communications and marketing at the University of Delaware. Brond’s prior work experience includes senior marketing and management roles at the University of Maryland Medical System, GBMC Healthcare and KPMG Peat Marwick. Brond holds an M.B.A. and an M.H.A. from Duke University (N.C.) and a B.A. from Bucknell University (Penn.). 

John Ellet

John ElletJohn Ellet is the CEO of nFusion, a digital-centric marketing firm based in Austin, Texas. Through his position at the firm, Ellet has worked with some of the country’s leading marketers to help revitalize their brands and transform their digital presences, including American General, AB/InBev, Chili’s, Commerce Bank, Samsung and Toshiba. Ellet’s past experience also includes marketing leadership positions at IBM PC and Dell. He attended Indiana University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ellet’s presentation is based on his book, The CMO Manifesto: A 100-Day Action Plan for Marketing Change Agents.

John Hill

John HillJohn Hill is the higher education evangelist for LinkedIn. Building relationships and connecting people with opportunity are at his core, and he relies heavily on online networks to facilitate each. Hill works with higher education to identify how social media can help organizations aggregate audience, target market, communicate, engage alumni/students, and develop funding sources. Hill speaks internationally to higher education professionals, students and alumni on how to utilize social media effectively. He's given 500 presentations to roughly 85,000 people over the last five years on social media's impact on the job search, social media in higher education, networking, and personal branding. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Hill was the director of alumni career services and internship development at Michigan State University. He also worked as an associate editor/online editor/market development manager/market researcher for media companies. 

Paul Kincaid

Paul KincaidPaul Kincaid is chief of staff and assistant to the president for university relations at Missouri State University. Kincaid arrived at Missouri State in 1986 as the first full-time director of university relations, the university’s chief public relations officer. In 1993, Kincaid was assigned the added role of coordinator of governmental relations. He has coordinated the state effort since 1993 and the federal initiatives since 2003. In 2005, President Michael T. Nietzel named him chief of staff to the president in addition to his other responsibilities. Kincaid has served three presidents in that role.

A native of Mission, Kan., Kincaid came to Missouri State after 10 years at Emporia State University (Kan.). Prior to that, he worked one year at his alma mater, Phillips University in Enid, Okla., as assistant news bureau director. He attended College of Emporia and Kansas State University before receiving his bachelor’s degree in mass communications in 1975 from Phillips University.

Kincaid has received numerous national awards for excellence from virtually every association associated with higher education. This is Kincaid’s 28th and final year at Missouri State University.

Doug Mell

Doug MellDoug Mell serves as the executive director of university communications and external relations at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a position he has held since October 2006. University communications provides information for the public on UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. The office works with the news media to develop stories on UW-Stout events and the accomplishment of its students, faculty and staff, is responsible for all internal campus communications, and oversees the official social media platforms. Mell helps develop marketing and website strategy, and is responsible for liaison activities with the state legislature, other state and local officials, and the community. Mell serves on the Chancellor’s Cabinet and is the official spokesperson for the university. Before coming to UW-Stout, Mell had a 16-year career at the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (Wisc.) as city editor and managing editor. He was a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison for 10 years. 

Daina Middleton

Diana MiddletonDaina Middleton is the Global CEO of Performics, where she has pioneered a new approach to marketing called the “Participation Way.” Middleton designed her proprietary marketing approach to thrive in today’s complex and fragmented media framework. Middleton has worked in marketing for over 25 years and previously spent time at Moxie Interactive and Hewlett-Packard.

Middleton’s presentation is based on her book, Marketing in the Participation Age: A Guide to Motivating People to Join, Share, Take Part, Connect and Engage.

Teresa Valerio Parrot

Teresa Valerio ParrotTeresa Valerio Parrot is principal of TVP Communications. Valerio Parrot brings her expertise in higher education media, crisis communications, marketing and administration to provide data-driven strategy and counsel to clients. Previously, Valerio Parrot served as senior vice president for Widmeyer Communications’ higher education practice and vice president of media relations and crisis communications for SimpsonScarborough. Valerio Parrot counts almost 10 years of experience with the University of Colorado System, including an officer-level appointment as assistant secretary of the university.  

Craig Pintens

Craig PintensCraig Pintens serves as senior associate athletic director/marketing & public relations at the University of Oregon. In this role he oversees the marketing and communications departments, serves as department spokesperson, manages the IMG College relationship (corporate sponsorship), and serves as the liaison with the Pac-12 network.

Prior to Oregon, Pintens worked at LSU as the assistant athletic director of marketing, where his role in developing a social media strategy led to one of the largest social media imprints in college athletics. He has also worked in marketing at Marquette University (Wisc.) and at the University of Texas-Pan American.

The National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) has honored Pintens with awards 25 times in the areas of season ticket campaigns, advertising, ticket sales, new media, video and corporate sponsorship.

Pintens received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and his Juris Doctor from the Marquette University School of Law. Pintens is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and serves as the president of NACMA.

Kevin P. Reilly

Kevin P. ReillyKevin P. Reilly was appointed as president of the University of Wisconsin System in September 2004, leading a system that includes two doctoral universities, 11 comprehensive universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges, and the statewide outreach networks of UW-Extension. He served as Chancellor of UW-Extension from 2000 through 2004, after serving as that institution’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for four years. He left as System president on Dec. 31, 2013. He now is presidential advisor for leadership with the American Council on Education, working to expand the capacity and reach of ACE’s programs for chancellors and presidents, as well as other senior leaders and rising administrators. In addition, he is teaching higher education and Irish studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison. A native of New York City, Reilly came to Wisconsin from the State University of New York System, where he was Associate Provost for Academic Programs and then Secretary of the University. Reilly earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame, and his M.A. and Ph.D at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Tom Rios

Dr. Thomas RiosDr. Tom Rios serves as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Immediately after high school, Rios worked in Milwaukee for five years as a telephone operator, factory worker, janitor, and slaughterhouse butcher. Upon losing one of his factory jobs, Rios entered a government program to help unskilled workers learn a new trade. It was in this program that he met a teacher who encouraged him (and showed him how) to apply for college.

As a result, and with the influence of many people, Rios earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, his master's degree from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. from Indiana State University. He has worked at Pima Community College (Ariz.), UW-Waukesha (Wisc.), Dartmouth College (N.H.), Allegheny College (Penn.), Indiana State University, Michigan State University, and is now back in his home state of Wisconsin after 25 years. A "blue-collar kid" at heart, Rios works to help students make the most of their university experience. 

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