Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Life, Tulane University
Since 2003, Carolyn has been an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. She has recently been assigned the responsibility for providing leadership and direction for the Center for International Students and Scholars; overseeing personnel management and supervision, departmental and divisional representation, fiscal management, and to ensure that the Center's staff works closely with all administrative and academic departments to enroll and/or employ foreign exchange students, scholars and faculty in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security and US Immigration regulations.
In addition, responsible for the oversight of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBT Student Life and Religious Life. Assists in the university's strategic efforts to plan and direct the development and administration of programs and services that enhance racial and ethnic diversity on campus. Provides support and direction for all community service student volunteers organizations and efforts in cooperation with the Center for Public Service. Co-supervises the Assistant Director for Community Service. Serves as Judicial Officer for the Office of Student Affairs and a Senior Leadership Team Member within the Division of Student Affairs.
Associate Chancellor - Sustainability, University of California-Irvine
Wendell Brase is the University of California, Irvine’s first Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. In this role, he leads efforts by UC Irvine and assists other campuses throughout the UC system to implement UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Brase co-chairs the University of California’s Global Climate Leadership Council. For 25 years, he provided leadership for an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services. UC Irvine received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013; and has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Leadership Achievement Award and their 2014 Climate Leadership Award, and has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past nine years, coming in at No. 1 in 2014, 2015 and again in 2018.
Senior Professor of Practice, Architecture and Geography, Tulane University
Geographer Richard Campanella, Senior Professor of Practice with the Tulane School of Architecture, is the author of ten books and over 200 other publications on New Orleans and Louisiana geography, history, architecture, urbanism, culture and related topics. His research has been praised in the New York Review of Books, Journal of Southern History, Places Journal, Urban History, Louisiana History, Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and Bloomsbury Review. The only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, Campanella has also received the Louisiana Literary Award, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Prize for Louisiana History, the Newcomb Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Monroe Fellowship of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, the Hannah Arendt Prize for Scholarship in the Public Interest, the Tulane University Honors Professor of the Year Award, and the Press Club of New Orleans award for digital videos on Louisiana geography. In 2016, the Government of France named Campanella as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms). Born in Brooklyn, Campanella is a former wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service and a forestry volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras. He has worked at Tulane since 2000 and the School of Architecture since 2012, and lives uptown with his wife Marina and son Jason.
Greg is a planner and architect in the campus planning and design studio at Sasaki. Since joining the firm in 1991, Greg has focused on master planning, design, and programming for institutional clients. Greg’s multidisciplinary interests enable him to bring a balanced and collaborative approach to planning and design. In the institutional context, he actively works with clients to balance their mission with the environmental and financial aspects of sustainability. His work includes comprehensive master plans for public universities across the United States including 10 land-grant institutions.
Wendy M. Hillis
University Architect, Tulane University
Wendy Hillis, AIA has served as the University Architect at Tulane University since October 2016. In this role she directs all long-range campus planning initiatives and serves as the University’s “aesthetic conscience” for all architectural and urban design for all campuses of the university. Wendy is currently the chair of AIA National’s Historic Resources Committee and is an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane School of Architecture. She received a Masters Degree in Architecture from The University of Virginia and MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. This is her first time serving on the jury.
Vice President, Facilities Management and Campus Development, Tulane University
A New Orleans native, Randy Philipson was hired by Tulane University as the Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Development in July of 2015. As Vice President, Randy Philipson oversees the University Planning Office in its mission to support and implement the University's Strategic and Master Plans and its goals for institutional development through the physical environment and building resources of the University. The University Planning Office coordinates and directs campus planning activities for major university construction and campus improvement projects and assists departments and divisions with space and physical facilities planning.
Philipson launched his career in 1998 as the first ever Event Coordinator at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center, where he coordinated the Inaugural Ball for Gov. Mike Foster, LSU Basketball Games, NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional Tournaments and LSU Gymnastics. Philipson returned to New Orleans in 2000 as an Event Coordinator and later Manager of Event Services for the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena. In 2005 Philipson was named the Director of Event Services at the SMG Managed Baton Rouge River Center, then returned to the Superdome and New Orleans Arena in 2006 as Director of Engineering & Operations. In 2011, Philipson was named the Regional Director of Operations for SMG, then Director of Facilities for SMG New Orleans in 2013, before coming to Tulane University in 2015.
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Activities, Student Affairs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Karen Shaffer has worked in Student Affairs for more than 20 years building community and developing leaders on campuses from California State University at Fresno to the University of Virginia and currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Student Activities at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master of Science in Education degree in College Student Personnel from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Karen strives to create cohesive environments that strategically combine facilities, programs and policies to support and enhance student growth and learning.
Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Medical University of South Carolina
Suzanne Thomas is Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has 25 years of experience in research methods and has developed reliable, valid, and useful assessment plans for all levels of an institution--from evaluating the effectiveness of frontline service providers and degree programs to developing impact metrics for the institution's strategic plan.