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Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Reaccreditation Effort 2021-2023

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The Steering Committee is the governing body responsible for guiding the overall MSCHE self-study process. The Steering Committee selects institutional priorities, drafts the self-study design, and oversees the working groups individually and collectively. The Steering Committee also maintains open lines of communication with the Marist Community, coordinates the VP liaison and evaluation team visits, and drafts the final self-study report.

The Steering Committee was selected to represent all facets of the broader Marist community. Members include:


Title and Affiliation

Thomas Wermuth (Chair)

Vice President for Academic Affairs / Dean of Faculty

Carol Rinke (Co-Chair)

Professor, Education Department 
Associate Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Harrison Baker

Associate Director of Athletics/External Affairs

Gabriel Borbon

Student Government Association President, Class of 2023

Geoffrey Brackett

Executive Vice President

Ron Coleman

Professor of Computer Science

Christina Daniele

Vice President for Human Resources

Kate Donham

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Victoria Ferrara

Director of Academic Affairs and Assessment

Maryellen Guardino

Director of Accommodations and Accessibility

Sean Kaylor

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Carolyn Matheus

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Honors Program Director

Marisa Moore

Director of Counseling Services

Lisa Neilson

Teaching Associate of English 

Robyn Rosen

Professor of History

James Snyder

Dean for Academic Engagement and Associate Professor of Philosophy 

Martin Shaffer

Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

Michelle Stokes

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Tenzin Tsundu

Former Student Government President, Class of 2022

Elisa Woolridge

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Seven working groups were launched in November of 2021 with the goal of examining institutional priorities, requirements of affiliation, standards and criteria, and self-assessment practices. Over 100 members of the Marist community, including faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, and trustees took part in this broadly inclusive process of examining evidence and identifying strengths as well as areas for future development.