GREAT Steering Committee


GREAT expects to positively impact graduation rates and achievement gaps while maintaining student access to an engaging, high-quality education. GREAT will provide recommendations to the President and inform the campus community on strategies that will position the University to accomplish the following priority goals related to the Board of Trustees and Chancellor’s Office system-wide Graduation Initiative (GI) 2025:

  • improve Freshmen 4-year graduation rate and 6-year graduation rates;
  • eliminate the achievement gaps in graduation rates for underrepresented minority and Pell-eligible students; and
  • improve Transfer 2-year and 4-year graduation rates.

Specifically, GREAT will:

  • identify and examine barriers to improving graduation rates;
  • examine evidence of effectiveness in multiple existing programs designed to improve student success on our campus, as well as elsewhere;
  • make recommendations to the President and inform the campus community on initiatives/programs/services to meet the University’s priority goals related to GI 2025; and
  • oversee strategic implementation, assessment, and dissemination of the outcomes for these initiatives/programs/services for student success. 


The GREAT Team is intended to be an ongoing entity through 2025, with specific goals and milestones identified on an annual basis, at the direction of the President.


  • Kimberly Greer, Co-chair, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Christine Erickson, Co-chair, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Ellen Junn, President
  • Michael Bice, Chair and Professor, Mathematics
  • Lisa Bernardo, Director, Enrollment Services/Registrar
  • Mia Brudnicki, Special Initiatives Analyst, Office of the Provost
  • Helene Caudill, Dean, Extended and International Education
  • Juanita Cruthird-Billups, Director, Student Support Services
  • Rafael Espinosa, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • David Evans, Dean, College of Science
  • Keith Nainby, Speaker of the Faculty, Professor, Communication Studies
  • Tomàs Gomez-Arias, Dean, College of Business Administration
  • Noelia Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management 
  • Faimous Harrison, Dean, Stockton Center
  • Christene James, Vice President, Business and Finance
  • Gitanjali Kaul, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Enrollment Management, and Innovation
  • Erin Littlepage, Student Success & Community Partnerships Specialist, Office of the Provost
  • Elizabeth Peisner, Interim Executive Director, Health and Wellness
  • Cynella Aghassi, President, Associated Students Inc.
  • Krishan Malhorta, ASI Governmental Relations Coordinator
  • Sari Miller-Antonio, Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Oddmund Myhre, Dean, College of Education, Kinesiology, and Social Work
  • Gabriela Nuño, Director, Academic Success Center
  • Neisha Rhodes, Director for Presidential Initiatives, Office of the President
  • Ronald Rodriguez, Dean of Library Services
  • Rosalee Billingslea Rush, Senior Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Media Relations
  • Jennifer Humphrey, AVP of Operations, Planning and Assessment, Student Affairs
  • Amanda Theis, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
  • Jim Tuedio, Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Brandon Price, Interim AVP, Student Success
  • Molly Winter, Chair and Professor, English
  • John Wittman, Professor, English
  • Stuart Wooley, Interim AVP, Academic Affairs