Penny Rue joined Wake Forest University as vice president for campus life and professor of counseling in July 2013, with broad responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of students and their education outside the classroom. She served as vice chancellor-student affairs at the University of California, San Diego for six years. She previously served for eight years as dean of students at the University of Virginia. She served for five years as senior associate dean of students at Georgetown University and for seven years as Georgetown’s Director of Student Programs. Earlier in her career she held posts at The University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her doctorate is in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland, where her dissertation research focused on a conceptual study of community on the college campus. Rue has taught the capstone class in the San Diego State University Master’s Program in student affairs and college student development in the higher education doctoral program at the University of Virginia. She has a Master’s degree in student personnel services from The Ohio State University, from which she received the Maude Stewart Outstanding Alumna Award in 2011, and an A.B. magna cum laude in English and religion from Duke University. In 2011 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by the NASPA Foundation, and is a past board chair of NASPA.
Mona Hicks serves as the associate vice president and dean of students at Saint Louis University (SLU). For over 25 years, Dr. Hicks has a demonstrated a record of innovative and passionate leadership with proven expertise in synergizing change, advocating for student learning, and responding to students in crisis. Dr. Hicks currently serves on the NASPA Board of Directors as the Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Division Director, due to her consistent focus on empowering students and staff, particularly those placed in the margins.
Marilyn A. Albrecht, M.S.W., is a counselor, Title IX investigator and the gender equity center coordinator at Housatonic Community College. Her current role at the College focuses on interpersonal violence prevention program development and implementation, Title IX investigations, and individual wellness counseling.
Jennifer Jacobsen is entering her 22nd year in higher education and her 12th as assistant dean of health and wellness at Grinnell College. In this capacity, she leads all campus student wellness efforts, including sexual respect, harm reduction, mental health promotion, active bystanderism, and overall well-being. Jen has served on the NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force, the American College Health Association's task force on Addressing Sexual and Relationship Violence, and currently serves NASPA's Culture of Respect advisory board and the NCAA Step UP! advisory board.
Caryn Bills, Associate Chancellor, Director, Office for Access and Equity, University of Illinois at Chicago: In her 32 years as a UIC administrator, Caryn has played a key role in helping it become one of the most diverse universities in the nation. As head of the office responsible for compliance with state and federal civil rights and anti-discrimination laws, she also helps shape its approach to diversity among faculty, staff and students. To this end, she offers high-level executive advice and counsel on confidential matters. She promotes a culture of respect and inclusivity within all communities including Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, LGBT, women and people with disabilities. She focuses on identifying and addressing campus issues, particularly as they affect the need for policy changes. As one of the first university administrators to create a dispute resolution services unit offering facilitations, mediations and consultations to improve the campus work environment, she's now recognized as a leader in that area, regularly providing guidance to other universities interested in developing similar services. While her focus is Title IX compliance, workplace violence, sexual violence and diversity, she serves on the chancellor's leadership team and regularly consults with university leaders on a variety of issues.