Michael Lango currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Involvement at Dominican University. His portfolio includes leadership of the university's orientation programs, strategic collaborations between the division of Student Affairs and other departments/divisions across campus; as well as supervision of the department providing leadership programming, diversity programs/speakers, extra-curricular programs, and student organization oversight. Prior to working at Dominican University, Michael's career in higher education was based in both on-ground and online for-profit education. He served as the Assistant Dean of Students at The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg and the National Director of Student Life at Kaplan University. Michael earned his Bachelors in Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and a Masters in Higher Education with a Concentration in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Michael has served on the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Region IV-E board for the past 4 years as the Volunteer Coordinator (2013-2015) and Membership Coordinator (2015-2017).
Dr. Gerald Mitchell is currently serving as the Associate Dean of University College at Fayetteville State University. In this role, he provides leadership for the university’s first-year experience, academic support centers, academic peer coaching program, freshman retention initiatives, and athletic academic advising. Before joining Fayetteville State University’s team, Dr. Mitchell was the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Success at Elmhurst College. In 2004 and 2006 respectively, he earned a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Higher Education from Indiana University Bloomington. In 2011, Dr. Mitchell earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Sothern California Los Angeles. Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Mitchell has been a very active in the National Association for Student Personnel and Administrators (NASPA) presenting and teaching program assessment, millennial leadership, student retention, and student development theory. Dr. Mitchel prides himself on being able to create innovative student services and institutional cultures that facilitate academic and social success. Armed with an African proverb, that states, “One who does not know, Can know from learning.” Dr. Mitchell works with each student, educational institution, support program, client, and retention initiative knowing that if given the opportunity, anyone can learn.