Amy Baldwin, Ed.D., is the director of the department of student transitions at the University of Central Arkansas, where she works with first-year, first-generation, and conditionally-admitted students. Previous to her work at a four-year university, Amy was faculty and department chair at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where she taught composition, literature, and student success.
From 2011-2013, she served as the Arkansas projector director for Complete College America. She is also the author of The Community College Experience and The First-Generation Student College Experience by Pearson Education. Dr. Baldwin received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, M.A. in British Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Daphne Rankin, Ph.D., has more than twenty-five years of higher education experience. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her M.S. in sociology and Ph.D. in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
An innovative and enthusiastic educator, administrator, and communicator, Daphne has extensive experience in student transition, retention, and success. Since joining the university's administration in 2004, she has assumed progressive leadership responsibilities in curriculum development, student retention, first-generation student and family programs, enrollment management, and summer studies. Dr. Rankin served as VCU’s first director of student engagement and helped develop the university college course. Recognizing that one-third of the students in VCU’s first-year class are first-generation students who often bring a unique set of needs with them to campus, she developed You First at VCU, a network of programs and initiatives for first-generation students that address academic success, social integration, and family support.