Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, a director of HCM Strategists’ higher education team, provides expertise in state and system-level higher education research, policy and cross sector collaboration. Dr. Barnes-Teamer brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration, most recently as vice president for student success at Dillard University (LA) where she coordinated the planning, development, organization and administration of the university's governing policies with the executive cabinet. She was also responsible for the development of the enrollment management plan at the university, as well as the university’s retention initiatives. Previously, Dr. Barnes-Teamer served as senior vice president for academic and student affairs for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), after serving as vice chancellor/provost for Louisiana Technical College, District One. Prior to her tenure at LCTCS, Dr. Barnes-Teamer was associate director of admissions for recruitment and enrollment management at the University of New Orleans (LA) and associate director of admissions at Loyola University (LA). Toya holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Loyola University and received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Roland N. Bullard, Jr. serves at Dillard University as vice president for student success. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University with a dissertation focused on the college presidency. Bullard also holds a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina in student personnel services and a B.A. in communication from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, he completed graduate certifications in nonprofit management and professional fundraising at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis and Boston University, respectively. In his role at Dillard, Bullard has oversight for campus police, career services, conduct, counseling, disability services, Greek life, health services, spiritual development, study abroad, student engagement and leadership, TRIO programs, and university housing.
Prior to this appointment he served in a similar role as vice president for student development at Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, NC) with oversight of the student affairs and enrollment management divisions. Dr. Bullard also served as an academic dean at both Saint Augustine’s and Charleston Southern University. During the 2007-2008 academic year, he was appointed a Harvard University Fellow. In this role he managed special projects within the administrative offices of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, MA). An active member of several professional organizations, Bullard is a past president for organizations such as the South Carolina Housing Officers and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. He currently serves as chair of the SACSA Foundation, the fundraising arm of the association. Dr. Bullard also presents research regularly at regional and national conferences on: professional development for new professionals, staff and student supervision, and change management. He also travels nationally as a Co-Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape®, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to train college-aged students to live and lead with integrity.
Dr. Smita Ruzicka is an assistant vice president for campus life at Tulane University. In this role, she oversees three units that focus on new student orientation, student organization management, Greek life, student government advising, campus-wide programming and leadership programming. Additionally, Dr. Ruzicka oversees all operations of the Lavin-Bernick Center, which serves as both a conference and student center. Dr. Ruzicka joined Tulane University in July 2015. Before this time, she served in various leadership positions at the University of Texas at Austin from 2003-2015. Smita has taught various academic courses at both institutions including first year seminar classes and courses on leadership as well as diversity and social justice education.
Dr. Ruzicka holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She also has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Texas State University. She received her undergraduate degree in English and psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Smita worked as a licensed professional mental health therapist and licensed supervisor for counseling interns in the State of Texas for many years, including having her own counseling private practice where she provided therapeutic services to both individuals and couples. Smita is also an organizational diversity and leadership consultant who has over 12 years of experience training and consulting with a wide variety of groups on topics including leadership development, diversity and social justice education as well as organizational teambuilding and strategic planning.
Smita has been very active in various professional, community and civic engagement activities including serving as the chair for the professional development committee of the board for NASPA’s Center for Women. Her other activities in the community include being a member of the essentials class for leadership Austin, serving as a lead facilitator for LeaderShape, a national organization designed to promote leadership and educate college students throughout the country on campus based leadership. She has also served on the board of directors of the Indian American Coalition of Texas from 2012-2015 and the YWCA of Greater Austin from 2003 to 2008