J. Cody Nielsen is the Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota, President of the National Campus Ministry Association, serves as an advisor for Ask Big Questions, an initiative of Hillel, and serves on the board of the North American Interfaith Network. From 2013-2014, Cody completed a twenty-five school research study concerning how public universities consider religious engagement on their campus.
John Wesley Lowery, Ph.D., is department chair and professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the faculty and coordinated graduate preparation programs at Oklahoma State University and the University of South Carolina. He earned his doctorate at BGSU in Higher Education Administration. Before beginning his doctoral work, he was Director of Residence Life at Adrian College in Michigan and University Judicial Administrator at Washington University in St. Louis. John holds a Masters degree in student personnel services from USC and an undergraduate degree from UVA in religious studies.
He is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to student affairs and higher education, particularly legislative issues and student conduct on which he is widely regarding as a leading expert. In recent years, John has presented numerous times at national and regional conferences including: ACPA, ASCA, the Donald D. Gehring Academy, NASPA, and SACSA. Over his career, John has been honored by several professional organizations. In 2014, John was recognized as an ACPA Diamond Honoree for outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. He has twice received the Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award from ACPA’s Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues for “outstanding contributions to the area of judicial affairs and legal issues.” At the 2007 ASCA Conference, he received the D. Parker Young Award for “outstanding ongoing scholarly research contributions to the fields of higher education and student judicial affairs.”