Board of Directors

2022 Board of Directors Election

NCCI is pleased to announce the the slate of individuals who have applied to serve three-year terms on the NCCI Board of Directors. The election takes place May 2-10. The primary contact at each member institution is eligible to cast a vote in the election. These individuals will receive a direct link from the voting system, OpaVote, on May 2. The profile candidates below are based on the information provided by each candidate.
 
 
There are seven candidates for the six positions open for the 2022-2025 term. One current board member is seeking re-election.
 
 
Nathan Bohlmann, Indiana University School of Medicine

Brief description of campus responsibilities.

Direct Indiana University School of Medicine’s operational process improvement program, focusing on increasing value added by operational services that support the school’s mission. – Leads various continuous improvement initiatives and business transformation efforts across the school – Provide expertise on Lean Six Sigma methodology, problem solving tools, techniques, coaching and training for the school and the university.

What skills or responsibilities would make you a valuable member of the board?

I have been a part of the higher education community in a variety of roles for over 30 years at multiple institutions. During this time, a common theme has been a focus on strategic engagement, improving operational efficiency, focusing on aligning resources effectively to meet current and future needs, and instilling a mindset of ensuring all services and processes are adding value. I wish to bring these experiences and knowledge to the NCCI Board, building upon the excellent foundation that exists today, and partnering towards the NCCI of the future.

Why are you interested in being on the board?

I have been engaged with NCCI for the last several years via attending events, presenting at the annual conference, and most recently, being chair of the Membership and Outreach Committee. During this time, it has been a goal to continually “give back” to the higher education and NCCI community by participating in NCCI opportunities. The Board is the next natural element in how I may contribute from a volunteer perspective.

Mary Byrde, Indiana University (seeking second term)
Brief description of campus responsibilities.

Director of Process Improvement, Accounts Payable & Supplier Data Management. Short description of each below: 1. Process Improvement: Lead process initiative with institutional impact in VPCFO organization. Train and coach others in process improvement methodologies and tools to improve process while changing the culture. 2. Accounts Payable: Lead team who ensures all procurement payables are paid in a timely and accurate manner. 3. Supplier Data Management: Lead team who manage entry and maintenance of supplier records.

What skills or responsibilities would make you a valuable member of the board?

1. I currently serve as board member and Secretary. As a board member, I serve on the Governance Committee which develops and refines board processes and policies. As Secretary, I have served as Chair of the Governance Committee. The experience gained through these roles enables me to begin working immediately on behalf of the NCCI community. 2. I have a lean six sigma black belt and a certification in design for six sigma. Additionally, I have several year’s experience in providing consulting, training and support on process improvement and change management as an internal consultant within IU. These skills are essential to our mission.

Why are you interested in being on the board?

Process improvement and change management are my passion, and NCCI is uniquely positioned as a leader of both in higher ed. I have enjoyed supporting other higher ed change leaders through my work on the board, but there is still more to do! As the board continues to develop and deploy their strategic goals, I would like to use my skills to help deliver on those commitments.

Joseph Drasin, University of Maryland, College Park

Brief description of campus responsibilities.

My primary responsibility as the Senior Director of the Enterprise Planning and Continuous Improvement (EPCI) group at the University of Maryland is to provide the campus with strategic leadership on organizational, business, and technical transformations. As a member of the DIT leadership team, I run a team of over twenty consultants and support staff in change management, process improvement, and project management who engage on projects across campus. Much of our work is fee-for-service, with annual revenue of almost $2million in direct and indirect billing. In addition to project work, I advise campus leaders on a broad range of projects, including strategic planning, reorganizations, and system implementations, with a focus on how they can lead their own organizations through complex changes. In addition to my primary role, I am a faculty fellow in our honors college where I teach undergraduate classes on consulting theory and practice.

What skills or responsibilities would make you a valuable member of the board?

As someone who has significant experience building teams and successfully launching new business offerings, I feel I bring insights into growing a group, marketing value-propositions, and helping reach the next level of impact. I have worked with almost every cabinet level executive across campus, which has given me a good perspective of the higher education landscape, its pressing needs, and the future challenges it will face. I have had a lot of success building business cases that resonate with campus leaders. In addition to my experience at the University of Maryland, I have over a decade of experience as a private consultant working with dozens of private and public organizations which gives me a diverse perspective on how to approach challenges.

Why are you interested in being on the board?

NCCI holds a unique place in higher education and I want to contribute as much as I can to growing its impact and influence. The members of NCCI play a critical role in their universities, not only from the impact of their work, but in providing skills for which universities often seek outside help. I think the skills and perspective I bring will complement the existing leadership team and can help members achieve more influence and success on their campuses.

    Julius Edwards, Ivy Tech Community College

    Brief description of campus responsibilities.

    My responsibilities include bringing industry thoughts leaders and college subject matter experts together to develop credentials students can complete in the shortest time possible. The credentials would incorporate a national or statewide credential, verifying that future graduates were proficient in the occupational competencies needed to move the company towards its long-term goals. These duties include supporting the 19 Campuses’ School of Business and School of Public Affairs programs by meeting with business leaders, develop transfer pathways, identifying industry demand and providing that information back to the campuses so they can develop curriculum that supports their community.

    What skills or responsibilities would make you a valuable member of the board?

    I have worked in all facets of the higher education experience as an adjunct, Financial Aid Advisor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair, Dean, Vice-Chancellor, and Workforce Advocate. I have interned with the Foundation Department and Finance. Those combined experiences allow me to make decisions that synergize my experiences with situations, opportunities, and problems. My current role allows me to integrate my occupational expertise to develop relationships that aid in curriculum development and credentials.

    Why are you interested in being on the board?

    My interest is bilateral. I want to bring the organization’s robust data analytics and synthesization of its network’s knowledge back to my college. The research and data accumulated through NCCI’s mission and goals would be invaluable to improving the college’s student success mission. This research includes NCCI’s thoughts on governance and justice, equity, diversity & inclusion. I also look forward to contributing to NCCI’s mission of transforming lives and communities. Working in community colleges allows me to see a diverse group of students across demographic backgrounds. I also have the opportunity to serve this group in various capacities while on the enrollment, academic, and workforce teams. My positions and the students I have been responsible for form my thoughts on strategic planning and mission development.

    Brian Fodrey, Carnegie Mellon University

    Brief description of campus responsibilities.

    As Senior Director for the Business Innovation Office, my responsibilities consist of the supervision and leadership of Internal Consultancy Teams focused on Process Improvement, Project Management, Digital Accessibility, and User Experience specialists that support and foster a culture of innovation, transformation, automation, user education and compliance, identifying efficiencies and increasing organizational effectiveness. As a relatively new unit on campus, I often direct my focus on the development of a business relationship model to best facilitate collaboration between individual entities across the University, as well as promote existing services currently provisioned. Serving as part of the Computing Services senior information technology leadership team, I also have areas of responsibility related to situational need, strategic planning, governance, change management and transformational initiatives.

     

    What skills or responsibilities would make you a valuable member of the board?

    As a member of the NCCI community, and throughout my professional life I recognize that we share many of same values including the successful navigation of change, celebrating innovation, and a commitment to social justice. In addition to a new energy, strong advocacy, and commitment to the work of the board, I will bring a diverse professional background from years of experience at many different reporting levels and institution types but all rooted in the steadfast principles of pursuing continuous innovation and process improvement. With this experience I hope to offer new perspectives to driving initiatives and stepping in to opportunities to lead and be an active contributor. Beyond celebrating these principles and basing them as part of my career, I have also pursued formal education opportunities including earning a “Change Management Practitioner” certification, as well as a graduate degree with an emphasis in organizational development. In reviewing the various KSA’s associated with successful board membership, areas such as relationship building, strategic thinking, learning and development, and leadership resonated with me as each of them have informed my professional journey, educational pursuits, and underscore my commitment to both the NCCI mission, as well as my desire to represent it through service as a board member. I am hopeful that with my background, shared value system, and the role within and support from Carnegie Mellon I can be a relevant and active contributor to continuing to elevate this important organization and ensure NCCI remains a leader in the national dialogue with a committed community focused on change and innovation across higher education.

    Why are you interested in being on the board?

    I believe I have the background, focus, and commitment to look beyond other forms of contribution to NCCI and instead to serving as a board member as an immediate and useful contributor to my peers. I aspire to pursue a role in this community that aids in fostering and pursuing new ways to connect and engage our members. As well as serve as an advocate for positioning NCCI to be a key ally and resource for our members to illustrate both the value proposition of their participation as well as the work they do for their respective institutions. As a career higher education employee, I appreciate the importance of community around shared interest. I believe NCCI has an appeal across all of higher education and as a board member I would want to be a leader and partner with others to ensure we are maximizing that range and celebrating that diversity in membership. I remain energized about and appreciative of what NCCI offers me as a member of the community, consumer of its offerings, as well as the possibility for how I might find a role and place within its leadership.

    Byron Fitch, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Brief description of campus responsibilities.

    I am responsible for assessing organizational culture to provide leaders with actionable strategies to enhance the workplace environment, helping teams increase morale and prepare for organizational changes by providing interactive facilitation and training, and fostering a sense of belong through the co-creation of community expectations, unit-level advisory councils, and staff engagement programs.

    What skills or responsibilities would make you a valuable member of the board?

    1) I am very strategic in nature and have a proven track record of being able to envision ideas and turn them into actionable solutions, programs, and protocols. 2) I have a passion for building community and ensuring that members of an organization (at all levels) feel supported, nurtured, and engaged in a meaningful way. 3) I have had the pleasure of serving in multiple leadership capacities within NCCI over the past three years. I previously served on the Conference Planning Committee back in 2020 and was instrumental in creating interactive programming to enhance the networking opportunities. In addition, since 2021 I have served as the inaugural Chair of the Volunteer Development committee and led the development of the first-ever NCCI Volunteer Engagement Model (VEM) that serves as a visible avenue to build awareness and greater synergy around the volunteer experience.

    Why are you interested in being on the board?

    I am interested in serving on the board because I have a strong passion for the NCCI mission and value proposition and would love the opportunity to be able to contribute my skills and expertise gained from serving in similar capacities with for-profit and non-profit organizations to this organization in a more strategic, enterprise manner. In addition, the elements of NCCI’s vision around “transforming lives and communities around the world” is something that truly resonates with my overall purpose in life and being on the board would allow me the opportunity to build upon this vision in a collaborative way. Lastly, I have a vested interest (individually and collectively) to help expand the diversity representation of NCCI and ensure the programing, learning offerings, and volunteer opportunities foster a sense of inclusion and belonging at all levels.

    Scott Siler, University of Notre Dame
    Brief description of campus responsibilities.

    I currently manage the Training and Transitions team in the IT department at Notre Dame. Our team has 5 lines of business: Training, Change Management, Marketing/Communications, Graphic Design, Professional Development. I facilitate 2 Prosci certification workshops for faculty/staff per year and lead other Prosci workshops as requested. I also lead our University-wide Change Management Community of Practice and teach a Project Management class to both undergrads and MBA students. I have also taught a Change Management class in our Executive Education program.

     

    What skills or responsibilities would make you a valuable member of the board?

    I have served on national higher education boards in the past including ResNet and SIGUCCS. I helped with the start of the initial consortium of change managers in higher ed that eventually became the change management group in NCCI. I’ve had extensive experience in all areas of change management in a university setting. Through my teaching, I have experience with 3 different learning management systems. I’ve helped facilitate manager mentoring programs on our campus. I enjoy spreadsheets and have enough financial acumen to serve on my church’s financial committee.

    Why are you interested in being on the board?

    My interest in serving on the board is very similar to my interest in teaching. I was doing change management for a while before I discovered that there was actually a methodology and tools that I could use. I want to make sure that as many people as possible learn about and can use change management even before they need to use it. Plus, I have always felt an obligation to give back. Many others have gone before me to start and evolve NCCI. I’ve benefitted from that by meeting people who have similar roles at other schools as well as attending conferences and webinars. Now, it’s my turn to help others in their change management journey. Lastly, NCCI is a very strong organization. I believe that my skills and experience can help NCCI continue to grow, develop, and mature.

      Board Expectations

      The NCCI Board of Directors is responsible for the Association’s strategies, finances, and governance to further enhance the community and lead the future of NCCI. Benefits of being an NCCI board member include gaining an opportunity to collaborate with leaders in higher education, developing international programs that will improve the application of process improvement in the higher education arena, contributing to the achievement of NCCI’s mission and goals, and serving on a board that reaches global dimensions.

      Board Member will be expected to:

      • Serve a three-year term, August 2022 – August 2025 (board members are eligible to be appointed for a second term).
      • Be employed by an institution with NCCI membership dues paid in full.
      • Serve as a program committee liaison or as a member of one board committee.
      • Support the mission, goals, and strategic priorities of NCCI.
      • Support the NCCI Anti-Racism Statement & Action Plan.
      • Participate in periodic reviews of the strategic plan, mission and goals.
      • Attend Board meetings (generally prior to the annual conference and one other face-to-face meeting) and conference calls (1-2:30 p.m. Eastern on second Monday of the month) and actively participate in discussions and decision-making.
      • Fulfill the responsibilities of fiduciary duties: duty of care, duty of loyalty, and duty of obedience.
      • Review and understand the financial statements disseminated to the Board: act as a responsible steward of the Association’s fiscal and human resources.
      • Ensure adequate resources are provided to fulfill NCCI’s mission and goals.
      • Avoid conflicts of interest, and the appearance of a conflict of interest.
      • Participate in the Annual Conference and NCCI offerings.
      • Be knowledgeable about the Association’s history, mission, goals and bylaws.
      • Promote the association with members and other organizations.
      • Monitor and oversee programs and services.

      Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      The NCCI Board of Directors completed a self-assessment of current knowledge, skills, and abilities. Currently, the members of the board possess strength and expertise in strategic thinking and planning, change management principles, leadership, and building and maintaining positive alliances. In order to achieve our mission and strategic objectives, we would benefit from additional expertise in cultural competency, budgeting and finance, marketing/public relations, and proficiency in various technical, data visualization, and learning management tools.

      Knowledge: Body of information in subject matter area
      Skills: Proficiency, expertise in given area
      Abilities: Use of knowledge and skills when needed

      Curious about the skillset needed to serve on a board? Please review this article.

      General (All Board Members)

      Knowledge

      • Higher Education

      Skills

      • Strong verbal and written communication skills
      • Models inclusivity in word and action
      • Adept at relationship-building
      • Strategic thinking and planning

      Abilities

      • Excellent Interpersonal Skills
      • Commitment to the NCCI Mission
      • Determination/Resilience
      • Perseverance
      • Integrity/Honesty
      • Being Adaptable
      • Team-Orientation
      • Cultural competency
      • Ability to be engaged in the work of the board
      Financial and Internal Processes
       

      Knowledge

      • Budget and finance principles
      • Performance management frameworks

      Skills

      • Excel spreadsheets
      • Data visualizations (tool agnostic)

      Abilities

      • Ability to analyze Issues
      • Ability to organize
      • Ability to research sponsors in depth
      • Ability to understand ROI and opportunity cost
      • Weigh financial impacts and costs/benefits of competing priorities and options
      Community
       

      Knowledge

      • Marketing
      • Public relations
      • Communications

      Skills

      • Building and maintaining positive alliances

      Abilities

      • Ability to tell compelling stories
      • Ability to motivate others
      • Ability to cultivate collegial relationships with Board members and NCCI stakeholders
      Higher Education
       

       

      Knowledge

      • Change Management Principles
      • Organizational Development
      • Consulting

      Skills

      • Leadership Skills
      • Public Speaking
      • Leadership Coaching
      • Mentoring

      Abilities

      • Ability to Tell Compelling Stories
      • Ability to Motivate Others
      • Ability to discuss relevant trends impacting the higher education community
      Member Learning and Growth
       

      Knowledge

      • Training and development
      • Awareness of trends in higher education so we stay forward-looking

      Skills

      • Virtual communication platforms and software
      • Building and maintaining positive relationships
      • Learning management software

      Abilities

      • Ability to motivate others
      • Creative thinking
      • Ability to research and apply best practices

       Election Timeline

      • March 28 – April 1: Required informational meetings with current board members 
      • April 5: Application deadline
      • May 2-10: Voting period
      • May 19: Announce 2022 Board
      • June: Orientation, Part I
      • July: Orientation, Part II
      • August: Take office during the Annual Conference Business Meeting