Meet our 2019 MSACROA Conference Speakers including our Keynote Speaker, Plenary Speakers, and AACRAO representative. Join us!

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2019 Conference Speakers

2019 Conference Speakers

MSACROA is pleased to announce the following guest speakers for our 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting. We are thankful to have the participation and support of such talented, dynamic, individuals and are excited for them to share their knowledge with us.

Keynote Speaker
Christine Fowler-Phillips

Keynote: Monday, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Workshop: Monday, 1:30pm – 3:15pm

“Image is everything…I believe that image is developed from the inside and enhanced by our outward presentation.”

Christine Fowler-Phillips is the CEO and Founder of Discover Your Best Self LLC, a Corporate Image Consultant, Public Speaker and Author. She is a member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and was an award winning sales and marketing professional in the pharmaceutical industry for most of her professional career. She is a subject matter expert on corporate and personal branding as well as diversity and inclusion.

She began her career in sales and marketing with Novartis Pharmaceuticals where she established herself early on as a top performer, winning the regional sales award in her first year with the company; this would set the stage for what would be a very successful tenure in the highly competitive and complex pharmaceutical industry. She would go on to be a top and award-winning sales professional for the next two decades with two other pharmaceutical giants: Johnson and Johnson and Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) Virology where she spent a great deal of time dedicated towards finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. While with BMS she received several awards that demonstrated the time and commitment she dedicated towards this initiative including the Bristol Myers Squibb Living the Mission Award, The Key Stone Communications Award and the Best Performer Award as a top sales professional in the Northeast Region.

Christine is an active member of several women’s civic and service organizations, including the Bergen County NJ chapter of the Links Inc., the Morris County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Christine spends a great deal of time giving back to underprivileged communities where her focus is on social needs, wellness, and education. She is the author of Discover Your Best Self…And Stick with It! A Guide to Creating a Winning Image. (Archway Publishing a Simon and Schuster Company). She is committed to finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her books goes towards research for a cure for CF.

Christine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Master’s degree in Health Policy Management from Seton Hall University as well as graduate certificates in Healthcare Administration and Project Management. Christine resides in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.


Plenary Speakers

Dr. Mark H. Erickson
Plenary: Wednesday, 10:45am – 11:45am

Dr. Mark H. Erickson became the fourth president of Northampton Community College on July 1, 2012, driven by a strong belief that the most innovative, exciting and important work in higher education was, and is, taking place at the nation’s community colleges. Initially attracted by NCC’s commitment to access for all students, its student-centered focus and entrepreneurial spirit, his affinity to the communities Northampton serves and his long-standing admiration for the work of the college hasn’t wavered.

A native of Nebraska, Dr. Erickson holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. While earning his doctorate in educational leadership at Lehigh University, he received the Mathew W. Gaffney Award for Academic Excellence. He served in several important positions at Lehigh, including dean of students from 1990-1999, associate vice president and executive assistant to the president from 1999-2001, and vice president for administrative and government affairs from 2001-2005.

In 2005, he was named president of Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. During his seven years there he was credited with facilitating the development of new academic programs, expanding international exchange opportunities, and fostering a close and mutually beneficial relationship with the regional community.

Under his leadership as president of Northampton Community College, the institution has thrived. The college was selected as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute in 2014, the same year NCC opened a new $72 million 84-acre campus in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The new campus which achieved LEED Gold status for adopting environmentally-friendly building practices, led NCC to receive a Green Ribbon School award from the U.S. Department of Education, one of only nine colleges and universities in the country to receive the distinction.

Dr. Erickson’s local, state and national leadership includes serving as Chair of Community Colleges for International Development, a founding member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and Chair of the Lehigh Valley Education Talent Supply Council. He also serves on the boards of the Lehigh Valley Industrial Parks, the Lehigh Valley Partnership, the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley, Campus Compact of New York & Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Board of Associates.


Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.
Plenary: Tuesday, 10:30am – 11:30am

Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. was appointed by the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as the 13th president of ESU in April 2012, and assumed her role as the first female president of ESU in July 2012.

Dr. Welsh earned both her undergraduate degree in physical sciences and master’s degree in anatomy from Colorado State University, and her doctoral degree in anatomy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, has presented at a number of national and international conferences, and has been involved with a variety of community organizations. She serves the local and regional communities in multiple capacities including: the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (NEPACU), Women’s Resources of Monroe County Board, and the Pocono Mountains Musical Festival Board. As president of East Stroudsburg University, Dr. Welsh is also a member of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station board of directors, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, WVIA Board of Directors, and TecBridge.
Under her leadership, ESU has: opened its new Lehigh Valley Center in Bethlehem; helped to unveil the Philadelphia Multi-University Center (PMUC); established collaborative degree programs with The Commonwealth Medical College and Marywood University, both in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and the College of Sport and Health Science at Ritsumeikan University in Shiga, Japan; announced the launch of LYME-AID, the first commercial licensing agreement of faculty/student research at ESU and within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; opened a Student Veterans Center at ESU; initiated ESU’s annual Economic Outlook Summit to raise awareness of the economic development initiatives underway in Monroe County; launched a new website, Made in the Poconos, in cooperation with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Pennsylvania CareerLink and the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation to promote and encourage residents and visitors to shop locally; and assisted Pocono Medical Center in the facilitation of focus groups and the creation of an online platform to match residents with health professionals, social service agencies, workshops and other events geared toward health concerns.

Dr. Welsh also supported a partnership with Pocono Medical Center to train ESU student volunteers to act as health coaches for patients in the Pocono community, ESU’s hosting of the International European Union Simulation (EUROSIM) which brought students from nearly 20 universities in Europe and the U.S. to ESU for political role-playing at its highest level, and the university’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program to assist veterans with tuition costs. She has led the campus community through two strategic planning processes that resulted in ESU’s plans – Students First: Innovate ESU, and Students First: Empowering Innovation through Collaboration 2017-2020. In 2014, Dr. Welsh was selected as one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. This spring, she was selected as a Woman of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business magazine.

Dr. Welsh pursued both administrative and academic career paths prior to her presidency at ESU. She began her academic career in 1978 as an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She remained at USC for 23 years, rising through the ranks to professor and also serving as chair of the Faculty Senate and acting chair of her department before being named associate provost and dean of the Graduate School. In 2001, she was named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of Adelphi University. Dr. Welsh then became provost of Towson University in 2009, and also served as interim president of the university in 2011.

She is married to Louis Terracio, Ph.D., vice dean of academic affairs and research and professor at NYU’s College of Dentistry. They have three children: Nate, Matthew, and Mallory, and three grandchildren, Giovanni, Harper, and Logan.

AACRAO Representative
Kristi Wold-McCormick
FERPA Workshop: Monday, 1:30pm – 3:15pm
Session: Criminal History in Admissions & Disciplinary Notations on Transcripts, Tuesday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
AACRAO Update: Business Meeting & Luncheon, Wednesday
Session: A Registrar’s Role in Equity & Inclusion: Personal Identity Options for Students, Wednesday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Kristi Wold-McCormick has served as university registrar of the University of Colorado Boulder since 2014. In her leadership role, she focuses on student data privacy, process improvement, academic policy, inclusion, and academic record innovation. Prior to joining CU, Kristi was registrar of North Dakota State University. Before becoming a registrar, she worked in admissions for nearly a decade, including serving as the associate director of admissions at NDSU.

Kristi is professionally involved at the state, regional and national levels. She is a past president and program committee chair for Upper Midwest ACRAO and is currently a member of both Rocky Mountain ACRAO and Pacific ACRAO. In addition to her regional involvement, she has served at the national level in various leadership roles within the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). These include chairing a committee that developed guidance on disciplinary transcript notations, serving on the AACRAO Nominations & Elections committee, being a group coordinator on the AACRAO Program Committees, and currently representing the AACRAO membership on the Board of Directors as vice president for records and academic services.

Kristi earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NDSU and a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota.