Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

GLCA Staff

Richard A. Detweiler Richard A. Detweiler is the president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), an alliance of thirteen selective, independent, colleges and universities that works to strengthen learning in the tradition of the liberal arts: creating analytic thinkers and engaged citizens. He also holds an appointment as a foundation fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. Rick is a social psychologist specializing in intercultural relations with advanced degrees from Princeton University (M.A., 1972 and Ph.D. 1973). Previously he was a distinguished fellow and interim president of the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, DC; president and professor of psychology at Hartwick College in New York where he is president emeritus; and vice president and professor of psychology at Drew University in New Jersey. He served as Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caroline Islands from 1968-70, and subsequently as a Peace Corps trainer. Professionally he has been an active researcher, consultant, and author in higher education, institutional planning and research, intercultural relations, international education, and psychology. He has published dozens of articles related to higher education, psychology, and intercultural relations, and speaks frequently on issues related to the future of higher education and the values of the liberal arts. He was a founding dean of the higher education Frye Leadership Institute, and has served as a board member of many higher education organizations.
Sumita Furlong
Program Officer,
Global Pluralism
Sumita Furlong serves as the Program Officer for Global Pluralism at the GLCA. Among her global portfolio of projects, as a speaker of English, German, Hindi and Bengali, she leads the consortia's international admissions and recruitment initiatives, including India. She also leads our domestic diversity and inclusion portfolios such as recruitment, retention, programs, student leadership, conferences, summits, Title IX efforts and more.

In past positions, Dr. Furlong has served as the Executive Director for the National Conference Logistics Center, Centre for Human Relations Studies, Global Diversity Advisor to NAFSA, Assistant to Provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Senior Policy, Planning Analyst and Grant Officer for the University of Wisconsin System Administration. She is involved with intercultural and globally focused organizations such as SIETAR and IASAS: International Association of Student Affairs and Services and is the founder of Institutional Globalization Consultants ( ).

Dr. Furlong received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Assessment & Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her higher education administration experience spans student affairs, academic affairs, international and global affairs, recruitment and retention (domestic and international), strategic planning, institutional research, program development, management, grants and more. Her work also involves training and development of higher education, public service and corporate professionals. She has years of experience in leading and managing large events and national conferences such as NCORE, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Derby City, Heritage Festivals etc.

She is particularly interested in designing programming (leadership, curriculum related, classroom-to-out-of-classroom, experiential) that address student development and focus on universal issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, global awareness, leadership, current events, and topics that move us towards making this world a better place. Her favorite quote is "Be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi.

Simon Gray Simon Gray is a program officer at the Great Lakes Colleges Association and will be working closely with the off-campus study community; GLCA recognized programs, the Academic Council, the Global Liberal Arts Alliance and various aspects of faculty development, including the GLCA Fund for the Study of Japan. Simon comes from The College of Wooster where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. His undergraduate degrees are in anthropology and philosophy from the University of Virginia. He went on to receive a Masters in Anthropology from Virginia before making a transition to computer science and earning a Masters in Computer Science from the University of North Texas and a PhD in Computer Science at Kent State University. Simon has been part of several projects with interdisciplinary, multi-campus, and faculty development components including the Teagle-funded “Creative and Critical Thinking: Assessing the Foundations of a Liberal Arts Education” project. He is currently co-director with Tim Schermer (Augustana College) of another Teagle-funded multi-year, multi-institution project, “The Senior Capstone: Transformative Experiences in the Liberal Arts.”
Program Officer,
Global Liberal Arts Alliance
Maryann E. Hafner Maryann Hafner has served as Executive Assistant to the President since joining the GLCA in September of 2001.  She earned a BS in recreation from Eastern Michigan University in 1979 and an MBA from National University in San Diego, CA in 1984.  Before relocating back to her home state of Michigan in July of 2001, Maryann spent a number of years in the early part of her career as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President at United Education and Software, a nationwide proprietary school chain headquartered in Los Angeles.  She then had a nine-year career at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA, first as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Finance then later as the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the College. In addition to providing high level administrative support to the president of GLCA, Maryann serves as the liaison with the offices of the presidents and deans for the 13 member colleges.  She organizes and coordinates the twice-yearly meetings for both the Board of Directors and the Deans’ Council and works with the offices of the Deans and Directors of Admission in preparing and providing monthly admission reporting.  Maryann is also coordinator of the New Writers Award, a program which confers recognition on promising writers who have published a first volume in one of the three genres, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Since the inception of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, Maryann has provided program support on several levels and acts as liaison with the presidents’ offices of the 25 member colleges, 12 of which are abroad. Maryann lives in Saline with her musician husband and 4 cats, all of which help keep her thoroughly entertained.
Executive Assistant
Derek S. Vaughan Derek S. Vaughan joined the GLCA in 2004 as a Program Associate working with the Global Partners program. He soon took on responsibilities within the Teagle Study Abroad Assessment program and in 2007 was promoted to the Vice President for Finance and Administration when the position became vacant as a result of a staff departure. In his current position as VP for Finance and Administration, Derek is responsible for the daily operations of the GLCA office including human resources, office administration, financial and investment management, contracts and legal counsel, corporate risk management, and technology infrastructure.  He also serves as the main liaison to several administrative groups including Chief Financial Officers, Institutional Researchers, HR Officers, Chief Information Technology Officers, Registrars, and Tuition Remission Exchange Officers. Additionally, Derek serves as the administrator for the consortial tuition exchange program and the primary data sharing officer.  Derek earned a BS in math and a BBA in quantitative business analysis from Ohio University, an MS in student personnel services and an MBA in organizational behavior from Miami University, and a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to his coming to the GLCA, he has held positions in student affairs at Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Miami University. Derek has academic interests in leadership, group dynamics, strategic planning, technology, and student development. In his free time Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young kids, traveling, and working on home improvement projects.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Greg R. Wegner Gregory R. Wegner is Director of Program Development at the Great Lakes Colleges Association. As GLCA’s lead program officer, he has helped to launch several consortial programs that contribute to the professional development of faculty members at liberal arts colleges – including the GLCA Academic Leadership and Innovation (GALI) Institute, the GLCA Pathways to Learning Collegium, the GLCA New Directions Initiative, and the GLCA Lattice for Pedagogical Research and Practice. Each of these programs is funded with support from external sources, and he is integral to GLCA’s grant-seeking efforts in support of new consortial programming. In addition to his work at GLCA, Wegner serves as facilitator and adviser to colleges and universities throughout the country that are engaged in processes of strategic planning and program development.  From 1987 until 2002 he was a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research on Higher Education, in latter years as associate director. He serves as a continuing member of The Learning Alliance for Higher Education, based at the University of Pennsylvania. Wegner has served key roles in writing policy essays focusing on salient issues in higher education, often derived from national roundtables or other convenings of stakeholders.   From 1988 through 2003 he was managing editor and co-author of Policy Perspectives, a journal of comment published by the Pew Higher Education Roundtable and later the Knight Collaborative. He is co-author, with Robert Zemsky and William F. Massy, of Remaking the American University:  Market-Smart and Mission-Centered (Rutgers University Press, 2005).
Director of Program Development
Charla J. White Charla White is an Associate Program Officer for the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on assessment and evaluation (American InterContinental University, 2010) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (Earlham College, 2008). In addition to handling logistics for events and facilitating meetings for administrative groups and building opportunities for collaboration, she also assists the V.P. of Finances and oversees the publication of the Beacon Newsletter.  She worked at Earlham College for 15+ years where she served in student development working with a variety of offices before moving to a grant funded program for first generation college bound students. In addition to her responsibilities with GLCA, in her spare time Charla writes book reviews on her blog site, serves as an editor and conducts interviews of authors
Associate Program Officer for Events and Administrative Groups

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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

The Great Lakes Colleges Association
535 West William. Suite 301
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

+1.734.661.2350 (voice)
+1.734.661.2349 (fax)