Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Global Liberal Arts Alliance

GLCA Staff

Mickey McDonald Michael (Mickey) McDonald is the president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), a collaboration of thirteen selective, independent colleges and universities that seeks to strengthen higher education in the tradition of the liberal arts. He joined the GLCA staff on July 1, 2018. Mickey earned a B.S. from Davidson College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Duke University. He served as a professor of mathematics and in several administrative roles at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California from 1993 to 2008. He was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2001-2002, hosted at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. From 2008 until 2018 he was Provost at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, a member of the GLCA. As Provost, Mickey hired approximately one-third of the faculty, increasing the proportion of women and faculty of color in tenure-line positions. He helped secure more than $4.5 million in grants from major foundations including, among others, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Sherman-Fairchild Foundation, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He also played a major role in envisioning and establishing the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, now supported by a $20 million endowment from the Arcus Foundation. In winter 2014, he served as the College’s Acting President.
President
 
Simon Gray Simon Gray is a program officer at the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). He works closely with the off-campus study community, GLCA recognized programs, the Academic Council, the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, the Mellon-funded Global Crossroads Initiative, and various aspects of faculty development, including the GLCA Fund for the Study of Japan. Simon taught for several years at 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, and he received a Masters in Anthropology from Virginia before making a transition to computer science receiving a Ph.D. in Computer Science from 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 co-directed another Teagle-funded multi-year, multi-institution project, “The Senior Capstone: Transformative Experiences in the Liberal Arts.”
Program Officer,
Global Liberal Arts Alliance
 
Colleen Monahan Smith Colleen joined the Great Lakes Colleges Association in 2012 where she serves as the Administrative Assistant. Colleen earned her BS from Santa Clara University in Northern California where she studied Political Science with minors in Spanish and International Studies. Previously, she worked for ten years as a Legislative Director on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. At the GLCA, Colleen is editor of The Beacon newsletter, which is published three times per academic year. She helps with event planning, including the twice-yearly meetings of the Board of Directors and the Deans’ Council, various administrative groups, gatherings of the GLCA Academic Leadership and Innovation (GALI) Institute, as well as meetings of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance. Colleen is a coordinator for the New Writers Award, a program that confers recognition on promising writers who have published a first volume in fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. Colleen hails from the small town of Arcola, IL – the former Broomcorn Capital of the world.
Assistant to the President
 
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, and Tuition Remission Exchange Officers. Additionally, Derek serves as the administrator for the consortial Tuition Remission Exchange (TRE) 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 teen 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 a 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 a 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, facilitating meetings for administrative groups and building opportunities for collaboration, she also acts as controller, assists the V.P. of Finance in administrative areas, 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.
Program Officer, Controller

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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)