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Advancing Women in Higher Education

The Institutional Representative (IR) holds an essential role in connecting her home institution with the North Carolina American Council on Education Women’s Network. The IR actively supports women’s leadership and advancement at her own institution through advocacy, sponsorship, and development of women as leaders, including creating opportunities for women to lead and building a campus network for women. The IR also serves as the liaison between women at her institution and the state network and is responsible for disseminating information from the network to her campus and from her campus to the state network.

Each institutional member should identify one or two IRs for their campus. IRs are usually appointed by the president or chancellor of the institution, with the responsibility offered to women who have already demonstrated support for women’s leadership.

Roles and Expectations of Institutional Representatives

The institutional representative (IR) is a key person in the development and implementation of the strategic plans of the ACE State Network in each state. Ideally, each institution of higher education in the state should appoint one or two IRs to represent and serve as advocate(s) for the interest of women’s leadership development and advancement in higher education at their institutions.

The president/chancellor of the institution usually appoints the IR to her role. Often, the state chair or a member of the state network governing body makes a recommendation to the president/chancellor on behalf of the ACE Women’s Network. The IR’s appointment recognizes the critical role she has already played at her institution with regard to the identification and development of women leaders on her campus and signals the institution’s support for the advancement of women into key leadership positions in higher education. The IR works in close collaboration with the state chair and the members of the state network governing body and serves as a liaison between the women at her institution and the members of the state network governing body. The institutional representative may wish to appoint a committee of women to work with her on her campus.

Basic expectations of the IR are as follows:

  • Identify all women in key leadership positions on campus, including women administrators and women who hold significant leadership positions on the faculty.
  • Assist the state chair and the state governing body in the development and implementation of state workshops and conferences designed to encourage women aspiring to administrative leadership roles.
  •  Keep women on campus and the institution’s president/chancellor informed on a regular basis regarding the agenda and/or programs of the ACE State Network.
  • Keep women on campus informed of leadership programs, fellowships, and grants for which they are eligible at both the state and national levels.
  • Provide information to the state chair about women administrators on the campus, including new appointments, resignations, title changes, vacant leadership positions, etc.
  • Establish, when appropriate, linkages between the state network and other campus programs focusing on women.
  • Build a campus network whereby other women are identified as potential leaders and mentored in their aspirations

2023-2024 Institutional Members

For log-in credentials, please contact your Institutional Representative:

Institution Name Institutional Reps

Appalachian State University

Dr. Neva Specht |
Ms. Jane Barghothi |
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Ms. Lori Brown |
Ms. Amy Treat |
Campbell University Ms. Kelly Nothstine |
Catawba University Ms. Lauren Cox |
Ms. Constance Rogers-Lowery |
East Carolina University   
Elizabeth City State University Dr. Dorothy Kersha-Aerga |
Elon University Dr. Gabie Smith |
Ms. Janet Williams |
Fayetteville State University Dr. Danielle Graham |
Ms. Samantha Hargrove |
Forsyth Technical Community College

Ms. Masonne Sawyer |

Dr. Sharilyn Owens

Gaston College   
Halifax Community College

Ms. Sharda Britt |

Dr. Julie Galvin

Lenoir-Rhyne University  
Mars Hill University Dr. Donna Parsons |
Dr. Roderica Williams |
Meredith College  
North Carolina A&T State University  
North Carolina Wesleyan College  Dr. Shannon Crowley |
Ms. Taylor Stone |
Piedmont Community College  
Salem College Dr. Melissa Totten |
Dr. Charlotte Vail |
Shaw University Dr. Renata Dusenbury | 
Dr. Vonda Reed |
UNC Chapel Hill  Dr. Nicole Else-Quest |
UNC Charlotte Dr. Yvette Huet |
Dr. Leslie Zenk |
UNC Greensboro Dr. Sherine Obare |
Dr. Dayna Touron |
UNC Pembroke Ms. Ashley Allen |
Ms. Angela Revels |
 UNC Wilmington  
Wake Forest University Dr. Erica Still |
Ms. Bethany Fay |

Wayne Community College


Western Carolina University

Ms. Evelyn Rucker

Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua |

Western Piedmont Community College Ms. Cindy Davies |
Ms. Susan Berley |
William Peace University  
Winston Salem State University  

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The NC ACE Network thanks and acknowledges the support provided by the UNC System Office of the President.

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