Revisiting “Charting the Future of Student Affairs”: A Panel Discussion
Recorded On: 10/04/2023
Mayra Olivares- Urueta, Ph.D. (Moderator)
Executive in Residence & Director
Higher Education Program & Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education
Mayra Olivares-Urueta, Ph.D. works to remove institutional barriers and ensure the success of all students, especially historically marginalized and excluded populations. An experienced higher education professional and executive in community colleges, Mayra is a published scholar-practitioner and leadership consultant, currently serving as Executive in Residence in the Higher Education Program and Director of the Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education at the University of North Texas in Denton. In 2018 she was named an American Association of Women in Community Colleges 40 under 40 and in 2020 she became a fellow of the Aspen Institute's Rising Presidents program. She is a former president of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, TACHE, and currently serves as faculty-in-residence within the Community Colleges Division of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She volunteers for multiple educational and community organizations locally and nationally, and is the proud spouse of Alejandro and mami of Isabel, Olivia, and fur baby Luna.
Will Bowlin, PhD
Political Science / History Instructor
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Will Bowlin, Ph.D., has served as a government and history instructor at Northeast Mississippi Community College since 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a doctorate in Community College Leadership, all from Mississippi State University. Prior to NEMCC, Dr. Bowlin worked for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
Beyond the classroom, Dr. Bowlin is involved with organizations such as the Mississippi Historical Society, the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, and NASPA’s Community College Division. He and his wife Sallye have two children (Carson and Hayden) and reside in Booneville, MS
Gillian McKnight-Tutein, EdD
Vice President, Enrollment Administration and Student Success
Community College of Denver
Dr. Gillian (Dr. G) McKnight-Tutein (she/hers) is currently the Vice President of Enrollment Administration and Student Success at Community College of Denver. As the senior student services officer, and a member of the president’s Executive Council, she provides vision and leads all student affairs divisions on the Auraria campus.
An award-winning instructor and administrator, McKnight-Tutein believes that each student was inherently born for greatness and that their potential is infinite. She expects that everyone at the college, regardless of title, takes responsibility for students realizing their definition of success. McKnight-Tutein has a bias towards data-driven action and has led the Guided Pathways efforts framework to create a thriving educational ecosystem for concurrent, transfer, and career and technical students.
Prior to her 17 years in higher education, McKnight-Tutein worked at several Fortune 500 companies leading teams all over the world. McKnight-Tutein brings her corporate experiences to bear when partnering with organizations to build employment connections for students and when talking to students about their career aspirations. She believes in the power of career mentoring, and succession planning. While she always hopes to have a positive effect on employees’ lives, she is ever aware of the impact they have on her own life.
McKnight-Tutein has served on AACC’s Commission on Student Success, Colorado Department of Higher Education’s General Education Council, and the Colorado Community College System’s VP Council. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2022 Bernice Joseph Leadership Award.
Dr. G, a Caribbean immigrant, is a first-generation high school and college graduate. She earned an associate degree from the College of Boca Raton, a bachelor’s in psychology from Florida International University, a master’s in human resources development administration from Barry University, and a doctorate in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University.
Edward Martinez, Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Suffolk County Community College
Dr. Edward F. Martinez currently serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Campus Senior Student Affairs Officer at Suffolk County Community College, the largest multi-campus community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) System. He has substantial administrative, academic, and program development experience in higher education, as well as a history of holding several national leadership positions in Student Affairs. Specifically, Dr. Martinez previously served as the Community Colleges Division Director on the NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Board of Directors. He is currently the Board of Directors Secretary for The Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification, a SUNY Hispanic Leadership Fellow, and a member of the Board of Directors for the NASPA Foundation. Dr. Martinez has worked in the field of student affairs for approximately 30 years. Throughout that time, he has had the privilege of serving in several key leadership positions at numerous institutions including a specialized college, small college, residential and for-profit institution and most recently a community college. His research interests center on the experiences of students and professionals in the community college sector. As a first-generation college student, his passion inspired him to work as a student access advocate. He has intentionally formed bridges between student and academic affairs, creating exceptional student experiences. Dr. Martinez earned a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Dowling College, a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development from Long Island University, and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Dominican University.
In March 2022, the Compass Report entitled Charting the Future of Student Affairs was released with five strategic imperatives for student affairs leaders to consider. This panel discusses the imperatives and how they have impacted their practice as leaders at their institution.