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Resume for Beverly Walker-Griffea

  • Ph.D. Texas Woman's University
  • M.Ed. Virginia State University
  • B.S. Oklahoma State University 

Beverly Walker-Griffea is President of Mott Community College (MI), a multi-campus college. She has been President since 2014.

Prior to joining Mott Community, Dr. Walker-Griffea was the Senior Vice President for Student Services at Montgomery College (MD) from 2011 to 2014, and served in an earlier assignment as Dean of Student Development in the Houston Community College System. This year, Dr. Walker-Griffea was named CEO of the Year by the American Association of Community Colleges.

  • Wednesday, 9am: Meet and Greet with College Presidents
  • Wednesday, 2pm: Faculty and Staff Livestream Q&A
  • Thursday, 9am: Board of Regents Interview


Resume for Dean G. Mccurdy

  • Ph. D. Carleton University
  • B. Sc. Acadia University  

Dean McCurdy is the System Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. A statewide position, he has served in that role since January 2022, and was the Chancellor of the Kokomo Service Area for Ivy Tech from 2017 to 2022.

Earlier higher education service saw Dr. McCurdy as the founding chief academic and workforce officer at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (MI). He also chaired the Albion College (MI) Department of Biology, where he was a tenured professor.

  • Tuesday, 4pm: Meet and Greet with College Presidents
  • Wednesday, 4pm: Faculty and Staff Livestream
  • Thursday, 1:30pm: Board of Regents Interview


Ryan Quarles

Resume for Ryan F. Quarles

  • Ed. D. Vanderbilt University, Higher Education Administration
  • J.D. University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Ed. M. Harvard University
  • M.S. University of Kentucky, Agriculture Economics
  • M.A. University of Kentucky, Diplomacy and International Commerce
  • B.S. University of Kentucky, Agriculture Economics
  • B.S. University of Kentucky, Public Service and Leadership  

Ryan Quarles is the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture. He has been Commissioner of the second largest Executive Branch Agency in Kentucky since 2016. Earlier public service saw Dr. Quarles as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving from 2011 to 2016.

Dr. Quarles has been Associate General Counsel at Georgetown College and has been in private practice, as well.

  • Tuesday, 6pm: Meet and Greet with College Presidents
  • Wednesday, Noon: Faculty and Staff Livestream Q&A
  • Thursday, 11am: Board of Regents Interview