AHEE Board Member Bios


Jan W. Lyddon (President) has directed institutional research and planning offices at public and private universities and community colleges in Michigan, Ohio, and Texas. She served as a researcher at the state level in higher education in two different states, and has led campus wide strategic planning efforts and been a team leader for institution-wide continuous quality improvement efforts. Jan frequently presents workshops and consults on the development and use of balanced scorecards and dashboards as tools for leadership to achieve effective strategy execution. She also serves as an independent evaluator on various projects.

Jan serves as a Data Coach for Achieving the Dream (ATD), a national initiative to improve student success in community colleges, a role she has held since ATD’s inception in 2004. She also is affiliated with the Collaborative Brain Trust and has worked with teams to identify and recommend improvements in community college operations. She has been a national IPEDS trainer, and remains active with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).

Jan has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational communication and analysis, nonprofit budget development, and public administration. She earned her B.S. from Iowa State University, M.A. from Michigan State University, M.P.A. from Western Michigan University, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


Christopher W. Shults (Vice President) is the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Christopher is responsible for oversight of all institutional effectiveness, planning, assessment, institutional research, analytics, and accreditation activities.

Previously, he served as the Executive Director for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Suffolk County Community College and the Acting Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Innovation, and Strategy, and the Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, Research, and Strategic Planning at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, and his B.S. in Psychology from Morgan State University.

Over his career, he has authored or co-authored more than one dozen books and journal articles, presented nationally on nearly 50 occasions, assisted in the development of a national leadership program for aspiring presidents, conducted professional development at multiple community colleges and for regional accrediting bodies, consulted for national agencies and associations, keynoted educational conferences, lectured in multiple universities, taught as an adjunct instructor, and worked with national leaders on an African-American Male initiative.


Cynthia Tweedell (Secretary) is skilled in assessment and accreditation issues. Currently, she is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Ohio Christian University. She has held prior institutional effectiveness roles, including overseeing accreditation activities, at Mid-Continent University and Indiana Wesleyan University. She has served the Higher Learning Commission as a Peer Reviewer, Team Chair, and member of the Accreditation Review Council for many institutions.

Cynthia is a frequent presenter on issues of retention and innovative modes of delivery. She has co-authored two sociology textbooks, and Systems of Excellence in Adult Education (all with Triangle Publishing). She holds master’s degrees from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and University of Chicago, and the Ph.D. from Walden University.


David A. Blair (Treasurer) is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment within the Division of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. David is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) accreditation liaison and institutional effectiveness evaluator, a former Teagle Assessment Scholar, a lead author of the AAC&U Global Learning VALUE Rubric, member of the AAC&U Global Learning Advisory Board, and a National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Education project evaluator. He has worked at both small private institutions as well as large public institutions, and has taught undergraduate research methods, data analysis and statistics courses as well as graduate level decision modeling and higher education student services courses.

He has published and presented nationally and internationally on the topics of data triangulation, global learning, assessment, and student success. David received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, an M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, and a B.A. from Montana State University.


Lisa Castellino currently serves in the role of Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at Humboldt State University, one of the 23 California State University campuses. Prior to HSU, she worked at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been working in public higher education administration for twenty years in roles within the fields of institutional research, strategic planning, strategic budgeting, assessment, and institutional effectiveness.

Lisa regularly presents research findings at the state and national level and holds leadership roles in her CSU community. Her awards include “Best First-Time Presenter” at California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) in 2015-16. She also has held numerous professional-development trainings on best practices in linking assessment, planning, and strategic budgeting. Lisa earned her B.S. from Marywood College, M.S. from Shippensburg University, and Ph.D. from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Clevette M. Ridguard has over a decade of experience in higher education working in the area of institutional effectiveness and assessment. She manages the program review process at Montgomery College (MC), Maryland and was instrumental in designing the institution’s current program process. She has been involved in student learning outcomes, program assessment, strategic planning, and serves the Maryland Community College Learning Outcomes Affinity Group.

Clevette has presented at regional and national conferences regarding institutional effectiveness, program review, and assessment. Her B.S. is from the University of South Florida, M.S. in Education is from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education is from Morgan State University.