Judges for the 2018 Retention Excellence Awards

Retention Excellence applications are reviewed by a panel of retention experts.

Tom Grites

Dr. Tom Grites

Tom Grites has served as Director of Academic Advising, Interim Director of Teacher Education, Interim Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and currently as Assistant Provost for Academic Support in his 40-plus years at Stockton. He currently has responsibilities for academic orientation programming, First-Year Experience efforts, transfer student initiatives, liaison with the Division of Student Affairs, and various other projects. He also teaches regularly, a seminar course for new transfer students.

He was one of the founding members of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and served as its President for two terms. He currently serves as a Senior Editor of the NACADA Journal and regularly provides other services to NACADA.

Dr. Grites has written over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and professional reports; he has delivered more than 125 conference presentations; and he has conducted faculty development workshops and academic advising program reviews on over 100 campuses. He has served on the Absecon (NJ) Board of Education for over 30 years. 

Tom earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Illinois State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Both institutions have awarded him distinguished Alumni Awards, and he was inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame at Illinois State in October 2007. He received a Transfer Champion Award from the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students in February 2015.


Julie Tetley

Dr. Julie Tetley

Dr. Julie Tetley currently serves in a joint appointment as Chief of the Academic Advising and the First-Year Programs division and Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at The United States Air Force Academy. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of California Riverside in Psychobiology, her Master of Education at Marymount University, and her Doctorate of Education from The George Washington University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled: An investigation of self-authorship, hope, and meaning in life among second-year college studentsPrior to coming to The Air Force Academy, she served as the Director of First-Year and Sophomore Studies and Advising at Colorado College where she developed the Sophomore Jump program.

Dr. Tetley has more than 20 years of experience teaching and advising and has given numerous presentations at the local, state, and national level. She was a contributing author in Helping Sophomores Succeed: Understanding and Improving the Second-Year Experience, has delivered multiple webinars, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences presenting about second-year college students.

In addition, she formally served as the Commission Chair for NACADA's (National Academic Advising Association) Small Colleges and Universities Commission and in October 2014 her advising team was awarded the NACADA Outstanding Advising Program Award. Her current areas of research include Mindset, effective learning strategies, and critical thinking.

Also serving on the selection committee: Three 2017 Retention Excellence Award recipients

Dr. Tom Miller

University of South Florida

As Dr. Tom Miller has been engaged in enhancing student success and persistence for almost 40 years. He has served several institutions as a senior student affairs administrator and is a tenured faculty member in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.


Dr. Edna McCulloh

Dean of Academic Services, Walsh University

Dr. Edna McCulloh is the Dean of Academic Services at Walsh University. Prior to this appointment last year, she was the University Registrar, and has been employed as Walsh for 18 years. Her primary area of responsibility is student retention at the campus of approximately 3,000 students.


Tracy Noldner

Vice President of Student Affairs, Southeast Technical Institute

Tracy Noldner is the Vice President of Student Affairs of Southeast Technical Institute and has served in various institute administrative roles since 1994. After working as a high school counselor for 25 years, LaDonna Zellmer joined Southeast Tech as a Student Success Advisor in 2009 and was instrumental in the development of the Student Success Center. Chelsea Reisch started out at Southeast Tech as an intern and became a full-time Student Success Advisor/Student Activities-SGA Director in 2012. Mandy Frey has served as a Southeast Tech Student Advisor since 2015 and also coordinates the institute's Career Services office.

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