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The James Madison University SACSCOC Advisory Council assists and supports the president and his senior leadership team by helping to ensure that the university:

  • stays current with SACSCOC issues and requirements.
  • recommends appropriate policies.
  • communicates clearly regarding SACSCOC-related issues and requirements.
  • receives feedback on SACSCOC-related issues from faculty, administrators, and staff.


In part because of the work of the SACSCOC Advisory Council, JMU will stay current on SACSCOC-related issues. As a result, official reporting periods such as interim reports and reaffirmations, will be well-understood and streamlined.


The SACSCOC Advisory Council values:

  • Communication (Including Listening) - because it is the currency of an effective learning community.
  • Engagement/Teamwork - because they help build and maintain strong relationships for enhancing communication and understanding.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness - because building and maintaining interpersonal relationships will be a critical element for the success of the team and its communication.
  • Knowledge - because it is the foundation for understanding SACSCOC-related issues and their impacts.
  • Optimism - because it engenders trust in the accreditation process.

Member Expectations

  • Attend meetings.
  • Stay informed.
  • Engage in SACSCOC-related discussions with colleagues and constituents.
  • Act in the best interests of the university's mission.
  • Support the mission, vision, and values of the SACSCOC Advisory Council.
  • Think and act both as a representative of a particular area and as a university leader overall.


John Allemeier - Director, School of Music
Herb Amato - Associate Vice Provost, Accreditation and Faculty Recognition; SACSCOC Liaison
Robin Anderson - Academic Unit Head, Graduate Psychology
Mark Angel - Assistant Vice President, Finance
John Burgess - Associate Vice Provost, Academic Effectiveness and Evaluation
Cindy Chiarello - University Planning and Engagement Coordinator, SACSCOC Liaison Office 
Melody Eaton - Director and Academic Unit Head, School of Nursing
Keston Fulcher  - Executive Director, Center for Assessment and Research Studies
Tina Grace - Assistant Director, Institutional Research
Donna Harper - Vice President, Access and Enrollment
Keith Holland - Associate Vice Provost, Research and Scholarship
Nick Langridge - Senior Vice President, University Advancement
Steve Leslie - Department Head, Geology and Environmental Science
Sharon Lovell - Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Sarah MacDonald - Assistant Dean, Professional and Continuing Education
Tim Miller - Vice President, Student Affairs
Towana Moore - Associate Vice President, Business Services
R. Ann Myers - Faculty Credentialing Coordinator; Faculty Emeriti 
Bradley Newcomer - Dean, Honors College
Aaron Noland - Assistant Dean, Strategy and Development; JMU Libraries
Chris Orem - Director, Institutional Research
Kristi Shackelford - Vice Provost, Academic Policy and Curriculum Development
Amy Thelk - Assistant Dean for Accreditation, Assessment, and Accountability; College of Education
Traci Zimmerman - Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

JMU SACSCOC Working Group

Herb Amato – Associate Vice Provost, Accreditation and Faculty Recognition; SACSCOC Liaison
Cindy Chiarello – University Planning and Engagement Coordinator, SACSCOC Liaison Office 
Tina Grace – Assistant Director, Institutional Research
R. Ann Myers – Faculty Credentialing Coordinator; Faculty Emeriti 
Aaron Noland – Director, Assessment and Planning for Libraries & Educational Technologies
Kristi Shackelford – Chief Communications Officer for Academic Affairs
Traci Zimmerman - Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Letters

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