The Foundation for Student Success Leadership

Sally Johnstone, FSS Executive Director

Sally M. Johnstone, FSS Executive Director

Sally M. Johnstone is the new president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and executive director of the Foundation for Student Success. She recently served as a vice president at the Western Governors University. She has also served as a provost at a public comprehensive university, in an executive role the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and as a faculty member. More…



Dianne Dubois, FSS Board Chair

Dianne Dubois is a Consulting CFO, currently working through her own firm, Maple Street Associates, LLC. She has also led an interim CFO practice for Hardesty, LLC, and has worked through Tatum. Her clients have included companies in the consumer products, internet/technology, media services, life sciences, cleantech, business services, manufacturing and non profit sectors. More…



Francisco J. Hernandez, FSS Board

Dr. Hernandez has extensive experience in education having served as a teacher’s aide, teacher, and Principal of an alternative school. Over the last 40 years he has also held administrative posts in higher education including as Vice Chancellor for students overseeing all aspects of student life including efforts aimed at expanding access and equity for low-income and minority students. More…


Dennis Jones, FSS Board

Dennis P. Jones, FSS Board

Dennis P. Jones is the President Emeritus of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).

Mr. Jones has more than 40 years of experience in research, development, technical assistance, and administration in the field of higher education management and policy-making. A member of the NCHEMS staff since 1969, he assumed increasing levels of responsibility within that organization, becoming president in 1986. More…


Anh Nguyen

Anh M. Nguyen, FSS Board

Anh M. Nguyen is the Vice President of Customer Success at Koru. Koru applies predictive analytics and leading assessment science to measure the things that matter most to performance and delivers a fast, easy-to-use application for more fair and unbiased top-of-funnel screening and selection. Prior to Koru, Anh spent eight years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led initiatives in both the College Ready (K12) and Postsecondary Success strategies. More…


Ken Pepion

Ken Pepion, FSS Board

A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, Ken Pepion is currently Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Prior to joining FLC, Ken was Director of Faculty Programs in the Office of University Relations and Fellowship Programs at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From June 2000 to April 2004, Ken served as Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program in the John F. Kennedy School of Government. More…



Alvin J. Schexnider, FSS Board

Alvin J. Schexnider, Ph.D., is president and principal consultant of Schexnider & Associates, LLC, a management and executive development consulting firm where he specializes in executive coaching and governance. Before retiring 2007 he was executive vice president and interim president Norfolk State University. A former chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, he has held faculty and administrative positions at public and private institutions including Syracuse University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Wake Forest University. More…



Jamienne S. Studley, FSS Board

Jamienne S. Studley is a Consultant for Aspen Institute and National Policy Advisor, Beyond 12 She is the former Deputy Under Secretary, US Department of Education and the former President, Skidmore College.

Throughout her career in higher education, public service, civil rights advocacy, and non-profit leadership Jamienne Studley has actively advanced equity, opportunity, public engagement, and transparency. More…



Michael K. Thomas, FSS Board

Michael K. Thomas is the President and CEO of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) in Boston, Massachusetts, a regional organization created by the U.S. Congress to work with the 260 colleges and universities in the six New England states. NEBHE works to expand education opportunity and services and to address issues related to New England’s human capital and economic competitiveness. More…


Dr. Linda M. Thor, FSS Board

Linda M. Thor, FSS Board

Dr. Linda M. Thor is chancellor emeritus of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in the Silicon Valley and president emeritus of Rio Salado College in greater Phoenix. A nationally recognized innovator, Dr. Thor has worked in community colleges for 41 years, 29 years as a CEO. Her Foothill-De Anza legacy includes obtaining a public benefit conveyance of 9.2 acres to build a new Education Center, becoming a community college baccalaureate pilot institution, and providing statewide leadership for the $57 million Online Education Initiative. More…

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