Bryn Mawr College
Johns Hopkins University
Mount Holyoke College
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
Washington Univ. in St.Louis
Kristine E. Dillon, President
Kristine Dillon has been President of COFHE since 2002. Beginning with her work with Howard R. Bowen on a seminal study and book The Costs of Higher Education, she has been a researcher and administrator with a focus on economic, evaluative, planning, management and student services issues. In 1978, she joined a national research project on faculty compensation and consulting at the University of Southern California. At USC, she subsequently served in the budget and planning office and, for a number of years, was associate vice president of student affairs. She headed USC's creation of residential colleges, oversaw revision of behavioral standards for fraternities and sororities, implemented a new career planning center, developed web-based guides to USC's student resources, and established a gender issues office. Dillon joined Tufts University and established the role of dean of academic services and student affairs in 1999. There, she co-chaired the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience and led an organizational redesign project that resulted in the institution's designation as an IBM Best Practices Partner in Student Services. She had responsibility for the design and management of the new Dowling Hall Student Services Center and planning for the adoption of a residential college system at Tufts. Dillon is a contributor to five books and has published and presented many articles about college costs, the student experience, student-centered services, and faculty compensation and consulting polices. Her undergraduate degree is from Whittier College where she served for 18 years as a trustee. Her Ph.D. is from the Claremont Graduate University.
Megan Arleth, Director of Public Issues
Megan Arleth is COFHE's Director of Public Issues; her
office is located in the Washington, DC, office. Prior to joining COFHE,
Megan worked most recently as Associate Director of Federal Relations at
Rutgers University and, previously, as Legislative Analyst at Harvard
University. In those roles, she focused on encouraging commitments to
federal student aid and to higher education policies supportive of selective
institutions. She has served as Co-Chair of the APLU's Council on Government
Relations, and as Chair of AAU's Council on Federal Relations Biomedical
Taskforce. Megan received her bachelor's degree from Rutgers, and her
master's degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her
role at COFHE provides opportunities to connect COFHE analytic work with
federal issues in higher education, financial aid, and tax policy, in
support of member school priorities.
Lucian Bessmer, Research and Data Analyst
Lucian Bessmer is the Research and Data Analyst for the Consortium on
Financing Higher Education. Prior to joining the COFHE staff in 2014, he
worked as a Fulbright Fellow in Turkey, an educator in California, and an
intern in MIT’s Institutional Research Office. Lucian received an M.Ed. in
Higher Education from Harvard, and a B.A. in History and Political Science
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Ann Birk, Director of Information and Research Systems
Ann Birk is Director of Information and Research Systems for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Prior to joining the COFHE staff in 2004, Dr. Birk held various executive positions in the software industry, particularly in computer-assisted design products for engineers and architects. She has also been the senior consultant on database development projects for the financial services industry and institutions of higher education. Dr. Birk earned her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College and her doctorate at Harvard University. Since joining COFHE, she has supported research access to historical COFHE data, designed and developed the research data warehouse and worked with Wesleyan University to customize their e-portfolio technology for COFHE's use.
Isabel Bourelle, Office Administrator
Isabel Bourelle is Office Administrator for the Consortium's Cambridge location, responsible for office management, dues and budget oversight, and meeting coordination. Prior to joining COFHE in 2006, Isabel was the Program Administrator for the Stanford Archaeology Center. While at Stanford University, she worked in several areas of administration, including the Medical School and Residential Education. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Masters of Education from Stanford University, completing a fellowship in Higher Education Administration in conjunction with the Irvine Foundation. Her thesis was titled "Perceptions of American Indian High School Students in Public High Schools."
Sydney Earle, Assistant Director for Administration
Sydney Earle is Assistant Director for Administration at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, where she is COFHE's senior meeting planner, and is responsible for office management, Web site management, and coordination of COFHE's online meeting registrations and several of our online surveys. Prior to joining COFHE in 1989, she helped manage the Business Affairs office at the National Association of College and University Business Officers; in addition, she managed meetings, communications, and direct mail fundraising for several small nonprofit organizations concerned with various social issues. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.
Stephen Minicucci, Director of Research
Steve Minicucci is Director of Research for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. Prior to joining the COFHE staff in 2001, Dr. Minicucci was self-employed as a consulting social scientist and statistician. He has held research positions at the Kennedy School of Government and teaching posts at Smith College and Boston College. Dr. Minicucci received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and continues to do research and publish in the area of American political development. Prior to entering his doctoral program, he served in the administration of Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts and did other public policy research in the state. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT in 1982.
Barbara Santacroce, Data Coordinator
Barbara Santacroce is Data Coordinator for the
Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Barbara has a broad
background in technology and management and brings senior experience in
areas such as database administration and development, report architecting
and development, technical project management and infrastructure management.
Prior to joining COFHE in 2012, Barbara served as a Senior Consultant at CGI
for 7 years where she focused her efforts on providing spend analysis
solutions and taxonomy customization. She received her
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Norwich University.
Robert Yu, Research Support Analyst
Robert Yu, Research Support Analyst for the Consortium on Financing
Higher Education, graduated from Oberlin College in 2013 with a double major
in Economics and Psychology. His undergraduate focus and research revolved
around econometrics and education. Prior to joining COFHE, Robert interned
at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and at COFHE.