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Three finalists will interview March 29, April 3-4 for Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation position

Update: Due to inclement weather, the interview scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 11. Please visit the search website for the latest information on rescheduled engagements and locations.

Three finalists for the position of director of institutional effectiveness & accreditation have been invited to the University of North Dakota for on-campus visits.

Please note that a previously announced, fourth candidate, scheduled to visit campus on Thursday, March 30, withdrew from consideration.

The director of institutional effectiveness & accreditation will provide leadership, vision and administrative oversight for assessing the University’s performance relative to its mission, vision, values and strategic goals, as well as advocate for excellence in accreditation and assessment efforts. Open interview sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, as well as Monday and Tuesday, April 3-4. The schedule is below, as well as biographical information provided by the finalists. More details can be found on the search website.

  • Lewis Brogdon, Wednesday, March 29, 1 – 2 p.m., O’Kelly Hall, Room 343
  • William Brown, Monday, April 3, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., O’Kelly Hall, Room 343
  • Shane Schellpfeffer, Tuesday, April 11, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m., O’Kelly Hall, Room 343


Lewis Brogdon

Lewis Brogdon earned his Ph.D. in Theology at Regent University School of Divinity. Brogdon is an effective teacher, experienced administrator and public intellectual. Over his 16-year career in higher education, he has taught at two Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), directed two Black Studies programs and worked in recruitment and admissions. He also worked as a senior-level administrator at an HBCU as it navigated its reaffirmation process. Brogdon has spent the last six years focusing on assessment and accreditation and currently serves as Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Bluefield University in Virginia, overseeing planning, assessment and compliance.

Brogdon is also a sought-out national speaker who has attended high profile meetings and spoken in venues such as the White House, the National Press Club, the South African Embassy, the National Newspaper Publisher Association annual conference in Washington D.C., Black Politics Today, Empower21 Global Congress in Jerusalem, major denominational conferences and podcasts. In his role as Executive Director of the Institute for Black Church Studies and Associate Professor at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in Louisville, he provides antiracist training for leaders in White churches, professional development courses for leaders in Black churches, and teaches courses in African American theology and history, including a course on the life and theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. Brogdon has authored five books and over 30 articles on African American political, religious and historical issues.


William (Bill) Brown

Bill Brown earned his Doctor of Business Administration degree at Grand Canyon University. Brown has been instrumental in achieving/surpassing strategic goals for student success, environment, infrastructure, partnerships, assessment and strategic planning at multiple institutions over a 30-year career in higher education. As a leader of institutional planning, research, effectiveness, accreditation, and assessment since 1993, Brown has been a member of academic and administrative leadership teams at Great Basin College, Aims Community College, Central Arizona College and State University of New York at Oswego.

Prior to his career in higher education, Brown worked in the aerospace industry and served in the U.S. Army for six years. Brown is also an experienced public speaker in front of academic, corporate, economic development, government and association audiences. In addition to his doctorate, Brown holds an MBA and BSBA degree from Chapman University. His family includes a wife of 41 years and two German shepherds.


Shane Schellpfeffer

Shane Schellpfeffer is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research from the University of North Dakota. He has been the Associate Director of Assessment at Kansas State University since May 2021. Prior to arriving at K-State, he was the coordinator of education and evaluation and then director of evaluation and assessment at a medical school. Schellpfeffer also has experience in student affairs assessment from his time as a residence hall director. He has 10 years of experience in higher education related to assessment and evaluation, as well as accreditation experience with both the HLC and LCME.

Schellpfeffer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Augustana College; a master’s degree in education from Texas Christian University; a doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Dakota; and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of North Dakota. He has presented results of his research at both national and international conferences, and his areas of interest in scholarship and research include learning analytics, predictive analytics as it applies to assessment, IPEDS datasets and curricular analytics.