Accrediting Committee

The members of the Accrediting Committee meet once a year to review the reports of on-site observations submitted by site visit teams. The Committee examines the reports thoroughly and makes recommendations for accrediting actions. The recommendations are forwarded to the Accrediting Council, which makes all final accrediting decisions.

The Accrediting Committee has 15 members. The Accrediting Council President serves as an ex-officio voting member of the Committee.

Marie Hardin, Chair, Accrediting Committee
Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
Pennsylvania State University
201 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
(Term expires 2021)

Sonya Forte Duhé, Vice Chair, Accrediting Committee
Director and Professor
School of Communication and Design
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
(Term expires 2021)

Caesar Andrews
Leonard Distinguished Professor
in Ethics and Writing
Reynolds School of Journalism
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0310
(775)784-4702 or (313)505-5121
(Term expires 2020)

Michael Cherenson
Executive Vice President, Public Relations
SCG Advertising & Public Relations
26 Eastmans Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973)597-5104 or (973)919-6228 (mobile)
(Term expires 2020)

Heidi de Laubenfels
Chief Operating Officer
Nyhus Communications
720 Third Ave., 12th Floor
Seattle, WA 98134
(206)423-6126 (mobile)
(Term expires 2020)

Denise Dowling
School of Journalism
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(Term expires 2021)

Vincent Duffy
News Director
Michigan Radio
535 W. William St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(Term expires 2021)

Rochelle Ford
School of Communications
2850 Campus Box
Elon University
Elon, NC 27244
(Term expires 2022)

Helen Katz
Senior Vice President
Global Director of Data & Partnerships
Publicis Spine

35 W. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(Term expires 2022)

Wanda Lloyd
Mailing Address: 202 Lee Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31405
(Term expires 2020)

Diana Martinelli
Reed College of Media
West Virginia University
1511 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26506-6010
(Term expires 2022)

Carol J. Pardun
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
800 Sumter St.
Columbia, SC 29208
(Term expires 2021)

Brian Sheehan
S.I. Newhouse School
of Public Communications
Syracuse University
Room 351, Newhouse 2
Syracuse, NY 13244
(Term expires 2021)

Al Stavitsky
Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism
and Center for Advanced Media Studies
University of Nevada, Reno
MS 310
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557-0310
(Term expires 2022)

Wendi Strong
USAA, Retired
Executive Vice President
and Chief Communications Officer
353 Garraty Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
(Term expires 2021)