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 2022)

Cristina Azocar
Department of Journalism
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
(Term expires: 2024)

Michael Cherenson
Executive Vice President
Public Relations
SCG Advertising & Public Relations
100 S. Jefferson Road, Suite 204
Whippany, NJ 07981
Mobile: (973)919-6228
(Term expires 2024)

Denise Dowling
School of Journalism
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(Term expires 2022)

Vincent Duffy
News Director
Michigan Radio
535 W. William St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(Term expires 2022)

Rochelle Ford
School of Communications
2850 Campus Box
Elon University
Elon, NC 27244
(Term expires 2023)

Jackie Jones
School of Global Journalism & Communication
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251
443-885-3502 (office)
202-271-6890 (mobile)
(Term expires 2024)

Helen Katz
Senior Vice President
Global Research
Publicis Media

35 W. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(Term expires 2023)

Rafael Lorente
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Master’s Program Director
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
University of Maryland
Office: (301)405-1084
Mobile: (202)841-2375
(Term expires 2024) 

Diana Martinelli
Reed College of Media
West Virginia University
1511 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26506-6010
(Term expires 2023)

Diane McFarlin
Dean Emeritus
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
(Term expires 2024)

Brian Sheehan
S.I. Newhouse School
of Public Communications
Syracuse University
Room 351, Newhouse 2
Syracuse, NY 13244
(Term expires 2022)

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 2023)

Wendi Strong
USAA, Retired
Executive Vice President
and Chief Communications Officer
353 Garraty Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
(Term expires 2022)

Joseph Tateoka
Vice President, Global Learning and Development
200 E. Randolph St., Floor 63
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 523-4096
(Term expires 2024)