Theodorea Regina Berry, Ed.D.
Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success
and Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Theodorea Regina Berry is UCF’s Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies. In her role, she drives efforts to offer students in her college robust programs while supporting university-wide initiatives to advance undergraduate education, take learning beyond the classroom, and promote greater student success. Dr. Berry works closely with the university’s Provost, the Deans of UCF’s 13 colleges, and leaders of academic units to create and sustain a learning environment that enables students to thrive academically, professionally, and civically.
Dr. Pam Cavanaugh, Associate Vice Provost for UCF Connect, oversees all transfer student success and support, including Transfer Connect and the DirectConnect to UCF partnership program with our state college partners. Dr. Cavanaugh works with academic development, student success, retention initiatives, and success coaching, along with oversight for 11 regional campuses. Dr. Cavanaugh was the founding director of UCF’s LEAD Scholars Program and has experience in institutional advancement, online student services, academic affairs, student affairs, teaching, leadership, and change management. Dr. Cavanaugh earned a B.S. from Purdue University, M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and Ed.D. from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. DeLaine Priest serves as the Associate Vice Provost, Student Success and Advising within the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success. In her role, she oversees the centralization and coordination of academic advising through collaborative partnerships with the colleges and campus stakeholders. DeLaine provides leadership and vision to several academic affairs units and is a champion for student success, retention, progression, and graduation. With over 25 years of experience in Higher Education, DeLaine obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Kimberly Schneider, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Innovation, and
Assistant Dean, Academic Engagement, College of Undergraduate Studies
Director, Undergraduate Research
Kimberly R. Schneider has been at the University of Central Florida since 2007. She currently serves as the interim Assistant Vice Provost and Assistant Dean within the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success. She previously served as the founding director of the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research. She has a B.S. from the University of Florida in Zoology and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Biological Sciences. Her current research science education, and high-impact educational practices (HIPs). Dr. Schneider has several active grants focused on STEM engagement in undergraduate research and HIPs through the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Ryan Goodwin is the Founding Director of the Center for Higher Education Innovation at the University of Central Florida. Ryan’s research and practice focuses on higher education innovations that improve access, success, and completion for all. He is particularly interested in the educational systems and organizational structures that influence student movement to and through postsecondary education.
A native Hoosier, Ryan earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington and began his career in elementary school classrooms. Ryan continued his education at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs with a concentration in Higher Education Administration. Later, Ryan was awarded the Erickson Research Fellowship to attend Michigan State University, where he completed a dual Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. While at MSU, Ryan led the College Ambition Program, a multi-site research study that provided support and resources to promote a college-going culture in Michigan high schools. After leaving MSU, Ryan served as UCF’s inaugural University Innovation Alliance Fellow. Ryan has found home in Orlando and at UCF and is inspired by his colleagues’ commitment to student success.
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