Tamela H. Hawley, Vice President, joined WASC in October 2016. She came to WASC from the San Jose Evergreen Community College District where she served as Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success. Since 1994, Tamela has held a variety of roles within higher education, including as faculty in the College Student Personnel Department at the University of Maryland; Associate Dean at Trinity College in Washington, DC; Dean of Institutional Research at Prince George’s Community College; and Director of Research at Baltimore County Public Schools. While in Maryland, she served on numerous visiting teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Tamela has been involved in quality improvement for over 15 years, serving as an examiner for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and as a judge and trainer for the California Council for Excellence. She also supports youth sports by serving as a superior judge for the United States Gymnastics Association. Her areas of interest include measuring institutional effectiveness in higher education and increasing access and achievement for diverse student populations. Tamela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Higher Education & Work and a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Social Change from UCLA.