Teri Cannon serves as Chief Policy and Accreditation Officer/ALO for MSKGI and Acting President, Minerva Institute. Prior to joining Minerva in 2012, she was a higher education consultant, working with universities and law schools on issues related to innovation, accreditation, student achievement, and organizational change and development. Also a lawyer, Ms. Cannon has more than 40 years in higher education – working in both law and undergraduate education and in both public and private institutions. She served as Executive Vice President of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission and was dean of two small California law schools and associate dean at a major public university. Active in accreditation work for multiple accrediting agencies as both a peer reviewer and leader since the 1970s, she is also a lawyer and author of two textbooks on legal ethics. She has served on several governing boards and accrediting commissions and has written and spoken widely on issues related to accreditation, the changing landscape of higher education, legal ethics, access to legal services, and diversity in the legal profession and the academy. Ms. Cannon holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.