Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Summit

A Strategic Enrollment Management Collaboration

November 1-2, 2021
Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge, Nashville, TN


Nov. 1 – Day One Schedule

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Summit Check-in

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Linda Martin, vice president for academic affairs and student success, UT System

Leigh Cherry, coordinator for student success initiatives, UT System

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Presentation
Emerging from the Pandemic: The Road Ahead for University Enrollment
The last year and a half have been grueling for American higher education. Upended by a pandemic, universities were pushed into teaching and administrative practices before they were ready to do so. While the sector has shown its resilience and adaptability, this period has accelerated issues it was facing before March 2020. Declining high school graduates, declines in community college enrollments, shifting demographics, the test-optional movement, eroding trust in the value of a college degree, and the rise of online instruction are just some of the trends that accelerated and await our action, moving forward.

Join Tom Green, a 35-year veteran of enrollment management, to hear more about these trends and what may lie ahead for higher education enrollments. Tom Green will focus on three key areas in his remarks – the future of admissions in a test-optional environment, demonstrating value in higher education degree programs, and creating greater equity for the population of students now entering higher education. These will serve as stimuli for group discussions following his remarks. He will provide a workshop format at the end of the day to summarize and synthesize the discussions of the groups around these and other topics.

Tom Green, associate executive director for consulting and SEM, AACRAO

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 – 3:10 p.m.
Session 1: Facilitated Discussions

  • Re-envisioning Our Approach to Traditional Classroom Instruction (Great Room)
    Facilitator: Tom Laughner, Director, Teaching and Learning Center (UTHSC)
  • Defining Realistic and Achievable Enrollment Management Goals (Commons)
    Facilitator: Fabrizio D’Aloisio, Associate Vice Provost, Enrollment Management; Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions (UTK)
  • Promoting Access, Equity, and Student Success Through Enrollment Management (Classroom)
    Facilitator: Stacy Lightfoot, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement (UTC)
  • Supporting Students Who Experience Disruptions in Their Academic Journey (Boardroom)
    Facilitator: Shannon Perry, Director of Conduct and Care (UTM)
  • Addressing the Drop in Tennessee Postsecondary Engagement (Loft)
    Facilitator: Bryce Warden, Director of Policy, (SCORE)

3:10 – 3:20 p.m.

3:20 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 2: Facilitated Discussions

Putting Students at the Center: Current student trends and the student experience as we emerge from the pandemic

  • Group 1/Blue (Great Room)
  • Group 2/Pink (Commons)
  • Group 3/Green (Classroom)
  • Group 4/Orange (Boardroom)
  • Group 5/Black (Loft)

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
SEM Workshop and Discussion
Emerging from the Pandemic: The Road Ahead for University Enrollment
Tom Green, associate executive director for consulting and SEM, AACRAO

Summit participants are invited to attend a reception in the Hermitage Room at the Hilton Nashville Airport on Monday, Nov. 1 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.


Day One Keynote Speaker

Tom Green

Tom Green
Tom Green brings 35 years of SEM experience and expertise to AACRAO, where he serves as the Associate Executive Director for Consulting and SEM (Strategic Enrollment Management). He served as dean or vice president of enrollment management at seven institutions, both public and private. Green led admissions, financial aid, registrar, student accounts, academic advising and support, adult re-entry services and one-stop shop areas, twice serving as director of financial aid. His expertise in SEM planning, recruitment techniques, enrollment marketing and communications, financial aid analysis and resource utilization and student success techniques resulted in enrollment increases, improvements in student profile and retention rates, as well as net revenue.

In 2006, Green joined AACRAO Consulting and since 2008 has devoted his career full-time to helping institutions reach their enrollment goals. His work has included both private and public institutions, from small private colleges to public flagships, from rural to highly urban, and specializations such as online programs, law schools, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. His consultations have been performed in every region of the United States, in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and in Eastern Europe.

As the Association’s Associate Executive Director, he oversees all SEM initiatives, including the SEM Conference, content for member professional development, and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of SEM Quarterly, AACRAO’s peer-reviewed journal of research and practice in the field. He directed the AACRAO-NASPA partnership on Comprehensive Learner Records, a Lumina Foundation-funded initiative on the future of digital student records, and continued to lead the practice of innovation in student records today. He is also leading a new initiative on community college SEM planning, focused on credentials for adult learners and the closing of equity gaps for historically underserved students.

Tom Green holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree from the American Conservatory of Music, where he later began his academic career as a faculty member in music performance, and a Ph.D. in higher education leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University. He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader at national and international conferences and has published articles and book chapters on a wide variety of SEM issues.



Nov. 2 – Day Two Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Check-in and Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Presentation
Student Success and Strategic Enrollment Management: Beginning with the End in Mind
What a global pandemic taught has us about the importance of implementing a fully integrated approach to student success.

What once might have been described as a “warm handoff” between enrollment management professionals and the faculty and staff who support a university’s student success efforts, must now be seen as a fully-integrated effort to shape the student experience. From admissions, financial aid, registration, and bill payment, to course instruction, advising, student services, and high-impact practices, students see us more than ever as one university, charged with delivering a truly seamless student experience. Because of this, it is mission critical for enrollment management and student success efforts to come together, with values such as collaboration, humility, and shared learning at the heart of the work. The importance of this approach has been highlighted as colleges and universities continue to wrestle with the impact of the global pandemic on students, their families, and their communities.

In this interactive session, we will hear from Bernie Savarese, the new assistant vice president for student success for the University of Tennessee System. Bernie has spent the last decade leading integrated student success efforts at large, complex institutions. In each of these roles, he has led this work from within divisions of enrollment management, yet always doing so with a one-university focus. Attendees will hear about critical points of integration across enrollment management and student success, how and when to maximize opportunities for partnership and collaboration, and recommendations for how our work must evolve to meet both the challenges and opportunities brought on by the events of the past year and a half. In addition to offering recommendations for practice, Bernie will reserve time for questions and insights from attendees.

Bernard Savarese, associate vice president for student success, UT System

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Enrollment Management Panel Discussion and Q&A


  • Kari Alldredge: Vice Provost, Enrollment Management (UTK)
  • Lee Pierce: Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (UTC)
  • Jamie Mantooth: Executive Director, Enrollment Services and Student Engagement (UTM)
  • Lyndsay Pittman: Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management; Registrar (UTHSC)
  • Tyler Cox: Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management (UTS)

Facilitator: Yancy Freeman: Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (UTC)

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Be One UT: “Big Ideas” Sharing Session

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Break/Transition into Campus Debrief Session

11:30 a.m. – Noon
Campus Debrief Session

  • UTK: Great Room
  • UTC: Commons
  • UTM: Classroom
  • UTHSC: Boardroom
  • UTS: Loft

End/Box Lunch


Day Two Keynote Speaker

Bernard Savarese

Bernie Savarese
Bernard Savarese was recently named assistant vice president for student success for the University of Tennessee System. Savarese, is the former assistant vice president for student success and the student experience at New York University (NYU). Savarese has spent the last two decades leading teams to enhance and grow the student experience. In his current role at NYU, Savarese works with students and senior leaders to direct critical innovations, increase collaboration and create a more student-centered experience. Those innovations include implementing a comprehensive academic advising and student success platform, overseeing the evolution of multiple campus resource centers and launching a team of case managers who leverage data and relationships to provide holistic student support and success coaching. Savarese also led the development of the offices of financial education and student veteran success, as well as the expansion of the university’s MLK Scholars program, which works to prepare student leaders for a life of meaningful service.

Prior to joining NYU in 2017, Savarese worked at Ohio State University for almost two decades, serving as the director of university orientation and first year experience (FYE), and leading the university’s standing committee on student success and retention. Before his time in FYE, he held various leadership roles in both the office of residence life and the Center for Student Leadership and Service.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University, master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University in college student personnel and business administration respectively and is completing a doctorate from NYU in education with an emphasis in leadership and innovation.