USA Advisory Board

US Advisory Board

Renee Martinez


In August of 2012, Renée was appointed as interim President at Los Angeles City College (LACC) by the Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District and permanent President in June of 2013. Her responsibilities include managing all college departments, faculty, and staff as well as overseeing the college budget, student success, student support services and overseeing the bond supported building projects taking place on campus. Her responsibility is to provide the vision, leadership, and strategic direction to ensure that LACC achieves goals set forth by the Los Angeles Community College District. She continues to put students and those most in need at the forefront and enjoys the challenges of developing and sustaining programs and policies that will continue the more-than-80-year tradition of educational excellence in the Los Angeles Community College District. Her career, at every level, has been a reflection of the college mission of an inclusive and effective learning and working environment for all. The district goal of student success influences every decision she makes.

Dr. Dewayne Frazier


He is known as an academic entrepreneur and his career is marked by enrollment growth through creative academic programming. Dr. Frazier’s portfolio includes the Adult and Graduate Programs (online), library services, academic support, international education, Registrar Office, Office of Student Development, career services, community service office, campus ministries and the university academic divisions (Business, Education, Humanities, Nursing, and Sciences). He serves on the President’s Cabinet and is also a full professor in the Division of Business. He is also a national presenter on academic entrepreneurship. He has presented at the World Conference of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education, NAFSA national conference and Academic Impressions.

Dr. Frazier earned his Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Political Science/ Mathematics. He completed his M.A. in international politics at the Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce on the campus of the University of Kentucky and finished an additional M.A. at the University of Louisville in higher education administration. Dr. Frazier completed his Ph.D. in leadership at the University of Louisville.  His dissertation topic was focused on international education.


Dr. Dan Carey


During his tenure, Carey led Edgewood College through remarkable growth and progress especially in four major areas: enhancing campus community, putting students first, expanding and strengthening academic programs, and leading through building strong relationships. Prior to serving at Edgewood College, Carey served for nine years as the President of Benedictine College, his alma mater.


Since retiring as President, Carey co-founded a Higher Education consulting partnership, called MPK&D. He serves as an Executive Coach for college and university presidents and works with Boards of Trustees. He started a program for those “Aspiring to the College Presidency” and served as the leader of this program for nine years.


Carey earned his B.A. degree from Benedictine College and received an M.A. in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance and his Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. As part of his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Carey attended Harvard University’s “Institute for Educational Management” in 1986. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study international education in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.


Dan Carey, Colonel (ret.) is also a decorated Vietnam War veteran. Prior to entering higher education, he served as a platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Army. He later commanded a Squadron in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He retired as a full Colonel. His service to higher education included chairing the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent colleges and universities. He served on the Board for the Council of Independent Colleges and continues to serve on the Board of the Westerman Foundation.

Dr. Mark Schulman


Prior presidencies include Saybrook University in San Francisco from 2010 to 2016, Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, from 2003 to 2010, where he led the successful turn-around of the institution, and Antioch University Southern California. Other administrative and faculty appointments include: Academic Dean/Vice President, Dean of the College, and Professor at Pacific Oaks College; Chairperson, Communication Department/Director, Graduate Media Studies/Lead Faculty, Distance Learning/ Distinguished Lecturer in Communications at the New School for Social Research; Chairperson/Deputy Chairperson, Communications, Film and Video Department, and Associate Professor at City College of New York.


Dr. Schulman’s extensive academic experience also includes positions at Saint Mary’s College of California, Antioch College, and Mount Vernon College. He has an extensive background in communications and education consulting and higher education administration. Dr. Schulman’s work has been published in a number of reports, journals, and texts relevant to his areas of interest. He has made numerous presentations and lectures. He served as the President of the Vermont Higher Education Council in 2006-2007; on the Executive Committee of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges from 2005 to 2010, and on the Board of Directors of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility from 2005 to 2010. Dr. Schulman received his Doctor of Philosophy in Communications from The Union Institute and University.

Dr. Ed Johnson


UGS is dedicated to achieving the preferred futures of America’s independent colleges and universities to create and execute distinctive, market-driven strategic plans, initiatives and inspiring stories, driven by innovative, long-term revenue stream solutions that will fuel their futures.


In 2003, Dr. Johnson created University Realty Advisors, LLC to advise universities, cities, developers, and financiers on the development of branch campuses in the US Sunbelt. Advisory services include environmental scanning, business plan development, academic consortium planning, and site master planning. Dr. Johnson currently serves on the boards of Second Nature (coalition of 600+ universities moving to carbon neutrality) (chair), Sias International University (China’s largest private university) (chair), Prescott College (AZ) (Vice-Chair), the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), and the GREIT Liquidation Trust. Dr. Johnson’s 30+ year higher education career includes leadership positions in both public and independent higher education.




His accomplishments include:


  • Creation of the nation’s first Law, Science, and Technology Center at Arizona State University’s College of Law
  • Creation of the nation’s first undergraduate program in social entrepreneurship at Sterling College
  • Creation of the first international leadership degree program for Habitat for Humanity International at Sterling College
  • Creation of the nation’s first private-sector 529 College Savings Program in Arizona

Dr. Johnson previously led two higher education organizations, Everest College Phoenix and Everest University Online. From 1997-2003, he also served as President of Sterling College (Kansas), a liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (US). Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science from Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa).

Fred Siegel



Fred Siegel has 40 years of expertise in the field of higher education. He successfully led initiatives around enrollment management, admissions, and student affairs at four prestigious universities, namely Boston University, University of Delaware, George Washington University, and Claremont Graduate University. Fred has taken on various key positions in those institutions, including director of admissions (Boston University), assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions (GWU), associate provost for enrollment services (University of Delaware), and vice provost for student and enrollment services/dean of students (Claremont Graduate University).



At the University of Delaware, Fred’s work directing several offices was instrumental in the university landing its largest freshman classes in history within two years and achieving a 40% increase in applications within six years. Currently, Fred maintains his own consulting practice, as well as provides organizational analysis and training for university staff and management teams. Throughout his career, Fred has been featured in publications like The Boston Globe, New York Times, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been invited to numerous conferences as a panel member and guest speaker. He also represented the College Board to the House Judiciary Committee in 1996.

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