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SAARC 2019 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Amelia Parnell is vice president for research and policy at NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She directs the Research and Policy Institute (RPI), which links research, policy, and effective student affairs practice in support of student success. Prior to her arrival at NASPA, Dr. Parnell was director of research initiatives at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), where she conducted two national studies related to future directions of the institutional research function. Her current research portfolio also includes studies on leadership attributes of college presidents and vice presidents, documenting and assessing co-curricular learning and assessment and evaluation in student affairs.

Dr. Parnell is co-editor of the newly-released book, The Analytics Revolution. She is a member of the board of directors for IDEA and serves on advisory boards for several other higher education organizations. Amelia holds a PhD in higher education from Florida State University and masters and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Florida A&M University.