Advisory Board

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Board serves to advise the dean by connecting the university with the world beyond our campuses and providing the college with specialized knowledge and expertise. Board members support the programs and activities of the college and foster continuing relationships among students, faculty, alumni, and friends.

CHSS Dean's Advisory Board Members

Chair: Eric Johnson, MA English '05
Director of Digital Access, Folger Shakespeare Library

Firas Al-Barzinji, JD '09
General Counsel, Sterling Management Group

Joseph Apa
Partner and Co-Founder, The Capital Group, LLC

William Carter
, BA Government and Politics '91
Chief Communications Officer
Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment

Lynn Huggins
, Bachelor of Individualized Study '92
Human Resources Director, Three Wire Systems

Robert Lightburn, MA History '04
Of Counsel, Babirak Carr PC

Nicole Livas, BA Communication '90
Anchor/Special Projects Reporter, 13NewsNow (WVEC)

Allen Lomax, MPA '82

M. Yaqub Mirza, parent BA '00, BA '09
President and CEO, Sterling Management Group

Jason Reis, BA Economics '93, GIS '17
Operations Research Analyst, Leidos, Inc.

Dr. Alexandra Sims, BA Anthropology '09
Primary Care Pediatrician and Health Services Researcher

Robert Townsend, PhD History '09
Director, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Washington Office

Julie Weber, BA English '06
Partner and Chief Marketing Officer, Brllnt

Next Meeting: TBD May 2020


The college is grateful for the service and contributions
of our board members emeriti: 

David W. Bartee, MPA '06 Gail A. Bohan, BA '70, MPA '82
George C. Cabalu, BA '92 Randolph W. Church
Dr. Ashok Deshmukh   Nicole A. Geller, BS '86
C. Michael Hincewicz Ian G. Hogg
Michael J. Hoover, MA '81 Jonathan C. Lamb, BA '97
Samantha E. Madden, BS '89 Matthew S. Plummer, BA '00, MS '11
Jennifer C. Shelton, BS '94      Edward M. Staunton III
Stanley E. Tetlow, BS '84
Michael Whitlock, BA '96
John A. Wilburn, MA '76