Nancy Hunter Denney

Nancy Hunter Denney is the founder and executive director of Lead365. She brings more than 30 years of experience working in higher education and non-profit helping organizations. Nancy is the presenter for the pre-convention workshop for faculty officers focusing on strategies and techniques for “reaching and teaching” today’s student. With more than 25 years of professional speaking and training experience, Nancy will offer her personalized “advising through coaching” method, strategies for offering feedback on the interpersonal level, and conclude with fail-safe methodologies, tricks, and tips for engaging students in the classroom or in workshop settings.

Derreck Kayongo

Derreck Kayongo was named one of the 2011 CNN Heroes of the Year for his work in founding Global Soap, an organization that recycles soap for people in need around the world. Their goal is to ensure that once people receive soap, they have access to it for the rest of their lives. Derreck is an honoris causa initiate of the East Carolina University Circle and will be the opening keynote speaker.

Tom Bowen

Tom Bowen took over as the University of Memphis Director of Athletics in June of 2012, and in his short time leading the department, he has guided the Tigers roaring into a new and exciting era. Before taking his current post, Bowen served as the athletics director at San Jose State University from 2004-12 and worked for the San Francisco 49ers prior to that. The 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame majored in theology/sociology and spent time studying for the priesthood with the Holy Cross Fathers. Bowen went on to earn a master’s degree in administration/education from the University of San Francisco in 1990. He is an initiate of the University of Memphis Circle.

Bree Boyce

Bree Boyce first made news when she was crowned the 75th Miss South Carolina in 2011 after losing more than one hundred pounds. Bree now travels the country as a motivational speaker on health and wellness. In addition to speaking at the convention, Bree will be the honorary starter for the 5K and Fun Run. She is a 2015 initiate of the Francis Marion University Circle.

Ann Marie Klotz

Dr. Ann Marie Klotz is the dean for Campus Life and chief Student Affairs officer on the Manhattan campus of the New York Institute of Technology. Ann Marie studied the career trajectory and leadership styles of ten female university presidents in writing her dissertation to attain a doctorate from DePaul University. She will speak about developing your own leadership brand and will moderate the presidents’ panel. She is an initiate of the Grand Valley State University Circle.


John Knapp

Dr. Knapp, president of Hope College, was also the founding director of Samford University’s Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. He served concurrently as university professor and Mann Family professor of Ethics and Leadership at Samford from 2008–13. At Hope College, he has led the development and implementation of a 10-year strategic plan to enhance the college’s distinctiveness as a place of academic excellence, faith development, inclusiveness, and global engagement.

Kevin Kruger

Dr. Kevin Kruger has been the associate executive director of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) since 1994, and he became the first executive-level president in 2012. Kevin spent 15 years at the University of Maryland working in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and student affairs before joining NASPA. He is an initiate of the Sigma Circle, and he will be moderating the speakers and pillars’ panel at the conference.