MIDDLE STATES TEAM BIOS
Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., (Chair) was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees
in 2009. He has served as the 24th president of the University of Scranton since 2003.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University, Father Pilarz
entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He earned a master's
degree in philosophy from Fordham University and master's degrees in divinity and theology
from the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in English at
the City University of New York, and his dissertation, Sacerdotal Self-Fashioning: Priesthood in
the Poetry of Robert Southwell, S.J., and John Donne, won the 1997 CUNY Alumni
Achievement Prize for Dissertation Excellence. While completing doctoral studies, he was
appointed to the English faculty of St. Joseph's University in 1994. In 1996 he joined the
Georgetown faculty as an assistant professor of English. In 2002 he was appointed interim
As a scholar, Father Pilarz has delivered numerous papers at conferences on various aspects of
medieval and Renaissance literature. He has also lectured and published on topics related to
Jesuit education. His articles on John Donne, St. Robert Southwell, S.J., and medieval drama
have appeared in academic journals and collections of essays. His book, Robert Southwell, S.J.,
and the Mission of Literature 1561-1595: Writing Reconciliation, has been published by
Father Pilarz serves as the Association of Jesuit Colleges Universities representative to the
American Council on Education board of directors. He also serves on the boards of Boston
College, the Scranton Preparatory School, Scranton Tomorrow, and as chair of the board of
Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, N.J., from which he graduated. Father Pilarz also
served from 2005 to 2008 on the State Ethics Commission for the Commonwealth of
Father Pilarz’s leadership skills were recognized through his inclusion among the 38 successful
individuals profiled by Ronald Shapiro in The New York Times bestseller Dare to Prepare: How
to Win Before You Begin. In addition, Father Pilarz received the Slovak Republic St. Elizabeth
University of Health and Social Sciences Great Medal of St. Elizabeth Award in 2008, as well as
the Lackawanna Bar Association Chief Justice Michael J. Eagan Award for Dedicated Service. In
2009, Father Pilarz received the John Carroll Award from Georgetown University, which honors
alumni whose achievements exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown University and
its founder, Archbishop John Carroll. Father Pilarz was also recognized by the Georgetown
Alumni Association in 2002 with the William Gaston Award for Outstanding Service and was
chosen by the graduating class of 1999 to receive the Edward B. Bunn, S.J., Award for Faculty
Excellence, which recognizes outstanding teaching and service.
Mary Kay Reed (Standards 6, 11, 12, 14) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at York
College of Pennsylvania 1993-present). Prior to her present appointment, she was an Associate
Professor at Shenandoah University (1987-1993) . She received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania
State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Her background is in assessment of student learning outcomes; strategic planning; budgeting;
information/instructional technology; faculty governance; academic advisement; student
development and student life programs, and general education.
She has served on four Middle States Evaluation Teams.
Kevin P. O’Flaherty (Standards 2 and 3) is Vice President for Finance at Gwynedd-Mercy
College. Before coming to Gwynedd-Mercy in 2005, he was Vice President for Finance at St.
Francis University (1998-2005) and Associate Vice President for Finance and Comptroller at the
Illinois Institute of Technology (1979-1998). He holds a B.S.C. (Accounting) and M.S.T.
(Taxation) from DePaul University. He has served on six prior Evaluation Teams.
Mark P. Curchack (Standards 1, 2, 7, 14) is Executive Director of the President’s
Office and Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment at Arcadia University.
Before that he was Dean of Graduate Studies at Arcadia; in that role, he developed
online and certificate programs. He first came to Arcadia in 1975 (then known as Beaver
College) as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in 1975. An Anthropologist, he is the
author of Other Duties as Assigned: Presidential Assistants in Higher Education.
(Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), the first study of the role of Presidential assistants in
In 2005 he was elected as the first Chair of the Board of PACE, the Philadelphia Area
Consortium for Education. PACE is a 27-institution consortium of colleges and cultural
institutions, banded together to raise substantial grants to fund projects that assist the
Philadelphia School District.
He received his B.A. from Yale in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees
in Anthropology from the University of California-Berkeley. He is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Society for College and University Planning.
His background is in institutional planning, assessment of institutional effectiveness, and
stewardship of institutional mission. He has served on nine Middle States Evaluation Teams.
Robert J. Graham (Standards 4, 10, 12) is Provost of Waynesburg University, a
comprehensive Christian university. He joined Waynesburg in 2008 as Dean of Undergraduate
Studies, and became Provost a year later.
Before coming to Waynesburg, Graham was the Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2004-
2008) and Professor of Sociology (1997-2008) at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Prior to Lee,
Graham worked as a research analyst for the Institute for Policy Research and research
associate for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (1992-1997).
Graham holds a Ph.D. (Sociology) from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Gerontological
Studies from Miami of Ohio, and a B.A. from Lee University.
Barbara C. Hinkle (Standards 6, 8, 9, 13) is Vice President for Enrollment Services and
Registrar at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. She began at Seton Hill in 1976 as a
Mathematic/Computer Science faculty member. She became registrar in 1987. She earned
bachelor's and master's degrees from West Virginia University,
Her field of expertise is institutional research.
Brian J. Whalen (Standards 4, 5, 7, 8, 9) is President and CEO of the Forum on
Education Abroad. The forum is a standard-developing program for study abroad programs.
The stated goals of the Forum include establishing Standards of Good Practice, conduct
research to assess outcomes of education abroad and collect useful data, promote excellence in
curriculum design and advocate for education abroad at all levels. There are presently over 400
institutional members. Whalen became the CEO in 2010.
Prior to becoming CEO in 2010, he was Associate Provost, Associate Professor of International
Studies and Executive Director of the Office of Global Education at Dickinson College (1999-
2010). He has also served as Director of International Education at Marist College (1997-2000);
Associate Director of International Programs (1992-1997) and Resident Director of the Italian
Center (1992-1992) for Boston University, and the Resident Director of the University of Dallas
Rome Campus (1988-1991).
Whalen has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of international education topics
and has served on a number of boards of international education organizations. He is the
founding editor of Frontiers: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, founded in 1994 as
the first academic journal devoted to education abroad, and he continues to serve as its editor
and publisher. Whalen holds B.A. (Marist College), M.A. and Ph.D. (University of Dallas)
degrees in psychology.
Peter Panos (Standards 3, 5, 10, 11) is the College Librarian at Caldwell College, where he
has served since 2006. Before Caldwell, he was the Director of the College Library at Sussex
County Community College (1995-2006) and Associate Professor of Communications at Barry
University (1983-1995). He holds a B.S. (Social Studies and English) from Seton Hall
University; M.A. and Ph.D. (Education Communications) from New York University, and M.A.
(Library Science) from the University of South Florida.
His background is in academic administration; library and Online Programs. This is the third
time he has served as a Middle States Evaluator.
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of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department from 2004 to 2008 and as a professor of
sociology from 1997 to 2008. Prior to his time at Lee University, Graham served at the
University of Cincinnati for five years, where he worked as a research analyst for the Institute
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from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he served as the Chair of the Behavioral ad
Social Sciences Department from 2004 to 2008 and as a professor of sociology from 1997 to 2008.
Prior to his time at Lee University, Graham served at the University of Cincinnati for five years, where
he worked as a research analyst for the Institute for Policy Research and as a research associate for
the Department of Family Medicine. In addition to his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Graham
holds a Master of Gerontological Studies degree from Miami Unfrom the University of Cincinnati,
Graham holds a Master ofdegree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as a Bachelor of Arts
degree from Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn.
Graham’s research includes work for the Bradley County Family Resource Agency; the Bradley
Initiative for Church and Community (BICC); the Cincinnati Area Council on Aging; Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital Medical Center; the City of Cleveland in Cleveland, Tenn.; the Square D
Corporation in Florence, Ky.; United Way of Greater Cincinnati; and the Community Chest of Greater
Cincinnati, among others.
Extensively involved in community work, Graham has served on a Focus the Nation committee, where
he helped coordinate campus-wide events raising awareness of global warming and potential solutions
at Lee University. He also worked with the United Way Fund Distribution Committee for Nancy’s
House, which serves people who are HIV positive or who have AIDS in Bradley and surrounding
counties. Graham has served on the Bradley County Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange
Advisory Committee, the BICC Racial Equality Committee and the Service Learning Committee,
among many others.
"Waynesburg University has a wonderful tradition and heritage,” said Dr. Graham. “From the
compelling mission established by its founders to its continuing articulation of that vision today,
Waynesburg is an impressive University. I am honored and excited to join the Waynesburg University
community and this outstanding group of scholars and professionals."
Waynesburg University is a private, comprehensive Christian university offering doctoral, graduate
and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Founded in 1849 by the
Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a contemporary campus in the
hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The
University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only
27 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to
touch the lives of others through service.