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Learn about our expert keynote presenters!

One of the hallmarks of the annual Adult Student Recruitment and Retention Conference is the outstanding lineup of keynote presenters. The 2022 keynote presenters represent the best of the best in adult education and higher education administration.


Monday (Nov. 7) Keynote: Dr. Chrissy Davis Jones

Dr. Chrissy Davis Jones serves as the vice president for Student Affairs and chief enrollment officer at Harrisburg Area Community College, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. She is known as a compassionate leader, who is passionate about the mission of teaching and learning, and serious about the business of student access and success.

As a former first-generation college student, her lived experience coupled with her educational background has equipped her to serve in various positions in the field of higher education and student affairs. Because of her passion and empathic approach to serve students and her community, Dr. Davis Jones strives to lead by example, supporting and working with her team to create the best learning and service experiences to meet students’ needs to accomplish their educational goals.

Dr. Davis Jones currently serves on EAB’s Research Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Board for NACADA’s Administrators Institute. She has been and continues to be an active member of the National Association of Student Affairs Professional in Higher Education (NASPA), including former co-chair for the Academic and Student Affairs Council. She also served as a peer evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) for nine years.

A native of Texas, Dr. Davis Jones earned a doctorate degree in education (Ed.D.) with an emphasis in higher education administration from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Denver in Denver, CO, and her bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in African American history at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.


Tuesday (Nov. 8) Keynote: Sarah Carroll

While working full time, Sarah Carroll completed her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in adult learning and organizational development. She later joined a newly created team within the Office of Human Resources at UW–Madison called “HR Communities of Practice.” Her first charge was to create and implement an HR competencies program for the campus HR community, the goal of which was (and continues to be) to foster consultative partnership—both within and outside of HR. Throughout her work on various initiatives, amplifying collaborative partnerships continues to be a major focus.

Carroll’s prior experience includes recruitment, onboarding, training/staff development, and organizational development in settings ranging from non-profits and healthcare to the performing arts and information technology—in addition to her current work in higher education.

Her “other” career involved company and operations management (including budgeting, contracting, tour planning, logistics), which she did for an internationally-touring theatrical performing arts group, a nationally touring public radio show, and a regionally-touring big top circus. She has also performed on aerial trapeze and knows how to juggle—literally and figuratively—although she has grown to recognize the greater value of collaboration with deep presence over the long-celebrated idea of multi-tasking.