Featured Administrators

Meet our featured administrators:

Shelly Chandler, PhD
Provost

Transformation happens at Beacon every day and no two days are the same for us – or for our students. 

Shelly ChandlerDr. Shelly Chandler is the Provost at Beacon College.

Dr. Chandler is also actively involved in several critical Beacon initiatives, including the College’s accreditation, serving as the liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  In this role, Chandler was instrumental in designing the curriculum for three new majors and steered the successful accreditation process.  She leads the College’s summer COMPASS program for international students.  Chandler also conducts New Employee Training for all College personnel so all new employees become versed in the field of learning disabilities.

Additionally, Chandler has worked with Beacon students as the sponsor of Student Government Association, served as academic advisor, and leads an international travel program each summer for the students.  She received the Outstanding Service Award for the academic years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Dr. Chandler joined Beacon College in 2002 and served as the Chair of the Human Services Department before assuming her current position.  Prior to joining Beacon, she was a program director at Lakeside Alternatives in the Children Outpatient Services area, where she directed 40 mental health professionals.  Chandler is a licensed mental health counselor, a certified animal-assisted therapist, and a certified clinical hypnotherapist.

Dr. Chandler holds a doctorate in philosophy with a counseling specialization from Barry University, a master of science degree in counseling and psychology from Troy State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Oakland University.

Dr. Chandler is a regular presenter at professional and academic conferences, including the 4th International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Learning Disabilities of America International Conference, Southern Commission of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Meeting and Conference, the American Counseling Association Conference & Exposition, and the International Conference on Critical Thinking.

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J. Otis Vance, MBA, CPA
Vice President Finance & Administration/Chief Financial Officer

Go to the Beacon Founder’s room and you’ll see why Beacon College is a place like no other — fostering an academic environment that enables student success. How cool is that?

J. Otis Vance is Vice President, Finance & Administration, and Chief Financial Officer at Beacon College. In these roles, he supervises the College’s financial, accounting, banking and auditing functions. He also oversees the operational areas of Finance and Administration, as well as Information Technology.

Mr. Vance joined Beacon College in 2016. Before Beacon, he served in various roles from 2014-2016 at the Maine College of Health Professions (MCHP) in Lewiston, Maine, a small, private healthcare professions college that is an affiliate of Central Maine Healthcare. There, he rose to Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer. In those roles, Mr. Vance controlled a $3.1 million budget and piloted a culture change that embraced teamwork.

Prior to that, he held various auditing and accounting positions with health-care industry firms, including Central Maine Healthcare and CHAN Healthcare Auditors in Tennessee, Oregon, and Idaho, in public service with the Idaho Legislature Services Office, and the nonprofit sector with the Idaho Migrant Council (now Community Council of Idaho).

Mr. Vance holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Boise State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. He also is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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Stephen F. Muller, MS
Vice President of Institutional Development and Communications

It is so incredibly powerful to watch young men and women – many of whom have been called lazy, dumb and stupid – thrive academically in an environment that understands their struggles and encourages their potential.

Stephen Muller VPSteve Muller is Vice President of Institutional Development and Communications at Beacon College.  In this role he oversees the fund raising activities, including annual fund solicitations, donor relations, foundation/corporate and individual grant proposals and the pending capital campaign. He is also responsible for internal and external communications which includes the college website, social media channels, press releases and other public relations materials. In addition, he is responsible for the marketing and branding of the College, special events and the Office of Alumni Affairs.

Mr. Muller joined Beacon College in 2014.  He was previously Vice President of Development, Marketing and Public Relations at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont, the only other college that exclusively serves students with diagnosed learning differences.  While there, he played an important role in the enrollment growth by designing and implementing a national marketing campaign. He also initiated the college’s first feasibility study, supervised a very successful annual fund and organized both the 20th and 25th anniversary celebrations.

Prior to joining the administration of Landmark College, Mr. Muller held senior level positions at New York University College of Dentistry, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University College of Veterinary Science and New York Law School. In each of these positions, his major responsibilities involved admissions, marketing, public relations and financial aid.

Mr. Muller holds a master of science degree from Bridgeport University.

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Thomas R. Brown
Director of Human Resources & Risk Management

There is a tremendous need for our programs and the incredible transformation they can bring to the lives of our students. Beacon is a vital national resource and I’m excited to be part of its ambitious vision.

Thomas R BrownThomas R. Brown is the Director of Human Resources & Risk Management at Beacon College. In this role, Mr. Brown oversees all aspects of Human Resources Administration and advises the President and Senior Staff on employment law, regulatory affairs, and risk management issues, recommending strategies to minimize the College’s exposure to adverse operational and institutional risk.

Prior to joining Beacon College in April 2015, Mr. Brown was the Director of Human Resources at Landmark College in Vermont for 18 years. Mr. Brown also has experience in operations management, functioning as a vice president of operations and regulatory affairs in the biotech industry for eight years.

Mr. Brown has a bachelor of science degree in systems management, summa cum laude, from Keene State College and a graduate certificate from Plymouth State University in the Human Side of the Enterprise. He is a member of CUPA-HR and the Society for Human Resources Management.

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Andrea M. Brode, MBA, EdD
Dean of Student Success

The opportunity to participate in and witness real transformation in our students is inspirational, humbling and tremendously gratifying. Working at Beacon is an academic dream job!

Andrea Brode, DeanDr. Andrea M. Brode is Dean of Student Success at Beacon College. In this role she oversees the Learning Specialists/Academic Advisors (every student at Beacon is assigned to a Learning Specialist), as well as the Career Development (preparing students for professional careers) and the Life Coaching (teaching students independent life skills) Departments.

She is also actively involved in the Curriculum Committee and chairs the Student of Concern Committee as well as several presidential initiatives designed to expand the scope of the Beacon mission.

Dr. Brode joined Beacon in 2013 and served as the Director of Student Success and Career Development before assuming her current position. Prior to joining Beacon, she was Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University where she established a remote campus site in Goodyear, Arizona. Dr. Brode’s previous experience with students who learn differently includes work at the University of Massachusetts School of Education Lab school.

Dr. Brode holds a master of business administration in leadership and a doctorate in transformational leadership from Franklin Pierce University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior, managerial communications and leadership. She is also a private pilot.

Dr. Brode is the author of The Leadership Role in Organizational Morale. She also wrote a serial  newspaper column entitled “Learning for Life.” She was honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Service to the Institution award by Franklin Pierce and has given numerous presentations on professional development issues such as leadership, communications and executive function. She has served on several boards of directors, including the West Valley Hospital and the West Valley Arts Council in Arizona and the Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross in New Hampshire.

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Dale Herold
Vice President of Admissions and Enrollment Management

I love introducing Beacon College to thousands of prospective students and their families because it gives them access to a transformational college experience they would not otherwise have had.

Dale Herold, Dean of AdmissionsDale Herold is the Vice President of Admissions & Enrollment Management at Beacon College.  In this role she oversees the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. She is also actively involved in several critical Beacon initiatives, including the development of short-term program offerings, such as the Breakthrough Semester for Visiting College Students and the COMPASS Programs for international students.

Ms. Herold joined Beacon College in 2014.  Prior to joining Beacon, she was the Vice President for Enrollment Management from 2003-2013, at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont which is the only other college exclusively serving students with diagnosed learning differences. In her role at Landmark College, Ms. Herold supervised several offices: Admissions, Financial Aid, Transfer Services, Study Abroad and Short Term programs. Ms. Herold grew the enrollment to over 500 students before her departure in 2013.  She is overseeing similarly robust expansion at Beacon.

Before joining Landmark College Ms. Herold held the senior enrollment management positions at two large comprehensive universities: Catholic University in Washington DC and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. At Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ms. Herold managed a staff of 120 spread across three campuses and was also responsible for managing Student Accounts and Registration Services. Ms. Herold played a key role in restructuring and reorganizing student business service operations into a “one-stop shopping” model.

Ms. Herold holds a BA in communication arts from Molloy College.  She is a regular presenter at professional and academic conferences.

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