Division of Strategy and Policy Staff
Andrew P. Kelly, Ph.D
Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy | 919-962-6082
Dr. Andrew Kelly serves as the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy. Kelly leads the newly formed Division of Strategy and Policy which is charged with enhancing and furthering the UNC system’s strategic goals. In addition to serving as a higher-education policy expert to the President and the Board of Governors, he is tasked with developing a robust performance measurement system and proactively identifying new initiatives to promote system goals.
Prior to joining UNC, Kelly was a resident scholar in education policy studies and the Founding Director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). In his roles, Dr. Kelly conducted research on college affordability innovation in higher education and federal and state policy and advised members of congress, state policy makers and presidential candidates. Kelly has published work in academic journals and in popular outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, The Atlantic, and National Review.
Dr. Kelly is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in history. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Cameron Howell, Ph.D
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives | 919-962-2228
Dr. Cameron Howell is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in UNC’s Strategy and Policy Division. He analyzes and advances policy on behalf of UNC, while assisting UNC institutions with the management of accountability measures designed to assess progress toward the fulfillment of UNC’s Strategic Plan.
Howell’s professional career and graduate studies have focused on higher education. He served as Director of Strategic Planning at the University of South Carolina before joining the staff of UNC. In other previous roles, Howell was Assistant Vice President for Higher Education Development at the National Student Clearinghouse and Assistant to the President at the University of Virginia.
Howell earned his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University. He completed masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia—where his studied assessment, policy, and economics as these apply to colleges and universities.
Shun Robertson, Ph.D
Assistant Vice President for Policy Development and Analysis | 919-962-5663
Dr. Shun Robertson serves as a state policy expert for the Strategy and Policy Division, researching key higher education issues to advance the system’s strategic goals.
Prior to joining UNC, Robertson was a program director at MDC and Jobs for the Future, providing senior-level policy and research support to education and community-based projects. She also served as a policy analyst for the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS). In her role with SCTCS, Robertson provided ongoing analysis of education and economic trends affecting community colleges. She also has several years of experience working in admissions offices at colleges in Georgia and South Carolina.
Dr. Robertson received her bachelor of science in business administration and doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Carolina; and her master of business administration from Augusta State University. She earned a certificate in nonprofit administration from Duke University.
Director of Data Analysis and Policy Research | 919-962-4549
Elizabeth Reilley serves as the Director of Data Analysis and Policy Research in the Strategy and Policy Division at the UNC System Office. In this role, she analyzes and summarizes data and researches issues in higher education in support of the UNC System’s Strategic Plan and other relevant policy initiatives. Prior to joining the Strategy and Policy Division, Reilley worked in data warehousing in Information Technology at the UNC System helping to implement technology solutions that are related to data and reporting needs such as the Student Data Mart, Reverse Transfer, Academic Program Inventory, and many others. She has worked in a variety of other roles in higher education including positions in admissions, career services, marketing, and student affairs assessment. Reilley received her bachelor of arts in philosophy and community and justice studies from Guilford College and her master of business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational research, measurement, and evaluation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and ScrumMaster® (CSM).
Data and Policy Analyst | 919-962-4621
Callie Uffman is a Data and Policy Analyst in the Division of Strategy and Policy. She works on a variety of special projects to support the Board of Governors’ Committee on Strategic Initiatives and UNC System leadership. Her research and data analysis informs UNC System policies and helps System leadership achieve the goals of the Strategic Plan. Prior to her role in the System Office, Ms. Uffman was Internal Evaluator of the NSF ADVANCE program at the University of Virginia, where she designed formative assessments of faculty development programs intended to recruit and retain female faculty in the STEM fields. She has experience conducting research for K-12 and higher education institutions at a market research firm in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. in English and Global Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.Ed from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.
Access and Success Initiatives Manager | 919-962-5217
Ms. Tonya Walton serves as the Access and Success Initiatives Manager in the Division of Strategy and Policy. She aids in the implementation of grant-funded initiatives that support the UNC System’s strategic plan, including the new Student Success and Innovation Lab.
Walton has served in business operations and program administration roles within multiple sectors. Most recently, she fostered innovation efforts, including the creation of a citywide training academy for strategic planning and performance analytics, as a budget and management analyst with the City of Raleigh. In a similar role within Orange County Government (NC), she coordinated the grant administration and assessment process for over 40 nonprofit agencies. She has also held program administration roles with within higher education and nonprofits.
Walton received bachelor’s degrees in sociology and communication, from NC State University. She earned her master of public administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Executive Assistant | 919-962-6082
PreK-12 Strategy and Policy
Associate Vice President of P12 Strategy and Policy | 919-966-9523
Julie Kowal is Associate Vice President of P12 Strategy and Policy and head of the P12 Policy & Partnerships Division at the UNC System Office. She serves as a P12 policy expert to senior University leaders and the primary liaison to North Carolina’s public schools, and supports educator preparation programs across the system to strengthen the P12 educator pipeline.
Prior to joining UNC, Kowal served as Vice President of Policy and Research at BEST NC, a business-led education advocacy organization focused on improving teacher and principal quality in North Carolina public schools. In that role, she led the organization’s research agenda and championed the development of nation-leading approaches to teacher and principal preparation. Prior to BEST NC, Kowal worked nationally in education policy and management consulting, advising federal and state policymakers and non-profit leaders on P12 teacher and leader talent and school governance, and publishing more than a dozen nationally-distributed reports.
Ms. Kowal received her bachelor’s degree in literature and language from the University of North Carolina - Asheville and her law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Albert P. DuPont, Ed.D.
Director, UNC Laboratory Schools Project
Alexis Lockett, M.Ed.
NC Teaching Fellows and P-12 Program Specialist | 919-962-4575
Sara C. Ulm
Director of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, Director of Teacher Recruitment | 919-843-0176
Tiffany Watts, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Research Initiatives | 919-843-9587
Administrative Assistant | 919-843-1253