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Dr. Marisa


Dr. Marisa Vernon-White has spent the majority of her professional career leading student affairs functions and holistic service redesign in community colleges in Ohio, including 3 ATD Leader Colleges: Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), and currently serving as the vice president of enrollment management and student services at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in Elyria, OH.  

Marisa began her career with six years of experience in advising and first-year program development at the largest regional campus of Kent State University (Stark Campus), where she fell in love with the mission of open-door colleges and regional campuses. Marisa uses her experience and passion for writing, action and qualitative research, developing others, and building cross-functional teams as guides to lead other institutions in transformation.  

While a working mother, Marisa earned her Ph.D. from Colorado State University (Higher Education Leadership) and focused research on building the next generation of community college student affairs professionals.  


Ph.D. (Higher Education Leadership) | Colorado State University 

M.Ed. (Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel) | Kent State University 

B.A. | Kent State University  

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