Daniel D. Denecke, Associate Vice President
Daniel Denecke currently directs three initiatives: a project, funded by TIAA-CREF, designed to enhance financial education and debt management skills of graduate and undergraduate students; a project funded by the Sloan and Teagle foundations that seeks to integrate the assessment of student learning into professional development programs for graduate students aspiring to faculty careers; and a third, NSF-funded project (with co-PI Julia Kent) to identify model approaches to integrating research ethics into graduate international collaborations. Previously, he led the CGS Project for Scholarly Integrity, to develop institutional models for embedding research ethics and the responsible conduct of research into graduate education; as well as an NSF-funded project on joint degrees, dual degrees, and international collaborations and Phase I of the PhD Completion Project, to address the underlying factors of students’ departure from graduate study. While at CGS, he has authored and co-authored a variety of publications across the range of CGS initiatives, most recently Research and Scholarly Integrity: A Comprehensive Approach (2012) and Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning (2011). He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and has served as faculty member at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ben Saypol, Director of Theater Delta
Ben Saypol is the Director of Theater Delta. Theater Delta has developed Interactive Theater projects with numerous colleges and universities around the United States, the US Military, The World Bank and medical professionals.
Ben has a Ph.D. in Theatre from The University of Colorado at Boulder, and he has studied Interactive Theater, Theatre of the Oppressed and other community based theater techniques with Augusto Boal, Julian Boal, Michael Rohd, Jeffrey Steiger and others.
He has served as the Chair of the Interactive Theatre Subcommittee for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Beth B. Buehlmann, Vice President
Beth Buehlmann is currently the Vice President, public policy and government affairs for the Council of Graduate Schools. Most recently she served as the Education Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for Senator Mike Enzi, Ranking Member. Throughout her career Beth has held a number of senior roles where her primary focus has been education and workforce development. At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce she headed the Center for Workforce Preparation, now the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, bringing together economic and workforce development to make sure that businesses have the skilled workers they need to be globally competitive.
Beth served as the Director of Federal Relations for California State University from 1991 to 1998, developing public policy positions and legislative strategies. She worked as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Education Staff Director for the House Committee on Education and Labor under the direction of several Ranking Republicans. Her work at the federal level also includes policy research as an analyst at the National Institute of Education, now the Institute of Education Sciences in the Department of Education.
In addition to these positions, Beth has held teaching positions at both the high school and university levels. She has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Workforce Excellence Board and the National Commission on the High School Senior Year.
Beth received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Illinois State University.