Slide Dhanfu E.
Elston, Ph.D.
(dah-NEE-foo) Chief of Staff & Sr. Vice President
Complete College America

About

  • Federal, state, and institutional college completion program implementation, strategy adoption, and policy advocacy.
  • Progressive executive leadership in higher education academic and co-curricular program development, and management at a broad range of institutions (public, private, non-profits, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), 4-year, urban commuter, and community colleges)
  • Direct experience in policy-making, program evaluation, strategic communications, faculty relations, institutional research, internal & external budgeting, strategic planning, accreditation, and staff development
  • College teaching and curriculum development expertise
  • Grant writer of and contributor to national and campus-level funded proposals

Specialties:

  • Student success and retention
  • Academic advising
  • Academic support services
  • Disability universal access
  • Strategic communications
  • Research and data collection
  • Intercultural relations

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Policy Studies 
Georgia State University

Master of Arts, Educational Leadership 
Clark Atlanta University

Bachelor of Science, Biology 
Clark Atlanta University

Professional Education

Millennium Leadership Initiative 
American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Clifton Strengths

Strategic

Individualization

Maximizer

Self-Assurance

Arranger

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