Dr. Bethany Bear Hebbard
Bethany Bear Hebbard earned her PhD in English Literature from Baylor University and taught for several years as assistant professor at the University of Mobile. In 2015, Dr. Hebbard left academia in order to live missionally at Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First! Village, a master-planned community for the chronically homeless in Austin, Texas. Dr. Hebbard lives and works at the Village, where she directs an apprenticeship program for college students, runs a soap-making micro-enterprise, and is working to establish adult literacy programs for her formerly homeless neighbors.
Ben Kennedy is the Managing Partner and Founder of Kennedy & Company, a national higher-education focused consulting firm with headquarters in Washington DC. Prior to founding the firm, Ben served as a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees, a Strategic Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer at the University of South Carolina, a consultant with Bain & Company, and as the former director of Huron Education’s enrollment services division.
In all, Ben has served more than 50 colleges and universities on issues ranging from operational improvement, to strategic planning, to enrollment management and administrative cost reductions, to comprehensive reevaluations of institutional strategy and sustainability. He is a regular speaker at higher education conferences and symposiums on issues regarding tuition pricing and discounting, student success, higher education technology, and online education strategy.
A two-time graduate of Duke University, Ben lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and three children and enjoys running, cycling, and travel.
Dr. Gerald F. Napoles
Dr. Gerald F. Napoles became president of Lone Star College-North Harris in July 2015. He previously served as senior vice president of student and organizational success at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College and was vice president of student affairs for the institution.
Prior to joining Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Dr. Napoles served as dean of learner outreach/assistant to the president at Hazard Community and Technical College. He also spent six years working in the Dallas County Community College District, serving at both Richland College and Eastfield College. He has experiences working with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and the Los Angeles Community College District Office.
Gerald is committed to servant leadership and lifelong learning. He has served on commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges as well as AACC’s National Asian Pacific Islander Council. He currently serves on the Lone Star College Foundation Board, Northwest Assistance Ministries, and Greens Bayou Coalition. He has served as a guest lecturer for colleges and universities and was an adjunct instructor at Western Kentucky University.
Gerald has received the Administrator of the Year award from KCTCS and the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. He has been recognized as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky and a Duke of Hazard by the Mayor of Hazard, Kentucky. He was awarded a Humanitarian Award from the Latino Learning Center in Houston and Gerald is also on the Student Wall of Honor at Richland College.
Dr. Napoles holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in general studies in aging from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in sociology from Sam Houston State University. Gerald began his higher education journey at a community college, Richland College in Dallas.