Commission on Accreditation Staff
Lisa L. Beatty, Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa L. Beatty serves as Executive Director of the ABHE Commission on Accreditation. Dr. Beatty holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa, where her doctoral research focused on institutional outcomes of the accreditation process.
Dr. Beatty brings 29 years of leadership experience at Emmaus Bible College as a faculty member, department chair, chief academic officer, and regional accreditation liaison and self-study coordinator. She previously served ABHE as a team evaluator and chair, Commission member and chair, Board member and officer, and conference presenter.
M. Shane Wood, Ph.D.
Dr. M. Shane Wood serves as the Associate Director for the Commission on Accreditation. Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.
Dr. Wood served at three ABHE-member institutions over a period of 15 years—as program director and dean at Lincoln Christian University, division chair at Florida Christian College, and chief academic officer at Nebraska Christian College. He has also served as an interim college chief financial officer. Dr. Wood brings extensive experience as a team evaluator and chair.
Michael Jackson, Ed.D.
Dr. Michael Jackson serves as the Substantive Change Officer and Research Associate for the Commission on Accreditation. He holds an Ed.D. from Union University in Educational Leadership (Higher Education). He has served in an ABHE institution since 2007, and has 8 years experience as an Evaluation Team Member.
Ronald Kroll, Ed.D.
Dr. Ronald Kroll serves as Commission Staff Representative following his retirement as Director of the Commission on Accreditation in 2021. Dr. Kroll holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University and has over 40 years of experience in higher education, including service at both Christian and secular institutions.
Prior to his appointment as Director of the Commission on Accreditation in 2012, Dr. Kroll was an ABHE team evaluator, team chair, Board member, and Commissioner. His higher education experience includes roles as teaching faculty, department chair, student services administrator, registrar, distance education dean, doctoral program director, regional accreditation liaison, and chief academic officer.
Kim joined the ABHE team in April 2015. Kim served with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) from 1987 to 2010–Campus Director, Regional Director, Chief of Staff for National Campus Director, and Leadership Placement Coordinator. She is a mother of two and was a Women’s Ministry Coordinator at LifeSong Church in East Orlando since leaving Cru to raise a family. Kim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and a certificate from CCC’s International School of Theology.
Sarah Starks, M.M.
Sarah joined the ABHE team in July 2019. Prior to this she was a school teacher in Manitoba (2010-2016, 2018-2019) and North Carolina (2016-2018), teaching elementary grades and music to all grades. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Southern Wesleyan University (South Carolina) and a Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas).