On January 5, 2016, President Obama announced a series of executive actions that he will take to reduce gun violence in the United States. This is a particularly timely and important topic for our nation’s campuses, as gun violence is a potential reality that all colleges and universities face. What do student affairs administrators and other leaders in higher education need to know about the history, trends, and background of gun violence to inform effective campus policy? What are student affairs professional associations doing to help inform the discussion surrounding concealed carry and allowing guns on campus?

This episode of Higher Ed Live will feature a conversation with contributors to new book for student affairs administrators, College in the Crosshairs: Administrative Perspective on Prevention of Gun Violence. Joining Student Affairs Live host Heather Shea Gasser is Brian Hemphill and Brandi Hephner LaBanc, the book’s editors, NASPA President Kevin Kruger, and ACPA Executive Director Cindi Love.

Watch this webcast for FREE at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by visiting higheredlive.com. No advance registration is required.

Please submit any questions for the panelists via email to heather@higheredlive.com or to @heathergasser in advance of the episode or watch this free episode live and contribute to the backchannel conversation at #higheredlive.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Dr. Brian Hemphill

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. serves as the 10th President of West Virginia State University. He is an active member on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees, a published author, and a noted speaker covering a myriad of topics and scholarly perspectives pertinent to the higher education environment. He previously served at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville as Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students and at Northern Illinois University as Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Associate Professor.

He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from St. Augustine’s University.


Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc

Dr. Hephner LaBanc proudly serves the University of Mississippi as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the first woman to hold that position in the university’s history. In this role she has oversight for 15 diverse enrollment and student affairs departments.  In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she also enjoys serving as a faculty member in Ole Miss’ higher education program.  She is highly committed to the holistic development of all students and strives to nurture a scholar-practitioner culture in her work environment.

Dr. Hephner LaBanc’s background includes an accounting degree from the University of Akron prior to graduate study in Higher Education Administration at Kent State University. She earned her Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University (NIU).  During her career, she has served students in multiple administrative roles at Arizona State University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Baldwin-Wallace College, the University of Akron, and NIU.

Her research has focused on the preparation of student affairs professionals and transition issues for graduate students; she has published work related to campus crisis management and victim support during and after mass tragedy, as well as concealed carry legislation implications for higher education.


Dr. Kevin Kruger

An accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Kevin Kruger has been associate executive director of NASPA since 1994, and became its first executive-level president March 15, 2012.Prior to NASPA, Dr. Kruger worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and with the vice president for student affairs office. Dr. Kruger has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development in Higher Education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC.

Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally on leadership development, using technology in student affairs administration, international education and is a regular lecturer on technology in student affairs, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, assessment and student learning. He is the editor of two Jossey-Bass publications, Technology Innovations in Student Services and Using Technology to Promote Student Learning. He also has chapters in The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration; Understanding the Role of Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration in Creating a Successful Learning Environment; Beyond Borders: How International Developments are Changing Student Affairs Practice; and Involving Commuter Students in Learning. You can follow Dr. Kruger on Twitter @NASPApres.


Dr. Cindi Love

Dr. Cindi Love officially assumed the role of Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International in Washington, DC in July, 2014. Prior to this appointment, she was the Executive Director of Soulforce, home of the Equality Ride, an international advocacy and activist group in behalf of LGBT human rights. Dr. Love serves as a member of the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group Advising the US Secretary of State on religious oppression of LGBT persons outside the United States and she is a member of the United Nations/UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT/SOGI Human Rights. She completed her doctorate in educational administration at Texas Tech University and she is a Bohnett Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Follow Dr. Love on Twitter @DrCindiLove.