cosga 2019

keynote speakers

Mr. Jim Olson

Professor Olson received his law degree from the University of Iowa. He is a professor of the practice at the Bush School, where he teaches courses on on intelligence, counterintelligence, and international crisis management. He served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was chief of counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Professor Olson has been awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award, and several Distinguished Service Citations. He is the recipient of awards from the Bush School and the Association of Former Students for excellence in teaching. Professor Olson is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying. Prior to his career in the CIA, he served in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

Dr. Bridgette Chambers

Dr. Bridgette Chambers is a member of faculty with Mays Business School within Texas A&M University. Chambers serves as an advisor and strategist to leading growth firms, most notably, as strategic advisor to Astrix Technology, a leading scientific solutions firm, and her as Chief Advisor to the board of Evolutyz Corp a leading Global IT Products and Services company, where she works with board members, investors, and employees on strategic initiatives.

Chambers received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, her MBA from Texas A&M, and her Ph.D. from NorthCentral University. Chambers proudly began her career in leadership by enlisting in the US Army Reserves and later the Texas Army National Guard.

Dr. Kimberly M. Lowry

Kimberly M. Lowry, Ph.D. currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement and Success at Houston Community College. Dr. Lowry’s professional background includes administrative experiences across various functional areas including Advising, Dual Credit, Veteran Services, Registrar, Disability Services, TRIO programs and Enrollment Management. Prior to this role, she served as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success, the Executive Dean of Student and Enrollment Services and the Director of Advising and Assessment at Eastfield College. 

Dr. Lowry attended and graduated from Antelope Valley Community College and then transferred to California State Long Beach where she earned both her M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis on Student Development in Higher Education and her B.A. in Psychology. Dr. Lowry then received her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of North Texas. Her research focuses on community college choice, high achieving African American students and student athletes. Finally, Dr. Lowry stays involved in numerous professional associations and serves as the Director of the Community College Division for NASPA as well as a board member for the National Council for Instructional Administrators.

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