Torero Blueprint Task Forces

The Task Force includes four areas for planning and coordination:

Members are drawn from various offices and units across the university working together toward common, functional objectives. We are applying iterative design techniques that rely on collecting real-time data and integrating the latest information into our approach. This will allow us to continuously improve and pivot our operations in support of our highly engaged academic programs based on what will likely be a dynamic and changing environment in the Fall.

Academic Affairs Task Force

The Fall 2020 Academic Affairs Task Force will collaboratively plan for a variety of fall semester teaching possibilities.  The task force has been divided into teams and includes members from various offices and units across the university, with faculty representation on each team.

  • Gail F. Baker, Vice President and Provost, Chair
  • Member of task force
  • Member of task force
  • Member of task force
  • Member of task force
  • Member of task force
  • Member of task force
  • Member of task force
  • Member of task force

The task force will also work closely with two other key groups: the Return to Work and Return to Learning and Living Task Forces. Together, these teams will draw from the depth of knowledge and experiences of colleagues and the USD community to advise on priorities, strategies, and logistics and ensure synergy and unified communication of academic planning throughout the university. Our overriding goal is to prioritize the safety and health of our community. As such, we will consider recommendations that maximize opportunities to hold classes in person, hybrid formats, or remote teaching.

A faculty member teaching

Return to Work Task Force

  • Andrew Allen, Vice President Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives
  • Nicole Schuessler Veloz, Director of Title IX/EEO Human Resources
  • Ky Snyder, Vice President and COO


  • Vlad Bolsakov, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Leadership and Education Sciences
  • Karen Briggs, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Jacqueline Corey, Director Manchester Family Child Development Center
  • Meredith D'Angelo, Assistant Dean, Law Student Affairs
  • Philip Garland, Assistant Vice President Advancement Operations
  • Donald Godwin, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Melissa Halter, PhD  Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Student Wellness
  • Andre Hutchinson, Assistant Vice President Facilities Management
  • Frances Kuhn, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Lovette-Colyer, Assistant Vice President University Ministry
  • Andre Mallie, Assistant Vice President Auxiliary Services
  • Kathyann Marsh, Associate Dean of Master’s and International Programs and Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
  • Megan Mazza, Associate General Counsel
  • James Miyashiro, Assistant Vice President and Chief of Public Safety
  • Kristin Moran, Associate Dean and Professor, Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Truc Ngo, Chair and Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
  • Theresa Robinson Harris, Director Procurement Services
  • Thomas Skinner, General Counsel and Advisor to the President


Return to Living and Learning Communities Task Force

  • Cynthia Avery, Assistant Vice President, Student Life
  • Neena Din, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Faculty, Biology
  • Margaret Leary, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Programs
  • Tyler Crisman, Director of Residential Education
  • Ariela Canizal, Assistant Director for Community & Leadership Development
  • Amanda Etter, Director, Military & Veterans Programs
  • Marie Minnick, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Mandy Womack, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Luke LaCroix, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Charles Ramos, Dining Services Director
  • Allie Ross, Assistant Director of Student Onboarding 


Student Life Task Force

Details forthcoming.