Association for the Study of Higher Education

9450 SW Gemini Drive PMB 88737
Beaverton, Oregon 97008-7105
Phone: (202) 660-4106

Jason P. Guilbeau, Ph.D., CAE 
Executive Director  

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Jason works from the lands of the Southern Paiute or Nuwu people. In his continued learning, he is inspired by local artists, entrepreneurs, environmental stewards, and future leaders.

Jason continues to be energized by ASHE members on a daily basis. Since his appointment as the Association's Executive Director in 2019, Jason has led the Association through the COVID-19 Pandemic, two strategic plans, and the continued evolution toward the Association's 50th anniversary year in 2025. Jason first attended ASHE in 2017, then presented findings from a co-edited book in 2018 at the CPPHE Pre-Con and later his dissertation work and findings in 2019. Jason is motivated each year by the homecoming which is the ASHE General Conference, with the opportunity to connect with colleagues and make new friends and connections. While the ASHE General Conference is a mix of work and fun, Jason also enjoys meeting with members at the ACPA Annual Convention, Council for the Study of Community Colleges Conference, and AERA Annual Meetings where he has a bit more free time to connect!

As a first-generation high school graduate from a rural, working-class Louisiana family, Jason is not only committed to the transformational power of education but is an example of it. Within various roles and unique experiences in academia, student life, and alumni affairs coupled with leadership in non-profit and association management, Jason possesses a powerful and versatile skill set. This is further complemented by his doctorate in higher education with a focus on public policy from Florida State University, a perfect marriage of his master’s degree in student affairs administration from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Louisiana. Jason has garnered philanthropic support of more than $1 million, managed thousands of volunteers, and executed events ranging from five to 5,000 attendees. In 2021, Jason was recognized with the FSU College of Education young alumni award as well as the Trailblazer Award.

Jason serves on the ASAE: Center for Association Leadership Ethics Committee and previously served on the ASAE Small Staff Advisory Committee. In 2020, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Jason and his partner, Scott, live in Nevada and are parents to two wonderful cats, Burrs and Fancy. They enjoy exploring the Southwestern US on weekend road trips, antique shopping, and exploring everything Las Vegas has to offer locals including great food, concerts, and hiking.

Read the press release "ASHE Board of Directors announces Guilbeau as Executive Director"

Angela Hoffman-Cooper, MEd, PhD Candidate
Director, Conference and Events

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Angela currently works on Anishinaabe homelands in the Chequamegon Bay region on the shores of Gichigami. She has a deep appreciation for the Indigenous people past, present, and future of the nearby Bad River and Red Cliff Tribes who offer care for the land, waters, and beings of this area. She is enthusiastic about the study of higher education and passionate about supporting scholars by coordinating quality and inclusive experiences for attendees of ASHE's Annual Conference and professional development events.

Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Higher Education Leadership Program at Colorado State University, Angela's dissertation work is focused on the identity development of students with experience in foster care. Angela is a founding member of The Foster Scholars, a community of scholars with lived experience in foster care committed to transforming the narrative and outcomes for college-going foster youth. She has been invited to serve as a Foster Scholar consultant on research projects and has served as an adjunct instructor for psychology, sociology, and human-centered design classes.

Angela is a partner, a mother to her kiddo Ellis and her three dogs, and a big fan of brunch, live music, the mountains, embracing vulnerability, and creating positive change.



Brianté M. Meeks
Administrative Assistant

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Brianté is privileged to work on the Indigenous lands of the Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Cowlitz, Kalapuya, and the Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde and Siletz Indians in what is contemporarily known as Oregon. Brianté is attracted to and encouraged by ASHE's progressive and actionable culture of inclusivity and diversity.

Brianté has worked in the higher education administration environment since 2018 and recently received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University. Brianté has a heart for helping and is committed to research and higher education accessibility. Brianté prioritizes the things that matter most: her talkative dog who has a big personality, friends, and spending time in the beautiful natural areas of the Pacific North West and nearby ocean.