Denise Pearson, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Equity Initiatives at SHEEO where she maintains a broad portfolio of work to inform state policy at the intersection of teacher preparation, education equity, accreditation, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Dr. Pearson is currently the principal investigator for Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs, a multi-year externally funded collaboration with state higher education policy leaders and educator preparation faculty and staff at five HBCUs to address critical teacher shortages and close academic achievement gaps. She also co-directs SHEEO’s Higher Education Policy Conference and is involved with SHEEO’s TRIAD initiative that aims to inform state policy and practice involving student learning and quality assurance. Prior to joining SHEEO, Dr. Pearson served in a variety of capacities at Winston-Salem State University including Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Education and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education at Winston-Salem State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Supervision and Administration from Marquette University, M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver, and M.S. in Education Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin.