Dr. Ellis is an innovative and dynamic leader who has served in various Dean positions within the Connecticut Community College System since 2004. Starting in 2017, she took on the dual role of serving as the Dean of Administration and Institutional Effectiveness for both Gateway Community College and Housatonic Community College. Dr. Ellis provides administrative and financial oversight for Gateway’s downtown and North Haven campuses as well as at Housatonic Community College. Dr. Ellis provides mentorship to faculty, staff and students within HCC/GCC Community Colleges. Dr. Ellis played a pivotal role as the project manager of the renovations and 55,00 sq ft new addition to Lafayette Hall at HCC. Which recently was presented the first-place winner in the 2019 Project Team Awards competition from the Connecticut Building Congress. She also has been integral in the startup of Gateway’s Family Economic Security Program, having had a long standing history of involvement with this program at Norwalk Community College and Housatonic Community College.
Dr. Ellis earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Capella University (2013) and her Master of Library Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Wayne State University. She is a frequent evaluator for the New England Commission of Higher Education accreditation teams and belongs to the following organizations: NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers, ECUBO (Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, EDUCAUSE, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, along with many Connecticut State College and University System Office Committees.