Division of Strategy and Policy Staff
Andrew P. Kelly, Ph.D
Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy | 919-962-6082
Dr. Andrew Kelly serves as the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy. Kelly leads the newly formed Division of Strategy and Policy which is charged with enhancing and furthering the UNC system’s strategic goals. In addition to serving as a higher-education policy expert to the President and the Board of Governors, he is tasked with developing a robust performance measurement system and proactively identifying new initiatives to promote system goals.
Prior to joining UNC, Kelly was a resident scholar in education policy studies and the Founding Director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). In his roles, Dr. Kelly conducted research on college affordability innovation in higher education and federal and state policy and advised members of congress, state policy makers and presidential candidates. Kelly has published work in academic journals and in popular outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, The Atlantic, and National Review.
Dr. Kelly is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in history. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Cameron Howell, Ph.D
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives | 919-962-2228
Dr. Cameron Howell is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in UNC’s Strategy and Policy Division. He analyzes and advances policy on behalf of UNC, while assisting UNC institutions with the management of accountability measures designed to assess progress toward the fulfillment of UNC’s Strategic Plan.
Howell’s professional career and graduate studies have focused on higher education. He served as Director of Strategic Planning at the University of South Carolina before joining the staff of UNC. In other previous roles, Howell was Assistant Vice President for Higher Education Development at the National Student Clearinghouse and Assistant to the President at the University of Virginia.
Howell earned his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University. He completed masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia—where his studied assessment, policy, and economics as these apply to colleges and universities.
Shun Robertson, Ph.D
Assistant Vice President for Policy Development and Analysis | 919-962-5663
Dr. Shun Robertson serves as a state policy expert for the Strategy and Policy Division, researching key higher education issues to advance the system’s strategic goals.
Prior to joining UNC, Robertson was a program director at MDC and Jobs for the Future, providing senior-level policy and research support to education and community-based projects. She also served as a policy analyst for the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS). In her role with SCTCS, Robertson provided ongoing analysis of education and economic trends affecting community colleges. She also has several years of experience working in admissions offices at colleges in Georgia and South Carolina.
Dr. Robertson received her bachelor of science in business administration and doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Carolina; and her master of business administration from Augusta State University. She earned a certificate in nonprofit administration from Duke University.
Josh Pretlow, Ph.D
Director of Policy Research & Analysis | 919-962-4549
Dr. Josh Pretlow serves as the Director of Policy Research and Analysis. Pretlow’s responsibilities include the performance management system and the measurement and evaluation of policies and programs.
Prior to joining UNC, Pretlow was a faculty member at Old Dominion University and the University of Cincinnati where he taught courses in higher education and research methods. Pretlow’s research has appeared in the Journal of Higher Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, Journal of College Student Retention, Community College Review, New Directions for Community Colleges, and Journal of Developmental Education.
Dr. Pretlow earned an undergraduate degree in Government and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Executive Assistant | 919-962-6082