GAPS Executive Board

Catherine M. Millett

Chair, Board Member

Catherine Millett is a senior research scientist in the Policy Evaluation and Research Center at Educational Testing Service. Her research focuses on educational access, student performance and achievement, educational equity, and student financing for various population groups in the United States at the postsecondary educational level.

Millett directs the evaluation of the “New Careers in Nursing” Program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and “The Gaining Options for College Collaborative” (GO College), an initiative of the Council for Opportunity in Education supported by the U.S. Department of Education and the GE Foundation. She co-lead the evaluation of the Goldman Sachs Foundation’s Signature Initiative “Developing High-Potential Youth.

Mary Tupan-Wenno

Vice-Chair, Board Member

Mary Tupan-Wenno is the executive director of ECHO, Center for Diversity Policy in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She has been working for ECHO since 1999. Her professional involvement on diversity and inclusion developments in (higher) education started when she was working for the government.

Before ECHO she worked for the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science as a policy advisor at the Department of Higher Education. At the ministry she was also responsible for the development of policy regarding the improvement of the participation and success of ethnic minorities in higher education.  She was part of a team that worked on the establishment of ECHO in 1994.

Mary is a founding member of the European Access Network (1991) and is currently the President of the Executive Board of EAN. EAN provided a network to broaden her focus and expand international collaboration.

Maureen Hoyler

Treasurer, Board Member

Maureen Hoyler is the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education. Ms. Hoyler oversees operations for COE and brings new thinking to program practice and development to the college access and success field. Her publications include “Collaboration to Widen Participation in Higher Education” (The European Access Network) and “Expanding College Access and Success — The Chicago Model” (with George Lowery). She received her B.A. in English, theology, and anthropology and her law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.


Eva Egron-Polak

Board Member

Eva Egron-Polak was educated in the Czech Republic, Canada and France. She has held various positions at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) prior to becoming the Secretary General of IAU in 2002. As Secretary General of IAU, Eva Egron-Polak has focused the organization’s work on several of the pressing policy issues in higher education.

She is a member of committees at UNESCO, the European Commission, OECD and others. She has co-authored the 4th Global Survey Report on Internationalization of Higher Education in 2014.