About ConnectEDU

ConnectEDU Network was developed to connect the unique perspectives and expert insight of higher education through podcasting. If you’re affiliated with higher education – from professor to director of marketing – you’ll be able to find a podcast that fits your style.  Our podcasts are produced and hosted by passionate and innovative members of the field, all fueled by the excitement of the future of higher education.

Meet the Voices of ConnectEDU

Dr. Josie Ahlquist has trained thousands of professionals and students around the globe on how to thrive online and in life. As a speaker, researcher and author on digital leadership she takes a personal approach to transforming how we view technology through the lens of empathy and empowerment that will result in stronger companies, communities, schools and future leaders.

Stephen App is eCity Interactive’s Senior Marketing Manager and is responsible for leading content and inbound marketing campaigns for eCity and its B2B and Higher Education clients. Prior to joining eCity, Stephen spent eight years at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he led the marketing and communications efforts toward all prospective, admitted, and incoming law students.

Lougan Bishop is the co-host of the Higher Ed Social podcast and the Web & Digital Media Manager for Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he’s responsible for the development of strategies for web, social, video and other digital media that support Belmont’s efforts to advance the strategic priorities of the University. In his free time, Lougan enjoys spending time with his wife, son and five cats. He loves reading, eating ramen, running, video games and watching anime.

Ryan Catherwood is the co-host of Advancement Legends and is the Assistant Vice President, Alumni and Career Services at Longwood University in Virginia, USA. For two and a half years, Ryan hosted a professional development web show called “Advancement Live” that featured interviews with industry thought leaders. Ryan is passionate about network building and developing engagement strategies. Ryan is regular contributor to Higher Ed Live and frequently publishes on the CASE Blog and on Linkedin.

Eric Olsen is the host of Enrollment Growth University and the AVP of Marketing at Helix Education. Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix. Prior to joining Helix, Eric directed the enrollment communications strategy at Lewis University that brought in its largest incoming class in history, optimizing enrollment funnel conversion through channel attribution modeling and marketing automation strategies.

Dustin Ramsdell is a higher ed geek, blogger, and podcaster who has been producing episodes for various shows for nearly four years. He worked on the Student Affairs Collective podcast, creating over 100 episodes with higher ed professionals, and now hosts his own show, The Higher Ed Geek Podcast, where he explores the intersections of our passions and strengths with his various guests. Dustin also currently works as a Student Support Advisor at 2U, a higher ed tech company that powers the world’s best digital education. He loves craft beer, good pizza, and sustainability. Dustin lives happily in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Chelsea.

Jackie Vetrano is co-host of Higher Ed Social and founder of ConnectEDU Network. She spends most of her time at Skidmore College in upstate New York as Social Media Coordinator while earning a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Georgetown University. In her free time, Jackie participates as an alumni volunteer for Region II of Alpha Phi Omega, cheers for the Buffalo Bills, stays fit by running, and posts pictures of her cat to Instagram.