Our Team

Terri M. Manning, Ed.DFounder
Dr. Manning spent 10 years at the university level where she taught graduate classes in research methods, assessment, and program evaluation before coming to CPCC in 1998. She has been an outcome evaluation trainer for United Way, Area Research Chair for the Charlotte Chamber, president of the North Carolina Community College Planning and Research Organization, and has worked on many community-based research projects in the areas of literacy, workforce development, early childhood education and mental and physical health. She is the organizer of the Annual Best Practices in Institutional Effectiveness Conference/Institute, has worked with AACC training their commissions on future issues that are relevant to community colleges, and has been a keynote speaker for the League for Innovation and is currently a part of their speaker’s bureau. Currently she is working with the Lumina Foundation to help at-risk college students improve their opportunities for success in college and is a national speaker on the millennial generation. She has worked as a data facilitator for five years with the Achieving the Dream initiative, conducted external evaluations for additional colleges and written publications to guide the work of the initiative. Additionally, she has done institutional effectiveness consulting with multiple colleges and serves on visiting teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Michelle D. Wilson, M.A.A. Director of Development/Project Manager
Michelle has worked in a variety of settings focusing on issues such as access to systems including health and education. Michelle has spent over 18 years conducting community level research, evaluation, and program development and specializes in research and evaluation design and implementation in complex and challenging setting. Michelle is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Michelle earned a Master’s Degree in Applied anthropology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from North Carolina A & T State University.


Lynn Williams, AASOffice Coordinator
Lynn provides administrative support and technical expertise for CFAR. Lynn is responsible for creating surveys, databases, presentations, and reports for CFAR projects and for assisting with the planning of the annual Institute on Best Practices in Institutional Effectiveness. Lynn has worked on Chamber databases, including the database of major employers and the regional database of manufacturers and metalworking firms. She is currently working on the graduate follow-up survey for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Additional Staff…
As a result of being located at Central Piedmont Community College, CFAR is also able to benefit from the expertise of other college staff, particularly those in the college’s departments of Planning and Research, Quality Assurance, and Institutional Effectiveness who are also available to work on CFAR projects.

Denise Wells, MS Director of Institutional Effectiveness at CPCC is responsible for the program review process at the college. In addition to all of the work she does training and assisting college staff in survey research and facilitating SWOT analysis and focus groups for various programs and areas of the college, she has also assisted CFAR with numerous projects including a program evaluation of the Parent Leadership Network and numerous survey development and analysis projects.


Bobbie Frye, MA Director of Institutional Research at CPCC has expertise in sociological and educational research particularly in the areas of the homeless, unemployed and social policy. She often provides guidance on advanced statistical analysis methods to CFAR and has assisted CFAR on a study of the millennial generation and a client assessment for Smart Start of Mecklenburg County.


Paul Earls, BS Sr. Research Analyst for Institutional Research at CPCC works with federal, state, local and internal data requests. With a degree in information technology and extensive experience with database management and SAS programming, Paul provides valuable technical support to CFAR, most recently a cost analysis for the Maine Community College System.

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