About Us


Chris Bryson: Executive Director


  • Ed.D.  Candidate, Higher Education Administration, University of Arkansas
  • M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
  • B. S. in Exercise Physiology, California State University, Chico

Chris is originally from Northern California, and he has been working in higher education professionally since 2008. After completing his Master's Degree, Chris worked at Colorado State University for five years with academic retention initiatives and student conduct. Chris and his family moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 2013, where he worked as the Associate Director in the Office of Student Standards and Conduct until he accepted this role in January of 2018. Chris' professional interests are in student development and retention.

Hobbies: Chris' hobbies include hunting, fishing, enjoying all different kinds of sports, and spending as much time as possible with his family.

Quote: "Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It's about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life." -Shakuntala Devi

Hannah Johnson: Administrative Analyst


  • B.A. in Sociology, University of Arkansas

Hannah grew up in a small community in Northwest Arkansas.  She came to the University of Arkansas as a freshman in the spring semester of 2004.  Shortly thereafter she began working part-time on campus. She accepted her first full-time position in 2006 while continuing to pursue her degree until 2014 when she graduated. 

Hobbies: Hannah's hobbies include raising and riding horses, performing on her equestrian drill team: The Regulators,  following her children to all of their sporting and equestrian events, and enjoying the warm Arkansas summers.

Quote: "I raise up my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back." (Malala Yousafzai)

James "JD"  DiLoreto: Graduate Assistant


  • Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy, University of Arkansas
  • Masters in Public Administration and Non-Profit Studies, University of Arkansas
  • Bachelors in Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston
JD grew up in a small, exurban town northwest of Boston, Massachusetts. He came to Northwest Arkansas in 2013 and accepted a position in the Bumpers College Office of External Relations. Soon thereafter, he began to work on his Master’s Degree. His research focused on administration within higher education with a further focus on Title IX as it relates to sexual assault on college campuses. He plans to further these studies as a student within the University of Arkansas’s Public Policy doctoral program, while also conducting research within the University’s Sexual Health Lab.

Hobbies: JD’s hobbies include being an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, reading, traveling, and spoiling his two dogs, Brady and Nera.


Quote:"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” (Senator Robert F. Kennedy)