Janet L. Marling, Ph.D. serves as the Executive Director of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), the only national organization focused exclusively on advancing transfer student success through research, education, and advocacy. Dr. Marling has been affiliated with NISTS since its establishment in 2002 and was named executive director in 2011. In this role and through her extensive speaking, training, and consulting activities, Dr. Marling works with individuals, higher education institutions and associations, state agencies, foundations, and legislative bodies to improve transfer policy, practice, and research. She edited the New Directions for Higher Education volume titled, Collegiate Transfer: Navigating the New Normal, published by Jossey-Bass, and been involved as a project director and/or co-principal investigator for multiple research grants focusing on transfer student success.
From 2014-2017, Dr. Marling served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the University of North Georgia, one of the state’s first consolidated institutions. A passionate proponent of advancing student learning, leadership, and success, she was responsible for leading the Division’s 200+ staff members across the university’s five campuses. During her tenure, the Division established a new strategic plan and created an Innovation Hub—a trans-disciplinary think tank designed to “solve the problems that matter to student success.”
Dr. Marling is an appointed Board Member for the National Association for College Counseling (NACAC) and an affiliate member of the Council for Standards in Higher Education (CAS) board of directors where she acted as lead content expert in the collaborative effort to develop the Standards for Transfer Student Programs and Services. Dr. Marling has previously held professional positions in orientation and new student programs, personal and career counseling, peer mentoring, leadership, and learning support. Since relocating to the University of North Georgia, Dr. Marling’s areas of interest also expanded to include community engagement and economic develop.
Dr. Marling holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of North Texas, a M.S. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. in psychology from Texas Christian University.