Conference Team: National Conference on Law and Higher Education
Position: Coordinator, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy
Kaylie Murphy graduated in 2017 from the University of South Florida with a degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies. She worked at Stetson Law in the Faculty Support Department before transferring over to the Center as Coordinator in April 2020. Kaylie has worked during the Summer and Fall semesters to produce webinars on higher education law & policy issues, such as Title IX developments, diversity and equity, student mental health issues in light of Covid-19, and landmark cases that effect the LGBTQ community. Kaylie is passionate about higher education and social justice issues, and she looks forward to assisting Professor Peter Lake at the upcoming 43rd Annual National Higher Education Conference.
Position: Center Fellow, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy
Grace graduated from Florida State University in 2013 where she earned a degree in Political Science and Creative Writing. From there she began her career in public service where she spent a year teaching high school, and was honored as one of Florida’s most effective teachers. Grace has also spent several years working as a Legislative Aide in the Florida State Legislature and is currently a full-time higher education Policy Analyst for the Florida College Access Network, housed at the University of South Florida. She is currently a part-time 1L at Stetson University College of Law where she serves as the Secretary of the Part Time Student Society and the 1L Representative for the Student Bar Association.
Blaze M. Bowers, JD
Position: Chair of the Center Advisory Council
Blaze Bowers is the Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Support Services at Lincoln Memorial University where he oversees Student Affairs, Mental Health Counseling, Academic Support, Title IX, and the Office of Institutional Compliance. Blaze is the Chair of the Center Advisory Council and a Stetson Law graduate. He served as the Teaching Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy under Director and Professor Peter Lake while attending Stetson. Blaze will also appear as an alumnus, facilitator, and speaker at the 43rd Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education. His scholarship focuses on the fields of education, higher education, employment, administrative, and constitutional law.