ULN Staff

Jennifer L. Smith, Ph.D.
Director, University Leadership Network

Jennifer oversees all aspects of the University Leadership Network (ULN) program and partners with program staff and university partners to provide a student-centered, four-year experience which promotes undergraduate leadership development and experiential learning. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University, and completed both her masters of education in college and university student personnel administration and doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. While out of the office, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters and volunteering with youth.

Kyle S. Clark, M.Ed.
Experiential Learning Program Manager, University Leadership Network

Kyle coordinates and manages all aspects of ULN's experiential learning component, including student placement and building and maintaining on- and off-campus partnerships. Kyle earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a certificate in African and African-American studies from Oklahoma State University, and a master’s degree in higher educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin. When Kyle is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.

John Newton, M.Ed.
Year I Coordinator, University Leadership Network

John coordinates training and programming for the first-year cohort and oversees student program requirements. He also oversees the ULN Student Leadership Board. John graduated with a B.A. in international relations from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and with an M.Ed. in higher educational administration at The University of Texas at Austin. In his leisure time, John enjoys word play, movies, books, and video games.

Cierra Campbell, M.Ed.
Year III Coordinator, University Leadership Network

Cierra coordinates programming and manages requirements for students in the third year of the University Leadership Network program. She also coordinates the ULN leadership summits held at the beginning of the fall semester and facilitates program assessment for third-year activities, events and programming. Cierra graduated with a B.S. in applied learning and development and a master’s of higher educational administration, both from The University of Texas at Austin. In her leisure time, she enjoys serving in ministry at her local church, spending time with family and friends and working in her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Incorporated.

Byron Ceasar, MA
Year IV Coordinator, University Leadership Network

Byron coordinates programing for students in their final year of college as they make transitions into life after undergrad—careers, graduate study and service. He also assists with tracking ULN graduate data and building the ULN alumni community. Byron came to Austin from the midwest, where he earned his B.S. in psychology from Iowa State University and M.A. in counseling and guidance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). Throughout his time in the Kansas City area, he held several positions in a university setting. This included working with UMKC’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and School of Law and with the University of Kansas' Department of Psychology. Most recently, Byron served as the College Completion Coordinator at Breakthrough Austin. During his free time, Byron loves to watch and play sports. He has played in sand volleyball and football leagues and is an avid cyclist.