2023 Discussion Series Hosted by Dr. Debra Chromy
Wednesday, February 22nd from 2:30-4:00 p.m. CST
Highland Campus of Austin Community College District
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Trellis 360 is a showcase of thought leaders throughout the postsecondary education sector, sharing their expertise about the value of higher education in today’s world.






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David Troutman, Ph.D.

David Troutman, Ph.D.David Troutman is the Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In this role, Troutman is a key member of the executive team, providing leadership on operational and strategic matters that pertain to all aspects of academic affairs and innovation. He also plays a critical role in advancing the goals of Building a Talent Strong Texas and the Governor’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative.

Troutman has extensive experience in Texas higher education having most recently served as the Chief Data Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Analysis at The University of Texas System. In this role, he led a team of research and policy analysts to transform data into timely and meaningful information in support of UT System initiatives and policy decisions across its 13 institutions.

Troutman has a renowned reputation at the national and state higher education levels. He collaborates with federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas Workforce Commission, and nonprofit foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and Strada Education Network. He also serves on advisory boards for the National Student Clearinghouse Research Board and ACE’s Carnegie Technical Review Panel.

This year, Troutman was selected to serve as the inaugural Equity Value Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy. As a part of his work with the U.S. Census Bureau, he founded the Postsecondary Employment Outcomes Coalition, a community of higher education leaders from 22 states who examine U.S. Census data to highlight the economic and non-economic value of postsecondary credentials.

Troutman has a Ph.D. and masters in human development and family studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University.

Stephanie Marken

Stephanie MarkenStephanie Marken is a Partner at Gallup, leading Gallup’s education research division. Previously, Stephanie served as Chief Methodologist at Gallup where she was responsible for the sample design, data collection approach and methodology for Gallup’s public release studies in education and workforce development areas.

In this role, Stephanie was the sample and design architect for Gallup’s largest education studies including the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey, formerly the Gallup-Purdue Index, the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey and individual university projects surveying currently enrolled students and alumni, and conducting complex program evaluations. To date, Stephanie has worked with more than 100 colleges and universities designing complex research projects to address their unique research questions and measure the long- and short-term outcomes of a college degree.

Prior to joining Gallup, Stephanie was a researcher at Westat, a research firm specializing in complex social science studies for the federal government, state agencies and foundations, in their education division. While at Westat, Stephanie worked on large-scale, complex, multi-mode education studies for the U.S. Department of Education including the National Household Education Survey, the Postsecondary Education Quick Information System, Fast Response Survey System, Early Childhood Longitudinal Study and other quantitative and qualitative research projects for education foundations and organizations.

Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Elon University and her master’s degree in survey research from the University of Connecticut.


The event will be held at:

Highland Campus of Austin Community College District
6101 Highland Campus Dr.
Austin, TX 78752
Presentation Hall, Room 1550 (Building 2000)

If you need help getting to the Austin Community College District Highland Campus, take a look at this map.


Courtyard by Marriot Austin – University Area
Address: 5660 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX 78751
Phone: (512) 458-2340
Distance: ~1.7 miles

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin – University Area
Address: 1617 North Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 479-4000
Distance: ~5.3 miles

Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Central
Address: 5901 North Ih-35, Austin, TX 78723
Phone: (512) 454-8004
Distance: ~1 mile

Hampton Inn Austin – North
Address: 7619 I-35 North, Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 452-3300
Distance: ~1.8 miles

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin, North Central
Address: 8500 North I-35, Austin, TX 78753
Phone: (512) 821-0707
Distance: ~3.3 miles

Hotel Ella
Address: 1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 495.1800
Distance: ~5.7