Patricia (Pat) Shea is the director of academic leadership initiatives for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). In that role she oversees two membership organizations of chief academic leaders in the region–the Western Academic Leadership Forum and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders—and their related projects. Additionally, Shea manages the Interstate Passport®, a program designed to facilitate nationwide block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes for institutions participating in the Interstate Passport Network. Shea holds a M.A. in educational administration and supervision from George Mason University and an A.B. from West Virginia University in art and English education.