- Jeffrey R. Docking
- James T. Harris
- Thomas L. Hellie
- James P. Clements
- Angel Cabrera
- Ken Starr
- Jonathan Alger
- Vistap M. Karbhari
- Gregory G. Dell'Omo
- Muriel Howard
- Richard Ekman
- Dennis Holtschneider
- Eduardo Padrón
- Walter Harrison
- Walter Kimbrough
- Karen Stout
- Robert Johnson
- Patricia McGuire
- Renu Khator
- Robert Helmer
- John Broderick
- Gordon Gee
- Santa Ono
Jeffrey R. Docking President, Adrian College
Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking began his work as the 17th President of Adrian College on July 1, 2005. Since that time he has transformed the College from a struggling institution of less than 900 students to nearly 1,700 today. During this same period he grew the College budget from $28.4 million to more than $70.3 million, doubled the endowment to more than $51.2 million and raised the academic profile of incoming students in nearly every important benchmark category. Under his leadership, Adrian College has experienced a 400 percent increase in applications and invested significant revenue in the local community including more than $50 million in new construction, nearly 100 new jobs, increasing faculty positions from 63 to 98, and the purchasing power of more than 500 additional first-year students each year.
This renaissance of Adrian College is the result of a unique business plan that Docking implemented and has been nationally reported by publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Toledo Blade, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and US News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges.
Docking holds a Ph.D. in Ethics from Boston University, having done considerable work in Martin Luther King, Jr. studies. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. He published two book reviews in The Journal of Value Inquiry and has consulted widely on ethical decision-making in higher education. His work includes numerous television and print interviews on topics ranging from town/gown relations to The Millennial Generation. He recently authored a book entitled, Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America.
James T. Harris President, University of San Diego
Dr. James T. Harris has served as a college and university president for over twenty years. On August 1, 2015 he began his tenure as the president of the University of San Diego. Earlier in his career he served as president of Defiance College (1994-2002) and is President Emeritus of Widener University (2002-2015).
Under his leadership, Widener was recognized nationally for academic excellence and community engagement efforts. From 2002 – 2015, Widener experienced record growth in philanthropic support, completing its largest comprehensive campaign in history, achieved record undergraduate enrollment, and grew its endowment from $32 million to $90 million.
Harris has been asked to serve in several local, state and national leadership roles, including current service on the executive committee and as chair-elect of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) board, former chair of the board of directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), and former vice chair of Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,200 college and university presidents. Previously, he served as chair of the President’s Council of NCAA Division III and as a member of the executive committee of the NCAA.
Dr. Harris earned degrees from the University of Toledo, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State University. All three of his alma maters have honored him for his work in education. In 2013, he received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State for his support of the university and his role in bridging the gap between Widener and the city of Chester.
Thomas L. Hellie President, Linfield College
Dr. Thomas Hellie has been President of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, since 2006. A native of Minnesota, he studied speech and theatre at Luther College (Iowa) and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in theatre history at the University of Missouri. He began his academic career at Hiram College, where he was associate professor of theatre and English; he spent ten years as vice president of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (Chicago) and then led the James S. Kemper Foundation for seven years prior to the Linfield presidency.
At Linfield, a liberal arts college with approximately 2,200 students, Hellie has led successful campaigns that endowed four new faculty positions, built or renovated six buildings, and doubled the college endowment. He created the Linfield Center for the Northwest, an interdisciplinary hub for programs and research in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and he founded Oregon’s Wine History Archives. During his presidency, Linfield’s multicultural student population has grown from 10% to 35%.
In 1996, Palacky University (Czech Republic) awarded him its highest honor, the Pametni Medal, for his contributions to Czech higher education following the Velvet Revolution. In 2010 he was named Outstanding Alumnus” by Luther College. He has served as Secretary of the Board of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education, Chair of the Student Aid Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Chair of the Oregon Independent Colleges Association. In January 2016 he will become Chair of the Board of the Council of Independent Colleges.
James P. Clements President, Clemson University
Dr. James P. Clements became Clemson University’s 15th president in 2013. He is also a Professor in the School of Computing, College of Engineering and Science at Clemson. Under his leadership, Clemson has reached several milestones—the largest campus development initiative the University has seen since the mid-1960s; a record number of student applications with the strongest academic profile in University history; and a record-breaking year in fundraising, with nearly $170 million raised in private gifts.
Clements is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He is Chair of the ACE Commission on Leadership; co-chairs the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE); is a member of the Business Higher Education Forum; serves as academic co-chair of the Automotive Sector of the Council on Competitiveness-Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Partnership (EMCP); and is national co-chair of APLU’s Energy Forum. He has served on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Innovation Advisory Board, where he was the only university president in the country to serve in that role.
He has published and/or presented more than 75 papers in the fields of computer science, higher education, information technology, project management, and strategic planning. His Successful Project Management book is now in its 6th edition and is published in multiple languages and used in numerous countries.
Before he came to Clemson, Clements served as the president of West Virginia University for nearly five years. He has served as as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Economic and Community Outreach, and the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Technology at Towson University.
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, as well as an M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Angel Cabrera President, George Mason University
Dr. Angel Cabrera was named the sixth president of George Mason University in July 2012. Mason, a modern, innovative university selected as one of the top 200 research universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also has quickly become the largest public university in Virginia. Prior to George Mason University, Cabrera led two internationally renowned business schools: Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. As a business educator, he played a key role in advancing professional ethics and corporate social responsibility.
As a senior advisor, United Nations Global Compact, Cabrera led the creation of “The Principles for Responsible Management Education,” adopted by more than 500 business schools around the world. In partnership with the World Economic Forum and leading Harvard Business School faculty, he co-founded The Oath Project, an international initiative to establish a code of conduct for business leaders.
In 2004, BusinessWeek named Cabrera one of 25 “Stars of Europe,” and in 2011 the Financial Times recognized him as one of the top 20 business school leaders in the world. Recognized by top international organizations, The World Economic Forum named Cabrera a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2002, a “Young Global Leader” in 2005, and, in 2008, the chairman of the Global Agenda Council for promoting entrepreneurship. In 2008, the Aspen Institute named him a Henry Crown Fellow and in 2010, he served as topic leader for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Cabrera has written numerous papers in leading academic journals. His most recent book, Being Global: How to Think, Act and Lead in a Transformed World, was published by Harvard Business Review in 2012. His views on global leadership, higher education, and corporate citizenship have been quoted by leading global media, including The Economist, Time, CNN, CNBC, BBC, El País, Forbes, the International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times.
Cabrera holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain’s premier engineering university. He earned M.S. and Ph.D degrees in psychology and cognitive science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.
Ken Starr President & Chancellor, Baylor University
A distinguished academician, lawyer, public servant and sixth-generation Texan, Judge Ken Starr serves as the chief executive officer of Baylor University holding the titles of President and Chancellor. On June 1, 2010 Judge Starr began his service as the 14th person to serve Baylor University’s president and was named to the position of president and chancellor on November 11, 2013. In providing the additional title, he is charged with the task of increasing Baylor’s influence in the nation and around the world.
Judge Starr also serves on the faculty of Baylor Law School as The Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law and teaches a seminar on current Constitutional issues. Judge Starr is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and currently serves as President of the Southern University Conference. In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Baylor College of Medicine and the Board of Trustees for Baylor Scott & White Health.
In September 2010, Judge Starr established his first fundraising priority: The President’s Scholarship Initiative, a three-year challenge to raise $100 million for student scholarships which was completed five months ahead of its goal. He also is leading Baylor into the future under Pro Futuris, a new strategic vision developed with the collective wisdom of the extended Baylor family.
Judge Starr has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 25 cases during his service as Solicitor General of the United States from 1989-93. He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989, as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977 and as law clerk to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973 to 1974. Starr was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from 1994 to 1999.
Prior to coming to Baylor, Judge Starr served for six years as The Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine, where he taught current constitutional issues and civil procedure. He has also been of counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner from 1993 to 2004, specializing in appellate work, antitrust, federal courts, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law. Judge Starr previously taught constitutional law as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and was a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Law and Chapman Law School. He is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Starr is the author of more than 25 publications, and his book, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life, published in 2002, was praised by U.S. Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle as "eminently readable and informative...not just the best treatment to-date of the Court after (Chief Justice Earl) Warren, it is likely to have that distinction for a long, long time."
Jonathan Alger President, James Madison University
Jonathan R. Alger was appointed the sixth president of James Madison University in 2012. President Alger previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Rutgers, and also held prior positions at the University of Michigan, American Association of University Professors, U.S. Department of Education, and a major international law firm. He is a nationally recognized scholar and speaker on higher education policy and law, and has played a leadership role in initiatives on such topics as access, diversity, and academic freedom. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and currently co-teaches an honors seminar on leadership.
President Alger is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, which has recognized him with Life Membership and the Distinguished Service Award. He has served on many other national advisory boards and committees including the American Bar Association’s Accreditation Committee and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health. He currently serves on the Division I Board of Directors for the NCAA, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Council of State Representatives, and Virginia’s GENEDGE Alliance Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School.
Vistap M. Karbhari President, The University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, the 8th president of The University of Texas at Arlington, leads the largest urban research university in North Texas in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth region – one of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation.
In addition to serving as president, Dr. Karbhari is a professor in the UTA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering; earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master's degree with a specialization in structures, both from the University of Poona in India; and obtained his Ph.D. with a dissertation in composite materials from the University of Delaware. He is a fellow of several pre-eminent professional organizations, including the National Academy of Inventors; ASM International; the International Institute for Fiber-reinforced Polymers in Construction; the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure; the American Society of Civil Engineers; and the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. He holds one patent and has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $37 million in research projects. He is the author/co-author of over 460 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings and has edited/co-edited 6 books.
Gregory G. Dell’Omo President, Rider University
Dr. Gregory G. Dell’Omo became the seventh president of Rider University on August 1, 2015. Founded in 1865, Rider is a comprehensive, private, coeducational university located on two campuses in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey.
Dell’Omo previously served for 10 years as president of Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa. RMU was marked by growth unparalleled in the university’s 94-year history, as it continued its transformation from a regional, commuter-based institution to a comprehensive residential university that draws full-time and part-time students from not only the tri-state area, but across the country and around the globe.
He led RMU through the completion of its most recent five-year strategic plan and its most recent comprehensive capital campaign, which raised $41 million, exceeding its goal. The campaign funded two academic buildings: the School of Business Building and the Wheatley Center, which is home to the School of Communications and Information Systems. Most recently, the University broke ground on its new building for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences that is expected to open in fall 2015.
Under Dell’Omo’s leadership there was an increase in the number of students living on campus, which grew 4.5 percent from 2013 to 2014. At the same time, full-time undergraduate enrollment grew 35 percent, and total enrollment now stands at 5,400. He also launched RMU’s online degree programs, and in just three years, online enrollment climbed to more than 700 students.
Other signature achievements include the creation of the Student Engagement Program and Transcript. A commitment to academic excellence was seen in major accreditations earned by RMU over the past 10 years, including AACSB International; the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation; and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Dell’Omo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Montclair State University, a master’s degree in industrial relations from Rutgers, and a Ph.D. in industrial relations/human resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Muriel Howard President, American Association of State College and Universities
Dr. Howard was named president of AASCU in April 2009. She is the first African-American to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, D.C. She is also AASCU’s first female president.
As AASCU president, Dr. Howard is an advocate for public higher education at the national level, working to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of member colleges and universities; serving as a resource to presidents and chancellors as they address state policy and emerging campus issues; developing collaborative partnerships and initiatives that advance public higher education; directing a strategic agenda that focuses on public college and university leadership for the 21st century; and providing professional development opportunities for presidents, chancellors, and their spouses.
Formerly the president of Buffalo State College, State University of New York from 1996 to 2009, Dr. Howard led a campus of more than 11,000 students, approximately 1,700 faculty and staff, and a financial operation of more than $214 million. Prior to joining Buffalo State, she was the vice president for public service and urban affairs at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she served in various leadership capacities over a 23-year period.
As a college president, Dr. Howard was an active member of AASCU for many years. Her volunteer involvement with AASCU includes serving as chair of the board of directors (2006–2007) and committee and commission memberships that include the Voluntary System of Accountability Presidential Advisory Committee, the Millennium Leadership Initiative, the Commission on Public University Renewal, and the Alliance for Regional Stewardship. Dr. Howard also served as a faculty member for AASCU’s New Presidents’ Academy.
Her professional and scholarly interests include educational leadership, women and minorities in the academy, and a long-standing personal commitment to public service. Dr. Howard serves on a number of boards including Air University; the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance; National Advisory Board of the National Survey of Student Engagement; Merchants Insurance Company; and Association Mutual Health Insurance Company.
A graduate of the City University of New York’s Richmond College, Dr. Howard holds a master’s degree in education and a doctor of philosophy in educational organization, administration, and policy from the University at Buffalo. She earned a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. She has also received six honorary degrees and many awards for her contributions to public higher education, for service to the community, and for her commitment to diversity.
Richard Ekman President, Council of Independent Colleges
Before being appointed president of CIC in September of 2000, Richard Ekman served as vice president for programs of the Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company. Ekman served from 1991 to 1999 as secretary of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where, in addition to his overall administrative responsibilities, he focused especially on issues in higher education, technology, libraries, area studies, and faculty development. He earlier served as director of the division of education programs and of the division of research programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Among his accomplishments at NEH was the redesign of the organization’s education programs so that they addressed core institutional issues—such as the strengthening of introductory courses and revision of general education programs.
His campus experience includes appointments as vice president and dean of Hiram College, where he was also a tenured member of the faculty in history, and as assistant to the provost of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. At Hiram, he led efforts to develop a series of dual-degree programs with private universities throughout the country that responded to students’ growing interest in combining the benefits of an undergraduate liberal arts education with advanced professional preparation in selected fields.
Dr. Ekman has spoken publicly and written extensively—in such journals as Change and Liberal Education— on the uses of technology in research and teaching, curriculum reform in the humanities, the future of foreign language and area studies, the moral dimensions of academic administration, collaboration between colleges and public school systems, and the future of libraries and scholarly publishing. He currently serves on the boards of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, Stanford University Press, and the Pew Learning and Technology Program, and has previously been a member of the boards of the American Association for Higher Education and the Society for Values in Higher Education, among other organizations. He has testified in Washington on government support of the arts and humanities and on the expectations of public/private cooperation in support of culture. Prior to being named president of CIC, Ekman had just been appointed chairman of the Advisory Panel of the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education, an operating unit of CIC.
Ekman received his Ph.D. in 1972 in the history of American civilization and his A.B. degree in 1966 from Harvard University. In 1995, he was awarded an honorary L.H.D. degree by Ursinus College and, in 2000, he received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.
Dennis Holtschneider President, DePaul University
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, is president of DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university and the largest private university in the Midwest, and chairman of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system. Father Holtschneider serves on the boards of the American Council on Education, the Chicago History Museum, and the steering committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. Father Holtschneider became DePaul’s 11th president on July 1, 2004 and oversees a $550 million budget, 23,799 students, and 919 full-time faculty on five Chicago campuses. He led DePaul through two successful strategic plans. The current plan, “Vision 2018: Dedication to Excellence, Commitment to Community,” was launched in 2013 and is designed to enhance academic quality and educational innovation, deepen connections to the global city of Chicago, strengthen DePaul’s Catholic and Vincentian identity, foster diversity and inclusion, and ensure the university’s financial strength.
During Father Holtschneider’s tenure, the university developed and completed its “Many Dreams, One Mission” capital campaign, which surpassed its original goal to raise $250 million, eventually raising $333 million, the largest portion of which was allocated for student scholarships to ensure access to high quality education for future generations of DePaul students.
He joined the board of Ascension Health in 2009 and moved to the parent board of Ascension in 2012, where he chaired the audit committee for the $20 billion health care organization consisting of the health care system and an array of health-related businesses.
He studied at Harvard University and received his doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy in 1997 after writing a dissertation on the early history of financial aid in the United States. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Niagara University in 1985, studied for the priesthood at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pennsylvania, and was ordained in 1989. He also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Adamson University, Manila; College of St. Elizabeth, New Jersey; Niagara University; St. Thomas Aquinas College, New York; and received the Vincentian Charism Award from All Hallows College in Dublin.
Eduardo Padrón President, Miami Dade College
An American by choice, Eduardo Padrón arrived in the United States as a refugee at age 15. Since 1995, he has served as President of Miami Dade College, a national model of student achievement and the largest institution of higher education in America, with more than 175,000 students. An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2009, Time magazine included him among the “10 Best College Presidents” in the United States; in 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year”; and in 2011, The Washington Post recognized him as one of the eight most influential college presidents in the country. In addition, the Carnegie Corporation of New York granted him its prestigious Centennial Academic Leadership Award; he is the first college president to receive the National Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service; he has been named an Ascend Fellow by the Aspen Institute; and he is the recipient of the Hesburgh Award, the highest honor in U.S. higher education.
Dr. Padrón is widely recognized as one of the top educational leaders in the world. He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Business/Higher Education Forum, the League for Innovation (former chair), RC-2020, the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, the White House Fellows Selection Panel (chair), and the International Association of University Presidents. He has held leadership positions on the American Academy of Arts & Sciences/Humanities Commission and on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (chair), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Campus Compact, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He is also the immediate past Board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch.
Walter Harrison President, University of Hartford
Since Walter Harrison's appointment as the University of Hartford's fifth president in 1998, the University has experienced a period of energy and momentum unmatched in its history. He has overseen dramatic improvements in academic quality, finances, and fundraising.
President Harrison serves on many boards in the Hartford area, including Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, The Connecticut Science Center, World Business Capital, The Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, and the MetroHartford Alliance. He is a past president of Hartford Stage. President Harrison is also active nationally and is recognized as a leader in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He chairs the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance and serves on other NCAA committees.
President Harrison is a scholar of American literature and culture. A native of Pittsburgh, he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford in 1968, and then earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1969. After an interim of three years to serve as captain in the United States Air Force, President Harrison earned a doctorate from the University of California–Davis. His doctoral dissertation, "Out of Play: Baseball Fiction from Pulp to Art," was one of the earliest scholarly treatments of baseball and its place in American life.
Walter Kimbrough President, Dillard University
A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at the age of 32. In October of 2004, at the age of 37, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and selected as a 2001 Nissan-ETS HBCU Fellow. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, and Tom Joyner. Finally, in February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The Griot.com's 100 African Americans making history today, joining another impressive group including Kerry Washington, Ambassador Susan Rice, Kendrick Lamar, Mellody Hobson, and RG III.
Karen Stout President, Montgomery County Community College
Dr. Karen A. Stout has served as President of Montgomery County Community College (PA), a multi-campus college, in suburban Philadelphia since 2001. Acknowledged as an innovating community college, MCCC is recognized nationally for its work in student success, most recently receiving the prestigious 2014 Leah Meyer Austin Award through Achieving the Dream. Dr. Stout is active in national and local organizations. She serves as Chair of the President's Advisory Board to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University Teacher’s College, is a Commissioner and Executive Committee member with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is past member of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors (2011-2014). Most recently, she served as co-chair of the AACC 21st Century Commission's Implementation Steering Committee working with more than 100 leaders from across the country in developing a framework for the redesign of American’s community colleges.
Dr. Stout holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delaware. She was named to the University of Delaware’s Alumni Wall of Fame in 2005 for her outstanding professional and public service achievements and received a Presidential Citation from the University for her contributions to community colleges in 2012.
Robert Johnson President, Becker College
Dr. Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., is a strong believer in higher education as a public good, and has dedicated his more-than-25-year career to transforming the lives of young people while preparing them to realize their dreams. Since taking office as the tenth president of Becker College in July 2010, this charismatic leader has charged the institution with a new, world-ready entrepreneurial mission; led the creation of groundbreaking academic programs; realized significant capital projects; strengthened the institution’s financial foundation; and challenged students and faculty to compete in an increasingly global society. He believes today’s graduates must have an entrepreneurial mindset and be divergent thinkers with high emotional intelligence.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Trident University International (formerly Touro University International), a master’s degree in education administration from University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Morehouse College. Prior to becoming Becker College’s President, Dr. Johnson served as Senior Vice President of Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of Dayton; Vice Provost at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; and Executive Director Of Enrollment Management at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He has been appointed to the board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is a member of the Council on Competitiveness, and serves on the boards of a number of local organizations. He has addressed corporations, organizations, and institutions on the topics of leadership, innovation, strategic planning, personal brand, diversity, higher education, and volunteerism.
Patricia McGuire President, Trinity Washington University
Patricia McGuire has been president of Trinity since 1989. Previously, she was the assistant dean for development and external affairs at Georgetown University Law Center where she was also an adjunct professor of law. She began her career after law school as the project director for the Street Law clinical program at Georgetown. President McGuire serves on a number of boards including the Consortium of Universities, Cafritz Foundation, Community Foundation, College Success Foundation – DC, United Educators and the Ameritas Holding Company. She writes and speaks on a wide variety of topics in higher education, women’s issues and Catholic education. She holds honorary degrees from several universities, and has received recognition in the Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, Washington Business Journal and other media outlets. In 2007 she was named “Leader of the Years” by the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and in 2012 she received the Henry Paley Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She earned her law degree at Georgetown in 1977, and her baccalaureate degree cum laude at Trinity.
Robert C. Helmer
Chancellor, University of Houston System
President, University of Houston
Renu Khator has been Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston (UH) since 2008, overseeing a four-university organization that now serves nearly 70,000 students, has an annual budget that exceeds $1.5 billion and generates a $3.8 billion-plus impact on the Greater Houston area’s economy each year. Under her leadership, UH has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private donations. As part of a $1-billion construction program, UH launched a 75-acre Energy Research Park, constructed a new 40,000-seat football stadium and increased student residence hall capacity to 8,000, the second highest in Texas. Designated as a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Foundation, UH has also been recognized by the Princeton Review for excellence in undergraduate education, by U.S. News & World Report as a top-tier institution and by the Chronicle of Higher Education as an exceptional workplace. Born in Uttar Pradesh, India, Khator earned a master’s and doctorate in political science at Purdue University. She has authored several books and articles on global environmental policy. Khator is the first Indian immigrant to head a comprehensive public research university in the United States and the first female chancellor of a Texas higher education system.
Robert C. Helmer President, Baldwin Wallace University
Dr. Robert C. Helmer, J.D., Ph.D., began his tenure in July 2012 as the ninth president of Baldwin Wallace University, after serving nine years as president of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.
Dr. Helmer currently serves on the boards of several local, regional, and national organizations, including the Southwest General Health System, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, the Association of Independent Colleges, and Universities of Ohio, the Higher Learning Commission, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and The Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Dr. Helmer received his Ph.D. from Marquette University and his J.D. from the University of Toledo. His scholarly interests are in early Christian origins and apocalyptic literature.
John R. Broderick President, Old Dominion University
John R. Broderick is the eighth president of Old Dominion University. Since President Broderick took office in 2008, he has positioned the University as a leader in education, research, economic development, entrepreneurship and civic engagement. He continues to establish key partnerships with government, military and business organizations as well as agencies at state and national levels that propel job creation and spur economic growth.
Under President Broderick, the University has grown to an enrollment of 24,670 students from all 50 states, and now has 126,659 alumni in 67 different countries, seven academic colleges and 26 economic development and research centers. He guides initiatives that contribute more than $2.1 billion annually to the coastal Virginia region’s economy.
President Broderick has guided an ambitious University master plan and two strategic plans, which have resulted in more than $338 million in capital projects, including academic buildings, research centers, residence halls, athletic facilities and arts venues.
He has been a strong proponent of interdisciplinary teaching and research on campus. He is credited with establishing the University’s Sea Level Rise Initiative in 2010 and has been at the forefront of ODU’s growth in modeling and simulation, bio-electrics and distance education.
President Broderick oversaw the renewal of Old Dominion’s football program in 2009, its move to Conference USA in 2013 and its reclassification to the Football Bowl Subdivision. Since then, he has served on the NCAA board of directors, as chair of the President's Football Championship Series advisory committee, and is currently vice chair of the Conference USA board.
In addition to his administrative duties, President Broderick teaches graduate courses annually in the Darden College of Education. He also has lectured on leadership for a variety of institutions and organizations, including the University of Bologna and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executive Association. In addition to teaching, President Broderick mentors students and fosters their civic-mindedness. His role in establishing a comprehensive civic engagement program led to Old Dominion’s recognition on the President of the United States' Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for two consecutive years.
President Broderick has lent his expertise in higher education to numerous state and national committees and organizations, including the Governor's Commission on Higher Education; the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment; and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Council of State Representatives. His contributions have been recognized by numerous organizations in the Norfolk area, Virginia and beyond.
Prior to becoming president, he served as ODU vice president of institutional advancement and admissions and chief of staff to the president. Before he joined Old Dominion, President Broderick was a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh system and an administrator at St. Bonaventure University. He received a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and a graduate degree from St. Bonaventure.
E. Gordon Gee President, West Virginia University
Currently serving for a second time as president of West Virginia University, Dr. E. Gordon Gee has been a leader in higher education for more than three decades. In 2009 Time magazine named him one of the Top 10 university presidents in the United States. In addition to his service at West Virginia University, Gee served as president of The Ohio State University (twice), Vanderbilt University, Brown University, and the University of Colorado.
Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. Before starting his career in higher education, he clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and was a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger.
Gee's service to education-governance organizations and commissions is extensive including the American Association of Universities and the American Council on Education’s Commission on Higher Education Attainment. He also has written extensively on law and education, and is the co-author of 11 books, including Law, Policy and Higher Education published in 2012.
Santa J. Ono President, University of Cincinnati
Santa J. Ono, PhD, is the President of the University of Cincinnati, a top-25 public research university with an enrollment of 43,000. He is also a highly accomplished researcher in eye disease and a member of several national and international honorific societies as well as a sought-after public speaker, frequent opinion leader on higher education issues, and a recognized trailblazer in the use of social media. Serving as UC's president since August 2012, he has gained a reputation as a chief executive who is accessible and responsive to the university’s wide range of constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, business, civic, arts and government.
Prior to his appointment as president, he served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UC. He holds appointments as Professor of Pediatrics in UC’s College of Medicine and Professor of Biology in its McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Before his arrival at UC, Dr. Ono served at Emory University as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Deputy to the Provost and then Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Earlier in his career, he also served in a variety of teaching, research and administrative positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Schepens Eye Research Institute, University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 and inducted as a member of the National Academy of Inventors in 2014.
Dr. David Hales President, Second Nature
After serving as President of College of the Atlantic until 2011, David Hales accepted the position of President and CEO of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education since August, 2012.
Under Hales’ leadership, College of the Atlantic received recognition for innovative academic excellence, more than doubled the size of its endowment, and became the first institution of higher education in the United States to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases.
President Hales has held numerous positions promoting sustainability nationally and internationally, including directing environmental policy and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development throughout the Clinton administration.
Dr. Paul W. Ferguson President, University of Maine
Dr. Paul W. Ferguson became the 19th president of the University of Maine in July 2011. President Ferguson is leading the University of Maine through an inclusive, campus-wide strategic planning process known as the Blue Sky Project where the University aspires to become the most student-centered and community-engaged of the American Research Universities.
Dr. Ferguson began his academic career on the faculty of the University of Louisiana, Monroe School of Pharmacy, becoming an award-winning professor, Head of the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and eventually, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. He continued his administrative career eventually becoming Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he facilitated UNLV becoming a premier research university. Prior to arriving at UMaine, Dr. Ferguson served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Edwardsville campus of Southern Illinois University. President Ferguson, a Southern California native, graduated from Whittier College with a B.A. in Biology and from the University of California, Davis, with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Dr. Theodora J. Kalikow President, Southern Maine
Dr. Theodora J. Kalikow Theodora J. Kalikow was named President of the University of Southern Maine in July 2012 after serving as President of the University of Maine at Farmington for 18 years. Under President Kalikow's leadership, the University of Maine at Farmington was recognized as one of the nation's top public liberal arts colleges for 15 consecutive years.
She received the Green Building Leadership award for establishing high standards of environmental responsibility for higher education in Maine. In 2012, the University of New England conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Dr. Kalikow. Dr. Kalikow received her A.B. in Chemistry from Wellesley College, a Sc.M. in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University.
Dr. Harry L. Williams President, Delaware State University
Dr. Harry Williams is the 10th president in the 120-year history of Delaware State University. He assumed the top post in January 2010, after serving 18 months as DSU’s provost and vice president of Academic Aff airs. Prior to this post he established a new General Education Program, a Distance Education Strategic Plan, and a Middle States Monitoring Report Plan, and reaffi rmation of DSU's 10-year accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
During his DSU tenure, Dr. Williams has led a dedicated eff ort to establish sound environmental practices on campus and reduce the institution’s carbon footprint through its Go Green initiative. Such activities were strongly validated by the presentation of the Second Nature Leadership Award from the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in the summer of 2011. Under Dr. Williams' leadership, DSU became part of President Obama’s Better Building Initiative in late 2011, which recognized DSU energy upgrades project that will save the University $5.3 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.
Under Dr. Williams leadership, DSU has continued to expand its research portfolio — particularly in the Optics and Neuroscience programs, which have attracted more than $25 million in grants and state capital project funding during his fi rst three years and resulted in the development of DSU's fi rst two intellectual properties.
The foundation for Dr. Williams’ career in academia was established at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he earned a 1986 Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Broadcasting and a Master of Arts in Educational Media. He later earned an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.
Dr. Jonathan Gibralter President, Frostburg State University
Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter joined Frostburg State University as its 14th president in 2006, bringing a solid record of educational and community leadership. Since he arrived, his collaborative approach to higher education has engaged faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in planning for the future. Dr. Gibralter's focus on sustainability extends beyond the traditional focus on the physical environment to the well-being of the students in his charge and the community that is home to the University and most of its 5,400 students. Under Dr. Gibralter’s leadership and directed by an institutional strategic plan, FSU has aligned itself with the issues of climate change and sustainability, reduced binge-drinking among students by 24 percent to below the national average over the course of six years, and engaged its neighboring community in a broad range of efforts designed to break down "town-gown" walls that have grown up over the years.
Dr. Gibralter earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, a master’s from New York University, and a doctorate from Syracuse University. He worked in the mental health field before entering higher education, where he has served for over 25 years as a faculty member and administrator. Dr. Gibralter is the Maryland delegate to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Council of State Representatives and a member of AASCU's Professional Development Committee.
Dr. Gloria Larson, JD President, Bentley University
Dr. Gloria Cordes Larson, JD, joined Bentley University as its president in July 2007 after a prestigious career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. During Larson’s tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones and established new programs focused on the value of a business education. Larson has overseen Bentley's most recent innovation - a studio based, 11-month, global MBA program that places special emphasis on honing students' individual leadership style and change management skills while working on diverse teams and across cultures. She also launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley in 2011, with a mission to advance shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and to develop women business leaders.
Before joining Bentley, Larson was widely recognized for her significant influence in economic policy at the state and federal level. She was co-Chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag, LLP just prior to joining the university. Leading up to her private law practice, Larson worked in the public sector for several decades, serving as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor William Weld, and Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission.
Dr. Wim Wiewel President, Portland State University
Dr. Wim Wiewel assumed the presidency of Portland State University in August 2008. Prior to coming to PSU, Wiewel was the provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Baltimore. From 1979–04, Wiewel was with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he most recently served as dean of the College of Business Administration. Wiewel also directed UIC’s Center for Urban Economic Development. He holds degrees in sociology and urban planning from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.
Wiewel is chair of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and on the boards of the Portland Business Alliance, World Affairs Council of Oregon, the American College and University’s Presidents Climate Commitment, and the Metro Leadership Council. He is past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, a fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and senior editorial adviser of Economic Development Quarterly.
Dr. Mark W. Huddleston President, University of New Hampshire
Dr. Mark W. Huddleston was elected the 19th president of the University of New Hampshire in July 2007, bringing three decades of experience in public and private education as a faculty member, dean, and senior administrator.
At UNH, President Huddleston oversees the implementation of a 10-year strategic plan that is transforming the University’s mission as the state’s flagship public research university and one the nation’s few land-, sea- and space-grant universities. Created through a collaboration of faculty, students, staff alumni and the University’s wider communities, this effort challenges the University to be innovative, entrepreneurial, and responsive so that it can remain vital and financially sustainable.
In May 2013, President Huddleston’s leadership as a strategic thinker, fiscal steward and collaborative problem-solver was recognized with his appointment to the newly formed Governor’s Commission on State Government Innovation, Efficiency, and Transparency.
He began his academic career at SUNY-Buffalo in 1977 as an assistant professor of political science. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the University of Delaware, where he served 24 years. There, he chaired the Department of Political Science and International Relations and was associate provost for international programs. In 2001, he was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, overseeing 45 academic departments and centers, and serving in that capacity until he was named president of Ohio Wesleyan University in 2004.
An author of numerous books and articles, he has been a consultant for both the U.S. government and international organizations. He also served as an adviser in Bosnia on rebuilding financial and administrative infrastructures after the Dayton accords.
Dr. Judith Ramaley President Emerita, Winona State University
Dr. Judith A. Ramaley (pronounced Rah may’ lee) is President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and President Emerita of Winona State University. Dr. Ramaley teaches in the Civic Leadership curriculum at Portland State. Dr. Ramaley holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is also a member of the board of Second Nature, an organization committed is to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society through the transformation of higher education.
Prior to returning to Portland State University, Dr. Ramaley served as President of Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota from July 2005 to May 2012. She served as a Visiting Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences in the spring of 2005. From 2001-2004, she was Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at The National Science Foundation (NSF). While serving at NSF, Dr. Ramaley also held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. Dr. Ramaley was President of The University of Vermont (UVM) and Professor of Biology from 1997 to 2001. She was President and Professor of Biology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon for seven years from 1990-1997.
Dr. Ramaley has a special interest in higher-education reform and institutional change and has played a significant role in designing regional alliances to promote educational cooperation. She also has contributed to a national exploration of the changing nature of work and has written extensively on civic responsibility and partnerships between higher education and community organizations as well as articles on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. She also has served as a member of the Steering Committee and Executive Committee of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and remains actively involved in working on ways for colleges and universities to promote and model environmental stewardship in ways appropriate for their missions and local context.
Dr. Michael Crow President, Arizona State University
Dr. Michael M. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he terms the “New American University.” Under his direction the University pursues teaching, research, and creative excellence focused on the major challenges of our time, as well as those central to the quality of life, sustainable development, and economic competitiveness of Arizona and the nation. He has committed the University to sustainability, social embeddedness, and global engagement, and championed initiatives leading to record levels of diversity in the student body.
Crow was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. As chief strategist of Columbia’s research enterprise, he led technology and innovation transfer operations, establishing Columbia Innovation Enterprises (renamed Science and Technology Ventures), as well as advancing interdisciplinary program development. He played the lead role in the creation of and served as the founding director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and in 1998 founded the Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), dedicated to linking science and technology to optimal social, economic, and environmental outcomes. In 2003, CSPO was reconstituted at ASU and is now based in both Phoenix and Washington DC.
He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Public Administration, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The author of books and articles analyzing science and technology policy and the design of knowledge enterprises, Crow received his PhD in Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Dr. David Shi President, Furman University
Dr. David E. Shi, the 10th president of Furman University from 1994 to 2010, is a leading figure in American higher education. A prolific writer and speaker, David has shared his knowledge of such topics as American history, sustainability, and leadership with thousands of people in the corporate, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. Shi, an Atlanta native and a 1973 Furman graduate who earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia, championed the University’s emphasis on engaged learning, energy conservation, and environmental stewardship. Under his direction, Furman became a national leader in promoting sustainability. In 2003 Shi received the Presidential Leadership Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was named Greenville Magazine Business Person of the Year. David was a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2006. During his presidency, Furman built the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified building in South Carolina (there are now 7 LEED-certified buildings on campus). In 2010 the environmental organization Upstate Forever presented Shi with its Extraordinary Achievement in Environmental Conservation Award. That same year, Furman University’s Board of Trustees named its dazzling new Center for Sustainability in honor of Shi. Established in 2008, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability has evolved into an animating hub where educators, students, and community leaders work together to address the most complex issues of sustainability.
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