Jeffrey R. Docking

Chapter 10

Cuts Are Not the Solution

  • Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking
    President - Adrian College

Dr. Marylouise Fennell, RSM

Dr. Marylouise Fennell, RSM

Dr. Marylouise Fennell, RSM, is an internationally recognized management consultant in higher education. Dr. Fennell specializes in independent higher education as a mentor, counselor, search consultant, and consultant to Presidents, Administrators, and Boards of Trustees of colleges and universities, and to for-profit businesses who serve the non-profit sector. She is a partner in the search firm Hyatt-Fennell, LLC.

Dr. Fennell brings a unique perspective to her specialty—namely, an intimate knowledge and respect of the presidency and higher education administration. She has served as President of Carlow University; as Assistant Dean of the Graduate Division of the University of St. Joseph; and has been a tenured faculty member, Department Chair, Division Chair, founder and Director of the Counseling Institute, Director of the Pastoral Ministry Institute, and founder and Director of the Cross Cultural Counseling Symposium. Prior to these assignments she served in teaching/clinical/ positions at the University of Hartford and Boston University. Dr. Fennell is the first graduate of the University of Hartford to be named a college president. In 1999, Governor Tom Ridge named Dr. Fennell a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Fennell received her degrees in Education, and Counselor Education from the Diocesan Sisters College (B.A.), University of Hartford (Masters of Education) (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies), and Boston University (Doctor in Education).

She is the Senior Counsel for The Council of Independent Colleges and has been the chief consultant for the Association of Private Universities of Central America. She has assisted the Central American Universities in the establishment of an accreditation system and is the author of the Central American Accreditation Guidelines for Excellence in Education. Dr. Fennell is presently serving as Executive Director of the Interamerican Consortium of Higher Education (CIDES). She is a consultant to numerous associations, colleges, and universities.

Honors bestowed on Dr. Fennell include the Peace Through Education Award from the SAGE Scholarship Program, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Hartford, the Athena Award, Pittsburgh Leadership Award in Education, The Mercy Higher Education Colloquium Leadership Award, Pennsylvania Hardworking Women Award, Pittsburgh Women of the Year Award, Pittsburgh Woman in Education Award, Outstanding Black Catholic Service Award, Pi Lambda Theta Distinguished Research Award, Award of Service to Women and Children, and the Boston University Outstanding Alumni Award as well as approximately 45 honorary doctoral degrees and numerous awards from universities and colleges throughout the world.

Dr. Fennell is presently serving or has served on numerous boards including Huntington Bancshares Incorporated, Clarke College, Robert Morris University, Mercy College of Ohio, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh (Chair), The Art Institute of Los Angeles (Chair), The Art Institute of Charlotte (Chair), The Art Institute Online (Chair), The Art Institute of Seattle , Asher School of Business (Chair), Bradley College of the Visual Arts (Chair), The Art Institute of New York City, The Art Institute of Seattle, The Art Institute of Portland(OR) and has been Vice Chair of the McGillick Education Foundation, and Chair of the Western Pennsylvania Health System Foundation, and Educational Management Foundation. She has been a Director of SKY Financial Group, Standard Mortgage Corporation (GA), Frontier Financial, Three Rivers Bancorp, Omni Staffing Service, as well as a past trustee of more than fifty boards. She was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Duquesne Club which was founded in 1873.

Dr. Scott D. Miller

Dr. Scott D. Miller

Dr. Scott D. Miller is the President of Virginia Wesleyan College, a national liberal arts college located in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Respected as one of the most entrepreneurial higher education executives in America, Dr. Miller is in his 24th year as a college president. Dr. Miller has dedicated his career to the opportunities available through education. He especially values the small, classical, liberal arts college environment that offers students personalized pathways to life and career success. Previously, he was President of Bethany College (2007-15), Wesley College (1997-2007), and Lincoln Memorial University (1991-97). Dr. Miller was also Executive Vice President (1988-91) and Vice President for Development (1984-88) at Lincoln Memorial University and Director of College Relations and Alumni Affairs at Rio Grande College (now University) in Ohio and a former journalist.

Dr. Miller earned his B.A. degree in communications from West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.A. in educational administration from the University of Dayton, Ed. S. in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University, and Ph.D. in higher education administration from The Union Institute & University.

During his career, he has earned a number of professional accolades including three Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) “Circle of Excellence Awards.” He was one of 17 presidents profiled in a Kauffman Foundation-funded book, “The Entrepreneurial College President” (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education, 2004, pp. 132-133). He was featured as one of 22 presidents nationwide profiled in a new book “#Follow The Leader – Lessons in Social Media Success from #HigherEdCEOs,” (EDUniverse Media, 2015, pp. 108-110), one of six transformational case studies profiled in “Weathering Turbulent Times” (NACUBO, 2009, pp. 204, 242-246); one of four transformational case studies profiled in “The Small College Guide to Financial Health” (NACUBO, 2001, pp. 126, 192-194), “The First 120 Days: What a New College President Must Do to Succeed” (Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, 2009), and was noted in “Born, Not Made: The Entrepreneurial Personality” (Praeger, 2007, p. 133).

Dr. Miller was included in “Who is Writing the Op-eds? The Presidents Behind the Words,” by Roland H. King of PhairAdvantage Communications, as one of the “Top 14 Presidents Publishing Op-eds” in 2014. Dr. Miller ranked third in the survey behind Wesleyan University in Connecticut’s Michael Roth.

A highly sought presenter, mentor, and author on higher education topics including financial sustainability and presidential performance for national conferences and trade journals, Dr. Miller is a regular columnist for “The Huffington Post,” “College Planning and Management,” and “Enrollment Manager.” He is the author of a widely distributed e-newsletter, “The President’s Letter,” a daily blog “Dialogue,” and a campus-wide morning message “Nota Bene.” In addition to serving as the co-executive editor of “Presidential Perspectives,” he has co-published three volumes of “President to President: Views on Technology in Higher Education.”

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