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New Presidents ProgramNew Presidents Program26CIC’s New Presidents Program (NPP)—the oldest of the programs serving new chief executives—provides the “need to know” tools and the counsel that will keep a young presidency on a smooth course. The agenda focuses on the practical needs and concerns of the newly elected leaders of independent colleges and universities. This year the NPP is offered in a virtual, sequential, and pedagogically fitting format, with sessions on December 9, 2020, and in connection with CIC’s Presidents Institute on January 3 and 7, 2021.  Experienced independent college and university presidents are leading interactive sessions on critical presidential leadership topics; the program also provides opportunities for informal interactions among new presidents to facilitate the development of a community of campus leaders who share similar concerns.<br><br><em>Please note: The New Presidents Program requires pre-registration and cannot be added to My Schedule. To register, please contact Sherita Ashmon, CIC conference manager, at <a href=""></a>.</em><br><br><h3>Welcome, Logistics, and Introductions of Presenters</h3><blockquote><strong><em>Mary Pat Seurkamp</em></strong>, Senior Advisor and Director, CIC New Presidents Program, and President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University<br></blockquote><br><h3>I Wish I had Known</h3><blockquote><strong><em>Hilary L. Link</em></strong>, President, Allegheny College<br><strong><em>Elfred Anthony Pinkard</em></strong>, President, Wilberforce University<br></blockquote><br><h3>Working with the Board – Beyond the Basics</h3><blockquote><strong><em>Jeff Abernathy</em></strong>, President, Alma College<br><strong><em>Marjorie Hass</em></strong>, President, Rhodes College<br>Moderator: <strong><em>Douglas M. Orr</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Warren Wilson College<br></blockquote><br><h3>The President and Institutional Advancement</h3><blockquote><strong><em>David C. Joyce</em></strong>, President, Brevard College<br><strong><em>Carmen Twillie Ambar</em></strong>, President, Oberlin College<br></blockquote><br><h3>You Got the Job, Now What?</h3><blockquote><strong><em>Logan C. Hampton</em></strong>, President, Lane College<br></blockquote><br><h3>Last Questions and Close</h3><blockquote><strong><em>Mary Pat Seurkamp</em></strong>, Senior Advisor and Director, CIC New Presidents Program, and President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University</blockquote>
Keynote Address: Ethical Considerations for Presidential Leadership in a Fragile DemocracyKeynote Address: Ethical Considerations for Presidential Leadership in a Fragile Democracy29Danielle AllenPlenary Session;Spouses and Partners<h3>Ethical Considerations for Presidential Leadership in a Fragile Democracy</h3><div>The year 2020 has brought tremendous pressures on American democracy and democratic institutions. These pressures have bearing on independent colleges and universities, their commitments to educate students for engaged citizenship, and the presidents who lead them. How have the consequences of a global pandemic, widespread demands for social justice, and the fractured nature of American politics and a starkly divided polity contributed to the pressures on college presidents in the myriad decisions they must make? What ethical considerations can presidents bring to bear as they weigh complex problems with ambiguous solutions? What role can presidents play in positioning their campuses as centers for learning from and interacting with diverse populations, fostering civil discourse, preparing students for civic and democratic engagement, and educating life-long learners? Danielle Allen, a distinguished ethicist and political theorist, who has written widely about the role of leadership and governance in diverse contexts, and the social and political forces that have shaped and continue to influence our democracy, will lead a thought-provoking discussion of these salient leadership issues.</div><div><br></div><div>Moderator: <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br></div>
Spouses and Partners of New Presidents SessionsSpouses and Partners of New Presidents Sessions1Spouses and Partners<p>​As part of the New Presidents Program, CIC is offering special sessions for spouses and partners of recently appointed presidents offered every year at the Presidents Institute. The program, led by Lynne C. Joyce, presidential spouse, Brevard College, and J. Lawrence Smith, presidential spouse, York College of Pennsylvania, and organized by CIC Vice President for Academic Programs Kerry Pannell, is premised on the understanding that presidential spouses and partners serve in a variety of capacities within and outside their institution. This year, sessions for spouses and partners of new presidents will be held on January 3 and 7, 2021.<br><br><em>Please note: The Spouses and Partners of New Presidents Program requires pre-registration and cannot be added to My Schedule. To register, please contact Sherita Ashmon, CIC conference manager, at <a href=""></a>.</em></p>
Networking Break and Virtual Sponsor HallNetworking Break and Virtual Sponsor Hall109Participants are encouraged to use this break in between Institute sessions to connect with a colleague, get together with others who share similar interests, or meet with representatives of sponsoring organizations.
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions139Concurrent Session<h3>FINISHING WELL: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION </h3>Most institutions today cannot afford a “long good-bye”: the hiatus created by a search, and then the year or two when a new president comes in to provide leadership for the next phase of institutional life. How can presidents and boards work together to design strategic plans that attract new leadership to the institution—rather than waiting for new leadership to provide vision—and that ensure ongoing institutional momentum through the transition? What can presidents do to leave their institutions smoothly and help prepare for an effective transition following their departure? The discussion will build on insights gathered from presidents who have recently made this transition or who are preparing for it.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Shirley A. Mullen</em></strong>, President, Houghton College<br><strong><em>Andrew Westmoreland</em></strong>, President, Samford University<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>HOW AGILE COLLEGES ARE NAVIGATING DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES</h3>In this interactive session, the author of <cite>Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education</cite> (2018) and <cite>The Agile College</cite> (forthcoming), will briefly review recent demographic trends and their implications for higher education. Then, drawing on interviews for his forthcoming book, he will share how proactive institutions are attacking demographic challenges through initiatives in recruitment, retention, academic programming, and consortial collaboration. Connections will be drawn to COVID-19 and its impacts. Participants will be encouraged to share their own observations about the changing composition of the market for higher education and how institutions might adapt to the changing environment.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Nathan Grawe</em></strong>, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences, Carleton College<br></blockquote><div> <br> <h3>LEGAL LESSONS FROM THE PANDEMIC </h3>Two presidents and a higher education lawyer will address legal lessons learned from managing the pandemic with a view toward identifying both spring semester challenges facing presidents and solutions to those challenges. Panelists will discuss the latest developments on federal pandemic-relief legislation, COVID-related employment issues, liability questions, vaccine policies and practices, and financial considerations, such as tuition refunds. The emphasis will be on practical guidance for the spring semester and beyond.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Daniel Coleman</em></strong>, President, Birmingham-Southern College<br><strong><em>Susan Llewellyn Deniker</em></strong>, Attorney and Labor and Employment Practice Group Chair, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC<br><strong><em>William N. Ruud</em></strong>, President, Marietta College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE REVENUE, RETENTION, AND COMPLETION THROUGH ONLINE COURSE SHARING</h3>In response to pandemic-related disruptions that impede student progress and completion, presidents are turning to collaborative, cost-effective options to supplement the curriculum and improve the bottom-line. CIC’s new Online Course Sharing Consortium provides selective course options from trusted partners to support student success and generate revenue without investing in new IT staff or infrastructure. Learn how two presidents implemented strategies to improve academic program flexibility and student retention and completion while creating new revenue opportunities to support existing programs.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Jonathan Brand</em></strong>, President, Cornell College (IA)<br><strong><em>Mary-Beth A. Cooper</em></strong>, President, Springfield College<br><strong><em>Robert Manzer</em></strong>, Chief Academic Officer, Acadeum<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>THE PRESIDENT’S ROLE IN DIVERSIFYING LEADERSHIP IN THE ACADEMY</h3>The events of the past year underscore the systemic inequities present in our society. Sadly, many colleges and universities continue to reflect this reality, especially in the representation of women and persons of color in leadership positions. What is the president’s role and responsibility for nurturing and supporting future generations of leaders, especially those from groups that are underrepresented in leadership in the academy? This session will draw upon three leaders who have made moving the needle and increasing diversity a top priority in their presidencies.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Damián J. Fernández</em></strong>, President, Eckerd College<br><strong><em>Marjorie Hass</em></strong>, President, Rhodes College<br><strong><em>Mary Dana Hinton</em></strong>, President, Hollins University<br><strong><em>L. Jay Lemons</em></strong>, President, Academic Search</blockquote></div>
Presidential Spouses and Partners Welcome and Address: Fostering Resilient Relationships in Uncertain TimesPresidential Spouses and Partners Welcome and Address: Fostering Resilient Relationships in Uncertain Times146Spouses and Partners<div>Chronic work-related stress takes a toll on personal relationships. For independent college presidents and their spouses or partners, the pandemic creates additional tension in their marriages and families. Despite these challenges, there are effective ways for presidential couples to set achievable relationship goals, manage conflict, and improve communication. In this session, marriage counselor and communication scholar Kim Swales will discuss elements necessary to build resiliency into relationships and provide practical tools for dealing with uncertainty and the stress it creates.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Carol Bruess</em></strong>, Presidential Spouse, St. Norbert College</div><div><strong><em>John Gnadinger</em></strong>, Presidential Spouse, Carroll University (WI)<br></div><div><strong><em>Kim Swales</em></strong>, Marriage and Relationship Counselor<br></div></blockquote>
Open House and AppreciationsOpen House and Appreciations148Join colleagues for informal interaction with CIC President Richard Ekman and CIC Board of Directors Chair Katherine Bergeron, President of Connecticut College. In conversation they will offer a few thoughts on Institute activities to date, respond to chat from participants, and express their appreciation for those who made the Presidents Institute possible, including Programs Committee and Task Force members as well as Institute Sponsors.<br><blockquote><span><strong><em>Katherine Bergeron</em></strong>, Chair, CIC Board of Directors, and President, Connecticut College</span><br><span><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges</span><br></blockquote>
Affinity MeetingsAffinity Meetings140<h3>​Nonmember Presidents and Member Presidents Participating in the Institute for the First Time</h3>First-time participants in the CIC Presidents Institute and presidents of institutions that are not CIC members are cordially invited to join for informal conversation and to learn more about CIC and the programs, projects, and services likely of particular interest to them.<blockquote> <span><strong><em></em></strong></span><span>Conveners: <strong><em>Roslyn Clark Artis</em></strong>, Secretary and Vice Chair for Membership, CIC Board of Directors, and President and CEO, Benedict College; <strong><em>Katherine Bergeron</em></strong>, Chair, CIC Board of Directors, and President, Connecticut College; and <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges</span><br></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Reunion of Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program Participants</h3><div>Past participants in CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program are invited to reunite with old friends and meet new ones.</div><blockquote><div></div><div>Conveners: <strong><em>Harold V. Hartley III</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, Council of Independent Colleges, and <strong><em>Frederik Ohles</em></strong>, Senior Advisor, Council of Independent Colleges, and President Emeritus, Nebraska Wesleyan University<br></div></blockquote>
Affinity MeetingsAffinity Meetings150<h3>​American Baptist Churches Colleges and Universities Presidents</h3><blockquote>Conveners: <strong><em>James T. (Tim) Barry</em></strong>, President, Alderson Broaddus University and <strong><em>Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett</em></strong>, Associate Executive Director for Mission Life and Leadership, American Baptist Home Mission Societies Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities</blockquote><br><h3>Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities</h3><blockquote><div>Convener: <strong><em>Gordon Bietz</em></strong>, Director of Higher Education, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, and retired President, Southern Adventist University</div></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Mennonite Higher Education Association</h3><blockquote>Convener: <strong><em>Susan Schultz Huxman</em></strong>, President, Eastern Mennonite University</blockquote>
Plenary Address: Presidential Leadership in a Time of Market StressPlenary Address: Presidential Leadership in a Time of Market Stress141Robert ZemskyPlenary Session;Spouses and Partners<h3>​Presidential Leadership in a Time of Market Stress</h3><div>Significant changes in the higher education marketplace are increasing the stress levels under which colleges and universities operate, leading some pundits to suggest that a number of institutions will not survive. Even before the added pressures of the Coronavirus pandemic, Robert Zemsky and his colleagues published a comprehensive analysis of the market viability of more than 2,800 undergraduate institutions and developed a predictive “stress test” model. Using four key metrics—new student enrollments, net cash price, first-year student retention, and major external funding—they assessed how likely an institution is at risk of closing or merging. What do presidents need to know about the specific stress their institutions are facing? What are the most effective options institutions have to respond to particular challenges? How can presidents use this strategic information to reposition their institutions in light of current crises? The co-author of The College Stress Test will discuss his most up-to-date thinking about the challenges independent colleges face and present a roadmap to guide presidents in their leadership in the face of present challenges.</div><div><br></div><div>Chair: <strong><em>Mary-Beth A. Cooper</em></strong>, President, Springfield College<br></div>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions151Concurrent Session<h3>​ALUMNI OUTCOMES: THE VALUE OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES</h3> Despite plenty of anecdotal evidence and testimonials from alumni of the value of an independent liberal arts education, it can be challenging—and expensive—to provide rigorous comparative data on outcomes. The inaugural Strada Education Network Alumni Outcomes Survey addresses such important outcomes as skill development, helpfulness in getting a job, and perceived drivers of value. Lead researchers will present an overview of findings, and presidents from participating institutions will discuss implications for using this information to both document strengths and identify priority areas for growth and improvement in serving students.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Stephen R. Briggs</em></strong>, President, Berry College<br><strong><em>Dave Clayton</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, Center for Consumer Insights, STRADA<br><strong><em>Lara Tiedens</em></strong>, President, Scripps College<br><strong><em>Nichole Torpey-Saboe</em></strong>, Director of Research, Center for Consumer Insights, STRADA<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>EFFECTIVE FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES DURING CURRENT CHALLENGES AND BEYOND</h3> Over the past ten months, institutional advancement and development programs have been uniquely challenged by both the pandemic and racial justice concerns. While most institutions have responded ably in the midst of these challenges, a few have responded admirably. This session will highlight the fundamental advancement strategies and approaches that have served to buoy institutions and have led to increased donor engagement and fundraising results. In addition, panelists will discuss what has been learned about donor motivation that can be applied to post-COVID advancement efforts.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Gregory Christy</em></strong>, President, Northwestern College (IA)<br><strong><em>Jason D. McNeal</em></strong>, Partner, Gonser Gerber LLP<br><strong><em>Rebecca J. Stoltzfus</em></strong>, President, Goshen College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>INSIGHTS FROM MANAGING THE PANDEMIC TO GUIDE FUTURE DIRECTIONS</h3> The pandemic has placed enormous strains on presidential leadership, turning institutional operations upside down, jeopardizing essential revenue streams while incurring huge unanticipated costs, forcing carefully made plans to be deferred if not abandoned, and threatening the business and educational model—and perhaps viability—of the institution. Decisions had to be made in rapid succession with limited information and no prior experience to draw upon. What insights have been gained from this crucible that will help presidents lead their institutions into a still uncertain future? What lessons will guide presidential decision making in the spring and beyond?<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Andrea Chapdelaine</em></strong>, President, Hood College<br><strong><em>Kevin M. Ross</em></strong>, President, Lynn University<br><strong><em>Clarence R. Wyatt</em></strong>, President, Monmouth College (IL)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>LESSONS LEARNED FROM MERGERS AND COLLABORATIONS</h3> Increasing market pressures are giving rise to renewed interest in or the necessity of mergers and collaborations among colleges and universities. Presenters will discuss lessons learned from their experiences, including how to become affiliation ready; prepare a buy or sell side strategy; introduce the topic to your board; explore alternatives in a quiet setting; and align merger or affiliation strategies to long-term institutional viability. The discussion will focus on the roles of the president, board chair, and board members, with attention to the challenges all parties face as well as opportunities for success.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Richard A. Beyer</em></strong>, Senior Fellow, AGB Consulting<br><strong><em>Daniel J. Elsener</em></strong>, President, Marian University (IN)<br><strong><em>Susan D. Stuebner</em></strong>, President, Colby Sawyer College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>WHY THE PANDEMIC IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO STRENGTHEN SHARED GOVERNANCE</h3> <em>(Open only to currently serving college and university presidents)</em><br>The onset of the pandemic forced many colleges and universities to demonstrate remarkable nimbleness by switching in mere days from in-person on-campus teaching to remote online instruction. Such a swift, herculean effort required extraordinary cooperation among administrators, faculty members, and staff. Was this an instance of crisis intervention in spite of shared governance, or an opportunity to recognize that shared governance conventions and policies can be adapted to make institutions more nimble going forward? Is this a time to double-down on collaboration and joint-problem solving with the faculty, or to abandoned time-honored traditions and practices?<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Steven C. Bahls</em></strong>, President, Augustana College (IL), and author, <cite>Shared Governance in Times of Change: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges</cite><br><strong><em>Thomas L. Hellie</em></strong>, President Emeritus, Linfield University, and Co-Director, CIC Presidents Governance Academy<br><strong><em>Michele D. Perkins</em></strong>, President, New England College, and Co-Director, CIC Presidents Governance Academy</blockquote>
Presidents Forum: Reckoning with Race on CampusPresidents Forum: Reckoning with Race on Campus48Mary Schmidt Campbell; Earl Lewis; Michael C. Maxey; Elizabeth J. Stroble<em>(Open only to currently serving college and university presidents)</em><br><br>In the past year, racial conflict, protests against police brutality, and responses to the Black Lives Matter movement have mobilized students, as well as faculty and staff members. Concerns have focused on strategies to change public opinion and to motivate campus and civil authorities to take greater strides toward racial and social justice. A panel of CIC presidents with long experience in addressing these issues will be moderated by Earl Lewis, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The presidents-only forum will consider such issues as student protests and demands; legacies of slavery and racism on campus; diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curriculum; diversifying campus personnel; and renaming colleges, buildings, and programs. What have presidents learned from addressing these pressing concerns? What should presidents consider as they lead their institutions to be more just, equitable, and inclusive? The forum will be interactive, providing opportunity for participating presidents to raise questions and to share insights with their colleagues.<br><br>Chair: <strong><em>Nayef H. Samhat</em></strong>, President, Wofford College<br>
Spouses and Partners Roundtable DiscussionsSpouses and Partners Roundtable Discussions137Spouses and Partners<h3>​Connecting with Community during the Pandemic</h3><div>Strong community ties are a hallmark of successful independent colleges and universities. Robust collaboration between institutions and community groups provides opportunities to share ideas and resources for the benefit of everyone. How can institutions continue to develop partnerships with outside individuals and organizations during the pandemic? Participants are invited to bring examples of collaboration from their campuses and communities.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Carole Williams</em></strong>, Presidential Spouse, Mount St. Joseph University</div></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Fall Challenges and Spring Opportunities</h3><div>The pandemic created extraordinary challenges for all of higher education. Campus leaders, including presidential spouses and partners, adapted quickly to provide safety for students, faculty and staff members. What were some of the most difficult situations that campuses faced in the fall? In this discussion, participants will reflect on the fall and share ideas for renewal in the spring term.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Cayce McCormick</em></strong>, Presidential Spouse, Schreiner University</div></blockquote><div><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end" aria-hidden="true"><br></span></div><h3>Supporting Student Success</h3><div>Presidential spouses and partners often have strong relationships with students on campus. Involvement in co-curricular activities, presidential initiatives, and athletics have traditionally been good ways to connect with students. How can these relationships boost student retention and completion goals? Participants will share creative ways they have developed connections with students and supported success in their academic careers.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Kay Webb</em></strong>, Presidential Spouse, University of Pikeville<br></div></blockquote>
Affinity MeetingAffinity Meeting153<h3>Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities</h3>Host Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College and Secretary and Vice Chair for Membership of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) invites presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in a candid discussion of higher education issues that are of particular interest and concern to them.<br><blockquote>Convener: <strong><em>Roslyn Clark Artis</em></strong>, President and CEO, Benedict College</blockquote>
CIC Annual Business MeetingCIC Annual Business Meeting155<div>​Join CIC member presidents for the Annual Business Meeting. Members of the CIC Board of Directors and CIC President Richard Ekman will provide reports on CIC operations—including finances and membership dues and recognitions of Board members whose terms are ending and whose terms are beginning, and Barbara Mistick will share an update on the federal legislative and regulatory climate. Finally, Richard Ekman will offer brief reflections on his 20 years of CIC and independent higher education.</div><blockquote><div>Presiding: <strong><em>Katherine Bergeron</em></strong>, Chair, CIC Board of Directors and President, Connecticut College</div></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Approval of Minutes: Meeting of January 7, 2020</h3><div><br></div><h3>Reports on the State of CIC:</h3><blockquote><h4>President’s Report</h4><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br><br><h4>Treasurer’s Report</h4><strong><em>H. James Williams</em></strong>, Treasurer, CIC Board of Directors and President, Mount St. Joseph University<br><br><h4>Approval of 2021–2022 Dues</h4><strong><em>Roslyn Clark Artis</em></strong>, Secretary and Vice Chair for Membership, CIC Board of Directors and President, Benedict College<br><br><h4>Recognition of Retiring Members of the Board of Directors</h4><strong><em>Katherine Bergeron</em></strong> and <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong><br><br><h4>Introduction of Newly Elected Board Members</h4><div><strong><em>Katherine Bergeron</em></strong></div></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Special Reports:</h3><blockquote><h4>Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update</h4><div><strong><em>Barbara K. Mistick</em></strong>, President, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities</div><div><br></div><h4>Brief Reflections</h4><div><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong></div></blockquote><div><br></div><h3>Announcements</h3><br><h3>Other Business</h3><div><br></div><h3>Adjournment</h3>
Concurrent SessionsConcurrent Sessions156Concurrent Session<h3>IMPROVING COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER PATHWAYS</h3>How can independent colleges improve pathways to facilitate the transfer of students from community colleges? Presidents in two states that are at different stages of project development will describe the lessons they have learned from their experiences thus far. CIC obtained funding from the Teagle Foundation to support a planning process in Ohio and an implementation process in North Carolina. Given the current difficulties recruiting and retaining undergraduate students caused by demographic shifts and economic factors, the experiences of these efforts will be instructive to presidents in states throughout the country.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Clarence D. Armbrister</em></strong>, President, Johnson C. Smith University<br><strong><em>Winnie Gerhardt</em></strong>, Project Director, Ohio Community College Transfer, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges<br><strong><em>Robert C. Helmer</em></strong>, President, Baldwin Wallace University<br><strong><em>A. Hope Williams</em></strong>, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities</blockquote><div> <br> <h3>PRESIDENTIAL APPROACHES TO PROMOTING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION</h3></div><div> <span><span><em>(Open only to currently serving college and university presidents)</em></span></span><br>With a resurgence of protests and renewed focus on racial justice following the high-profile deaths of African Americans at the hands of the police, the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion have taken on greater urgency on college campuses. Presidents have a critical part to play in helping to educate and empower their students as well as to help their institutions develop more equitable and inclusive policies and practices. But what is the president’s role in these matters? And what guidance can be provided to presidents who feel ill-equipped to address the greatest challenges? Three presidential colleagues will offer insights from their experience with these issues.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Ronald Crutcher</em></strong>, President, University of Richmond<br><strong><em>Devorah Lieberman</em></strong>, President, University of La Verne<br><strong><em>Wendy E. Raymond</em></strong>, President, Haverford College<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>Presidents "Open Mic"<br></h3> <em>(Open only to currently serving college and university presidents)</em><br>This forum is an opportunity to raise confidential and sensitive issues. The discussion is expected to be candid and broad ranging, from specific administrative matters to institutional structures and staffing, to dealings with the board, to the relationship between a president’s professional and personal lives. Advice will come from other participating presidents.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Danny Anderson</em></strong>, President, Trinity University (TX)<br></blockquote> <br> <h3>USING DATA TO LEVERAGE FINANCIAL AND REPUTATIONAL HEALTH DURING COVID</h3>Higher education institutions are under extreme pressure and scrutiny throughout this unprecedented academic year. Campus leaders can use easily available data to ask such questions as these: How can we improve academic program performance? Which initiatives support our long-term viability? How many students do we need to enroll next year, and how many can we actually accommodate if the pandemic continues? This session will explore how presidents can leverage easy-to-use dashboard and visualization tools during the pandemic to understand their financial health, make informed decisions, establish new institutional baselines, and take actions to achieve their goals.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Donna M. Carroll</em></strong>, President, Dominican University (IL)<br><strong><em>Paul J. McNulty</em></strong>, President, Grove City College<br><strong><em>Meghan Turjanica</em></strong>, Analytics Advisor, Jenzabar<br></blockquote> </div>
Spouses and Partners SessionSpouses and Partners Session156Spouses and Partners<div><h3>Campus Conversations about Race and Inclusion</h3>Higher education leaders face demands from students to address issues of racial inequities on their campuses and in their communities. One successful strategy to generate valuable campus discussion about race brings together leading scholars, artists, practitioners, and advocates to engage students and community members. Conversations that embrace all campus constituencies develop channels of communication that ultimately lead to action. Carroll University’s chief diversity officer will provide an overview of their recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit. In this session, participants also will have an opportunity to exchange ideas from their campuses.<br> <blockquote> <strong><em>Vanessa Topczewski Perez</em></strong>, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Global Engagement, Carroll University (WI)<br></blockquote></div>
Presidential Plenary Panel: Courageous, Resilient, Inclusive LeadershipPresidential Plenary Panel: Courageous, Resilient, Inclusive Leadership138Roslyn Clark Artis; J. Bradley Creed; Joan M. Lescinski, CSJ; Paul C. PribbenowPlenary Session;Spouses and Partners<h3>Courageous, Resilient, and Inclusive Presidential Leadership</h3><div>A panel of CIC presidents will engage in a discussion of the keys to courageous, resilient, and inclusive presidential leadership. Reflecting on the theme of the 2021 Presidents Institute, panelists will consider what it will take for their institutions to thrive in an emerging and uncertain future. Which of the strategies that presidents are employing are most successful in the leadership of institutions? How do presidents ensure diverse and inclusive campus communities and institutional practices? What difficult tradeoffs are most durable as presidents chart the best course among fiscal and operational choices? Who and what resources are presidents drawing upon to inform and guide their decision making? Now, more than ever, presidents recognize the vital need to work together to share ideas, initiatives, and lessons learned as a community of educational leaders.</div><div><br></div><div>Chair: <strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br></div>
Affinity MeetingAffinity Meeting73<div>CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium Meeting</div>Since its inception in November 2018, the CIC Online Course Sharing Consortium has grown to include an innovative group of 217 member institutions. Member presidents will discuss institutional strategies and examples of improved revenue, retention, and student success in this interactive meeting.<br><blockquote><strong><em>Arvid Johnson</em></strong>, President, University of St. Francis<br><strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs and the Online Course Sharing Consortium, Council of Independent Colleges<br></blockquote>
Affinity MeetingsAffinity Meetings158<h3>Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium (LCMC)</h3><blockquote><div>Convener: <strong> <em>Michael B. Alexander</em></strong>, President, Lasell College</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Project Pericles Presidents</h3><blockquote>Conveners: <strong> <em>Jan Risë Liss</em></strong>, Executive Director, Project Pericles and <strong> <em>Lyle D. Roelofs</em></strong>, President, Berea College and Chair, Project Pericles Presidents’ Council<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div><div><h3>Reception for NetVUE Members</h3>Members of CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) are invited to learn about recent NetVUE activities and to share lessons learned from campus programs with colleagues.<br> <blockquote>Conveners: <strong> <em>David S. Cunningham</em></strong>, Director of NetVUE, Council of Independent Colleges, <strong> <em>Harold V. Hartley III</em></strong>, Senior Vice President, Council of Independent Colleges, and <strong> <em>Lynne M. Spoelhof</em></strong>, NetVUE Program Manager, Council of Independent Colleges<br></blockquote></div><div> <br> </div> <h3>Women's College Coalition</h3><blockquote><div>Convener: <strong><em>Ann McElaney Johnson</em></strong>, Chair, Women’s College Coalition board of directors, and President, Mount Saint Mary’s University</div></blockquote>
Affinity MeetingAffinity Meeting161<h3>​Meeting of CIC State Council Executives</h3><div>Leaders of the CIC State Councils network will welcome Richard Ekman as part of this year’s annual meeting during the Presidents Institute. State executives will have an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges of 2020 and preparations for 2021.</div><blockquote>Conveners: <strong><em>Bill Spiker</em></strong>, President, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges and <strong><em>Carol Schuler</em></strong>, Vice President for State Council Programs, Council of Independent Colleges<br></blockquote>
Workshop: Presidential Communications and Management in Times of CrisisWorkshop: Presidential Communications and Management in Times of Crisis163Workshop<em>Please note: This workshops requires pre-registration.</em><br><br><div>When college and university presidents are under pressure to respond quickly to multiple campus and community crises—including a global pandemic, racial tensions and student protests, and natural disasters—presidents need to consider how to communicate to the campus and beyond about the crisis. What are keys to effective management of both social and traditional media as well as of key relationships with the faculty and the board? What steps can presidents take to prepare themselves and their institutions? Most importantly, how should presidents think about their own role in such situations? Several presidents who have learned valuable lessons by having navigated through crises will offer their insights, joined by experts who have helped smaller private colleges manage communications in challenging situations. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to learn approaches for effective presidential leadership during times of crisis.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Simon Barker</em></strong>, Managing Partner, Blue Moon Consulting Group</div><div><strong><em>Chris Duffy</em></strong>, Vice President, Public Relations and Principal, Goff Public</div><div><strong><em>Scott Hagan</em></strong>, President, North Central University (MN)<br></div><strong><em>Laurie Patton</em></strong>, President, Middlebury College<br></blockquote>
Workshop: Presidential Leadership for Leveraging Technology in the Time of COVID-19 and BeyondWorkshop: Presidential Leadership for Leveraging Technology in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond173Workshop<em>Please note: This workshops requires pre-registration.</em><br><br><div>The global pandemic forced many colleges to close their campuses and move instruction and operations online with unprecedented speed. As a result, independent colleges have had to address a range of unanticipated issues, including increased demands on technology infrastructure, continued reliance on online course delivery and educational resources, and development of new campus-wide procedures and policies for operations in the digital arena. Building on earlier strategic investments in technology and comprehensive approaches to “digital transformation,” many campus leaders have discovered additional opportunities to leverage technology in response to the pandemic. What do presidents need to know about emerging possibilities—as well as potential pitfalls—that come with the dramatic reliance on technology as a lifeline for instruction and operations going forward? What do they need to know from their campus leadership as well as from outside consultants to make well-informed decisions about often costly investments? What does digital transformation look like in 2021 and beyond? The head of EDUCAUSE, the largest higher education IT association, will lead presidents through a consideration of technology as a strategic asset and institutional differentiator. Assisting will be two knowledgeable independent college presidents along with a chief information officer.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Bryon L. Grigsby</em></strong>, President, Moravian College</div><div><strong><em>Keith W. McIntosh</em></strong>, Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer, University of Richmond</div><div><strong><em>John O'Brien</em></strong>, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE</div><div><strong><em>Stephanie Herseth Sandlin</em></strong>, President, Augustana University (SD)<br></div></blockquote>
Workshop: The College Stress Test: Assessing Risk in the Post-Coronavirus EraWorkshop: The College Stress Test: Assessing Risk in the Post-Coronavirus Era163Workshop<em>Please note: This workshops requires pre-registration.</em><br><br> <div>Presidents who want a better understanding of how the pandemic, economic distress, demographic shifts, and other market stressors can affect their institutions will find this workshop invaluable. The methodology developed by Robert Zemsky, Susan Shaman, and Susan Campbell Baldridge in The College Stress Test: Tracking Institutional Futures across a Crowded Market will be explained. These metrics provide a powerful predictive tool to assess each institution’s level of market risk and potential for unfavorable outcomes, even closure. Each participating president will receive a customized report using this methodology and the institution’s own data. Insights drawn from reports across a set of institutions will be discussed. Presidents who have examined their own reports will describe what they learned from their own reports and what steps they have taken to address potential vulnerabilities or seize particular opportunities. Workshop participants will discuss case examples and consider potential strategies to address areas of vulnerability. Each president will leave with a road map to lead their institutions through the landscape of uncertain challenges and risk.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>Michael L. Fandsen</em></strong>, President, Wittenberg University</div><div><strong><em>Joseph R. Marbach</em></strong>, President, Georgian Court University</div><div><strong><em>Rachel Pauletti</em></strong>, Special Consultant, Stevens <i>Strategy</i>, LLC<br>John A. Stevens, President, <span><span>Stevens <em>Strategy</em>, LLC</span></span><br></div><div><strong><em>Michael Townsley</em></strong>, Special Consultant, Stevens <i>Strategy</i>, LLC</div></blockquote>
Open Forum: The New Normal? Independent Higher Education in a Post-COVID-19 WorldOpen Forum: The New Normal? Independent Higher Education in a Post-COVID-19 World162<div>​COVID-19 has created severe near-term financial and operational challenges for colleges and universities and accelerated the impact of external demographic, economic, technological, and political trends on the higher education sector. In these uncertain times, discerning “what is next” for the higher education sector will likely require calculated speculation and some risk-taking. Looking beyond the pandemic, presidents need to evaluate what, if anything, will need to change in their institution’s operating model––including their organizational structure, portfolio of academic programs, redeployment of human resources, decision-making processes, and uses of capital––to help ensure long-term financial sustainability and fulfill the institution’s mission. To understand how institutions can adapt to the effects of the pandemic and other external forces, TIAA partnered with EY-Parthenon to analyze quantitative and qualitative data from multiple sources, including interviews with campus leaders. This open forum will feature a lively review of these findings and a discussion about the potential paths forward.</div><blockquote><div><strong><em>David R. Anderson</em></strong>, President, St. Olaf College</div><div><strong><em>Christina R. Cutlip</em></strong>, Senior Managing Director, Head of Client Engagement and National Advocacy, TIAA</div><div><strong><em>Elizabeth Davis</em></strong>, President, Furman University</div><div><strong><em>John P. Marsden</em></strong>, President, Midway University<br></div></blockquote>
Roundtable Discussion SessionsRoundtable Discussion Sessions165<h3>Common Issues for Presidents of “Micro-Colleges”</h3> Presidents of “micro-colleges”—800 or fewer students—will gather to discuss common issues. What are the advantages—and disadvantages—of smaller institutions? How have current challenges affected the leadership decisions facing presidents of micro colleges? What other questions can be explored together?<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Susan E. Henking</em></strong>, Interim President, Salem College<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><div> <span><span> <h3>How Might the Military’s Approach to Strategic Decision Making Help College Presidents?</h3> Red Teaming is a process developed by the military to ensure that decisions are made on the basis of their merit detached from rank and personality. The University of Saint Mary has used this process to prioritize expenses and prepare four alternative budgets in anticipation of COVID-19 impact as well as to decide whether and how to build new housing, and how to fund it. The discussion will consider the pros and cons of this approach and how adaptable it might be in other higher ed settings.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Diane Steele, SCL</em></strong>, President, University of Saint Mary</blockquote></span></span><br></div><h3>How to Create a Culture of Innovation</h3> Innovation is a critical driver of growth and success, but change is hard for most people and organizations. How do presidents create a culture of innovation on campus? This discussion will consider insights on soliciting ideas, empowering champions, and securing institutional buy-in for innovation and change.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Dennis Hanno</em></strong>, President, Wheaton College (MA)<br><strong><em>Martin Roth</em></strong>, President, University of Charleston (WV)<br></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Prune to Grow: Academic Program Review and Restructure</h3>Many institutions must alter the size and shape of their faculty and academic program to be vibrant, relevant, and competitive in the future. Pruning of under-enrolled programs and elimination of positions held by faculty in those programs may be essential to create an opportunity for growth. These processes can be enhanced or constrained by institutional norms and governance documents. Join presidents who have led institutions through this painful but necessary process for a candid conversation about lessons learned.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Rock Jones</em></strong>, President, Ohio Wesleyan University<br><strong><em>S. Georgia Nugent</em></strong>, President, Illinois Wesleyan University<br> <div> <strong> <em>John R. Swallow</em></strong>, President, Carthage College</div></blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategic Planning during a Time of Upheaval</h3>What approaches and lessons learned can guide strategic planning during this time of significant health, economic, social, and environmental challenges? Managing the pandemic and other current challenges tends to keep campus leaders focused on daily challenges and details, with a time horizon that keeps on lengthening. But we will emerge from this time, and sharp strategy will be a leading indicator of our emergent strength. Let’s discuss how we are engaging our institutions in leading forward while managing today.  <br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Cecilia M. McCormick</em></strong>, President, Elizabethtown College<br> <div> <strong> <em>Elizabeth L. Paul</em></strong>, President, Nazareth College</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>The Ever-Changing Finish Line of COVID-19</h3>It is hard to make decisions when the facts change. How can presidents constantly evaluate the changing COVID-19 climate to keep their campuses safe and open? What are the markers of effective leadership when the finish-line keeps changing?<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Irma Becerra</em></strong>, President, Marymount University<br><strong><em>Eric I. Bruntmyer</em></strong>, President, Hardin-Simmons University</blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>What Can We Learn from Global Responses to the Pandemic?</h3>This session will discuss findings from a survey of presidents and other senior leaders from nearly 90 countries conducted by the International Association of University Presidents. What can we learn from presidents around the world about institutional readiness, steps taken during the initial stages of the pandemic, and plans for continued responses? What are the similarities overall and what are important differences, especially across regions of the globe?<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong><strong><em>Fernando León García</em></strong>, President, CETYS University (Mexico)<br><strong><em>Arturo Cherbowski Lask</em></strong>, Executive Director, Santander Universidades and Universia Mexico<br></blockquote>
Roundtable Discussion SessionsRoundtable Discussion Sessions166<h3>Embracing Diversities: How to Engage Race and Religion</h3>Drawing from both experience and research, the conversation will consider practical strategies that presidents can employ to help their institutions engage race and religion in ways that strengthen both the educational experience and the position of the college. Presidents who are new to or experienced in interfaith initiatives are invited to participate in the discussion.<br> <blockquote><div> <strong> <em></em></strong> <strong> <em>Donna M. Carroll</em></strong>, President, Dominican University (IL)<br><strong><em>Eboo Patel</em></strong>, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core<br></div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Heightened Financial Challenges of Small Colleges and Universities Due to COVID-19</h3>While all colleges and universities are impacted by the realities of COVID-19, the experience of small colleges and universities reveals vulnerabilities. This discussion will encourage sharing of both challenges and unique solutions as we, together, navigate these realities.<br> <blockquote><div> <strong> <em>Dottie L. King</em></strong>, President, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College</div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Helping Students Find Their Callings</h3>The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), administered by CIC, supports programs for vocational exploration and discernment among students at more than 250 independent colleges and universities. Learn about the ways your institution can benefit from NetVUE grants for programming and professional development opportunities.<br> <blockquote><div> <strong> <em>David S. Cunningham</em></strong>, Director of NetVUE, CIC<br><strong><em>Susan S. Hasseler</em></strong>, President, Muskingum University<br></div></blockquote><div> <br> </div><h3>Leveraging Consortial Partnerships to Address Disruption and Support Sustainability</h3>During this time of disruption and uncertainty, consortial partnerships can provide presidents a framework for sharing campus responses to the pandemic and developing shared efficiencies to address cost-cutting challenges. This roundtable will share the ways that presidents in a six-institution consortium in Pennsylvania collaborate to support both the sustainability of their institutions and the sustainability of their own emotional well-being.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Kathleen E. Harring</em></strong>, President, Muhlenberg College<br> <div> <strong> <em>Elizabeth M. Meade</em></strong>, President, Cedar Crest College</div></blockquote> <br> <h3>What Gets You through the Pandemic?</h3>What inspires you in the midst of the pandemic? How do you manage the demands on your leadership in this trying time? What gets you through? Two presidents will lead a discussion of conventional approaches—and a few new twists—to keep moving forward in a time of great uncertainty and challenge.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em>Thomas J. Botzman</em></strong>, President, University of Mount Union<br><strong><em>Christine De Vinne, OSU</em></strong>, President, Ursuline College</blockquote> <br> <h3>Strategies for Maintaining Academic Momentum during the Storm</h3>It’s possible to make progress on academic initiatives while sailing into a headwind. This discussion will focus on alternative strategies for launching new academic program initiatives, garnering faculty and board support, and anticipating the potential pushback that comes with success.<br> <blockquote> <strong> <em></em></strong><strong><em>David F. McFadden</em></strong>, President, Manchester University</blockquote>
Virtual Sponsor Hall and On-Demand ContentVirtual Sponsor Hall and On-Demand Content167<p>​Participants are encouraged to use this time to visit the many Institute sponsors. They also can go back and revisit session recordings or catch up on recordings of sessions and showcases missed.</p>
Affinity MeetingAffinity Meeting172<h3>CIC International Member Presidents Meeting</h3> <blockquote>Conveners: <strong><em>Celeste M. Schenck</em></strong>, President, The American University of Paris, and <strong><em>Christoph Kunkel</em></strong>, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, CIC </blockquote>
Presidential Institute Welcome and OverviewPresidential Institute Welcome and Overview2<div>CIC President Richard Ekman and CIC Board of Directors Chair Katherine Bergeron, President of Connecticut College, welcome participants and open the Presidents Institute with a brief perspective on the state of independent higher education and an overview of program highlights. They also will offer suggestions on how to get the most from this virtual gathering that will help participants plan their schedules.</div><blockquote><strong><em>Katherine Bergeron</em></strong>, Chair, CIC Board of Directors, and President, Connecticut College<br><strong><em>Richard Ekman</em></strong>, President, Council of Independent Colleges<br></blockquote>