Featured Speakers Share Share this page on Twitter Share this page on Facebook Share this page on LinkedIn Print this page Email this page Page ContentThe 2011 Institute for Chief Academic Officers and Chief Advancement Officers features a diverse lineup of speakers on this year's theme of “Partners for Academic Excellence.” Featured plenary speakers this year include: Saturday, November 5 Keynote Address - Advancing the Case for Liberal Arts Education In his presentation, Michael F. Gilligan will address the importance of the relationship between the chief academic and chief advancement officer to advancing the case for liberal arts education. He will discuss how strong collaborative partnerships offer a significant advantage in working with individual donors, foundations, and other supporters, and how these relationships must evolve as the nature of philanthropy is changing, especially with respect to higher education. Gilligan is president of the Henry Luce Foundation where he also served as program director for theology. He previously served as director of accreditation and leadership education at the Association of Theological Schools (ATS); as academic dean of the Pontifical College Josephinum; and as teacher and administrator in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. He earned his BA from Duke University and his MA and PhD in English from the University of Virginia. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, the General Theological Seminary, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Council of Independent Colleges. Response: John Lippincott joined the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) staff in 1999 as vice president for communications and marketing and became president in 2004. During his tenure he has overseen the creation of principles of practice in each of the advancement disciplines, development of ongoing operations in the Asia Pacific region, strengthening of the organization’s financial position, and enhancement of CASE’s relations with members, districts, and other associations. Prior to his arrival at CASE, Lippincott served for 12 years as associate vice chancellor for advancement of the University System of Maryland. He has also held public relations posts at Ithaca College and at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He began his career teaching humanities courses at community colleges in Connecticut, New York, and Oregon, earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Wesleyan University, and served on the board of the American Council on Education as well as on Independent Sector’s ethics and accountability committee and the Washington Higher Education Secretariat’s steering committee. Sunday, November 6 Plenary Session - Some New Evidence on What Matters in Student Learning In this plenary session, participants will learn about the findings from recent longitudinal studies of the impact of undergraduate education on students. Among the issues that will be addressed are the validity of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the replicability of findings from Arum and Roksa’s Academically Adrift, the institutional benefits attributable to effective teaching, the impact of diversity experiences and study-abroad participation, and the distinctive influence of liberal arts colleges on their students. Pascarella and Terenzini also will summarize the characteristics of educationally effective student experiences identified in their own and others’ research and present a conceptual framework for thinking about organizational factors that may undergird the institutions that are most effective. Ernest T. Pascarella holds the Mary Louise Petersen Endowed Chair in Higher Education and is co-director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa. He has focused his research and writing on the impact of college on students, authoring over 150 journal articles on this topic, and is coauthor (with Patrick T. Terenzini) of How College Affects Students (Jossey-Bass, 1991 and 2005), a synthesis of over 2,600 studies on the impact of college. This monograph received the 1991 Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and was identified as one of the 100 most important and influential books on American higher education written in the 20th century. In 2010 he was identified as the second most cited scholar in the “core journals” in higher education, and the 1991 book, How College Affects Students, was identified as the single most cited book. Pascarella’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Andrew W. Mellon and Spencer Foundations, and the Wabash College Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from Blackburn College in recognition of his “important contributions to the understanding of postsecondary education’s impact on students.” He is currently co-directing a study of the impact of liberal arts colleges and liberal arts education on student intellectual and personal development. Patrick T. Terenzini is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and senior scientist emeritus in the Department of Education Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University. His research examines the effects of college on student learning and development, persistence, and educational attainment. He is co-author (with Ernest T. Pascarella) of the two-volume How College Affects Students (Jossey-Bass, 1991 and 2005), a synthesis of 30 years of research on the impact of the college experience on students. Terenzini has also published more than 130 articles in refereed journals and made more than 250 presentations at scholarly and professional, national, and international conferences. He is a former editor-in-chief of New Directions for Institutional Research, associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and editorial board member for The Review of Higher Education. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator on research grants totaling more than $13 million from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Sloan Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. His research has been supported with grants from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Association for Institutional Research, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the student affairs associations of the states of New York and Pennsylvania. Terenzini is a three-time winner of the Forum Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research and was the first recipient of the Sphere of Influence Award, given jointly by ACPA and NASPA, an award given only once each decade. Terenzini is also a trustee of Dean College (MA) and a past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Monday, November 7 Plenary Session - Recruitment and Retention: Challenges and Opportunities Nowhere do academic affairs and resource development come together more importantly than in enrollment management. Students are the academic and financial lifeblood of the institution. In today’s dynamic education marketplace, the normal strategies for predicting and managing enrollment and retention may no longer be effective. This session will explore the enrollment trends and challenges facing independent colleges and universities with presentations from three national experts. Speakers will discuss changing demographics, the impact of a weakened economy on many family decisions about college selection and affordability, the federal budget decisions on Pell grants and other forms of financial aid, and competition as the result of the increased quality of education at public institutions. Kevin W. Crockett is president and CEO of Noel-Levitz. He consults with campuses on strategy development for admissions, marketing, recruitment, retention, and student financial aid. An experienced enrollment manager, Crockett has worked with 150 institutions. Before becoming president, Crockett directed the firm’s consulting services division, overseeing more than 60 full- and part-time consultants. Prior to joining Noel-Levitz, Crockett served as dean of admissions and enrollment management at Cornell College (IA). Crockett received the CASE “Heavy Hitter” designation for outstanding workshop presenters. Linda Cox Maguire is vice chair of Maguire Associates. She served in leadership positions in admissions for nine years before joining Maguire Associates. She is currently leading the firm’s initiatives in global markets and leads projects across all service lines of the company and works with the board of directors. Maguire has been chair of the board of trustees of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA. She served as president of the board of directors for United Cerebral Palsy in Boston. Maguire received her bachelor’s degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University and her master’s degree in educational administration from Boston College. Michaelita Quinn is president of Executive Management Services, Inc., a consulting group that provides services in enrollment management and student affairs to private colleges and universities, including assessment, coaching, interim management, searches, and consulting. For over 18 years, the group has provided assistance to institutions in 24 states, most of which are CIC members. Prior to forming the group, Quinn was president of Kaplan Education Centers, Ltd. She has also served as interim vice president for enrollment management at Mercy College, Point Park University, Marymount University, and Iowa Wesleyan College, and has served on the boards of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Queens College Center for the New American Workforce, and Pennsylvania Board of Private Business Schools. Tuesday, November 8 Closing Plenary Session - Presidential Perspectives The closing plenary session will focus on institutional strategic plans and the ways in which presidential leadership informs the setting of both academic program priorities and fundraising goals. Two CIC presidents who came to their positions from senior-level advancement responsibilities and a senior foundation officer who has served as an academic dean and college president will provide their perspectives on the chief academic and chief advancement officers’ shared responsibility for academic quality and philanthropy as they work together to find ways to provide students at independent colleges and universities with the intellectual and financial resources they need to achieve their educational goals. Nancy Oliver Gray became the 11th president of Hollins University in January 2005 after serving five-and-a-half years as president of Converse College in South Carolina. Gray is a 1973 graduate of Vanderbilt University, holds a master of education degree from North Texas State University, and completed additional graduate work at Vanderbilt. In 2002 she received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Presbyterian College. Gray first worked in student affairs at Vanderbilt and then focused on institutional advancement there as well as at the University of Louisville and Oberlin College, eventually serving as vice president of development and alumni/alumnae relations at Rider University in New Jersey. She also was vice president of seminary relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. Gray has been a member of the board of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education and currently is a member of CIC’s Board of Directors, and also serves on the executive committee of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia. Jake Schrum became president of his alma mater, Southwestern University, on July 1, 2000. Schrum received his BA in psychology in 1968 from Southwestern University. He graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1973 with a Master of Divinity degree and immediately began his administrative career at Yale University—first with the Association of Yale Alumni, then with the Yale Alumni Fund. Schrum left Yale to become director of development at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1978 he returned to Texas as vice president of Texas Wesleyan College. Three years later, Schrum was asked by Southwestern University to serve as vice president for university relations. He then was appointed vice president for development and planning at Emory University. In 1991, Schrum was elected the 17th President of Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, where he served until he left for the presidency of Southwestern. Eugene M. Tobin is senior program officer for higher education and has major responsibility for the Liberal Arts Colleges Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His areas of grantmaking responsibility include faculty and curricular development, undergraduate teaching and learning, educational effectiveness, and institutional collaboration. Earlier, Tobin served as the 18th president of Hamilton College, where he also had been dean of the faculty and a member of the department of history. He earned a BA in history from Rutgers University and an MA and PhD in the history of American civilization from Brandeis University. His recent publications include, “The Modern Evolution of America’s Flagship Universities,” in Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities, by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson (2009). Articles and reviews have appeared in Labor History, The Historian, and Journal of Urban History; he has published articles in the Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Forward, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is a member of the board of governors of Eugene Lang College of New School University.