Featured Speakers

The 2012 State Funds Annual Conference features a strong lineup of speakers addressing this year's theme, “Enhancing Your Impact: A Focus on the Future.”

Nancy Farmer is president and chief executive officer of Tuition Plan Consortium/Private College 529 Plan, a nonprofit organization formed in 1998 to establish a prepaid tuition 529 option designed specifically by and for private colleges and universities. Previously, Farmer served three terms as an elected member of the Missouri House of Representatives and was the first female state treasurer in Missouri history. In 2004, she was the Democratic candidate in the United States Senate election in Missouri. Farmer graduated from Illinois College and later studied at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Eugene Flood serves as executive vice president and president of diversified financial services at TIAA-CREF. With a BA from Harvard University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Flood served on the faculty of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he taught finance. In addition, he has more than three decades of asset management and finance experience. Flood was a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Asset Management and later served as president and CEO of Smith Breeden Associates, Inc., an investment advisor. At TIAA-CREF, he oversees the organization’s endowment, planned giving, and life insurance businesses.

Since 1998, Thomas Kepple has served as president of Juniata College, a CIC and Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) member that was recently recognized in the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the country’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Previously, he served as the vice president for business and community relations at Sewanee: The University of the South and earlier as dean of administrative services and provost at Rhodes College. He has served as a board officer for numerous higher education organizations, including Brethren Colleges Abroad and the American Council on Education, and is founding chair of the Landmark NCAA Division III athletic conference. Active in AICUP, Kepple has also served as a grant reviewer for FIHE’s competitive grant programs. He has written and spoken on strategic financial decision-making, value-based management systems, campus planning, energy conservation, leadership, and early retirement incentive programs. He is the co-author of Incentive Early Retirement Programs for Faculty. A graduate of Westminster College (PA), Kepple holds a master of business administration and a doctorate in higher education from Syracuse University.

Mary Meehan is president of Alverno College, a CIC and Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) member institution located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Previously, Meehan was the executive vice president for administration at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She also has an extensive professional health care background, having served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at St. Mary’s Hospital in New Jersey and as CEO of St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York. Active professionally, Meehan is affiliated with a number of educational and professional organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and WAICU, for which she is currently chair of the board. Meehan earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Seton Hall University and also earned a graduate degree in health policy and management from New York Medical College.

Caroline Altman Smith is a senior program officer for the Kresge Foundation’s education program. Smith helps oversee U.S. grantmaking, which awards funding to higher education institutions and national nonprofit organizations that are working to improve access and success in undergraduate education by underserved students. She also manages most of Kresge’s grants to the “Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count” initiative. Before joining Kresge in 2008, Smith served for five years as a program officer at the Lumina Foundation for Education where she worked to create college opportunities for lowincome, minority, and first-generation students. She currently serves as an instructor at The Grantmaking School. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Smith holds a master’s degree in philanthropic studies and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.