Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, January 5
10:15–11:30 a.m.

International Considerations: Branch Campuses, Strategic Partnerships, and Risk Management
International education is expanding as a standard feature of independent colleges, providing excellent opportunities for the development of global citizenship. Presidents play a key role in developing and expanding these programs through partnerships with internationally-based colleges, student and faculty exchanges, semesters abroad, and satellite campuses located outside the United States. Experienced presidents of institutions in the United States and abroad will discuss successful programs that can be adapted to other campus settings as well as the risks that must be considered as international programs are developed.
  • David G. Horner, President, American College of Greece
  • Todd S. Hutton, President, Utica College
  • Elizabeth J. Stroble, President, Webster University
National Media Perspectives on Higher Education
Higher education journalists will discuss how they determine which issues to cover, trends they predict, stories they expect to report in the coming months, how changes in the news industry are affecting reporting, and how smaller colleges can generate more attention from the media.
  • Jon Marcus, Contributing Editor, Hechinger Report and Higher Education Correspondent, Times (UK) Higher Education
  • Ellen Schweiger, Senior Producer for National Programming, C-SPAN
  • Alan Scher Zagier, Higher Education Reporter, Associated Press
Open Forum with Diana Oblinger
Institute participants are invited to continue the conversation with Diana Oblinger following her plenary address. Topics to be discussed in greater detail include how small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities might position themselves in light of the rapidly increasing influence of MOOCs; ways for traditional residential, liberal arts-oriented colleges to achieve their distinctive educational missions without being constrained or overpowered by these new developments; and what presidents need to know to be effective leaders of their institutions in the face of these sweeping changes.
  • Diana Oblinger, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE
Presidential Contracts: End-of-Term Considerations
All presidents hope their current term of service with the college ends with a contract renewal, a planned retirement, or a graceful transition to another presidency. What considerations should be made in the contract for these end-of-term circumstances? What contractual language is needed to protect presidents should an unwanted termination take place? An experienced contract attorney will discuss these and other contract contingencies.
  • Raymond D. Cotton, Partner, Mintz Levin Law Firm
State and Regional Collaboration: Partnerships that Make a Difference
One proven path to trimming costs while enhancing the quality of the core educational program—collaboration among institutions—is becoming an increasingly important strategy. Sharing faculty members and academic programs, implementing a new program as a collective initiative, and relying on a consortial office to handle common back-office functions are some examples. Presenters will describe successful collaborations and engage participants in a discussion about other potential multi-college partnerships.
  • Wayne Anderson, President, Associated Colleges of the South
  • Linda N. Hanson, President, Hamline University
  • Kathleen Owens, President, Gwynedd-Mercy College
  • Rolf Wegenke, President, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities  
The Magic Partnership: Engaging the Board in Fundraising
What makes for an outstanding trustee? How can presidents work with board members in a joint effort to raise sufficient funds to sustain and expand the work of the institution? What approaches can presidents use to recruit and orient trustees for optimal results? The presenter will discuss strategies for effectively engaging trustees in this essential process. Learn about the qualities that can transform a good board member into a great one.
  • Jerold Panas, Executive Partner and CEO, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Boxed lunches will be available.)
Assessing Athletic Performance On and Off the Field
In an environment in which athletics consumes substantial presidential time, the key question is whether the athletic program adds value to the student experience and to the institution itself. How can presidents bring coaches and faculty members into a shared conversation about the objectives of the institution’s athletic program? How can a partial scholarship model be used simultaneously to increase enrollment and academic quality? What metrics can presidents use to evaluate the contribution of each of the institution’s sports, both on and off the field?
  • Walt Griffin, President, Limestone College
  • Edward F. Leonard III, President, Bethany College (KS)
  • Michael Williams, President, The Austen Group
Collaborative Efforts on Student Aid and Admissions Policies: A Report on Progress, Prospects, and Possibilities
Recent efforts among colleges to address common concerns about student aid and admissions policies have resulted in effective agreements, new enrollment products and strategies, and ongoing efforts to effect policy changes. These include alternative strategies to the U.S. News rankings, the “Beyond Ranking” campaign, and creative approaches to enable colleges to direct their limited financial resources to students with the greatest need. This session will provide an opportunity for presidents to learn about these efforts, discuss their impact, and consider the future for collaborative strategies.
  • Tori Haring-Smith, President, Washington & Jefferson College
  • S. Georgia Nugent, President, Kenyon College
  • Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director, Education Conservancy
Engaging Service Employees in a Changing Higher Education Landscape
Engaged campus employees who work in dining halls, custodial positions, maintenance, or other service capacities can be strong assets for mission fulfillment in recruitment, retention, and public perception. Yet, before these employees can represent the mission of the college or university, significant investment must be made to understand and meet their needs. How can private institutions elevate the performance of service employees—a group with very different desires and needs from faculty and administrative staff members? A service provider who engaged its employee base will share lessons learned. In addition, presidents will share perspectives on service employee engagement.
  • Elizabeth Kiss, President, Agnes Scott College
  • L. Jay Lemons, President, Susquehanna University
  • David Roemer, Vice President, Human Resources, ARAMARK Higher Education
Fostering Vocational Exploration on Campus
The exploration of vocation—the consideration of meaning and purpose in conjunction with professional aspirations and life-long pursuits—can have a profound impact on undergraduate students. What role can presidents play in fostering vocational exploration that is consistent with institutional mission, values, and heritage? Presenters will discuss approaches that integrate vocational exploration with faculty and staff development, curricular and co-curricular programming, strategic planning, fundraising, and communication with key institutional stakeholders.
  • Bobby Fong, President, Ursinus College
  • Marianne E. Inman, President, Central Methodist University
  • Kim S. Phipps, President, Messiah College
  • Shirley J. Roels, Senior Advisor, NetVUE, CIC
Presidential Concerns about Board Relations
Although the recent events at Penn State and the University of Virginia have captured national attention, many other conundrums arise in president-trustee relationships. Participants will discuss common concerns, such as board chair succession, board member recruitment, trustee engagement without micromanagement, and education of the board about the competitive environment.
  • Richard T. Ingram, Senior Advisor, President-Board Relations, CIC, and Former President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Sustainability and the Presidency: What We Need to Know
What do presidents need to know about sustainability efforts on campus? Frequently, decisions about “green” projects bypass the president’s office, leaving the campus’s chief executive officer out of the loop increasingly defined by a new generation of faculty members and students. Presenters will discuss a set of sustainability best practices for presidents based on interviews with more than 100 campus leaders. Presidents who have led successful sustainability initiatives will offer specific action steps for cohesive programs. Session participants will be invited to share success stories and challenges from their own campuses with colleagues.
  • James Martin, Professor of English, Mount Ida College, and James E. Samels, CEO and President, the Education Alliance, co-authors of The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)
  • Michael A. Miller, President, Northland College
  • Rosalind Reichard, President, Emory & Henry College

Sunday, January 6
10:15–11:30 a.m.
Faculty Conduct and Campus Policy
The teaching missions of independent colleges and universities necessitate safeguarding the welfare of undergraduate students. Presenters will discuss institutionally-based codes of conduct for undergraduate teaching that provide guidelines for the professional choices faculty members make in their undergraduate teaching along with sanctions for misconduct. The perspectives of two college presidents and results from a survey about faculty conduct codes at 62 liberal arts colleges will be presented.
  • John M. Braxton, Professor of Education, Vanderbilt University
  • Joanne M. Burrows, SC, President, Clarke University
  • Mark T. Cregan, CSC, President, Stonehill College

Recent Developments in Online Education: Staying Ahead of the Curve
The use of technology in higher education continues to evolve at a rapid pace. What do presidents need to know to stay ahead of the curve? MOOCs, OERs, P2P—which developments are worth considering and why? How does one navigate the maze of federal and state regulations for online education? When do colleges need a consultant and when do they need internal expertise? Three experienced presidents will engage participants in conversation about these issues.
  • Esther L. Barazzone, President, Chatham University
  • Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., President, Saint Leo University
  • Michael T. Wood, President, Capitol College
Reenergizing the Presidency: Helpful Mid-Career Considerations
In the first years on the job, presidents typically conduct “listening tours,” working hard to learn about the campus and to understand people’s concerns. Several years into the job, however, they do this much less often because they believe they understand the issues or are focused more on external matters. The danger is that presidents can become out of touch and lose important faculty and staff support. What are some of the presidential mid-career hazards and how can presidents avoid them?
  • Judith Block McLaughlin, Director, Higher Education Program, Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, and Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard University
Solicitations from Nonprofits
Independent colleges and universities, often seen as pillars of their local communities, face an increasing number of requests for financial and other support from other nonprofit organizations. How do institutions decide which organizations to support? What are the repercussions of supporting or not supporting certain organizations?
  • Richard B. Artman, President, Viterbo University
  • Thomas B. Curran, President, Rockhurst University
  • Thomas F. Flynn, President, Alvernia University
  • Judith Maxwell Greig, President, Notre Dame de Namur University

Fundraising Strategies: The Presidential Couple as a Team
Presidential couples who work on fundraising initiatives as a team can be very effective. How does the presidential couple plan and carry out fundraising activities? How can the institutional advancement staff work with the presidential couple to maximize their time and take advantage of their individual strengths? What are some of the challenges? Two presidential couples will relate personal experiences and offer strategies for successful fundraising.
  • David C. Joyce, President, Brevard College
  • Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Brevard College
  • Elise Luckey, Presidential Spouse, Lindsey Wilson College
  • William T. Luckey, Jr., President, Lindsey Wilson College

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Boxed lunches will be available.)
Aligning Senior Leadership Rewards and Retention with Performance and Mission
How can presidents work with their boards to develop effective strategies for the recruitment, reward, and retention of high-performing, mission-focused campus leaders? What are appropriate measures of performance in mission-critical areas, and how might they be benchmarked with peer institutions? What regulatory compliance issues for private, nonprofit colleges should be considered?
  • Frank A. Casagrande, President, Casagrande Consulting, LLC
  • Gregory G. Dell’Omo, President, Robert Morris University (PA)
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College
Moving Toward an Integrated Marketing Communications Model: Lessons from the Field
Successful implementation of an integrated marketing communications program requires changes in the organizational structure and administrative culture, particularly when decisions previously were the domain of separate departments, such as enrollment, athletics, development, and alumni relations. Strong presidential leadership is needed, supported by a capable marketing officer who possesses not only professional knowledge but strong internal political skills as well. Presenters will discuss the implementation processes and structures, challenges and opportunities, and lessons learned from integrated marketing communications initiatives on campuses.
  • Stuart Dorsey, President, Texas Lutheran University
  • Mark A. Heckler, President, Valparaiso University
Presidents “Open Mike” (Open only to currently serving presidents)
This forum is an opportunity for presidents to raise confidential sensitive questions and issues. Discussion is expected to be candid and broad—ranging from specific administrative matters, to institutional structure and staffing, to policies that affect the entire sector, to the relationship between presidents’ professional and personal lives. Advice will come from participating colleagues.
  • Moderator: Sharon D. Herzberger, President, Whittier College
Shared Governance: Modeling the Common Good
Friction between the faculty and the board and between the faculty and the president can strain institutional governance. Tensions can create an atmosphere that is far from collegial, let alone civil. What role can the president play to create a healthy deliberative atmosphere with open lines of communication and interaction among various constituencies?
  • Steven C. Bahls, President, Augustana College (IL)
  • Robert G. Duffett, President, Dakota Wesleyan University
Succession Planning: Guidance for Presidents
The vitality of independent colleges depends in part on the quality and stability of leadership transitions, especially in the presidency. What issues does a president need to consider in preparing the way for his or her successor? What questions should be discussed with trustees and senior staff members, and when? How can the institution be prepared for the unexpected illness or departure of the president or senior staff members? Presenters will explore these and other succession planning issues.
  • Jessica S. Kozloff, President, Academic Search, Inc.
  • Dorothy Cowser Yancy, President, Shaw University
  • Cynthia Zane, President, Hilbert College
Tough Decisions: Caring for the Culture and Protecting the People
Every leadership decision affects the individuals who make up the organization. In times of fiscal constraint, programs and services may need to be realigned or eliminated and faculty and staff positions may need to be cut. Some good decisions may have a short-term negative impact—perceived or real—on the organization’s employees and its culture. Presenters will discuss strategies to express care and minimize hardship for the institution and the members of the campus community.
  • Robert L. Head, President, Rockford College
  • Shirley A. Mullen, President, Houghton College
  • Mary Reap, IHM, President, Elms College

Monday, January 7
8:45–9:45 a.m.
Easing the Burden and Enhancing the Joy of the Presidency
The American college and university presidency can be demanding and exhausting. Yet conceiving and pursuing work as distinctively “vocational” opens unexpected sources of energy and insight that help presidents manage the demands of the office and give more to their campus communities. Presenters will discuss findings found in Bill Frame’s report on CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program, The American College Presidency as Vocation (2013).
  • Jonathan Brand, President, Cornell College
  • Margaret Carney, OSF, President, St. Bonaventure University 
  • William V. Frame, Senior Advisor, CIC and President Emeritus, Augsburg College
  • Rachelle LaBarge, Presidential Spouse, Cornell College
  • Tim Summerlin, President, Schreiner University
Enrollment as a Strategy for Reaching Institutional Goals
Is it possible within a single enrollment cycle to increase enrollment, improve financial stability, and shape the profile of the entering class in ways that align with institutional mission? How might the results of customized enrollment strategies be compounded and become more effective over time? Three presidents will share how strategic enrollment programs are helping their institutions expand regionally or nationally, increase financial stability, and become more selective.
  • William T. Abare, Jr., President, Flagler College
  • Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President, Rivier University
  • Jack R. Ohle, President, Gustavus Adolphus College
Reevaluating Faculty Tenure and Retirement Policies
Economic constraints faced by colleges and universities are putting pressure on traditional faculty tenure and retirement policies. Furthermore, many professors want to remain employed later in life, while some younger faculty members are opting for non-tenure track positions. What new approaches are colleges using or considering for tenure and retirement policies? Participants will join in a candid discussion with colleagues about these options.
  • Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, President, Rosemont College
  • Jake B. Schrum, President, Southwestern University (TX)
Transitions: Preparing for Retirement
Presidents and spouses need to consider many issues when preparing for retirement: announcing the retirement to the campus and external communities, exiting the campus, leaving the presidential house, taking up residence within the same community or moving to a new community, and helping to arrange a welcome for the new presidential couple. Two presidential couples, one recently retired and one preparing for retirement, will share their experiences and reflect on their retirement plans and what happened (or might happen) after stepping away from their high-profile roles.
  • Patricia Kepple, Presidential Spouse, Juniata College
  • Thomas R. Kepple, Jr., President, Juniata College
  • Mary Pat Seurkamp, President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University and Senior Advisor and Director, New Presidents Program, CIC
  • Robert Seurkamp, Retired Presidential Spouse, Notre Dame of Maryland University