Concurrent Sessions

Sunday, January 5
10:15–11:30 a.m.
(Sponsored by Stantec)

Building Value: Linking Classroom to Career
Given the increased skepticism about the employability of liberal arts graduates, how can private colleges and universities demonstrate the value of their degrees? Three presidents will discuss how their campuses have mobilized to provide the experiential educational opportunities that complement the classroom experience; how they collect, analyze, and market the career achievements and graduate and professional school outcomes of their recent graduates; and how they work continuously to build their value proposition through empirical evidence.
David R. Anderson, President, St. Olaf College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President, Wheelock College
Scott D. Miller, President, Bethany College (WV)
Chair: Devorah Lieberman, President, University of La Verne
Legal Guidance for the Presidency: Navigating the Mine Fields
What do presidents need to know about recent trends in higher education legal issues and litigation? An experienced higher education attorney will lead a discussion about such issues as faculty and staff employment, academic freedom, civility on campus, and increasingly litigious students and parents. The discussion will focus on how presidents and boards should approach these often challenging legal issues.
Philip R. Moots, Partner, Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher & Moots, LLC
Chair: Jo Young Switzer, President, Manchester University
Straight Talk with Journalists about College Affordability
A panel of business and higher education reporters and editors will discuss their perspectives on college affordability issues in the independent sector. The session will explore how private higher education officials are—or are not—communicating effectively with the media and the public on college costs, student debt, and other financial issues. The journalists will share how they determine which campus financial issues to cover and what their readers want to know; trends they predict; and stories they expect to report in the coming months. In the ensuing dialogue, presidents will have the opportunity to set the record straight on such issues as sticker cost versus net price and the value of a private liberal arts education.
Doug Belkin, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Janet Lorin, Reporter, Bloomberg News
Chair: Susan C. Scrimshaw, President, The Sage Colleges
The Financial and Strategic Outlook for Private Colleges in the New Economy
What does the future hold for independent colleges and universities in the new economy? Given the slow recovery of the economy, institutions must continue to focus on tuition pricing, discount rates, indebtedness, and demographic changes in the student population. Pressures persist to reduce costs, adopt online delivery, eliminate under-enrolled programs, and consider new business models. An industry expert will review the financial and strategic outlook for private colleges and universities in 2014 and outline issues expected to be prominent for higher education management in the near future.
Eva H. Bogaty, Vice President - Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Services
Chair: Christopher B. Howard, President, Hampden-Sydney College
The President’s Evolving Role in Managing Donors and Prospects
How is the president’s role in managing existing and prospective donors changing in light of recent developments in the economy? What strategies of cultivating donor relationships should be considered with younger alumni and benefactors? How is the current climate of skepticism about higher education affordability and effectiveness affecting the president-donor relationship?

Brian W. Casey, President, DePauw University
M. Jane Eaves, Partner, Gonser Gerber LLP
Robert R. Lindgren, President, Randolph-Macon College
Chair: John A. Roush, President, Centre College

The Tuition Dilemma: Approaches to Balancing Cost and Value
With the increasing public outcry about the costs of higher education and the lingering effects of a stagnant economy that limits what students and parents are willing to pay, many presidents wonder what to do about annual tuition increases. Colleges are trying a number of different approaches, from significant reductions in tuition to tuition guarantees. Others have chosen deliberately not to reduce tuition. Examples will be discussed by presidents of institutions that have chosen markedly different responses.

Donald J. Farish, President, Roger Williams University
Elizabeth A. Fleming, President, Converse College
Michael A. Miller, President, Northland College
Chair: Dianne Boardley Suber, President, Saint Augustine’s University (NC)

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Sponsored by Cognitive Marketing Inc.)
(Boxed lunches will be available.)

Community College Transfer Success
Opening opportunities for community college transfer students who seek four-year degrees can create a pathway to cultural change, new demographic markets, and enrollment stabilization for private colleges and universities. Participants will learn effective strategies, including efforts to provide academic, financial, and personal counseling to help remove barriers that can inhibit capable and ambitious transfer students from two-year institutions from completing baccalaureate degrees on time at private colleges.
Susanna L. Baxter, President, Georgia Independent College Association
Sharon D. Herzberger, President, Whittier College
Brian C. Mitchell, Director, Edvance Foundation, and Retired President, Bucknell University
Chair: Robert C. Helmer, President, Baldwin Wallace University
Compliance with Government Regulation: Counting the Burden and Containing the Cost
Despite their status as “independent” institutions, private colleges and universities are subject to an increasing number of regulatory and reporting requirements by federal, state, and local governments and organizations. What do presidents need to know about these regulations and the burdens they place on their institutions? What can be learned from studies of the financial and staffing costs of compliance? What options do institutions have to ensure they are meeting regulatory expectations in a cost-effective manner?
Margaret L. Drugovich, President, Hartwick College
Claude O. Pressnell, Jr., President, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association
Chair: Thomas A. Kazee, President, University of Evansville
Governance Reconsidered: Effective Approaches to Working with Boards and the Faculty to Help Colleges Thrive
The time-honored tradition of shared governance is under pressure on many fronts, requiring wise and skilled leadership by presidents. How can presidents be responsive to rapid changes in the economy, enrollment markets, and the ways education is delivered and yet remain sensitive to the concerns of their boards and faculties? Presenters will describe strategies for working with faculty members and trustees to effect change and lead a discussion about shared governance practices.
Rock Jones, President, Ohio Wesleyan University
Susan Resneck Pierce, President Emerita, University of Puget Sound
Pamela Trotman Reid, President, University of Saint Joseph (CT)
Chair: Cynthia Zane, President, Hilbert College
Innovative Uses of Digital Technology in Independent Colleges
Can a curriculum rooted in the traditional liberal arts be offered by nontraditional means? How can digital and freely available educational content most usefully enrich the distinctive curriculum offered at private colleges and universities? From an iPad for every student, to using rich media, to digital tools and applications, to flipped classrooms, learn how presidents are leading their institutions to integrate innovative uses of technology to transform a traditional education in the liberal arts.
Roger N. Casey, President, McDaniel College
Tracy Fitzsimmons, President, Shenandoah University
Kevin M. Ross, President, Lynn University
Chair: Tom Ries, President, Concordia University (MN)
Presidential Leadership in Times of Crisis
Invariably, presidents must deal with campus crises—an accident on campus, a fight among students, a case of cheating, an impropriety by a faculty or staff member. The most severe of these incidents will surely come to the president’s attention. Parents and others frequently want to go “straight to the top” for action or results. Those affected are quick to hire attorneys, and sometimes these events are played out in the public media. Presenters will offer tips for how to deal with campus crises and offer suggestions for preemptive actions and policies to help avoid or mitigate the impact of future incidents.
Kent L. Henning, President, Grand View University
David E. Maxwell, President, Drake University
Chair: Carmen Twillie Ambar, President, Cedar Crest College
The Presidency and Athletics: How to Score Points and Avoid Penalties
Athletics in the smaller private college or university setting requires presidential attention. How does the president keep the athletic program in line with other budget priorities and with institutional mission? How does the president manage the relationship with the athletic director? How can presidents ensure that student athletes are students first? What strategies can presidents employ to avoid missteps and blunders concerning the athletic program? A lively discussion of these and other key issues will be led by seasoned colleagues with experience in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Billy C. Hawkins, President, Talladega College
Mary J. Meehan, President, Alverno College
Michael G. Scales, President, Nyack College
Chair: Dan R. Bruss, President, Bethany Lutheran College
The Solo President: Lessons for Single Presidents
The presidency is a demanding job, and the burdens can seem more challenging for the single president without the support and companionship of a spouse or partner. Experienced presidents will lead a candid and at times humorous discussion about “the solo presidency”—its advantages and disadvantages and the unique circumstances single presidents face.
Donna M. Carroll, President, Dominican University (IL)
James M. Dennis, President, McKendree University
Chair: Marcia A. Hawkins, President, Union College (KY)

Monday, January 6
10:15–11:30 a.m.
(Sponsored by Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc.)

Are You Million Dollar Ready? Factors Affecting Large Gifts to Higher Education
What factors influence success in obtaining million-dollar gifts? Results from new research conducted with the assistance of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy using previously unavailable data will be presented. Researchers will discuss predictors of success in obtaining large transformational gifts and steps presidents can take to improve the success of their major gift programs.
Una Osili, Director of Research, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Angela White, Senior Consultant and CEO, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates
Chair: Nayef H. Samhat, President, Wofford College

Creating Pathways to Civic Engagement
What role can presidents play to increase student awareness of and participation in opportunities for civic engagement? The “Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement” program seeks to inventory, map, strengthen, and develop more cohesive and integrated civic engagement programs. Three presidents will discuss insights gained from the recently completed first phase of the project and emerging practices to fully integrate civic engagement across the curriculum, campus, and community.

Bobby Fong, President, Ursinus College
Michele D. Perkins, President, New England College
John S. Wilson, Jr., President, Morehouse College
Moderator: Jan R. Liss, Executive Director, Project Pericles

Financial Flexibility: Liquidity and Why It Matters
Liquidity, the ability to convert assets to cash quickly, has gained prominence as a barometer of institutional financial health since the recent financial crisis when many campuses experienced a sudden cash crunch. Financial experts agree that monitoring the liquidity of assets is necessary to ensure sound financial operations and credit worthiness. Presenters will help presidents think through the factors that represent true financial flexibility for their institutions, why it matters, and how to set sound liquidity targets and monitoring procedures.

Sandra C. Gray, President, Asbury University
Eugene B. Habecker, President, Taylor University
Nicholas J. Wallace, Partner and National Director of Higher Education Services, CapinCrouse LLP
Michael Williams, President, The Austen Group
Chair: Mary Eileen O’Brien, OP, President, Dominican College (NY)

Open Forum with Judith Eaton
Institute participants are invited to continue the conversation with Judith Eaton following her plenary address. Topics will range from the public demand for accountability, to government regulation, to regional and specialized accreditation.

Chair: Haywood L. Strickland, President, Wiley College

Financial Planning for Presidents and Presidential Couples
Presidents and presidential couples face financial issues both while in office and as they plan for retirement, including living in college-owned housing while maintaining personal homes that are not occupied for most of the year. What are the most important financial matters for presidents and presidential couples to consider? What should they expect from a financial advisor? What are the key financial questions to ask?
Jennifer Gervasi, Presidential Spouse, Quincy University
Robert A. Gervasi, President, Quincy University
Kevin J. O’Leary, Managing Director, Individual Advisory Services and Trust Company, Fiduciary Services Business, TIAA-CREF
Douglas A. Rothermich, Vice President, Wealth Planning Strategies, TIAA-CREF
Chair: Paul Marion, President, Tiffin University

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Sponsored by Mintz Levin Law Firm)
(Boxed lunches will be available.)

Collaborative Approaches to Enhancing Access and Success for Underrepresented Students
One of the abiding missions of independent colleges and universities is to provide educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income, and other underrepresented students. Increasingly, institutions are finding that working collaboratively as part of a consortium is an effective (and cost-effective) way to reach and educate underserved students. In addition, presidents are finding that major corporations and foundations are more inclined to support consortial initiatives than those of individual institutions. Presenters will describe their cooperative efforts and offer practical ideas for program development.
David J. Fike, President, Marygrove College
David L. Parkyn, President, North Park University
A. Hope Williams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Chair: Jack D. Jones, President, Iowa College Foundation

Cultivating Board Leadership: Guidance for Presidents
Effective board leadership, from committee chairs to the chair of the board, is essential for good board governance. What approaches have presidents found to be useful in identifying and cultivating effective board leadership? Should board chair succession be specified in bylaws or handled informally? These and other key issues for sound board leadership will be discussed.
Larry L. Earvin, President and CEO, Huston-Tillotson University
Joan Lescinski, CSJ, President and CEO, St. Ambrose University
Lex O. McMillan III, President, Albright College
Chair: Jairy C. Hunter, President, Charleston Southern University
Leadership for Diversity: Creating a Campus Culture That Overcomes Stereotypes
What strategies might college presidents employ to structure their campus communities to overcome negative stereotypes and foster success for all students? What role do stereotypes of race, class, and gender play in academic underachievement? Based on the latest research that examines the causes and effects of being devalued based on one’s group identity in a given context, a leading scholar will discuss potential interventions to overcome the negative impact of social identity threat on academic performance.
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Director, Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind, and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
Chair: Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, President, Kalamazoo College
Leading Wisely through Campus Transitions
Traditional higher education is somewhat of a euphemism. In fact, colleges and universities are constantly changing, adapting to new students, new leadership, and new external pressures. How can presidents exercise wise leadership in the midst of these transitions? How do they need to position themselves when the institution is undergoing major change? What do they need to consider when faced with significant turnover among their senior leadership team or the board? When and how should presidents determine if it is time for them to leave the institution? These questions will be explored in candid conversation.
Judith Block McLaughlin, Director, Higher Education Program, Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, and Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard University
Chair: Peyton R. Helm, President, Muhlenberg College
Presidents “Open Mike”
(Open only to currently serving college presidents)
This forum is an opportunity to raise confidential and sensitive questions and issues. Discussion is expected to be candid and broad—ranging from specific administrative matters, to institutional structure and staffing, to dealings with the board, to the relationship between presidents’ professional and personal lives. Advice will come from participating colleagues.

Moderator: Thomas L. Hellie, President, Linfield College
Sustaining American Institutions Abroad during Economic and Political Flux
Political and economic instability can place great strains on the leader of a college or university. What might presidents of American institutions learn from their colleagues who lead American-style institutions in other countries? What institutional strategies and presidential skills work best in the face of national and international political and economic uncertainty? Presidents of CIC International Member institutions will lead a candid discussion.
Peter F. Dorman, President, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)
Margee Ensign, President, American University of Nigeria
David G. Horner, President, American College of Greece
Chair: Daniel J. Carey, President, Edgewood College

Tuesday, January 7
8:45–9:45 a.m.
(Sponsored by Inside Higher Ed)

Identifying and Assessing Cabinet-Level Leadership
Perhaps the most critical team on campus is the president’s cabinet. Selecting key leaders to serve in the cabinet, helping them cohere as a working unit, and assessing the cabinet’s effectiveness are processes critical to the success of the institution and the president. Presenters will lead a discussion of successful approaches and considerations, including such assessments as the Gallup StrengthsFinder tool and home-grown instruments.

Anthony Aretz, President, College of Mount St. Joseph
Nancy H. Blattner, President, Caldwell College
Brandon H. Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education, Gallup
Chair: Troy VanAken, President, Thiel College
Innovative Partnerships for New Sources of Revenue and Shared Costs
The constraints of the traditional business model for colleges and a challenging economy are leading private colleges and universities to look for new sources of revenue and new partners to share costs. Joint projects with businesses represent one innovative strategy. Learn about different examples of ways to pay for expanded facilities, finance construction, improve services, and enter new markets—all of which help the bottom line while maintaining fidelity to the institutional mission.
Thomas V. Chema, President, Hiram College
Marvin J. Suomi, President and CEO, KUD International LLC
Robert Weisbuch, Former President, Drew University
Chair: Beth Dinndorf, President, Columbia College (SC)
Fundraising with Your Spouse: 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 play to their individual strengths? What are some of the challenges? Two presidential couples will relate personal experiences and offer strategies for successful fundraising.
Katherine Fell, President, The University of Findlay
Roger Fell, Presidential Spouse, The University of Findlay
Norval C. Kneten, President, Barton College
Susan Kneten, Presidential Spouse, Barton College
Chair: Katherine Arnold, Presidential Spouse, Eureka College