Concurrent Sessions



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

Campus Crime and Sexual Assault: Confidential Guidance for Presidents
(Open only to currently serving college presidents)
New and proposed federal regulations along with public demands for greater accountability and transparency are prompting independent colleges to change how they respond to incidents of campus crime and sexual misconduct, handle disciplinary hearings, report data, and conduct training for students, faculty members, and staff. How are the regulations and expectations changing? How should crime and violations of campus policies be communicated to the public? An experienced legal expert will provide up-to-date information, and presidents will lead a candid discussion with their colleagues.
Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, President, DePaul University
Peter F. Lake, Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair, and Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law
Chair: Jennifer L. Braaten, President, Ferrum College
 
Creative Ways to Increase Persistence to Graduation
Graduation rates are an important measure of an institution’s health. Presidents will discuss effective strategies to improve graduation rates and student success. Learn how innovative strategies in enrollment management can increase student success and retention.
Donna M. Carroll, President, Dominican University (IL)
Douglas N. Hastad, President, Carroll University (WI)
Beverly W. Hogan, President, Tougaloo College
Fernando León García, Rector, CETYS University (Mexico)
Chair: Michael Alexander, President, Lasell College

Efforts to Cope with Federal PLUS Loan Restrictions
Changes in the U.S. Department of Education’s administration of the parent PLUS loan program have had an adverse impact on enrollments at private colleges, especially those that serve large numbers of low-income, first-generation, and minority students. What approaches are being used to cope with these restrictive changes? Should efforts to loosen the restrictions prove successful, how might institutions alter their financial aid strategies?
John Bassett, President, Heritage University
Carlton Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University
Lester C. Newman, President, Jarvis Christian College
Chair: Maryanne Stevens, RSM, President, College of Saint Mary (NE)
 
Open Forum with Cathy Davidson
Institute participants are invited to continue the conversation with Cathy Davidson following her opening keynote address. Topics will range from the use of digital humanities to problem solving with heterogeneous teams to new approaches in teaching and learning.
Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor of English and Director, Futures Initiative, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Chair: Tori Haring-Smith, President, Washington & Jefferson College

The Financial and Strategic Outlook for Private Colleges
What does the future hold for independent colleges and universities? Given the slow recovery of the economy, institutions must continue to be concerned about tuition pricing, discount rates, indebtedness, and demographic changes in the student population. Pressures persist to reduce costs, expand online delivery, eliminate under-enrolled programs, and consider new business models. A financial industry expert will review the outlook for private colleges and universities in 2015 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 Service
Chair: Edward F. Leonard III, President, Bethany College (KS)
 
What Journalists Really Think about College Costs and Student Debt
A panel of business and higher education journalists will share their perspectives on college costs, student debt, tuition discounting, and other affordability issues. The journalists will explain what they and their readers think about these issues and share their experiences in covering campus financial topics. Presidents will have the opportunity to discuss the press coverage of college affordability and the value of a liberal arts education at a private college or university.
Chris Farrell, Senior Economics Editor, Marketplace
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Kathleen Pender, Business Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Beckie Supiano, Staff Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Chair: Ann McElaney-Johnson, President, Mount St. Mary's University (CA)


11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Sponsored by Capture Higher Ed)
 
Engaged Learning as Effective Pedagogy
Student engagement in learning outside the classroom can foster critical reflection, integration of knowledge, development of transferable skills, and civic engagement. Presidents of private colleges in the U.S. and Mexico will discuss the value of such practices as internships, community service, undergraduate research, and campus work programs to support better educational outcomes for their students.
MaryAnn Baenninger, President, Drew University
Stephen R. Briggs, President, Berry College
Antonio José Dieck Assad, Rector, Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
Ramón de la Peña Manrique, Rector, Centro de Estudios Universitarios Monterrey (Mexico)
Chair: Paula J. Carlson, President, Luther College
 
Interfaith Understanding on Campus: Opportunities and Challenges
As the religious and cultural backgrounds of students become more diverse, new opportunities for interfaith understanding on campus are emerging. Interfaith engagement takes different forms on campuses where adherents of religious traditions interact with students who identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious” or who check “none” as their religious affiliation. Students of different nationalities and cultural experiences add to this diversity. A panel of presidents will discuss the opportunities and challenges of curricular and co-curricular initiatives to address the increasing diversity of students, staff, and faculty members.
William J. Craft, President, Concordia College (MN)
Devorah Lieberman, President, University of La Verne
Nayef H. Samhat, President, Wofford College
Chair: Carolyn J. Stefanco, President, The College of Saint Rose
 
Enhancing Opportunities for Community College Transfer
How can independent colleges and universities improve both the transfer experience and baccalaureate attainment rates of the students who transfer from community colleges? What efforts are successful in addressing challenges that transfer students face academically and culturally? How can state-wide collaborations and policies smooth transfer from public and private two-year to private four-year institutions?
Joseph B. Moore, President, Lesley University
Carl J. Strikwerda, President, Elizabethtown College
John B. Wilson, President, Independent College Fund of New Jersey
Chair: Jacque Carter, President, Doane College
 
Benefits and Risks of Study Abroad in Challenging Locations
Providing opportunities for students to study in places of social and cultural transformation and political and economic instability, or even turmoil, can offer valuable learning experiences. How can presidents responsibly manage the risks and benefits of study abroad in such locations? How can they communicate effectively with diverse campus communities about actual versus perceived risks and learning opportunities? What response is needed when a crisis situation occurs? American and international presidents will discuss opportunities and risks of sending students and faculty members into challenging study abroad locations.
John C. Knapp, President, Hope College
G. David Pollick, Rector, European Humanities University (Lithuania)
Panagiotis Vlachos, President, American College of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Chair: Barbara A. Farley, President, Illinois College
 
The President’s Perspective on Board Relations
(Open only to currently serving college presidents)
Presidents will have an opportunity to raise confidential and sensitive questions and issues about the president’s work with the board. Discussion topics will arise from session participants and may include relations with the board chair, trustee recruitment, board development, committee structures and bylaws, and management of difficult situations.
Moderator: Richard T. (Tom) Ingram, Senior Advisor for President-Board Relations, CIC, and Former President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Chair: Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President, Trinity College (CT)
 
Trends in Giving: Results from Annual Studies of Philanthropy
Results from several annual studies of philanthropy and their implications for higher education fundraising will be presented. While overall giving is up, what can be learned from recent patterns in philanthropy? How has giving changed since before the recession? What are the trends in alumni giving? A leading philanthropy researcher will lead a discussion of how college presidents might focus their fundraising efforts.
Una Osili, Director of Research, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Chair: Ben Hancock, President, Methodist University


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

Developing Partnerships with Colleges and Universities in Mexico
Bilateral arrangements between colleges and universities in Mexico and the United States are creating numerous opportunities for student and faculty exchanges. Presidents of institutions in both countries will describe existing arrangements through programs such as the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research (FOBESII) and 100,000 Strong and will discuss possibilities for expanding study abroad opportunities and institutional partnerships.
Rodrigo Guerra Botello, Secretary General, FIMPES (Mexico)
Guillermo Hernández Duque Delgadillo, Director General for Strategic Partnerships, ANUIES (Mexico)
Robert W. Pearigen, President, Millsaps College
Chair: Diane Steele, SCL, President, University of Saint Mary (KS)
 
Effective Strategies for Success with Adult Learners
Assessment of prior learning is one of the key strategies to help adult students translate their learning from life and work experiences into college credit and persist and graduate from college more rapidly. Presenters will discuss the president’s role in developing effective ways to reduce barriers to lifelong learning and create more adult learner-friendly programs.
Daniel W. Johnson, President, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., President, St. Leo University
Pamela Tate, President and CEO, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Chair: Leslie N. Pollard, President, Oakwood University
 
Legal Issues That Keep Presidents Up at Night
What legal issues worry presidents the most? What actions can presidents take to mitigate risks? An experienced higher education attorney will lead a discussion on pressing legal issues such as liability, academic freedom, employment matters, and increasing litigation by students and parents, among others.
Natasha J. Baker, Partner, Hirshfeld Kraemer LLP
Chair: Sean Decatur, President, Kenyon College
 
Models of Endowment Management for Private Colleges
Presenters will discuss the pros and cons of several approaches to endowment management, how to choose the model that best fits the institution’s needs, how to work with the trustee investment committee, the advantages and disadvantages of partnering with either endowment management consultants or fully outsourced services, and the governance issues inherent in each approach.
Arvid C. Johnson, President, University of St. Francis (IL)
Kathryn Karlic, Senior Vice President, Cross Enterprise Marketing, TIAA-CREF
John M. McCardell, Jr., Vice Chancellor and President, Sewanee: The University of the South
Ronald R. Pressman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, TIAA-CREF
Chair: Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict
 
Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education
CIC’s public information campaign, Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education, has progressed on numerous fronts this year. Following a quick update, presidents can learn of specific ways that they and others at their institutions can become more actively involved in campaign activities that disseminate key messages about the liberal arts and independent higher education to the public, prospective students, journalists, and policy makers. The campaign has changed the public discourse for the better, but more remains to be done. The speakers will explore examples of how colleges have used campaign materials and digital platforms to their advantage and will provide tips on how presidents can mobilize their own campus communities in this cause.
Nancy Oliver Gray, President, Hollins University
S. Georgia Nugent, Senior Fellow, CIC, and President Emerita, Kenyon College
Stephen E. Thorsett, President, Willamette University
Chair: Loren E. Swartzendruber, President, Eastern Mennonite University
 
The Enrollment Planning Imperative
Private college presidents are dealing with the most turbulent environment in decades. Colleges face increased pressure to attract, retain, and graduate students. This session will explore the major environmental trends that are challenging private higher education and suggest how institutions can develop data-informed enrollment planning systems to respond to the challenges and align the institution’s mission, vision, and values with shifting market needs and expectations.
Robert I. Brower, President, Point Loma Nazarene University
Kevin W. Crockett, President, CEO, and Principal, Noel-Levitz
Chair: Deborah Jackson, President, Cambridge College
 

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Sponsored by Kaludis Consulting)

Enhancing Access and Success for First-Generation Students
Independent colleges and universities have a proven track record of providing strong educational opportunities for first-generation students. Three presidents will present successful strategies for recruiting, retaining, and graduating first-generation students. Focused approaches to serve first-generation students with unique characteristics, such as being multilingual or a child of a migrant worker, also will be discussed.
Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, President, Mills College
George E. Martin, President, St. Edward’s University
Jay McGowan, President, Bellarmine University
Chair: Larry Goodwin, President, The College of St. Scholastica
 
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: Lex O. McMillan III, President, Albright College
 
Risk Management for Private Colleges
What are the risk management issues faced by small and mid-sized private colleges and universities, and how does their smaller size shape their approaches to managing risk? How can risks be identified and assessed, and what steps can be taken to mitigate or minimize risk in the smaller college context? Should in-house expertise or outside consultants be used to guide the development of campus policies and plans? Three presidents will answer these and other questions based on their campus experiences.
Thomas J. Botzman, President, Misericordia University
Luís María R. Calingo, President, Woodbury University
Judith Maxwell Greig, President, Notre Dame de Namur University
Chair: Robert Clark, President, Husson University
 
The Upside of Intercollegiate Athletics for Private Colleges and Universities
A panel of presidents will discuss how thoughtfully managed intercollegiate athletic programs can enhance enrollment, strengthen institutional image, and support other educational purposes. Panelists will compare NCAA Division II, Division III, and NAIA rules and regulations pertaining to scholarships and discuss how to maximize recruiting efforts in each division. The panelists will emphasize the importance of building successful athletic programs and establishing measurable goals and outcomes as well as the importance of providing the institutional support necessary to build and sustain an athletic program that enhances the academic experience.
Ronald L. Ellis, President, California Baptist University
Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College
John C. Reynders, President, Morningside College
Chair: Lewis Thayne, President, Lebanon Valley College

Joint Session with Spouses and Partners
Tax Issues for Presidential Couples: Housing Benefits and Expense Reimbursements
Applicable federal tax laws are important for college and university presidents and their spouses and partners to understand in order to keep accurate records and avoid unpleasant surprises at tax time regarding housing benefits and expense reimbursements. What are the right questions to ask? How can the institution and the presidential couple address questions about the presidential home, official entertainment, and travel for the spouse or partner in order to reduce complexity and expense when tax returns are filed? A tax attorney and presidential couple will lead the discussion.
Pamela J. Gunter-Smith, President, York College of Pennsylvania
Thaddeus J. Lewkowicz, Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
J. L. Smith, Presidential Spouse, York College of Pennsylvania
Chair: Robert Haring-Smith, Presidential Spouse, Washington & Jefferson College
 

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

A New Era for Strategic Planning
The challenges to independent colleges require an approach to strategic planning that reaches beyond the inclusive, internal processes that focus on an uplifting vision, lofty goals, and unrealistic wish lists. Presidents must lead the work of developing strategies that hold demonstrable promise to move the institution toward its objectives. At the same time presidents need to ensure that the institution has students, net revenue, and philanthropic support necessary for its welfare. Presenters will discuss how institutions can engage in strategic planning that is more likely to produce results.
Teresa L. Amott, President, Knox College
David W. Strauss, Principal, Art & Science Group
Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, President, Kalamazoo College
Chair: Bryon Lee Grigsby, President, Moravian College
 
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Senior Leadership Searches
(Open only to currently serving college presidents)
A group of senior search consultants will discuss what can go wrong—and how to make it right—in searches for senior-level administrators. What are the essential ingredients for a successful search? What should be avoided? Should a search consultant be used, and if so, how does one select the firm that is right for the institution? What should be the president’s role in the search—from start to finish?
R. Stanton Hales, Senior Consultant, Academic Search, Inc.
Katherine Haley, Principal, Witt/Kieffer
Cheryl A. Hyatt, Partner, Hyatt-Fennell, Executive Search
Moderator: Scott D. Miller, President, Bethany College (WV)
 
Using Trustees More Effectively in Fundraising
Institutions with stellar records of success in increasing gifts often share one common trait: a board of trustees that is fully engaged in both fund-raising and friend-raising. But not all institutions have been able to build this emphasis into the culture of their boards. Experienced leaders of the development process will share best practices in mobilizing a board to be exceptionally involved in seeking support for an institution.
Esther L. Barazzone, President, Chatham University
Thomas R. Morris, President, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College
Chair: Barry H. Corey, President, Biola University
 
Joint Session with Spouses and Partners
Planning for Retirement: Are You Ready?
A president’s retirement means major changes for the institution and for the president or presidential couple. The steps a president takes in the months leading up to retirement can help ensure a smooth transition. Too often, the needs of the institution distract the retiring president from addressing personal retirement needs. Presenters will explore the personal issues—including compensation and benefits, post-retirement employment, and housing—that should be addressed to prepare for this significant life event.
L. Jay Lemons, President, Susquehanna University
Kathleen Owens, President, Gwynedd Mercy University
Rian M. Yaffe, Founder and Chairman, Yaffe & Company, Inc.
Donald A. Zamborsky, Presidential Spouse, Gwynedd Mercy University
Chair: Carol Ann Mooney, President, Saint Mary’s College (IN)