Concurrent Sessions

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

High-Tech and High-Touch—How to Have Both
The use of technology in teaching and learning has the potential to reduce costs, but can it preserve the “high-touch” quality of academic support and student services that distinguishes private colleges? Presidents who have developed innovative approaches to integrate technology with the traditional liberal arts model will describe their tactics along with lessons learned. Strategies include the integration of media and technology in the classroom, delivery of textbooks electronically, use of flipped classrooms, availability of degree programs in technology-rich fields such as game design, and use of online instruction to deliver upper-level humanities courses.
Robert E. Johnson, President, Becker College
Kevin M. Ross, President, Lynn University
Lori E. Varlotta, President, Hiram College
Chair: William Mann, FSC, President, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
National Media Perspectives on the Future of Higher Education
A panel of higher education journalists will share their perspectives on the future of higher education in the United States, covering such topics as affordability, access, diversity, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for smaller private colleges and universities.
Kim Clark, Senior Writer, Money Magazine
Scott Jaschik, Editor and Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed
Jane Karr, “Education Life” Editor, The New York Times
Liz McMillen, Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Chair: Lester C. Newman, President, Jarvis Christian College
Open Forum with Roger Ferguson
Institute participants are invited to continue the conversation with Roger Ferguson following his opening keynote address, “Leading Organizational Transformation in a Changing Economy.”
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA-CREF
Chair: Suzanne K. Mellon, President, Carlow University
The Financial and Strategic Outlook for Private Colleges
How do financial markets view the future of independent colleges and universities? Pressures persist to reduce costs, develop alternative sources of revenue, eliminate under-enrolled programs, and consider new business models. What role does a college president play in navigating through this period of change? A financial industry expert will review the financial outlook for private colleges and universities in 2016 and outline issues she expects to be prominent for higher education management in the near future.
Karen Kedem, Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, Global Higher Education and Not-for-Profit Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service
Chair: William T. Abare, Jr., President, Flagler College
The Implications of Changing Donor Behavior on Major Giving and Engagement with Young Alumni
As alumni participation continues to decline nationwide, it has become increasingly difficult to choose the right course of action to reach institutional fundraising goals. Without an active young alumni donor population, the future pipeline of major givers is bleak. Presenters will cover findings from a national survey of alumni that reveals what makes an individual’s alma mater a priority for charitable giving and how alumni’s sense of “connectedness” affects their engagement and gift levels. They will discuss proven strategies to use donor behavior and analytics to inform and focus fundraising efforts and drive the greatest possible returns.
Paul Mylott, Senior Advancement Management Consultant, Royall & Company–Advancement
Lee Pelton, President, Emerson College
Wayne B. Powell, President, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Chair: Cathy S. Dove, President, Paul Smith’s College
Title IX Compliance and Promising Practices
Title IX compliance responsibilities have expanded to encompass combating sex discrimination in many forms—from inequities in intercollegiate athletics to sexual harassment and sexual violence. What are the most promising Title IX practices? How should colleges tackle the monumental Title IX training requirements prescribed by the Department of Education? What kinds of investigation processes are best suited to meet compliance requirements?
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: Katherine Bergeron, President, Connecticut College

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

Educating Men: What Works?
By 2020, projections are that only 40 percent of college students will be male. In addition, graduation rates for men continue to lag behind those for women. What strategies can private colleges and universities employ to improve recruitment, retention, and graduation of male students? What advantages do small liberal arts colleges and small comprehensive universities have for educating men? What do presidents need to know about what works in educating men?
Tracy Fitzsimmons, President, Shenandoah University
Gregory D. Hess, President, Wabash College
John S. Wilson, Jr., President, Morehouse College
Chair: R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, President, Immaculata University
International Student Opportunities: Recruitment, Regulations, Exchanges, Partnerships
As presidents seek to enrich a diverse campus culture and increase enrollment by recruiting international students, what opportunities and liabilities should be considered? What government regulations and recruitment standards need to be observed? How can presidents evaluate partnerships with institutions overseas as well as with recruiting organizations and consortia? Presidents experienced with these issues will lead the discussion.
Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, President, Keuka College
Celeste M. Schenck, President, American University of Paris (France)
Donald B. Taylor, President, Cabrini College
Chair: Niels-Erik A. Andreasen, President, Andrews University

Legal Issues That Keep Presidents Up at Night
Which 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 faculty unionization efforts, tenure constraints on financial restructuring, compliance with increasing regulatory burdens, and keeping legal expenses under control.
Jim Newberry, Attorney and Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Chair: Dottie L. King, President, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Maximizing the Impact of Intercollegiate Athletics on Private Colleges and Universities
Athletics is more important than ever in making the small private college model sustainable. It plays a key role in student recruitment, retention, and achievement; fundraising; and enhancing campus life and institutional identity. Indeed, in a recent survey of CIC presidents, nearly two-thirds reported that they were expanding athletic facilities and programs as a means of addressing the enrollment and fiscal challenges they face. How can presidents maximize the impact of athletics as well as better distinguish the many strengths of the smaller college athletics model from big university sports?
Jim Carr, President, NAIA
Alan S. Cureton, President, University of Northwestern-St. Paul
Daniel T. Dutcher, Vice President for Division III, NCAA
Arvid C. Johnson, President, University of St. Francis (IL)
Chair: Roderick L. Smothers, President, Philander Smith College
The President’s Perspective on Board Relations
(Open only to currently serving college presidents)
Presidents will have an opportunity to raise sensitive questions and issues about their 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.
Richard T. (Tom) Ingram, Senior Advisor for President-Board Relations, CIC, and former President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Chair: Terry Kimbrow, President, Central Baptist College
The Sweet Briar Story: Making the Impossible Just Another Problem to Solve
The president leading the turnaround of Sweet Briar College will candidly discuss what he has learned and experienced since taking the helm in July and the implications for other independent colleges. What have been the greatest successes? What have been the biggest problems and surprises? How have the board, the faculty, and the leadership team been reconstituted? What challenges are still ahead for the college, and how is the president planning to tackle them?
Phillip C. Stone, President, Sweet Briar College
Chair: Edward B. Burger, President, Southwestern University (TX)

Wednesday, January 6
10:15–11:30 a.m.
(Sponsored by mStoner, Inc.)

Approaches to Making College Affordable
Presidents face increasing pressure to ensure that a private college education is affordable. How can the cost of an education at a smaller liberal arts college remain competitive in the face of today’s enrollment and revenue challenges? Recent approaches have included tuition freezes and resets; guarantees of minimum earnings after graduation; and provision of financial planning, loan forgiveness, and better advice to students and parents. Presidents who have used these strategies will describe the approaches they took and what they learned—both positive and negative lessons.
Jeffrey R. Docking, President, Adrian College
Kent L. Henning, President, Grand View University
Barbara K. Mistick, President, Wilson College
Chair: Edison O. Jackson, President, Bethune-Cookman University
Expanding Strategic Alliances in Independent Colleges
How can smaller private colleges and universities benefit from economies of scale and scope that are critical to improved competitiveness and sustainability without giving up the distinctive advantages of their smaller size? What strategies can be used to capitalize on academic and administrative business model changes, efficiencies and integration, expanded capabilities, and cost savings that drive growth and revenues? Those familiar with consortia, mergers, and other joint ventures will lead the discussion.
Margaret Carney, OSF, President, St. Bonaventure University
Michael K. Thomas, President and CEO, New England Board of Higher Education
R. Owen Williams, President, Associated Colleges of the South
Cynthia Zane, President, Hilbert College
Chair: Jack D. Jones, President, Iowa College Foundation
How Presidents Can Make Effective Use of Board Retreats
Board of trustees retreats can be an effective tool to strengthen governance and provide time to focus on strategic issues. What purposes can a board retreat serve? Should an outside facilitator be used? Where are retreats best held—on campus, near campus, or out of town?
Gordon Bietz, President, Southern Adventist University
Troy D. Hammond, President, North Central College
Antoinette Hays, President, Regis College (MA)
Chair: Roslyn Clark Artis, President, Florida Memorial University
Q&A with Richard Ekman
Presidents will have the opportunity to engage in informal discussion with CIC President Richard Ekman about current topics in higher education and programs and services of the Council of Independent Colleges.
Richard Ekman, President, Council of Independent Colleges
Reenergizing the Presidency: Helpful Mid-Career Considerations
Several years into a presidency, some leaders find that the burst of energy and enthusiasm that characterized the first years has waned and they are wondering what is next. How can presidents be reenergized for their roles? How can they identify new priorities? What are some of the presidential mid-career challenges? When and how should presidents determine if it is time for them to leave the institution?
Judith Block McLaughlin, Director, Higher Education Program, Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, and Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard University
Chair: William J. Hynes, President, Holy Names University
Social Media and Crisis Management: Preparation and Response
Given the increasing use of social media and the expectation of students, parents, and the public for immediate responses to emerging issues and crises, how do private colleges manage the effects of social media on campus? How can the use of social media to criticize the college or intimidate members of the campus community be managed without heavy-handed censorship? How can colleges handle anonymous posts, cyber-bullying, and “microaggressions” that can be spread quickly on Yik Yak, Facebook, Twitter, and other channels? What is the role of the college president?
Michael Stoner, Co-Founder and President, mStoner, Inc.
Chair: Scott Flanagan, President, Edgewood College

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Sponsored by Voya Financial)
A Model for Integrating Data-Science with the Liberal Arts: Responding to Workforce Demands
Working with higher education and business leaders, the Business-Higher Education Forum has developed a model for integrating data-science with the liberal arts. How might introducing a set of data-science courses or a minor in data-science equip liberal arts graduates to be more competitive in today’s labor market?
L. Isabel Cárdenas-Navia, Director of Emerging Workforce Programs, Business-Higher Education Forum
Brian K. Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Business-Higher Education Forum
Chair: Robert R. Ivany, President, University of St. Thomas (TX)

Developing Partnerships with Colleges and Universities in Mexico
Bilateral arrangements between colleges and universities in Mexico and the United States are creating opportunities for regional and economic development as well as mobility through 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 in the Americas and will discuss possibilities for expanding study-abroad opportunities and institutional partnerships.
Louis J. Agnese, Jr., President, University of the Incarnate Word
Antonio José Dieck Assad, Rector, Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
Guillermo Hernández Duque Delgadillo, Director General for Strategic Partnerships, ANUIES (Mexico)
Rodrigo Guerra Botello, Secretary General, FIMPES (Mexico)
Chair: Julia M. McNamara, President, Albertus Magnus College

Evaluating Alternative Business Models
Over the past decade, new approaches to funding, structuring, and delivering higher education have emerged to meet economic and operational challenges. From online delivery models to public-private partnerships to competency-based approaches, the array of new strategies is dizzying. How are presidents to make sense of new business models, product lines, delivery methods, and even unconventional institutional structures?
Margaret L. Drugovich, President, Hartwick College
Todd S. Hutton, President, Utica College
Chair: M. Christopher White, President, Chowan University
Presidential Strategies for Larger Institutions
Private colleges pride themselves on being more flexible and student-centric than their public counterparts, yet the larger size of some private universities can present challenges to achieving this claim. How do bigger, more complex institutions, often with graduate programs, affect the president’s ability to assure student success? How can larger private institutions differentiate themselves from public universities? A panel of presidents of larger CIC universities will lead consideration of these and related topics.
Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, President, DePaul University
Margaret A. McKenna, President, Suffolk University
Thomas R. Rochon, President, Ithaca College
Chair: David Wright, President, Indiana Wesleyan University
Presidents “Open Mike”
(Open only to currently serving college presidents)
This forum is an opportunity to raise confidential and sensitive questions and issues. The 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 other participating presidents.
Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College
Turning Financial Challenges into Opportunities
Four presidents will describe how they turned financial pressures into opportunities by engaging their campus communities. Their approaches and the resulting initiatives empowered faculty and staff members to contribute to financial decision making and program prioritization, added support for their institutional missions, and created processes to reallocate resources and restructure administrative and academic programs. The discussion will focus on how other institutions can plan and execute similar efforts.
Pamela M. Balch, President, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Eugene J. Cornacchia, President, Saint Peter’s University
Richard H. Dorman, President, Westminster College (PA)
George E. Martin, President, St. Edward’s University
Chair: Laurie M. Hamen, President, Mount Mercy University


Parenting Young Children on Campus
Raising young children during one’s presidency presents opportunities for great joy as well as challenges to balance the competing demands of parenthood and a profession. In addition to the normal complications of family life, the children of presidents are often highly visible both on and off campus. Presidents and a presidential couple with young children will describe their approaches to juggling parenthood and the presidency as they seek to maximize the rewards and minimize the frustrations.
James S. Dlugos, Jr., President, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Melissa Jones Dlugos, Presidential Spouse, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Michael Hemesath, President, Saint John’s University (MN)
Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict
Chair: Rachel Rumple-Comerford, Presidential Spouse, Blackburn College

Thursday, January 7
8:45–9:45 a.m.
(Sponsored by Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc.) 

Compelling Findings: Results from Research on the Future of Independent Higher Education
CIC’s Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education, supported by the Lumina Foundation and the TIAA-CREF Institute, generated a number of research studies to inform presidents of small and mid-sized private colleges and universities about important trends and considerations in making private higher education sustainable. Panelists will present and discuss findings from two important studies. One study examines strategies for adaptation and change that remain congruent with the missions of smaller private colleges and universities. The other explores changes to the composition, roles, and expectations of the faculties serving CIC member institutions.
James C. Hearn, Professor and Associate Director, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, and Fellow, TIAA-CREF Institute
Chris Kimball, President, California Lutheran University, and Chair, CIC Project on the Future of Independent Higher Education Steering Committee
Christopher Morphew, Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, College of Education, University of Iowa
Chair: David A. King, President, Malone University
Creating Cohesive Paths to Civic Engagement
Panelists will present approaches to fostering civic engagement and social responsibility in higher education based on findings from recent research. Twenty-six participating campuses inventoried, mapped, and developed more cohesive and integrated curricular programs for students in all disciplines that incorporate civic engagement into their courses of study. Presenters will highlight the strengths of these replicable and sustainable programs, noting the creative ideas that were developed, how they were implemented, and the results realized. They will discuss the mapping process and how it served as a catalyst for change on campuses, and explain how clearly articulating opportunities for students can enhance their development as ethically engaged citizens and prepare them for meaningful careers.
MaryAnn Baenninger, President, Drew University
Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College
Jan R. Liss, Executive Director, Project Pericles, Inc.
James H. Mullen, Jr., President, Allegheny College
Chair: Richard L. Ludwick, President and CEO, Independent Colleges of Indiana
How to Establish Retention as a Campus-Wide Priority
How can presidents mobilize key campus constituents to work together in pursuit of improved student retention and success? Presenters will discuss a comprehensive set of strategies including orientation programs, course scheduling, billing and payment plans, advising, and early-alert systems. They also will consider roles of faculty members and staff in enrollment, academic and student affairs, and finance. Presidents will share how their campus-wide strategies have proceeded from plan to implementation.
Pamela Eibeck, President, University of the Pacific
Thomas F. Flynn, President, Alvernia University
Jennifer Wick, Vice President, Scannell & Kurz, a Division of Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Chair: James E. Brenneman, President, Goshen College


Moving On: Planning for the End of a Presidency
Presidential transitions occur for a variety of reasons, including retirement, a second presidency, or moving into an entirely new career. What steps can the president and the presidential spouse or partner take to ensure a smooth transition for the next campus leader? What issues should the president and the spouse or partner consider to protect their own best interests? Are there structures or processes that could be established early in a presidency that will pave the way for a smooth transition? Experienced presidential couples will discuss effective transition strategies.
George E. Farenthold, former Presidential Spouse, Wells College
Annie Miller, Presidential Spouse, Virginia Wesleyan College
Scott D. Miller, President, Virginia Wesleyan College
Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation, and President Emerita, Wells College
Chair: Heather Knight, President, Pacific Union College