Featured Speakers

Blair Ruble

Vice President for Programs Woodrow Wilson Center and the Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Blair Ruble is the Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory in D.C. Since 1991, “the Urban Sustainability Laboratory has advanced solutions to urban challenges – such as poverty, exclusion, insecurity, and environmental degradation – by promoting evidence-based research to support sustainable, equitable, and peaceful cities.” Dr. Ruble worked for the Social Science Research Council in NYC and the National Council for Soviet and East European Research in Washington before coming to the Woodrow Wilson Center. Read More

Opening Reception Keynote Speaker: Sunday Welcome Reception

  

David Dyssegaard Kallick

Director, Immigration Research Initiative

Fiscal Policy Institute

David Dyssegaard Kallick has been doing research, writing, and advocacy work around immigration for the past decade. As director of the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative, he has written groundbreaking reports about the economic contribution of immigrants, how U.S.-born workers fare as immigrants enter the economy, the overall role of immigrant business owners, and the particular role immigrant-owned Main Street businesses have played in revitalizing cities around the country. Kallick played a leading role in coalitions to rebuild Lower Manhattan after September 11, and to counter the anti-Islamic vitriol aimed at the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” Read more

Opening Keynote Speaker: Monday Morning Plenary | Can Immigrants Revitalize America's Shrinking Cities?

John Cavanaugh

President

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Region

Dr. John C. Cavanaugh is a leader in higher education policy and innovation, as well as for innovative uses of technology. Dr. Cavanaugh is the President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, which consists of 14 universities representing nearly every sector of higher education. As a higher education partnership, the Consortium is one of the world’s foremost educational collaboratives and is a powerful economic force in the region. Read More 

Moderator: Luncheon Plenary | The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Need for Real Innovation!

Karen Stout

President

Achieving the Dream

Dr. Karen Stout is a nationally renowned scholar and academic leader in strategies for enhancing student success and completion, accelerating and scaling innovation, and developing new approaches to community college fundraising. She is the President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement helping more than 4 million community college students access greater economic opportunity. She leads a diverse network of over 200 higher ed institutions, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy teams, and investors in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Read More

Panelist: Luncheon Plenary | The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Need for Real Innovation!

Bob Caret

Chancellor

University System of Maryland

During his 20 years of public higher education leadership, Dr. Robert L. Caret has earned respect for his successful work in several areas, including helping to ensure college affordability, academic excellence, and the efficient use of resources. At Towson, he created partnerships with regional business, non-profit and civic organizations; raised student graduation rates; and undertook a capital fundraising and building campaign to support campus infrastructure improvements. Dr. Caret’s leadership has been recognized by The Daily Record, which name him among its 2016 list of Influential Marylanders. Read More

Panelist: Luncheon Plenary | The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Need for Real Innovation!

Stephen Jordan

President

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Since taking the helm in 2005, President Jordan has put MSU Denver on the path to becoming the preeminent public urban university in the nation. Many of the retention and graduation initiatives he oversaw were developed specifically to support students of color; he established a goal for MSU Denver of achieving Hispanic Serving Institution status by 2018. With a current student population that is 35 percent students of color and 32 percent first-generation, MSU Denver is the “university of opportunity” for many who may not have had a chance for an education in the past. Read More

Panelist: Luncheon Plenary | The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Need for Real Innovation!

Leonard Haynes

Senior Fellow

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Region

As executive director of the WHIHBCU, Dr. Leonard L. Haynes, III was responsible for staffing the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Haynes has also been recognized for making important contributions to advancing the cause of international higher education and the public diplomacy efforts of the United States. He has published on matters relating to equity and parity for minority populations and their education, and is recognized as an expert on the desegregation of public higher education, especially as it impacts public black colleges. Read More

Panelist: Luncheon Plenary | The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Need for Real Innovation!

John Fry

President

Drexel University

As Drexel University’s 14th president, Dr. John A. Fry set out to transform Drexel into what he has termed the “modern urban university of the future”—an institution that harnesses both its long-established and still-emerging strengths to serve its students, its neighborhood, its city and the nation. Dr. Fry has championed several major neighborhood initiations supporting local public schools, urban innovation and the development of neighborhood partnerships. He currently serves a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education, one of the nation’s most influential higher education association. Read More

Panelist: Concurrent Sessions III Featured Panel | The Anchor Dashboard: A Presidential Discussion on Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

Tom George

Chancellor

University of Missouri St. Louis

Chancellor Tom George is an active researcher in nanomedicine, chemistry, and physics, and is an accomplished jazz pianist. He is active in his St. Louis community and was named Citizen of the Year by the St. Louis North Country Chamber of Commerce. As chancellor, he secured $150 million of new capital construction, renovation and landscaping on campus and quadrupled the annual amount of philanthropic contributions during his tenure to over $26 million. Read More

Panelist: Concurrent Sessions III Featured Panel | The Anchor Dashboard: A Presidential Discussion on Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

Nancy Cantor

Chancellor

Rutgers University Newark

Dr. Nancy Cantor is recognized nationally and internationally as an advocate for re-emphasizing the public mission of colleges and universities, viewing them not as traditional "ivory towers," but as anchor institutions that collaborate with partners from all sectors of the economy to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility. Having led a highly inclusive and democratic strategic visioning process at Rutgers University–Newark in her inaugural year, she is now leading implementation of the institution’s first strategic plan. This plan is designed to leverage the university’s many strengths, particularly its exceptional diversity, high-impact research, and role as an anchor institution in Greater Newark. Read More

Panelist: Concurrent Sessions III Featured Panel | The Anchor Dashboard: A Presidential Discussion on Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

Katherine Conway-Turner

President

Buffalo State, SUNY

Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D., was confirmed as the ninth president of Buffalo State College by the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 16, 2014. As a first-generation college student, she embraces the transformative power of education. She has experienced firsthand the potential of schools like Buffalo State, and she views the college as a special place that does incredible work to move its students forward. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, teaching, and research, Dr. Conway-Turner regularly travels to Haiti to perform humanitarian work as a member of H.O.P.E., a nonprofit volunteer organization. Read More

Panelist: Concurrent Sessions III Featured Panel | The Anchor Dashboard: A Presidential Discussion on Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

Steve Dubb

Director of Special Projects

The Democracy Collaborative

Joining the Democracy Collaborative in 2004, Steve Dubb now serves as the Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President. The Democracy Collaborative works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.  Steve has been the author or co-author of reports on many topics, including community wealth building public policy and the importance of community wealth building in meeting sustainability goals. Read More

Moderator: Concurrent Sessions III Featured Panel | The Anchor Dashboard: A Presidential Discussion on Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

 



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