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. Previously, he served as Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as president of the University of West Florida. 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

Steve Dubb

Senior Fellow

The Democracy Collaborative

Steve Dubb, Ph. D., is Senior Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative, where he directs the Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort, a group of six universities that are piloting a framework to assess institutional strategy and evaluate its community impact. Steve has also authored a number of books including (with Rita Hodges) The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads) and, most recently, Conversations on Community Wealth Building, a collection of nearly three-dozen interviews. Read More

Moderator: Concurrent Sessions III Featured Panel | Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

Ron Klein

Partner

Holland and Knight, LLP

Ron Klein, a member of Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group, has worked in the private sector as a business and transactional attorney for over 25 years and in the public sector as an elected official in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. This experience offers a distinctive combination of skill sets in having worked and advised private sector principals and management legal issues, as well as having served in the Florida House, Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Klein’s experience gives clients an added edge in having their advocate understand their issues and concerns. 

 

Panelist: Luncheon Plenary | Election 2016: Implications for Urban and Metropolitan Universities

Robert Bradner 

Partner

Holland and Knight, LLP

Robert Bradner is a partner at Holland & Knight and has been with the firm for 16 years.  Prior to that, he spent over a dozen years working on Capitol Hill and served as Chief of Staff to former Illinois Congressman John Porter, who then chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health & Human Services and Education.  Mr. Bradner is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and has a B.A. in History from Yale.  His practice is centered around regulatory, funding and legislative work on behalf of institutions of higher education, research organizations and health care providers and patients.  

 

Panelist: Luncheon Plenary | Election 2016: Implications for Urban and Metropolitan Universities

Jennifer McGee

Senior Public Affairs Advisor

Holland and Knight, LLP

Jennifer McGee, a Senior Public Affairs Advisor, has represented numerous institutions of higher education before Congress, the White House, the U.S. Department of Education and other relevant federal agencies. Her efforts have resulted in significant amounts of federal funding for the client. She has extensive experience in positioning her clients to obtain academic and programmatic funding for the STEM fields; early childhood education; K-12 University partnerships; healthcare workforce and various public-private partnerships.  Ms. McGee served in the White House in the Clinton Administration.

Panelist: Luncheon Plenary | Election 2016: Implications for Urban and Metropolitan Universities
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