President’s Track

With over 100 different presentations covering every major challenge, opportunity, and emerging trend facing our institutions and work the 2016 CUMU conference is an exciting opportunity for Presidents and their key institutional leaders.  For the first year, CUMU has created a new President’s Track.  This series of events includes a mix of Presidents-only sessions and sessions with the entire community of engaged faculty, administrators, and community partners.


We hope you’ll join us!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception

The official kick-off of the conference begins with a networking reception on Sunday evening.  This is the perfect time to connect with colleagues.  The reception takes place before dinner, so you can still get out and enjoy D.C..  The reception will feature brief remarks from Richard Guarasci, President of CUMU and Wagner College and Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs, Woodrow Wilson Center and Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory


Opening Reception Keynote Speaker: Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs Woodrow Wilson Center and the Director of the Urban Sustainability Laboratory

Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
President's Dinner (Invite Only)

Hosted by Georgetown University President Dr. John DeGioia

Georgetown University, Riggs Library (transportation provided)


Monday, October 24, 2016

7:30 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 9:30 am

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

In the mid-twentieth century, the white middle class seemed to abandon many American cities, leaving behind a legacy of major institutions and infrastructure with a tax base that had a hard time supporting it. Today, some cities are rebounding with population growth driven in significant part by immigrantsmost dramatically in places such as Denver, Boston, and Washington D.C., but also cities like Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Memphis. Universities and colleges have been at the center of these changes, both as institutions that faced fiscal pressures and as agents of change in supporting a multicultural revitalization of central cities. What are the immigration and population trends fueling these changes? What other cities have the potential to see this kind of rebound?


Opening Keynote Speaker: David Dyssegaard Kallick, Director, Immigration Research Initiative, Fiscal Policy Institute
9:45 am - 12:30 pm
President's Forum | Globalization: The Opportunity for Urban and Metropolitan Universities

During this Presidents and Chancellors only working session participants will hear from experts and institutional leaders that have developed best practices, engage in robust discussion among peers, and develop strategies for returning home in several areas.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Luncheon Plenary | The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and the Need for Real Innovation!

This panel session will focus on the importance of campus and system leadership in rethinking traditional approaches to the institution-metropolitan area relationships. New, innovative partnerships, such as deeper engagement in economic development, creation of talent, and collaboration in confronting and solving complex regional issues will be addressed through specific examples of campus engagement. Panelist-audience dialogue will explore future directions.


Moderator: John Cavanaugh, President, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Region



  • Karen Stout, President, Achieving the Dream
  • Bob Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland
  • Stephen Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Leonard Haynes, Retired Executive Director of the White House Initiative of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU)
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2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Featured Panel | Building an Anchor Mission for Community Impact

Moderator: Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects, The Democracy Collaborative




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

12:00 pm
Luncheon Plenary: Perspectives from D.C. “insiders” on the impact of the upcoming election on urban/metropolitan higher education and the communities we serve 

Hosted by the UP Coalition



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