Featured Speakers: Terri Givens, The Center for Higher Education Leadership; Michael Fitts, Tulane University; Michael Hinojosa, Dallas Independent School District

What will the state of higher education be in 2030? CUMU invited transformational leaders to imagine higher education ten years from now and share perspectives on how to push the conversation forward. Following the keynotes Dr. Jay Lemon, President of Academic Search, will host a roundtable discussion with all three speakers.


Dr. L. Jay Lemons serves as the president of Academic Search. Previously, Lemons served as a college president at both public and private higher education institutions. A recognized leader in the academy, Lemons has been particularly devoted to supporting leadership talent by working with new college presidents on the faculty of the new presidents’ programs of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and through the professional development programs for aspiring leaders of the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).

Radical empathy and inclusive leadership

As campus leaders look to a post-COVID future, a more student-centered approach to leadership and learning will be required. Faculty and leadership development that goes beyond online learning will be a key component to creating a campus that is innovative and responsive to student needs. Terri Givens will discuss the importance of inclusive leadership and faculty development as campuses focus on diversity and the innovations that will help their students to succeed into the next decade.

Terri Givens is the CEO and founder of The Center for Higher Education Leadership, now known as Brighter Higher Ed. She is a political scientist who has written on the politics of immigration, the radical right in Europe and anti discrimination policy. Her most recent book, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides, will be published in February of next year. She is a strong advocate for a student-centered approach to innovation in higher education. More info is available on her website www.terrigivens.com.

Crisis and Opportunity: Urban Universities and the Cities They Call Home

Millions of students are drawn to an urban setting for their college education, but what happens when a city is forever changed by disaster? President Michael Fitts from Tulane University argues that the fates of cities and schools are inextricably intertwined, and times of crisis present a unique opportunity for schools to help cities rebuild—and thrive.”

Michael Fitts, president of Tulane University, arrived in New Orleans in 2014 after an extraordinary tenure as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Since then, he has overseen remarkable growth at Tulane, building on the university’s strengths – its range of disciplines, size and distinct character. He’s here today to discuss the inseparable connection between urban universities and the cities they call home. Please join me in welcoming Tulane University’s president, Michael Fitts.

K-12 transformations and sustainable higher education partnerships

What transformations are happening in K-12 today? What will successful and sustainable higher education partnerships look like in the future? How can we work to address critical issues such as poverty, access, affordability, and equity?

Dr. Michael Hinojosa has served for over 25 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America, Dallas ISD in Texas and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, spans more than four decades.

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