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The Entrepreneuring Frontier:
What Does the Future of Higher Education Look Like?

October 9-10

Niceville, Florida

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We all know that the higher education landscape is changing at warp-speed and that the academy needs to be radically transforming itself. But what does that mean in terms of specific actions for each institution and its leadership? Where does the focus need to be and what does each college or university need to consider in their own unique transformation process?

This conference will focus on actionable solutions, future trends, research, proven processes, entrepreneurial methods, new and advanced tools, innovation, technology opportunities, projections and more to help leaders manage change and forge a successful path into the future.

Registration Options


Regular Registration


Keynote Speakers


Dr. Rufus Glasper

President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College


Devyn Maguire

Head of Academic Innovation and Strategy, Packback


Vince Kellen

Chief Information Officer

for the University of California, San Diego


Craig Stepien

Executive Director – Strategic Transformation NextEra Energy


The Higher Education Innovation Awards honor and celebrate: (a) individuals for their lifetime achievement as leaders in higher education and (b) institutions for their excellence in entrepreneuring.

Submit nominations by the deadline of September 10, 2023 to Dr. Mary Landon Darden at

Awards will be presented at our Annual Presidents Conference on October 9-10, 2023 in Niceville, Florida.

Award Criteria

HEI Lifetime Leadership Award - This award is presented annually to an exceptional person
who has:

  • More than 25 years of exemplary service in the field of higher education leadership

  • Contributed significantly to the success of others in the field (whether mentees, staff, students, and/or colleagues)

  • Unselfishly given of their time and expertise for the betterment of others, education, and society

  • Displayed exceptional character and is a role model with the highest standards of integrity, honesty, dedication, and humility

  • Achieved a high level of exemplary leadership within the field of higher education

  • Been recognized as outstanding and noteworthy to their peers

  • Encouraged entrepreneurial thinking and innovation within higher education

  • A history of outstanding accomplishments in practice, scholarship, and service

  • Been/is a leader and contributor to the future success of higher education

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