Are you a college or university president? 
Are you called to be?

The acclaimed The President as Entrepreneur and Administrators as Entrepreneurs workshop series are intensive, practical, proven, online immersions into the rapidly evolving future of higher education.  These are the most specific and highly targeted programs now available that aggressively address the crucial issues facing post-COVID colleges and universities.



  • Complete in nine-weeks (2 hours per week)

  • Conveniently available online via ZOOM

  • Acquire tangible tools to entrepreneur the future of your institution

  • Taught by top professionals 

  • meets in small cohorts (max-15)

"The HEI President as Entrepreneur program is an excellent choice for new college presidents who want to prepare to address the challenges in today’s new and uncertain world of higher education. The intense sessions, opportunities for networking, and knowledgeable instructors grant a fresh perspective to leadership." Dr. Jennifer Lindon, President/CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College - Graduate of Presidents Cohort 1

Dr. Mary Landon Darden is President of Higher Education Innovation. She has 25 years in innovative and award-winning higher education leadership and currently works with colleges and universities to make critical pivots in order to move from “survive to thrive.” Darden is the author of “Beyond 2020: Envisioning the Future of Universities in America,” co-published with the American Council on Education and Rowman and Littlefield and “Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education: Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change.”

Chet Edwards served for eight years in the Texas Senate and 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the Texas Senate, Edwards was a Member of the Senate Education Committee, and Texas Monthly named him “One of Ten Outstanding Legislators.” In the U.S. House, Edwards was a Chief Deputy Whip and served on the Budget, Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Appropriations Committees. He earned a BA in Economics from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Dr. William Fossey has a doctorate in Educational Policy and Planning from Harvard University and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. He taught Higher Education Law for 25 years and was lead editor of a higher education law text, Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law (2nd and 3rd editions).

Dr. Robert Cloud is a professor of higher education and long-time chair of the Department of Educational Leadership (EDL) at Baylor University. He served as president of Lee College in Texas for ten years and as vice president and dean in three other Texas colleges. Dr. Cloud is the author of a number of articles and books on higher education law.

Dr. Greg Leman is a Clinical Professor in Entrepreneurship at Baylor University working on gaining early stage funding that enables Baylor research-based tech companies to launch in the region. He is the Founder and of the LAUNCH Innovative Business Accelerator at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). Over the past 11 years as a tech-biz venture coach he has accumulated a 75 percent success rate in taking teams to their next major strategic milestone.

Dr. Jay K. Box has 30 years of outstanding community college leadership, including as President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) – one of the top 10 systems in the country. He served on the White House’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, the national board for Rebuilding America’s Middle Class, and the  Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board. Dr. Box was also a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s National Advisory Group, the American Association of Community Colleges’ Sustainability Education and Economic Task Force, Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Career and Technical Education, and the Aspen Institute’s Innovation In Higher Education Working Group.

"Together, we transform the future of higher education."

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Dr. Mary Landon Darden

President of Higher Education Innovation, LLC

Higher Education futurist Mary Landon Darden is President of Higher Education Innovation, LLC and author of Beyond 2020: Envisioning the Future of Universities in America and the soon to be released Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education: Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change. She earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Baylor University, has nearly three decades of experience in college and university leadership, research, teaching, writing, and speaking. Darden served for five years as a university campus dean and currently offers higher education leadership/entrepreneurship workshops through HEI for college and university presidents and administrators.


Projections are frightening. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, financial considerations were forcing the closing of increasing numbers of American colleges and universities. Higher education in the United States is facing a tsunami of economic issues and the abrupt shift to on-line learning has only accelerated the process.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The wobbly two-legged stool that supports virtually every American school – tuition and endowment – was never designed to be sustainable into the 21st century. Instead, the university leaders of the future must embrace the best elements of the most forward-seeing and nimble practitioners of modern business – the entrepreneur.

Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education: Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change is that rare nuts-and-bolts guide that provides the essential tools for colleges and universities to switch from barely surviving to thriving. Assisted by an impressive array of experts and visionaries, higher education author and futurist Dr. Mary Landon Darden presents a do-able roadmap out of the morass of escalating costs and decreasing revenue.

In no-nonsense, sometimes blunt language, Darden lays out specific, revenue streams available to virtually every college – and a step-by-step primer on how to achieve them. Entrepreneuring is not a theoretical argument, parsed with passive-voice modifiers and exceptions. It is a blueprint on how to revive, restore and secure the academy in the second decade of the 21st century.

Each chapter addresses significant failures (or missed opportunity) that virtually all modern colleges can rapidly address and reform. Too many institutions are hopelessly attached to the failed practices of the past. Students have changed. Governments have changed. Economic engines and drivers have changed. The need to financially support higher education has not – and it is more crucial than ever.

Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education: Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change is the answer for the post-COVID academy in America: Practical, unapologetically direct, awash in real-life applications and answers.

The Future of Higher Education

Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change


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" Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education "is a horse" for American higher education. It is the steed which if read and consulted may assist academic leadership to both overcome and flourish in the daunting days ahead. 

— Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus, The George Washington University

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