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3 presidents share why they signed up for HEI’s entrepreneurial training workshops

Among Higher Education Innovation’s many services are leadership and coaching workshops for college and university presidents and senior-level administrators.

The packages combine research, proven methods and best practices. They are led by successful current and former higher education presidents, as well as top leaders in specialized fields, who guide attendees through the essential transformational steps necessary for institutions to thrive now – and in the future.

One of HEI’s signature offerings is the “HEI Visionary Presidents Institute: The President as Entrepreneur.”

This short-term, intensive, cohort-based package provides quick help to current higher education presidents in entrepreneuring and innovation, as well as IP, workforce, partnership, and revenue stream development. The workshop is designed to assist presidents in transforming their institutions to higher levels of success in times of radical change.

Several graduates of the “The President as Entrepreneur” workshop series have shared their experiences and outlined why they signed up for the series:

I signed up for HEI to help my institution bridge the divide between credit and non-credit, workforce development, and credentials. In my opinion, higher education has intentionally and unnecessarily created a divide between those areas. I believe that all education, including general education (soft skills), is workforce development. I would love to learn how other leaders break down the walls and create new models that create seamless pathways to completion and employment. Specifically, how are they getting faculty on board with embracing innovation?

Michael Fischer, Ed.D., President

York County Community College Wells, Maine


I am biased, because it is working at Lone Star College, but I believe continuing education and credit workforce should be led by one person. For me, however, it is how to lead in Washington. Workforce development is not just the low income finding their first great job. It is about the unemployed using us to find a great career and for employers to use us as the staffing agency of choice...and trainer for professional development. I am seeking great models and innovative thoughts! Linda L. Head Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor Lone Star College

The Woodlands, Texas


In North Carolina we are a tight group of 58 great community colleges. I have the ability and privilege to know and work with all 57 presidents. Many of us have been working together in the System for most of our careers. Bladen Community College is a small college located in a rural community. Operating this college in the same manner as we have for the past 50+ years and also using the same or similar approaches as my sister institutions is not sustainable. We must think differently and creatively in order for this institution to not only continue its existence but to thrive. We have the talent and the passion. I need the skills to manage us through an entrepreneurial lens. We need to find avenues where we can be less dependent on state support. I have the support of the Board and the employees to be radical and innovative! It was the title of this program that caught my attention and reflects exactly what I hope to get out of my efforts and time in this training program.

Dr. Amanda Lee, President

Bladen Community College

Elizabethtown, North Carolina

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