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BARNES & NOBLE Presents:

October 11-13, 2021 - Midway, Kentucky

HEI 2021 Presidents Conference

Disruption Through Entrepreneuring: Radical Transformation of Higher Education in a Just-in-Time World

SCHEDULED 2021 PRESENTATIONS: 

Dr. Mary Landon Darden

President of HEI, Author 

Entrepreneuring the Future to Move Higher Education Institutions from Survive to Thrive

Based on her research, consulting, and her recently released book Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education:  Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change, Darden will cover some of the major danger points for higher education. Her focus is on the radical transformation of liabilities and emerging opportunities to create a renewed and more relevant road to success.

Dr. AARON THOMPSON

President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Being a Transformative President: How to Lead Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Your Institution

Before the pandemic, during the pandemic, and after the pandemic, higher education needed to accelerate innovation.  What is often left out in those innovation conversations is a strong focus on equity and quality.  

 Leaving any student behind on the innovation highway or a degree pathway hampers sustainable innovation.  DEI are more than initials, they are an innovative way to live out the true mission of higher education.  

Dr. Joe D. May

Chancellor OF Dallas College

A Journey to One: Transforming a Community College District of Seven Colleges into One Unified Accredited Institution

The mere notion of consolidating a 54-year-old, seven community college district into one unified institution would likely keep anyone up at night. The decision to move forward, however – even in the midst of a global pandemic -- was simple.

 

Guided by the mission “to transform lives and communities through higher education”, the former Dallas County Community College District worked extensively to remove barriers between its students and their access to a degree or credential. So, imagine discovering that previous structure essentially did the exact opposite, hurting students’ ability to receive the degrees they so rightfully earned.

 

Join Dallas College Chancellor Joe May as he details the mammoth undertaking to reimagine one of Texas’ largest community colleges and ultimately, the landscape of higher education. 

Dr. Meredith Woo

President of Sweet Briar College

Importance of Place:  Changes in the Post-Pandemic World

When selecting Sweet Briar as one of the Most Innovative Schools, the 2019 and 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings noted that in addition to curating an academic curriculum built on its areas of excellence, the College reduced tuition to make the superlative education at Sweet Briar affordable and the true cost more transparent. In the topic “Importance of Place:  Changes in the Post-Pandemic World” President Woo will speak on the importance of the campus as a physical entity, and, experiential education for a liberal arts college like Sweet Briar in the post-pandemic world.

Dr. Melik Khoury

President and CEO of Unity College

The Radical Transformation of Unity College:  Board Governance, Instruction, Schedules, Structure and More

Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury is an education entrepreneur with a blend of industry-disrupting vision, strategic financial planning, and managerial expertise that has fostered sustainable growth in higher education for over sixteen years. He is an author and subject matter expert on change 

management, leadership, and organizational design.  At Unity College, Dr. Khoury radically transformed the institution with the Enterprise Model and found the perfect opportunity to leverage what he calls “functional leadership in abundance” as he and his team work to realize Unity’s mission as the nation’s premier environmental college. 

DR. TRACY HALL

President of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Redesign, Reinvent, and Reset: Organizing for Large Scale Systemic Change

In 2016, Southwest Tennessee Community College initiated a re-organization to modernize and build a structure to optimize student support services to address a seven-year decline in enrollment.  The College joined Achieving the Dream (ATD) and began the transformational process that has not only resulted in significant improvements in student services but has also positively changed the College culture.

DR. ANTHONY MUNROE & Mr. Chris Shults

President 

Dean of Borough of Manhattan Community College

Reinventing the Community College Business Model: BMCC’s Journey from a Traditional Community College to one intentionally Redesigned for Student Success

Dr. Munroe and Dr. Shults will be sharing how BMCC has transitioned its business model from one focused primarily on enrollment and transfer to one focused intently on academic and life success as well as strategic alignment of academic programming. Starting with a college-wide intentional redesign effort strengthened by its inclusion as an AACC Guided Pathways 2.0 College, BMCC initiated a culture change process through the use of participatory leadership and involvement, predictive analytics and evidence-based inquiry, and expansion of assessment and evaluation. Building on this momentum and under the leadership of a new president, the College has taken advantage of the urgent need for change, increasing support for workforce development and retraining, and an expanded interest in applied associate degrees to intentionally align academic programming and workforce opportunities, develop micro-pathways with multiple options for credential attainment, and begin establishing itself as a partner hub. Students success, particularly retention, graduation, transfer, and access to short and long-term credentials and high-potential jobs are now central to BMCC’s mission and vision.

DR. JENNIFER LINDON

President of Hazard Community & Technical College

Tuesday Night Live: Bringing a Family Approach to Student Success Through an Innovative Comprehensive Intervention Programs

Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) has been able to recruit and retain adult students by eliminating both academic and non-academic barriers through its Tuesday Night Live Program.  HCTC 

has seen success through this unique program which provides children's activities while parents attend classes, a healthy meal for all, tutoring, extended hours for services, and flexible academic programs that meet one night per week. Come find out more in this special session! 

Leo M. LamberT

Professor and President Emeritus, Elon University

Relationship-Rich Education: How to Build the Human Connections that Drive Success in Instruction, Student Services, and Much More

Decades of research demonstrate the transformative potential and the lasting legacies of a relationship-rich college experience. What happens when institutions place relationships at the center of the undergraduate experience? In researching their new book, Relationship-

Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins University Press), Peter Felten and Leo Lambert pursued this question by interviewing nearly 400 students, faculty, staff and campus leaders at more than two-dozen diverse campuses. Their new book richly illustrates four interlocking principles that guide effective programs and relationship-rich cultures: 1) relationships are foundational to extending genuine welcome and deep care, leading to a sense of belonging; 2) relationships inspire deep learning; 3) students’ “constellation of mentors” lead to success both in college and after college; 4) relationships are foundational to helping students explore big questions of meaning of purpose. In this session, we will discuss how institutions can be more intentional about involving everyone in creating the relationship-rich campus.

Dr. Greg Leman

TRANSFORMATION AND INNOVATION COACH

Creating Innovation Excitement and Momentum that will Disrupt Your Institution and Generate Revenue Streams

Nowhere is inspirational leadership and clear messaging more crucial than in today’s higher education institutions.  Presidents know that in tough times disrupting their institution and making necessary radical changes may be the only things that help their institution 

survive.  Unfortunately, disruption is most often met with resistance and lack of buy-in from stakeholders. Paired with today’s funding challenges, leaders may see no real way forward.  But recent research shows there is a way for presidents to move their institution in the right direction. In this presentation, leaders will learn how to create excitement and build momentum toward a “call to innovation.” Presidents will be provided proven solutions and key communications strategies to help them elicit a positive, campus-wide response, as they launch a new kind of unique, strategy-aligned invitation to innovation on their campus.

Emily Downey

Woodford County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO 

Kentucky’s Signature Industries: How Auto Manufacturing, Horse Racing, and Bourbon Have Brought Kentucky International Fame

So, you have always dreamed about going to the Kentucky Derby, sitting in box seats and sipping on a mint julep.  You’ve imagined yourself there dressed to the nines and hobnobbing with royalty. And you

envision your dream ending with you having picked the first-place horse and taking home enough cash winnings to buy a new Lexus ES 350.  Welcome to the great Commonwealth of Kentucky where your dream can come true and where today you’ll meet some of the dream makers.    

 

Please join Woodford County Chamber President Emily Downey as she moderates a panel discussion among distinguished representatives from Kentucky’s three signature industries—auto manufacturing, equine, and bourbon distilling—as well as higher education experts who work with these industries.  Find out why Toyota (and Ford and General Motors) chose Kentucky for major auto manufacturing facilities, why the blue grass in Central Kentucky helps grow the best thoroughbreds in the world, and why the corn grown in Kentucky is more likely to turn up in a bottle of bourbon than on a dinner plate.