2022 HEI Presidents Conference

Reinventing and Reenergizing Higher Education in the Covid Age and Beyond

October 10-11, 2022

Waco, Texas

2022 SCHEDULE

Business Attire is suggested for all conference meetings and tours.
Business Casual is suggested for opening night reception.

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Pre-Conference Campus Tours

Sponsored by GoEducate

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Join us for a campus tour of either McLennan Community 

College or Texas State Technical College. You’ll see three innovative practices and/or programs that set these colleges apart from others.

10:30 a.m.

Onsite Registration Opens

MONDAY

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Register Now:

Regular Registration

$550

Pivovar Lobby | Conference Registration

Pick up conference materials from the registration desk
in the restaurant lobby.

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Research Roundtable

Pivovar 1 | Meet with authors Joanna Kile and Mary Darden

This invitation-only event will be an opportunity for presidents to share successful innovations implemented at their college that will be considered for the next HEI book to be published in 2024.

12:00-1:45 p.m.

Lunch & Opening Session

Sponsored by Barnes & Noble College

Campus Reset After the Pandemic

McLennan Community College President, Johnette McKown; TSTC System Chancellor and CEO, Michael Reeser; and Tarleton State University President, James Hurley

Moderator: Mary Darden, HEI President

Pivovar 1 | Lunch and Panel Discussion

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1:45-2:00 p.m.

Dessert & Coffee Break

Sponsored by Comark

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Grab and Go Refreshments

Grab a cookie and a cup of coffee and head off to the Breakout Sessions.

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Pivovar 1 | Community Colleges & Universities

Pivovar 2 | Community Colleges

Using 4DX to Transform and Reenergize a College

Northwest Florida State College, Florida:

Devin Stephenson, President

Deidre Price, Vice President, Academic Affairs

Bryan Brooks, Chief Communications Officer

Cristie Kedroski, Senior Vice President

Leading Outward in Crisis: Not Your Typical Pandemic Recovery Story

Northshore Technical Community College: William Wainwright, Chancellor

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Pivovar 1 | Community Colleges & Universities

Pivovar 2 | Community Colleges

Artificial Intelligence in Post-Secondary Education:  What’s Driving the Bus? (And Where is it Going?)

University System of Georgia: Myk Garn, Assistant Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models

Reinventing Graduation: A Covid-Influenced New Approach to Commencement

Bladen Community College: Amanda Lee, President

4:15-4:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Campus Logic

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4:30-5:30 p.m.

Keynote #1

Sponsored by GoEducate

Pivovar 1 | All Attendees

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Stop Planning and Start Leading

Belhaven University: Roger Parrott, President

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Opening Night Reception

Sponsored by Barnes & Noble College

Take a tour of the internationally-recognized, award-winning Balcones Distilling, just a brief walk from the hotel. Enjoy a tour to learn the inside story of whiskey-making, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and be entertained by a great Central Texas musician. Tours begin at 6 and 6:45 p.m.

Balcones Distilling | All Attendees

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TUESDAY

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by SME

 All Attendees

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Keynote #2

Presented by The League for Innovation

Pivovar 1 | All Attendees

Agility of Action:  Ushering in Alignment for Operational Excellence

Austin Community College:  Monique Umphrey, Provost

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Pivovar 1 | Community Colleges & Universities

Pivovar 2 | Community Colleges

Strategic Innovation Initiatives:  Developing a Program Economic Analysis for Academic and Work Education Programs at College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks: Brad Johnson, President

Leveraging a Resilient and Adaptive Organizational Culture to Pursue Opportunities Created by Adversity

Southeast Community College: Paul Illich, President

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Pivovar 1 | Community Colleges & Universities

Pivovar 2 | Community Colleges

What I Learned about Leadership from Picking Up Garbage (and other lessons from watching leaders in a winding leadership journey)

Henry Ford College; Russ Kavalhuna, President

Who We Want to Be: Changing College Culture and Processes to Transform and Reenergize a College

York County Community College: Michael Fischer, President

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote #3

Sponsored by K16 Solutions

Pivovar 1 | All Attendees

The Future is Here:  Visionary Entrepreneuring Opportunities Among Aerospace/New Technology Industry and Higher Education

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Paragon VTOL Aerospace; D. Thanos Smith

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Featured Session

Pivovar 1 | All Attendees

Breaking Down Education-to-Employment Barriers and Increasing Enrollments by Deep-
Linking Individuals, Programs, Pathways and Open Jobs

Northern New Mexico College:

Dr. Lori Baca, Chairperson and Associate Professor of Business Administration

Sara McCormick, Career Services Specialist

Odessa College:

Dr. Jonathan Fuentes, Vice President of Academic Partnerships

Jacqui Gore, Vice President of Advancement, Business and Governmental Relations

GoEducate:

Gordon Freedman, President

Tim Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer

Moderator: Jay Box, Chief Leadership Innovation Officer

2:50-3:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

Pivovar 1 | All Attendees

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Post-Conference Activities

Visit the Magnolia Silos shopping district or tour local Waco attractions.

WEDNESDAY

Post-Conference Activities

Take the van to the beautiful Baylor University campus for two inspiring tours. Departure at 8:45 a.m.

Join Baylor Professor Bob Darden at 9 a.m. for a tour and lecture about the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program, located in Moody Library. 

At 10 a.m., board the van to visit 3 world-class programs/facilities.

Van will return to Pivovar at 11 a.m.

9:00-10:00 a.m.

BGMPP Tour

Sponsored by Barnes & Noble College

Join Baylor Professor Bob Darden at 9 a.m. for a tour and lecture about the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program, located in Moody Library.

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Baylor University Tour

Sponsored by  K16 Solutions

Continue from  Moody Library to see the beautiful Baylor campus and visit some of its world-class locations and programs.

12:00 p.m.

Hotel Checkout

Waco airport shuttle available.