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BARNES & NOBLE COLLEGE 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 SPEAKERS: 

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PRESIDENT OF HEI 

Dr. Mary Landon Darden

Dr. Darden is the author of the books 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. Darden has more than two decades of higher education administration and teaching experience. She received the 2001 National Exemplary Award in Community Education from The National Council of Continuing Education and Training and the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Darden is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of higher education, including conferences with ACE, CEPA, CAP, STATMATS, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LABORATORY FOR EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION 

Gordon Freedman

Gordon Freedman helped evolve the fields of education technology and online learning and is now an advocate for broad-based change across the K-to-Career spectrum.  Freedman is President of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation (www.NLET.org), a California-based research and development nonprofit committed to transformational change in K12 and workforce development. Freedman is also managing director of Knowledge Base, LLC, www.KB-LLC.com, a consulting firm established in 1998 to provide services to institutions, publishers and education technology start-ups.  

 

Freedman formerly served as Vice President Global Education Strategy, Blackboard Inc, during its growth from 100 million dollar in annual revenue, to going public, to its exit at 1.4 billion dollars. During his tenure, Freedman traveled to 19 countries examining learning models and policy strategies, launched the Blackboard Institute and provided thought leadership for the company globally. He was part of the start-up of California State University Monterey Bay, the dot-com portal HungryMinds, the Prometheus Learning Management System at George Washington University, and recently the Precision Institute at National University.  Freedman’s early career was in government, media and film. 

PRESIDENT OF THE KENTUCKY COUNCIL ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

Dr. AARON THOMPSON

Dr. Aaron Thompson is a passionate advocate for higher education. As a first-generation college student from rural Clay County, Kentucky, he experienced first-hand the transformative power of a college credential. As President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, he works to ensure all Kentuckians have an equal opportunity to improve their lives through postsecondary education. Before taking the helm of CPE, Thompson served as interim president of Kentucky State University and as executive vice president, provost, and faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University. He has extensive leadership experience within the private and non-profit sectors and is a highly sought-after national speaker. Thompson has authored numerous books on diversity, cultural competence, first-year experience programs, retention and student success. Thompson received his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on organizational leadership. He earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University.

PRESIDENT EMERITUS OF ASBURY UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sandra Gray

Dr. Sandra C. Gray has 30 years of service in higher education, serving as President of Asbury University for twelve years, with prior service as Provost and Chair/Professor of the Department of Business and Economics.  Her research in higher education - focused on international finance and economics - led to invitations as a visiting scholar to Austria, Poland, China, and Russia. Dr. Gray currently serves on several non-profit boards as well as having served as trustee on a public corporation board.  She is an avid champion of educational leadership for current and future generations.      

 

Gray obtained her PhD from the Martin School of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky.  Prior to her involvement in academia, Gray worked in the banking and finance industry throughout the state of Kentucky and nation.  

PRESIDENT OF SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE

Dr. Meredith Woo

Meredith Woo, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, left her job in London as director of the international higher education support program at the Open Society Foundations to lead Sweet Briar College. An expert on international political economy and East Asian politics, Woo has written and edited seven books, and was the executive producer of an award-winning documentary film, “Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People.”

A native of Seoul who was educated in Seoul and Tokyo through high school, Woo came to the United States to study at Bowdoin College in Maine. She completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in international affairs, Latin American studies and political science at Columbia University.

CHANCELLOR OF DALLAS COLLEGE

Dr. Joe D. May

Having served seven years as Chancellor of Dallas College, Dr. Joe May brings a strong commitment to improving the Dallas economy and growing regional jobs. Under his leadership, the College is taking responsibility for many of the community's most challenging issues, including regional workforce needs, growth of minority-owned businesses, the negative impacts of income disparity, and providing opportunity equality. To help meet the needs of Dallas County students, May led the consolidation of seven separate colleges into a single institution. Previously known as the Dallas County Community College District, Dallas College now serves over 150,000 North Texas students. 

 

Because of his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, May serves as the founding president of Rebuilding America's Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges. As the President of RAMC, he was involved in pushing Congress to reinstate year-round Pell Grants and second chance Pell Grants for the currently incarcerated.

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PRESIDENT OF SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

DR. TRACY HALL

Dr. Tracy D. Hall assumed the presidency of Southwest Tennessee Community College on July 13, 2015.  Prior to joining Southwest, she served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park where she oversaw the planning, development, implementation and assessment of general transfer studies and more than 30 career and technical programs.

 

She currently serves on local and national boards and commissions including the Greater Memphis Chamber, The Memphis Medical District Collaborative, the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Economic and Workforce Development, The President’s Roundtable, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Community Development Advisory Council. 

 

Dr. Hall earned a doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, a master’s degree in Communications from Wichita State (KS) University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Speech and Mass Communications. 

PRESIDENT AND CEO OF UNITY COLLEGE

Dr. Melik Khoury

Dr. Melik Peter Khoury is the President and CEO of Unity College.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Maine Fort Kent, an MBA from the University of Maine, and a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

 

He is an energetic visionary, passionate about the environment, technology, education and sustainability science.  Under his leadership Unity College has successfully launched The Enterprise Model, which harnesses the power of technology to offer traditional and adult students educational opportunities that are affordable, accessible and flexible through the program that best works for them - whether that is UC: Distance Education or UC: Hybrid Learning or UC: Sustainable Ventures.  In the process, Dr. Khoury has begun to break down the traditional barriers associated with higher education - making it more affordable, accessible, flexible and relevant for students locally and around the world. 

DEAN OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND STRATEGIC PLANNING, BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NEW YORK

Mr. Christopher Shults

Christopher Shults, Ph.D, is the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, Middle States Accreditation Liaison, and Chief Strategist at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a 2021 Top 10 Aspen Community College Excellence Finalist. In this role, he chaired the strategic planning process that resulted in BMCC’s 2020-2025 strategic plan – Taking What Works to Scale, which was the culminating activity of the College’s intentional redesign work as an AACC Guided Pathways college. Dr. Shults holds both the Doctorate and Masters in Higher Education Administration with an Organizational and Behavioral Management concentration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Morgan State University.  

 

He was the lead associate author for Managing the Big Picture in Colleges and Universities: Moving from Tactics to Strategy, which won the 2006 Alice Beeman Award for Published Scholarship from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and his most recent publication, Reinventing the Community College Business Model: Designing Colleges for Organizational Success challenges community college to intentionally redesign for student success.

PRESIDENT OF THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NEW YORK

DR. ANTHONY MUNROE

Anthony E. Munroe was appointed as BMCC’s 11th President and began his leadership role on September 1, 2020. A first-generation U.S. citizen who grew up in the Bronx and attended New York City public schools, Dr. Munroe holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College with a concentration in health education.

 

Dr. Munroe is an international expert on cultural competency and disparities in health care and was named one of the top 25 minority health care executives in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and on the Commission on Student Success with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). He was recently named a winner of the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Paragon Award for New Presidents, which recognizes college presidents who have shown strong support for student success at their schools.

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PRESIDENT OF HAZARD COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE

DR. JENNIFER LINDON

Dr. Jennifer Lindon is a native Southeastern Kentuckian, raised in Hazard, Kentucky.  In 2016, Dr. Lindon became the first female president of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC).  She began her higher education journey as a student in 1988 at what was then Hazard Community College (HCC) and later earned an associate degree from HCC.  She credits the community college with assisting her in determining her career pathway. 

 

Dr. Lindon’s higher education professional experience began in 1992 when she joined the Kentucky Tech System working in the business office and later in financial aid and student services.  At Hazard Community and Technical College, Dr. Lindon has served as a teaching faculty member, program coordinator, Workforce Solutions Liaison, Academic Dean, and as the Chief Campus Administrator on the HCTC Technical Campus.  She also has private industry experience in healthcare, small business management, and distribution and logistics. 

PROFESSOR AND PRESIDENT EMERITUS, ELON UNIVERSITY

LEO M. LAMBERT

Leo M. Lambert is a professor and president emeritus of Elon University, where he served as president from 1999-2018. During his tenure as president, Lambert led two, ten-year strategic plans that transformed the university. A chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the U.S., was established at Elon in 2010 following major investments in arts and sciences programs, world languages, honors, and support for faculty scholarship. Elon’s professional schools of business, law, health sciences, communications and education also achieved top accreditations and distinctions during his presidency. Today Elon is recognized widely for excellence in experiential learning, including its programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, civic engagement and interfaith cooperation. More than 100 buildings were added to Elon’s campus during Lambert’s presidency.

            Lambert is the coauthor of The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most and Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College. A recognized leader in higher education, Lambert currently serves on the boards of the Association of Governing Boards, The Washington Center, and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and has previously served on the boards of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is also a senior fellow for religious pluralism for the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project and the Interfaith Youth Core. In 2009, he received the inaugural William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education from the National Society for Experiential Education. Lambert holds honorary doctoral degrees in humane letters from his alma mater, SUNY Geneseo and Jacksonville University.

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CHIEF LEADERSHIP INNOVATION OFFICER FOR HEI AND
RETIRED PRESIDENT OF THE KCTCS

Dr. Jay Box

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.

 

Dr. Box is the 2020 recipient of the Lifetime Leadership Award from Higher Education Innovation.

TRANSFORMATION AND INNOVATION COACH

Dr. Greg Leman

Leman is a Black Belt in the Innovation Engineering™ System. He served in various operations and innovation leadership roles at Dow Chemical, Cabot Corporation, Cabot-Hüls (Rheinfelden, Germany) and at Great Lakes Chemical. As Clinical Professor in Entrepreneurship at Baylor University, Leman created and led the Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative that connected business, engineering and law students with technology commercialization projects and their corporate sponsors in the US and China. He founded the LAUNCH Innovative Business Accelerator at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC). He also served as Executive Director of the Start Up Waco entrepreneurial ecosystem for the Waco region. Leman currently delivers HEI workshops for current and aspirational College and University Presidents to prepare them to lead transformation on their campuses and serves in innovation project leader roles on these campuses as needed.

WOODFORD COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT/CEO

Emily Downey

Emily Downey is an experienced marketing and business development professional who has spent her career on global partnership, activation, marketing and business development strategies along with working in mergers and acquisitions for due diligence, cultural integration and strategic vision planning. Downey is currently the President and CEO of EKD Strategies, a marketing and business development firm, President and CEO of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Director of Woodford County Tourism. Downey also is the co-host to morning show, What’s Up Woodford.

 

As a lifelong learner, Downey earned her executive MBA through the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky MBA program, graduated from the Alltech mini MBA in Dublin, Ireland and is past graduate of Leadership Woodford County, Leadership Lexington and the Leadership Central Kentucky class. 

PRESIDENT OF THE KENTUCKY DISTILLERS’ ASSOCIATION

Eric Gregory 

Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, is a veteran communicator with more than 30 years of experience in governmental affairs, marketing, journalism and strategic public relations. 

As KDA President, Gregory oversees all aspects of the 141-year-old association that promotes, protects and elevates the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry, including the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experiences. 

Kentucky’s historic distilleries produce 95 percent of the world’s Bourbon, a rich heritage that dates back more than 200 years. Today, Bourbon is America’s official native spirit, a leading export and a thriving symbol of Kentucky craftsmanship and tradition.   

Gregory joined the KDA in 2008 after seven years as Governmental Affairs Manager at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. He previously served as Vice President of Public Affairs for Preston-Osborne, a prominent Lexington public relations, marketing and research firm. 

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Gregory began his career as an award-winning journalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He also served as a reporter and editor at the Honolulu Advertiser, and has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. 

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KEENELAND’S 8TH PRESIDENT AND CEO

Shannon Arvin

Shannon Bishop Arvin serves as Keeneland’s 8th President and CEO, having been named successor to Bill Thomason on July 2, 2020.

Arvin is also a partner with Stoll Keenon Ogden (SKO) in its Lexington office, where she has practiced since 2002.  Arvin has served as corporate counsel to Keeneland since 2008 and as Secretary and Advisory Member of Keeneland’s Board of Directors since 2015. She has represented Thoroughbred owners and prominent industry organizations in Kentucky and around the world, among them Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup Ltd., Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. 

Arvin graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in Political Science, International Studies, with High Honors. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2002. 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EQUINE PROGRAMS AND THE NORTH AMERICAN RACING ACADEMY (NARA) FOR BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Remi Bellocq

Since October 2011 Remi Bellocq has served as the Executive Director of Equine Programs and the North American Racing Academy (NARA) for Bluegrass Community and Technical College, preparing students for the care, training and riding of racehorses.    

 

Since it began in 2006, NARA has become a key equine industry workforce provider offering one year certificate and two-year associates degree programs for those seeking careers in the horse racing and breeding industries.  To date, NARA Jockey Pathway students have won over 2,500 races and over $30 million in purse earnings.  Likewise, Horseman Pathway students regularly find employment as grooms and assistant trainers with top U.S. trainers such as Todd Pletcher, Ken McPeek, Graham Motion and Joe Sharp and at top breeding farms and training centers such as Taylor Made and WinStar. 

 

Remi also serves as the General Secretary of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies and was one of the founding members of IFHRA in 2013 which includes representatives of over 50 racing schools from around the world.  

 

A native New Yorker, Remi is a 1984 graduate from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program and currently lives in Lexington, KY.

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VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Mark Manuel

Mark is the Vice President for Advancement and Organizational Development for Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Advancement and Organizational Development is made up of Strategic Communications; Resource Development/BCTC Foundation; and Human Resources and Professional Development. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Foundation. 

 

Mark’s experience includes process redesign, lean manufacturing implementation, organizational consulting, organizational redesign, strategic planning, and employee development in both the private and public sectors. He serves as a board member and executive committee member for Commerce Lexington, a member of the Central Kentucky Public Policy Council, and a board member for Leadership Central Kentucky and Scott County United. In addition, he is the chair of the Business and Education Network, a 501c3 non-profit focused on workforce issues. He also is a former board member of the Central Kentucky Region of the Sports Car Club of America (CKRSCCA) and enjoys all levels of sports car and formula car racing. 

 

Mark's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

REGIONAL DIRECTOR - GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC 

Kim menke

Kim Menke is the Regional Director of the Government Affairs stationed at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky. He joined Toyota in 1987, as an Environmental Engineer to support the construction and startup Toyota’s first wholly owned manufacturing operation in the United States.  From Toyota’s largest and most complete manufacturing operation, he manages and supports the Company relationships with local, state and federal officials where we have manufacturing operations in Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia.  Areas of specific focus include the workforce development programs, economic development efforts, public policy and legislative efforts.

Prior to joining Toyota, Mr. Menke held Plant Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering positions with General Motors in Kentucky & Indiana. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

 

In the community, he has also served as the Chair of Local and Regional Chambers of Commerce, Public Policy Organizations, Business and numerous non-profit boards across Kentucky. His current efforts focus on workforce/economic development initiatives including founding Chairman of KY FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), founding Chairman of the Kentucky Workforce Center Board and current Board Member, and current Vice-Chairman of Kentucky Workforce and Innovation Board (KWIB).