Building Institutional & Student Success
UB Higher Education Leadership Summit
The Camby, Autograph Collection, Phoenix, Arizona
Sep 13 - 15, 2017

UB Higher Education Leadership Summit, September 2017

The Higher Education Leadership Summit will provide participants with opportunities for high-level networking and new thinking in key topics related to campus leadership, including technology solutions that are reshaping the higher education landscape.

This is an invitation-only event for higher ed leaders who have been selected based on their key roles in the future of their institutions. Contact Susan Charamut to request an invitation.


Dave MacLeod
David Hunt
David Carter
Elliot Levine

Elliott Levine, HP Distinguished Technologist for Education, is a former K-12 school administrator and adjunct professor. Elliott has over 20 years’ experience in edtech at every level. He is a past columnist for the American School Boards Journal, has been interviewed by many leading educational publications and a speaker at national and international conferences. He serves on the advisory board of WNET and on the board of directors for nonprofit education companies and startups.

James Martin
Professor of English and former Provost

James Martin is professor of English at Mount Ida College, where he earlier served as Chief Academic Officer and Provost. With Dr. James Samels, he has authored numerous books with the Johns Hopkins University Press: Merging Colleges for Mutual Growth (1994), First Among Equals: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer (1997), Presidential Transition in Higher Education (2004), Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence (2009), The Sustainable University (2012), and, most recently, Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities: New Strategies for Higher Education Leaders (2017).

James Samels
President and CEO

Dr. James E. Samels is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of both The Education Alliance and The Samels Group, a full-service higher education consulting firm specializing in academic planning and program development, enrollment management, campus, multi-campus and systemwide change management, strategic alliances, new academic program development, executive leadership search and organizational development, international education, and distance learning.

James Muyskens

James Muyskens is the Summit Chair, University Professor at the City University of New York, and former president of Queens College CUNY (2002-2013). He served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University System of Georgia (1995-2002) and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas (1988-1995). He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and is the author of numerous books and articles in ethics and the philosophy of religion.

Jerald Ainsworth
John Bryson
Nicole Trufant


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

5:30 - 6:30 PM Welcome Reception

6:30 - 8:00 PM Dinner

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:45 - 8:45 AM


8:45 - 9:20 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:20 - 9:50 AM

Embracing Campus Diversity and Addressing Racial Unrest

Speaker: John Bryson

9:50 - 10:20 AM

Managing Institutional Change in Higher Education

Speaker: A. Jerald Ainsworth, Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

10:20 - 10:40 AM


10:40 - 11:10 AM Higher Education’s Symbiotic Relationship with EdTech: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Speaker: Elliott Levine, HP Distinguished Technologist for Education

11:10 - 11:40 AM

Lessons Learned from a Major Technology Implementation

Speaker: David Hunt

11:40 - 12:10 PM

Be Bold; Steer for the Deep Waters Only—The Story of One School’s Transformation

Speaker: Nicole L. Trufant, Vice President of Finance and Administration, University of New England, which in less than a decade increased enrollment from 4,000 to more than 12,000 students and dramatically improved its financial health.

12:10 - 1:10 PM


1:10 - 1:40 PM

Tabletop Workshops

Topics to be determined by attendees

1:40 - 2:40 PM

Consensus Building 2.0

Speaker: Dave MacLeod

2:40 - 2:55 PM


2:55 - 3:25 PM

Can We Stay Secure in the Cloud? Risks, Rewards, Responsibilities.

Speaker: David Carter

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Roundtable Breakout Discussion I

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Personal Time

6:30 - 7:00 PM


7:00 - 10:00 PM

Dinner and Entertainment

Friday September 15, 2017

7:45 - 8:30 AM


8:30 - 9:00 AM

Presidents, Provosts, and Partnering Without Tears: The Benefits in Building Institutional Alliances

Speaker: Dr. James Martin, Dr. James E. Samels

9:00 - 9:30 AM

The Changing Tasks, Roles and Responsibilities of Instructional Faculty

Speaker: James Muyskens, Summit Chair and Former President, Queens College, NY

9:40 - 10:40 AM

Roundtable Breakout Discussion II

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Drill-Down Sessions

11:45 - 12:00 PM

Closing Remarks

12:00 - 1:00 PM


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