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5th cohort for Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership named

33 senior leaders from across US are fellows in program co-hosted by ASU and Georgetown University

Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership,
November 13, 2017

Thirty-three senior leaders from more than two dozen universities, including Texas A&M, New York University, the University of North Carolina, American University and the University of Idaho have been selected as fellows in the fifth cohort of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, co-hosted by Arizona State University and Georgetown University.

The eight-month program, which began Nov. 6 and takes place at Georgetown and ASU, focuses on preparing the fellows to lead organizational change at colleges and universities.

During four intensive sessions in the District of Columbia and Tempe, Arizona, fellows at the academy will be introduced to the latest thinking and research about change leadership, teaching and learning in a digital age, external challenges facing higher education and the financial sustainability of institutions.

Participants also will apply the principles of “design thinking” to re-imagine the future of higher education. A mix of seminars, hands-on workshops, design sessions and fireside chats with leading thinkers from various industries will help the fellows prepare for leading innovation at their own institutions.

Academy faculty members represent a cross-section of higher-education scholars and leaders from other sectors of the economy that are facing similar challenges.

This year’s fellows are:

  • Seth Beckman, dean, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University
  • Michael J. Benedik, vice provost, Texas A&M University
  • Heidi Bostic, dean and professor, College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire
  • Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, special adviser to the president on American Indian affairs, director of Center for Indian Education, and President’s Professor, ASU
  • Catherine A. Buyarski, associate dean for student affairs and executive director of student success initiatives, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Rebecca Carl, associate vice president engagement, Indiana University          
  • Alison Alene Carr, dean and professor, College of Education, University of Idaho
  • Salvatore J. Catanzaro, associate vice president for academic administration, policy and faculty affairs, Illinois State University                 
  • Daniel Cohen-Vogel, vice president of data and analytics, University of North Carolina - General Administration
  • Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman dean, School of Professional Studies, New York University       
  • Teresa M. Flannery, vice president for communication, American University
  • Joshua M. Friedman, chief development officer, ASU Foundation
  • Leebrian E. Gaskins, associate vice president for information technology/CIO, Texas A&M International University
  • Patricia Grant, senior associate dean for undergraduate programs, Georgetown University
  • Marie Huff, dean, Beaver College of Health Sciences, Appalachian State University
  • Jana L. Jasinski, associate dean, College of Sciences, University of Central Florida      
  • Dean R. Kahler, vice provost, University of Idaho         
  • Andrew E. Kersten, dean, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, University of Idaho
  • Venard Scott Koerwer, vice president for strategy and vice dean of graduate studies, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Ronnie L. Korosec, associate vice provost and chief of staff for academic affairs, University of Central Florida
  • Cynthia A. Lietz, senior associate dean, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, ASU
  • Michael C. McCarthy, vice president for mission integration and planning, Fordham University       
  • Jeffrey A. Miller, associate provost for administration, Duquesne University    
  • Kavita Pandit, associate provost for faculty affairs, Georgia State University
  • Robyn E. Parker, dean, College of Business, Plymouth State University          
  • Jason Reinoehl, vice president for strategic enrollment management, University of Dayton
  • Jeff Rutenbeck, dean, School of Communication, American University
  • Todd Sandrin, dean and vice provost, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, ASU
  • Brandon E. Schwab, associate provost for academic affairs, Western Carolina University
  • Justin M. Sloan, vice president for institutional effectiveness and planning, St. Edward’s University
  • Roger Ward, vice president of operations and planning and vice dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Karen Weddle-West, provost and director of diversity initiatives, University of Memphis
  • Randy Weinstein, associate provost for teaching and learning, Villanova University

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Written by Jeff Selingo, executive director of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership and special adviser to President Crow

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