2022 Annual Meeting: Presidents' Trust Symposium

A VOICE AND A FORCE FOR TRUTH

JANUARY 21, 2022

The annual AAC&U Presidents’ Trust Symposium provides opportunities for chief executive officers to network among themselves and to engage with leading experts on the most pressing issues facing higher education. Participation in the Symposium is open only to presidents, chief executive officers, and invited guests.

This is a virtual event.

About the Presidents' Trust

A diverse network of higher education leaders who advance the vision, values, and practices that connect liberal education with the needs of an increasingly diverse student body, a global workforce, and thriving communities.

Registration

You confirm your attendance for the Symposium as part of your registration for the Annual Meeting. Advance registration is required. Registration is complimentary for members of the AAC&U Presidents’ Trust. A $250 registration fee applies to non-members. The registration fee may be applied toward your Presidents’ Trust membership.

Agenda

* All times listed are Eastern

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022

8:20 – 8:30 AM

SYMPOSIUM WELCOME AND OPENING FRAMING

LYNN PASQUERELLA, President, AAC&U; MARY DANA HINTON, President, Hollins University, and Chair, AAC&U Presidents’ Trust

8:30 – 9:45 AM

A DEFENSE OF TRUTH

PRESENTER: JONATHAN RAUCH, Senior Fellow, Brookings
RESPONDENTS:
ELIZABETH BRADLEY, President, Vassar College; LANISA KITCHINER, Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress; DAVID K. WILSON, President, Morgan State University

MODERATOR: LYNN PASQUERELLA, President, AAC&U

Disinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. Together, these are driving an epistemic crisis: a multi-front challenge to America’s ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood. Drawing on his 2021 book, Jonathan Rauch will explain what he calls the “Constitution of Knowledge”—our social system for turning disagreement into truth – and seek to provide higher education leaders with an understanding of what they must protect, why they must defend the truth, and how they can do it.

10:00 - 11:00 AM

SPEAKING TRUTH:Using the Presidential Pulpit

PANELISTS:WAYNE A.I. FREDERICK, President, Howard University; W. JOSEPH KING, Former President, Lyon College; PATRICIA MCGUIRE, President,Trinity Washington University; EDUARDO OCHOA, President, California State University, Monterey Bay

MODERATOR: ANDREW FLAGEL, President and CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

College and university presidents occupy a difficult position as they endeavor to represent their personal and institutional values in a politically polarized and mistrustful society. Within this session, panelists will reflect on their own leadership experiences and the significant stakes of using the presidential voice.

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

STUDENT WELL-BEING AND STUDENT SUCCESS POST-PANDEMIC

PANELISTS: CERRI A. BANKS, Vice President for Student Success and Deputy to the Senior Vice President for the Student Experience, Syracuse University; BRIAN BRUESS, President, St. Norbert College; KAREN HYNICK, CEO, Quinebaug Valley Community College; RANDY WILLIAMS, Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Elon University

MODERATOR:MARY ANN VILLARREAL, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, University of Utah

COVID-19 has deeply impacted students’ experience in higher education over the last two years. Within this session, panelists will reflect on the significant stakes of serving all students through and after the pandemic.

12:15- 1:00 PM

BREAK

1:00 – 2:00 PM

THE CASE FOR LIBERAL EDUCATION POST COVID-19

PRESENTER: WILLIAM D. ADAMS, Former Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

MODERATOR: FREDERICK LAWRENCE, Secretary and CEO, Phi Beta Kappa Society

Undergraduate students in the United States will inherit a world vastly changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. What form of higher education is best suited to the challenges they will encounter? Drawing on the series of Malcolm Lester Phi Beta Kappa Lectures on Liberal Arts and Public Life he delivered at Mercer University in March 2021, Bro Adams will make the case for the unique power and relevance of liberal education to equip students with the forms of knowledge, understanding and concern that the world now requires.

2:15 – 3:15 PM

EDUCATION, EQUITY, AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: SPEAKING TRUTHS IN A CHALLENGING NARRATIVE LANDSCAPE

PRESENTER: DEBRA HUMPHREYS, Vice President of Strategic Engagement, Lumina Foundation

MODERATOR: LENORE RODICIO, Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program

College presidents can play a powerful societal role in shaping national narratives about education and equity. They can “speak truths” about these issues, but will be more effective in being “heard” and in motivating change if they are sensitive to and aware of the changing parameters of national conversations in the media and online. This session will present frameworks to help presidents effectively communicate about the continued importance of higher education to meeting the nation’s goals related to equity and to economic opportunity and social mobility. Drawing on recent research supported by Lumina Foundation, the session will explore how the narrative landscape around these issues has changed and what messaging around equity works well to “make the case” while bridging political and cultural divides.

3:15 – 3:30 PM

CLOSING REMARKS AND AAC&U-CENGAGE INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

LYNN PASQUERELLA, President, AAC&U; MARY DANA HINTON, President, Hollins University, and Chair, AAC&U Presidents’ Trust; KEVIN CARLSTEN, Senior Vice President of the Higher Education Institutional Group, Cengage

The AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship is awarded to currently serving campus presidents in recognition of their outstanding leadership to advance equitable liberal education. In acknowledgment of AAC&U and Cengage’s shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Inclusion Scholarship recognizes presidential leaders whose efforts have reduced equity gaps, improved inclusion and belonging for minoritized students, and/or promoted diversity in hiring practices.