Plenary Speakers

Opening Plenary
Thursday, January 24, 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Governance and Institutional Transformation: Some Lessons Yet to Be Learned

John T. Casteen III

John T. Casteen III
John T. Casteen III served as the president of the University of Virginia from 1990 to 2010, where he oversaw a major restructuring of the University's administrative and governance structures, one of the largest capital funds campaigns ever undertaken, and significant improvements in academic programs.   Also a Professor of English, Dr. Casteen taught at the University of California-Berkeley before coming to the University of Virginia.  He served as the Dean of Admissions at the University of Virginia; as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Secretary of Education, directing reforms in both secondary and higher education; and was president of the University of Connecticut from 1985 to 1990.  Dr. Casteen chaired the board of the College Entrance Examination Board and the Association of American Universities, and served as a director of the American Council of Education and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, among others.

Special Plenary
Thursday, January 24, 5:45-6:45 p.m.

Norman Augustine

A New Employer-Educator Compact for the Liberal Learning Students Need Now
Employers continue to seek college graduates with broad knowledge and high-level intellectual and practical skills that will help companies and organizations thrive in an increasingly global competitive environment. This session will feature remarks by Norman Augustine concerning the nation’s economic recovery and the importance of educating college graduates with the critical thinking, creative problem solving, technological, and communication skills needed to fuel productivity and growth. He will also speak about the need to develop productive educator/employer partnerships to advance higher levels of achievement. The plenary session will include commentary from members of AAC&U’s LEAP Presidents’ Trust on a new Trust initiative called the "LEAP Employer-Educator Compact."
Moderator: Ronald A. Crutcher, President, Wheaton College (MA) 
Norman R. Augustine, former Chairman and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, former Under Secretary of the Army; and member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the US Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council
Respondents: Edward Ray, President, Oregon State University; Elsa Núñez,President, Eastern Connecticut State University

Closing Plenary
Saturday, January 26, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Who Determines the Priorities?  Philanthropy and the Quality Agenda

Alison R. Bernstein

Alison R.

Holiday Hart McKiernan

Holiday Hart

Jeannie Oakes


Daniel Greenstein


Questions about the quality of undergraduate college degrees are finally emerging as a more prominent policy concern within the context of national efforts to dramatically increase degree attainment. Yet many who endorse “quality” and promise to protect it cannot say exactly what they mean by it. In addition, attention to quality is still too often overshadowed by the emphatic focus on accelerating degree completion—with credit hours rather than student achievement as the primary index for success. Significant work remains in aligning the quality agenda with other urgent concerns: increasing productivity, supporting underserved student success, and reducing the cost of college, for example. How are foundations and philanthropies shaping the priorities of higher education today—and what directions should they pursue to influence more positively the future of the quality agenda?

Alison R. Bernstein, Director, Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University, and former Vice President, The Ford Foundation; Holiday Hart McKiernan, Vice President of Operations and General Counsel, Lumina Foundation for Education; Jeannie Oakes, Director of Education and Scholarship, Ford Foundation; and Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success Strategy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


ACAD Keynote Luncheon
Friday, January 25, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Beyond Efficiency:  The Primacy of Meaning in Higher Education

John Churchill

John Churchill, Secretary, The Phi Beta Kappa Society
The principal forces driving change in higher education in contemporary America, and in much of the world, embody skewed, incomplete conceptions of its nature and ends.  Beyond the efficient provision of a well-trained workforce, higher education is also about the cultivation of a broad spectrum of abilities across a wide swath of society—reading, writing, deliberative reasoning, breadth of perspective and intellectual agility, imaginative capacities, dispositions toward curiosity, learning, and sympathetic engagement with others.  The predominant contemporary forces are least likely to value the dimensions of higher education where the development of these abilities is most likely to happen.  While these abilities do contribute to the professional success of individuals, they also provide the fabric for democratic society—a society capable not only of pursuing its ends in reasonable and efficient ways, but also of choosing its ends in a deliberative way, and of changing them.  In order to be of truly practical usefulness to the country, higher education must now champion and embrace the liberal arts and sciences, for the sake of the abilities cultivated in those studies, and the influence of those abilities on America's future.

Networking Breakfast for Women Faculty and Administrators
Thursday, January 24, 7:00-8:30 a.m.

Gender Equity: Who Needs It?

Caryn McTighe Musil

Caryn McTighe Musil came to AAC&U in 1991 and has served as AAC&U’s Senior Vice President since 2004 and as Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives since 1998. She has been Director of AAC&U’s Program on the Status and Education of Women for two decades. Beginning November 1, 2012, she will assume her new role as AAC&U Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives. Dr. McTighe Musil was the lead author A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future, a report to the Department of Education officially released at a White House event in January 2012.

Networking Luncheon for Faculty and Administrators of Color
Thursday, January 24, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward. Must This Be the Future of Diversity?

Johnnella E. Butler

Johnnella E. Butler is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spelman College.  Prior to her Spelman appointment, she served as Associate Dean and Associate Provost of the Graduate School, and Professor of American Ethnic Studies, at the University of Washington, Seattle.  Dr. Butler is the editor ofColor-Line to Borderlands:  The Matrix of American Ethnic Studies (University of Washington Press, 2001) and numerous articles on the relationships among democracy, diversity, and civic engagement.

José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning

Technology is profoundly changing education. If students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize “naked” face-to-face contact with faculty.Teaching Naked shows how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. José Bowen introduces a new way to think about learning and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension in education. He offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.

José Antonio Bowen is Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Algur H. Meadows Chair and Professor of Music at Southern Methodist University. A pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, he ;previously taught at Stanford University, Miami University, and Georgetown University.  In over 30 years as a jazz performer, José Bowen has appeared in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, and others.  He has written more than 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting, and written a symphony nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  His latest CD is “Uncrowded Night. “ 

Teaching Naked

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
(Jossey-Bass, 2012)


AAC&U’s Welcoming Reception
Wednesday, January 23, 8:30-10:00 p.m.

Please join us immediately following the Opening Night Forum, as we greet old friends and welcome new ones to the Annual Meeting.


Teaching Naked: Technology and E-Communication for Student Engagement

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3:00-4:30 pm (EST)

We invite you to join author José Bowen for a 90-minute workshop on technology and student engagement. For those who cannot participate on December 12, the recording will be available through December 31, 2012, for anyone who registers.

More information is available here.