ACE’s Lynn Gangone Speaks at Investiture of Cal State Chico President Gayle Hutchinson

Despite the diversity of its institutions, American higher education can be a small world. For lifelong friends Gayle Hutchinson and Lynn Gangone, the insular nature of their respective careers took on a new meaning.

Intercollegiate Athletics and Academic Integrity: The Importance of Ensuring a Culture of Integrity

The panelists at Monday morning’s ACE2017 session on intercollegiate athletics and academic integrity all came at the topic from different roles and professional backgrounds at their respective higher education institutions. But they all emphasized the importance of ensuring a culture of integrity in intercollegiate athletics—across all levels of competition—and providing student-athletes with every opportunity to be students first and foremost.

Finding Common Ground: Campus Inclusion and Free Speech

Free speech is playing out in new ways on American campuses, which some argue is leading to the corrosion of higher education as a marketplace of ideas. Framed by PEN America’s recent report, And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at US Universities, Monday’s afternoon session at ACE2017 moderated by ACE’s Lorelle L. Espinosa focused on the dual tension of free expression and inclusion on American campuses.

Deep Economic Development: Partnerships That Are Reshaping Universities and Their Communities

In an ACE2017 panel moderated by ACE’s Louis Soares, presidents Jim Clements (Clemson University) and Gail Mellow (LaGuardia Community College) and Vice President for Economic Development James Woodell (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) shared insights into the role of higher education in economic development as well as information on partnerships their institutions have undertaken in recent years.

Revamping the Presidential Toolkit Is a Collective Effort

On the final day of ACE2017, Lynn Gangone, vice president for ACE Leadership, Josh Wyner, vice president and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, and higher education author and columnist Jeff Selingo joined me for a conversation about the skills and competencies needed by college and university presidents to successfully lead their institutions in today’s day and age.

Diverse Faculty for Diverse Students: How Two Leaders Are Transforming Their Approach

As a Latino and an equity-minded scholar, I often find myself engaged in conversations and attending conference sessions on topics of diversity with other people of color. This is often the case whether I’m at a scholarly conference or most recently at ACE2017, a conference for senior-level administrators including chancellors, presidents, provosts and chief academic officers and deans.

Gail Mellow, President Of LaGuardia Community College, Wins 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award

Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College, is the winner of the 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, one of the most prestigious awards in academia. Named in honor of Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. (1917-2015), former president of the University of Notre Dame and a world-renowned educator and humanitarian, the award recognizes outstanding leadership on the part of a college or university president or chancellor.

John Lewis Receives John Hope Franklin Award

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) received the 2017 John Hope Franklin Award Monday evening at a reception hosted by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The legendary congressman was joined by two other recipients of the 2017 Franklin medal—Wilma J. Roscoe and Samuel L. Myers—who were recognized for their work as “longtime guiding forces” behind the National Association for Equal Opportunity, the umbrella advocacy group for historically black colleges and universities.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan Discusses Campus Free Speech in ACE2017 Atwell Plenary

Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, gave the keynote address at the Robert H. Atwell Plenary at ACE2017. A sociologist and nationally recognized higher education leader, Sullivan became UVA’s first female president when she took office in August 2010.

ACE2017: Leadership in a Changing World

ACE2017, the Council’s 99th Annual Meeting, wrapped up on Tuesday, March 14 in Washington, DC. Along with leadership in a changing world, the meeting also addressed issues related to higher education leadership, equity and social justice, and innovation, and ACE staff have posted blogs covering a selection of these sessions and events. Also included is a selection of videos from ACE2017 plenary sessions.

USF System President Judy Genshaft Urges Women to Keep Climbing at Women’s Leadership Dinner

“Never give up, keep climbing and stay focused.” Three seemingly simple pieces of advice, but words that are a testament to the many years of dedication to women and higher education by USF System President Judy Genshaft, the 2017 recipient of the Donna Shavlik award.

Innovation Doesn’t Need to be Shrouded in Secrecy

How do you bridge the realities facing your institution with the real need for a future vision? Such was the question posed by Rick Staisloff, principal of RPK Group, to a group of college and university presidents at ACE2017. The answer isn’t easy, and it’s often a glaring omission of college and university innovation efforts. Without it, faculty and staff might view efforts at change with skepticism, and they aren’t necessarily wrong to do so.