Robert B. Reich To Speak On Higher Education's Impact On Economy, Society At SCUP Planning Conference In July

May 01, 2013, 15:05 ET from Society for College and University Planning

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Best-selling author, political economist, and former US Secretary of Labor, Robert B. Reich, who has been identified by the Wall Street Journal as among the nation's ten more influential business thought leaders and by Time magazine as one of the ten most effective presidential cabinet secretaries of the last century, will speak on "Why Higher Education Is a Public Good, Not Just a Private Investment," at SCUP–48, the Society for College and University Planning's (SCUP) annual, international conference, July 27-31, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.


Reich, who is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley, will deliver the opening plenary on July 28 and address the key drivers of change that make higher education more important than ever to our economy and society: globalization, technology, and demographics.

The other two plenary speakers at SCUP-48 will be: George L. Mehaffy, vice president of academic leadership and change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), who will speak on how to best manage change on campus on July 29, and futurist Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), who will speak on "The Nature of the Future: Dispatches From the Socialstructed World" on July 30.

More information on these speakers can be found at

SCUP is a professional association with 5,200 members worldwide focused on assisting higher education administrators—such as presidents and chancellors as well as chief academic, financial, facilities and technology officers—integrate planning processes across the campus.  

More than 80 concurrent sessions and workshops focused on best planning practices will be offered at SCUP-48. Tours of local college and university campuses also will be offered.

The conference is open only to registered attendees and media. Membership in SCUP is not required.  Press passes will be available at the registration desk; ID required.

The early-bird registration deadline is May 13, 2013.  One-day registrations are available.  Visit

SOURCE Society for College and University Planning