TIAA-CREF Institute Convenes 2009 Higher Education Leadership Conference

Higher education leaders gather to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on higher education

Nov 05, 2009, 10:11 ET from TIAA-CREF Institute

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Higher education leaders from across the country will meet today to kick off the 2009 TIAA-CREF Institute's Higher Education Leadership Conference, "Smart Leadership in Difficult Times." The conference is designed to help identify best practices for institutions to navigate through a period of spending cuts, reduced revenue, and capital budget constraints.

The conference will be held today at the TIAA-CREF office in New York at 730 Third Avenue from 8:00 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. EST.

"Bringing together thought leaders and higher education experts to discuss this uncharted economic territory is one way the TIAA-CREF Institute supports the ongoing vitality of our nation's colleges and universities," said Madeleine d'Ambrosio, Vice President and Executive Director of the TIAA-CREF Institute. "Conference discussions have been designed to explore the new economic expectations institutions face and provide leaders with valuable information to share with their colleagues."

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO, TIAA-CREF, will deliver a keynote address at 4:30 p.m. to outline how TIAA-CREF is responding to this challenging economic environment and helping to shape the public policy debate in ways that serve the interests of TIAA-CREF's clients. David Gergen, Editor-at-Large for U.S. News and World Report and Senior Analyst for CNN will deliver the keynote address at 8:45 a.m. and will review the larger global economic forces that have created many of the challenges facing higher education today.

Topics to be discussed throughout the day include:

10:30 - 12:00 p.m. - Session I

  • What's the New Normal? Higher Education for the 21st Century: Recognizing that the most successful institutions will not be those that ride out the economic downturn by returning to the status quo.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Session II

  • New Thinking: What Works? Some practical solutions and strategies highlighting creative approaches to the difficulties imposed by our troubled economy.

2:45 - 4:15 p.m. - Session III

  • Strategies for Success: Change in the Face of Opposition: Maintaining morale, mistakes to avoid, and effective methods to get buy-in and support from key stakeholders.

Featured speakers for the November 5th program include:

  • J. Michael Adams, President, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Jared Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Mary Cullinan, President, Southern Oregon University
  • Elson Floyd, Washington State University
  • Bobby Fong, President, Butler University
  • Robert Holub, Chancellor, UMass-Amherst
  • Muriel Howard, President, AASCU
  • Elizabeth Huidekoper, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Brown University
  • Devorah Lieberman, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Wagner College
  • Eduardo Padron, President, Miami-Dade College
  • Charles Reed, Chancellor, California State University System
  • Gordon Gee, President, The Ohio State University, will conclude the day's program with a dinner keynote, sharing his insights and experiences based on positions of leadership in higher education at a broad range of institutional types.

Additionally, Graham Spanier, President, The Pennsylvania State University, will be recognized by Ms. d'Ambrosio for winning the 2009 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence. This award, presented annually by the TIAA-CREF Institute, recognizes a current college or university president or chancellor who embodies the spirit of Father Hesburgh, his commitment and contributions to higher education and society. Father Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, served as a member of TIAA-CREF's Board for more than 28 years.

Photography, video and a transcript of the event will be made available following the conference. For a complete agenda and list of speakers, visit: All events are open to the media.


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