Aspiring to the Presidency — Keynote Speakers

Paul FainPaul Fain

Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Paul Fain has covered university leaders since 2004. He writes about college finances, governance and the job market for college presidents. He has won national and state awards during his reporting career, including a 2006 Education Writers Association award for beat reporting. Prior to joining The Chronicle, Fain wrote for C-Ville Weekly, a newsweekly in Charlottesville, Va. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Fain attended the University of Delaware.


Judith McLaughlinJudith McLaughlin

Director, Higher Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Educational Chair, Harvard Seminar for New Presidents

Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin has written and consulted extensively on leadership transitions, presidential assessment, board-president relationships, senior staff functioning, and board governance. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as Chair of the Massachusetts Public Education Nominating Council, the body that nominates trustees for the state's colleges and universities. She has served as dean of student affairs at two colleges, as executive director of the National Academy of Education, and as a high school social studies teacher.


Jerold PanasJerold Panas

Executive Partner, Panas, Linzy & Partners

Dr. Jerold Panas is Executive Partner of one of the nation’s most highly regarded firms in the field of campaign services and financial resource development and has been professionally involved in fundraising and financial resource development for over forty years. He was Senior Vice President of Westminster College in Princeton, New Jersey, Executive for Administration and Finances for the National Council of YMCAs, and has served as a member of the board of directors of the Association of Health Care Consultants, the Association of Management Consultants, and chairman of the board of directors of the National Health Care Board. He is a member of the board of the Council of Independent Colleges.


Terry McTaggart

Terry MacTaggart is an experienced leader and scholar in higher education. His consulting and research work focuses on higher education leadership and policy, strategic planning, institutional advancement, trustee development and leadership evaluation. He has served as a faculty member and administrator at several public and independent colleges and universities where he has led or participated in substantial institutional transformations. He has held the Chancellor’s position at the Minnesota State University System and on two occasions at the University of Maine System. He has served as a consultant and facilitator of board retreats for numerous colleges, universities and systems including the University of Connecticut, Rutgers, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Nebraska System, the University System of Maryland, East Carolina University, the Oregon University System, the University of Alaska System, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, the University of Houston System, Texas Southern University, the Texas Tech University System, Metropolitan State College of Denver, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Maine Maritime Academy, Johnson & Wales University, New England College, Endicott College, Mitchell College, College of the Marshall Islands, Fielding Graduate University, and others. He has served as Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). He has led multiple visiting teams for several regional accrediting associations. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Thailand and to Vietnam as an expert on accreditation and quality assurance. His research and publications focus on governance, improving relations between institutions and the public, and restoring institutional vitality. His most recent book, published by ACE/Praeger in 2007, is titled Academic Turnarounds: Restoring Growth and Vitality to Challenged American Colleges and Universities. With James Mingle, he authored Pursuing the Public’s Agenda: Trustees in Partnership With State Leaders. In 1996, he served as the editor and lead author of Restructuring Public Higher Education—What Works and What Doesn’t in Reorganizing Public Systems. Two years later he produced Seeking Excellence Through Independence, which focuses on rebalancing campus autonomy and accountability in order to achieve better results. In 2000, he wrote, along with Robert Berdahl, a study of the partial privatization of public institutions entitled Charter Colleges: Balancing Freedom and Accountability. He is currently preparing a book on high functioning boards of trustees. His academic credentials include a doctorate and master’s degree in English Literature from Saint Louis University, an honorary doctor of law degree from the American College of Greece and membership in Phi Beta Kappa.


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