Aspiring to the Presidency - Presenters

Below is a sampling of last year presenters:


The Search Process 101: Surviving and Thriving
Nancy Archer-Martin, co-founder of Nantucket Coaching Network (also known as Academic Executive Coaches) and founder of Educational Management Network, has been recognized as one of the leading research consultants in higher education. She is the co-author of ''Career Aspirations and Expeditions: Advancing your Career in Higher Education Administration.'' She served as a member of the Commission of Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. She is a trustee at Hampshire Country School.

A Realistic Look at the Life of a College President
Dr. Daniel J. Carey is president of Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. He previously served as president of Benedictine College, as vice president at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and at St. Louis University in Missouri. He is a member of the national Board for the Council of Independent Colleges and previously served on the Executive Board at the National Association of Independent Colleges. In 1995 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to study and observe educational developments and international education in Germany.

The Search Process 101: Surviving and Thriving
Dr. Francesco Cesareo has served as president of Assumption College since 2007. He previously was dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. Prior to that he was a member of the History Department at John Carroll University and was the founding director of the university’s Institute of Catholic Studies and a Fulbright Scholar. He is the author of two books and several articles and book reviews.

The State of the College Presidency 2009
Paul Fain is a senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he has covered university leaders since 2004. 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 the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va.

The Public Face of the President: A Panel Discussion
Tracy Jan
is an education reporter for the Boston Globe. She writes about elementary and high school education in the Boston Public Schools as well as regional education trends. Jan has been with the Globe since 2004. Prior to that, she covered education for The Oregonian in Portland, Ore.

Symposium alumni reception
Dr. Patricia Lynott, an academic administrator with 20 years experience in higher education, is Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty at Southern New Hampshire University. Lynott spent 14 years at Elmhurst College, where she was a tenured associate professor of communication and Dean of the School for Advanced Learning. She serves on the board of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the premier national honor society for adult learners.  Her professional specialty area is nontraditional education.

The Public Face of the President: A Panel Discussion
Joel Maiola is principal of Granite Edge Consulting. He previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., from 1992 to 2008. He also served as chief of staff while Gregg was governor of New Hampshire and as district director when Gregg was a U.S. congressman. He is a board member for the New Hampshire Political Library and a former trustee for the University System of New Hampshire. 

Serving a Public Institution Versus a Private Institution
Dr. Joseph Moore is president of Lesley University. He previously served as president of Empire State College, as provost and as vice president of Academic Affairs at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and as director of Academic Affairs and Planning in the Office of the Chancellor at the Vermont State Colleges.

 

The Public Face of the President: A Panel Discussion
Peter Nessen is president of Corporate Realty Investment Company and chairman of Nessen Associates, Ltd. He is chairman and CEO of NCN Financial Corporation and director of the Philanthropic Initiative. He is also public commissioner for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. He served as education advisor to the governor of Massachusetts in 2003 and as a lecturer and dean for Resources and Special Projects at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of a number of professional organizations and has served on several boards.

Characteristics of a Successful President
Harry L. Peterson is president emeritus of Western State College. He previously was an administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, deputy chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and vice president for University Relations and Development at the University of Iowa. Now a consultant for college and university presidents, he is the author of ''Leading a Small College or University: A Conversation that Never Ends.''

Serving a Public Institution Versus a Private Institution
Dr. Stephen J. Reno is chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. He previously served as president of Southern Oregon University and associate provost and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine. He has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Leicester (England), the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Winchester (England) and serves on several boards.

A Realistic Look at the Life of a College President
Lisa Marsh Ryerson is president of Wells College. She is an active leader in many national, state, and local organizations, including the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Council of Independent Colleges, the North Eastern Athletic Conference President’s Council and many more. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II Chief Executive Leadership Award, the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction Award and the Public Relations Society of America Communications Advocate Award.

The Search Process 101: Surviving and Thriving
Dr. Sara Jayne Steen has served as president of Plymouth State University since 2006. Previously she was dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University, where she was the former English Department chair and a professor of English. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and received MSU’s Distinguished Teaching Award.