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2018 Annual Meeting Schedule

Like all of higher education, Catholic colleges and universities are being called upon to align themselves with the signs of the times. The 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting will seek to advance senior executive competency in understanding how to respond in this transformed landscape, addressing such issues as student learning and religious understanding, socio-cultural challenges, and new financial models for Catholic higher education. 


 Saturday, February 3, 2018
 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Opening Liturgy

Celebrant and Homilist: Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR, Archbishop of Newark, NJ                         
 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.   Opening Reception 
 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.   Presidents Reception

 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.   Banquet and Awards Presentation
    - Presentation of the Hesburgh Award to Rev. Dennis Dease
- Presentation of the Hellwig Award to John Cavadini
- Presentation of the Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award to Patricia McGuire

 Sunday, February 4, 2018
 6:30 – 7:15 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Registration 
 7:15 – 8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast & Meetings 
 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.   Opening Prayer 
Prayer Leader: Christine De Vinne, OSU, President, Ursuline College
Reflection:Ann McElaney-Johnson, President, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles

 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. 
  Opening Plenary: Rethinking Catholic Higher Education in a Transformed Landscape


Given the uncertainty around regulatory and legal issues, new learning methods among the digital generation, and changing views of higher education, this session will provide insight into what leaders need to know to carry on the Catholic mission and the legacy of their religious communities, while successfully leading their institutions into the future.

Lucie Lapovsky, Principal, Lapovsky Consulting
Jon McGee, Vice President for Institutional Planning and Public Affairs, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John
Shannon Tabaldo, Director of Digital Curriculum Integration and Development, Loyola Marymount University
Moderator: Fr. Joseph McShane, SJ, President, Fordham University

 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.   Break 
With book signing by Jon McGee, author of Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace of Higher Education

Jon McGee is Vice President for Planning and Public Affairs at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Minnesota. He serves on the cabinet of both colleges and is responsible for research and analysis in support of enrollment and budget decision-making, strategic planning leadership, and leadership in support of campus visibility and marketing. His book, Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2015.

 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.   Concurrent Sessions: Transformative Leadership for Catholic Higher Education


Changing Cultural Attitudes Toward Higher Education

A recent survey of 1,600 American adults conducted by New America, a Washington, DC-based think-tank, found that 51 percent of respondents believe that well-paying jobs do not require a college degree, despite solid evidence to the contrary. Such findings show that society is questioning the value of higher education — especially in light of fears surrounding student debt and employment after graduation. This session will explore these changing cultural and economic attitudes toward higher education.

Jack DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
Jon McGee, Vice President for Institutional Planning and Public Affairs, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University

Moderator: Joanne Burrows, SC, President, Clarke University


New Financial Models for New Times

The cost of higher education continues to rise, endowments have experienced losses, government aid is down, and families feel they can’t absorb the tuition costs. This session will explore new models and ways of looking at financial stability on campus.

Harry Dumay, President, Elms College 

Lucie Lapovsky, Principal, Lapovsky Consulting
Moderator: Sr. Paula Buley, IHM, President, Rivier University


Academics, Mission, and New Student Learning

Gone are the days of students listening to a professor lecture in the front of the classroom, pen and paper in hand. Today's students expect to engage with faculty online, through new media sources, and through emerging technologies. This session will address how students learn today, in addition to defining ways to incorporate mission into online content.

Arvid Johnson, President, University of St. Francis (IL)

Shane Martin, Dean of the School of Education and Dean of Graduate Studies, Loyola Marymount University 
Shannon Tabaldo, Director of Digital Curriculum Integration and Development, Loyola Marymount University
Moderator: Marianne Mount, President, Catholic Distance University


Real-World Solutions: These educational sessions for presidents focus on topics in which select sponsors have demonstrated expertise.

  • Transitioning from a Religious Leader to a Lay Leader
    The transition from a vowed religious leader to a lay leader can be a difficult transition for a Catholic college or university's board, the new incumbent, and the full university community. For a successful transition to occur and be sustained, the board must give thought, in advance of the transition, to how best to inculcate mission, spiritual focus, and other important values with finance, growth, and strategy. This session will examine one university’s journey as it reconsiders norms, ensures recruitment of the right president at the right time, and provides a framework and tools to optimize success.

    Joseph Marbach, President, Georgian Court University
    Alexander Yaffe, President & CEO, Yaffe & Company

  • The University of Dayton China Institute: Experience Tomorrow. Today.
    With the goal of educating the whole person in its Catholic, Marianist tradition, the China Institute, founded by the University of Dayton, leverages its location in the ultramodern Suzhou Industrial Park to provide students with opportunities for service learning, cultural immersion, experiential learning, and academic excellence. To further its commitment to global learning and inclusive excellence, the Institute establishes partnerships with leading institutions, corporations, and individuals to provide all students with opportunity. Learn more about the China Institute and how your institution can engage its students in this life-changing experience.

    Jason Reinoehl, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management, University of Dayton
    Jia Jia Wei, Executive Director, China Institute, & Director, Global Initiatives, University of Dayton
    Paul H. Benson, Provost, University of Dayton

  • Investing with Catholic Values
  • Both Catholic university and healthcare endowments face numerous challenges, including generating competitive returns, maintaining student and donor relationships, and structuring funds to achieve strategic goals. Catholic organizations also grapple with ensuring that endowed funds are invested in a manner consistent with Catholic values and other constantly shifting social aims. This session will focus on ways institutions successfully tackle these challenges while achieving competitive market-based returns. Speakers will also discuss social responsibility guidelines and putting funds to use with “impact investing.”

    Jessica Cook, Senior Director of Business Development, Ascension Investment Management
    David Erickson, Chief Investment Officer, Ascension Investment Management
    Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, President Emeritus, DePaul University

  • Recruiting the Adult Learner: Transferable Best Practices from Undergraduate Enrollment
  • Given the growing importance of adult learners to the future fortunes of colleges and universities, many institutions are looking to professionalize their related recruitment-marketing capabilities—an effort in which undergraduate enrollment teams are increasingly playing a key role. Institutions successfully pursuing this approach share two characteristics. First, they’ve adopted a well-defined set of marketing and operations best practices for their freshman recruitment efforts. Second, they’ve selectively applied these best practices to the adult learner terrain, based on a deep understanding of where the two endeavors overlap—and where they don’t. This session will offer a targeted overview of recruitment marketing practices best suited for transfer to the adult learner setting, together with discussion of key points of similarity and difference between the two undertakings.

    Mary Chase, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Creighton University
    Peter Farrell, Managing Director & Senior Principal, Enrollment Services, EAB

 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch 
With special guest Rev. Steve Katsouros, SJ, Dean, Arrupe College
Steve Katsouros, S.J., is the founding Dean and Executive Director of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to arriving in Chicago, Fr. Katsouros served as the Director of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership and Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. His book, Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again), was published by Orbis Press in June 2017 (book signing to follow in the afternoon).

 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.   Plenary: Partnerships and Collaboration to Strengthen Financial Stewardship
    From consortia to strategic alliances, this session will explore collaborations and partnerships as a path to strengthen university distinction and will provide examples of working alliances within Catholic higher education.


Sr. Janet Eisner, SND, President, Emmanuel College
Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict
Michael Thomas, President & CEO, New England Board of Higher Education; author of Between Collaboration and Merger for TIAA Institute
Moderator: Cynthia Zane, President, Hilbert College

 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.   Break 
With book signing by Rev. Steve Katsouros, SJ, Dean, Arrupe College, and author of Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again)

 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions

Board of Trustees Mission Formation

This session will discuss ways presidents have found success in sharing the Catholic social, spiritual, and intellectual tradition with their board.

Sr. Maggie Hopkins, OP, Vice President for Dominican Life and Mission, Edgewood College
Rev. Michael T. Kesicki, Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Gannon University
Debra Mooney, Vice President/CMO, The Center for Mission and Identity, Xavier University
Keith Taylor, President, Gannon University
Moderator: Scott Flanagan, President, Edgewood College

Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

This session will discuss what is needed for those engaged at the senior executive level and what the current environment needs are in terms of leadership.

Karen Eifler, Co-Director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, University of Portland
Sr. Sean Peters, Director of Mission Experience, College of Saint Rose
Fr. Kevin Scalf, Director of Mission Effectiveness, Calumet College of St. Joseph
Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Director for Executive Educational Programs, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Moderator: Ann McElaney-Johnson, President, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles

Real-World Solutions:
  • Presidential Perspectives on Strategic Marketing in a Transformed Landscape
  • What responsibilities do private college presidents in general, and those at Catholic institutions in particular, shoulder in dealing with today’s marketing challenges? Which challenges do they find most vexing and where are the pain points that impede progress? Which efforts have been — or may be — implemented to advance their institutions and meet marketing goals? Findings from the 2017 Presidents Survey conducted with ACCU members will be presented, as will ideas for how ACCU presidents can strategically position and market their institutions.
    Carole Arwidson, Vice President and Director of Market Research, The Lawlor Group
    Rick Bailey, Principal, RHB
    John T. Lawlor, Principal, The Lawlor Group
    Moderator: Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict
  • Rethinking Models for Higher Education: A Focus on Growth, Change, and Action in a Challenging Competitive Environment
    Institutions of tomorrow must rethink their business models. While many are talking about growth or change, little is occurring at the pace or with significant substance to make a real impact. Action and change require a stronger focus and institutional will than ever seen before. This session examines how colleges and universities can rethink their current business models and operations to focus on growth, change, and priorities that provide strong return on investment (ROI).

    Rick Beyer, Managing Principal, AGB Institutional Strategies
    Jim Hundrieser, Associate Managing Principal, AGB Institutional Strategies

  • Driving Lasting Enrollment Growth with Strategic Managed Services
  • While many private institutions are facing declining enrollments, the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND is celebrating recent enrollment growth with a new field house, residence hall, and a $21 million campus center that opened in September 2017. In this session, Monsignor James Shea will outline how the University of Mary has leveraged strategic managed services to counter higher education enrollment trends and get closer to achieving its "Vision 2030" goals, by following a three-step process of "stabilize, optimize, and maximize."
    Msgr. James P. Shea, President, University of Mary 
    Michael Glubke, President & CEO, Dynamic Campus
  • How Presidents and Provosts Can Promote the Integration of Mission and Pedagogy in Online Education
  • National and global educational markets are becoming increasingly more complex and competitive due to the vast number of online programs offered from around the world. To sustain ourselves into the future, it is important that we realize that our institutional missions are what can make us unique and productive in the wider world of online education. So often mission is viewed as the framework for program development, but if it isn’t woven directly into the pedagogical process itself, it can become abstract and therefore invisible in our education. In our presentation and our conversation together, we will explore how mission (which shapes the public image of your institution) can be integrated directly into program development and then into program marketing. We will share our experiences, and invite participants to reflect on particular challenges, and departments or programs within their respective institutions, that could benefit from a more systematic approach to the integration of mission into pedagogical practice.
      John Fitzgibbons, S.J. , President, Regis University
      Kathleen Snyder, President, Magis Learning Partners

 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.   Plenary: Connections and Conversations: Reaching Today’s Students
    Using the paradigms of Pope Francis — to encounter, to accompany, to dialogue — this session will explore how Catholic colleges and universities address the disconnect between today’s students and the institutional church. Speakers will help attendees envision how Pope Francis would connect with members of the campus community.

Barbara McCrabb, Assistant Director for Higher Education, Secretariat of Catholic Education, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Rev. Mark L. Poorman, CSC, President, University of Portland
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, NJ
Moderator: Mary Meehan, Interim President, Seton Hall University

 5:30 – 6:30 p.m   Evening Reception
Join us for hors d'oeuvres and conversation! 
 Monday, February 5, 2018

 6:45 – 7:30 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Registration Open
 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.   Graduate Student Seminar 
Michael James, Director, Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education

 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.   Presidential Track Breakfast 

 8:15 – 10:50 a.m.   Presidents-Only Business Meeting 

 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.   Executive Track Workshop A: Aligning Catholic Identity and University Mission with Student Affairs and Athletics 

Lee DelleMonache, Director of Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, Neumann University
Sandra Estanek, Professor Emerita, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Canisius College
Chris Janosik, Director of Planning and Research, Office for Mission and Ministry, Villanova University
Todd Olson, Vice President for Student Affairs, Georgetown University
Facilitator: Lisa Kirkpatrick, Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Edward’s University

 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.   Executive Track Workshop B: Uniting the Liberal Arts and Professional Learning through Mission
The tension between these two disciplines has existed since the time of Plato and continues through our campuses today. This session will present perspectives from seasoned faculty and administrators on navigating the discord and integrating the two to create a  holistic approach to educating the student and fulfilling the institution’s mission. Participants will walk away with key principles and best practices to implement at their individual campuses.

Michael Naughton, Director, Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas (MN)
Mary H. Van Brunt, Dean, School of Business, Arts, and Media, Cabrini University
Facilitator and Speaker: Stephany Schlachter, Provost, Lewis University

 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.   Presidential Spouses Session:
Shared Experiences: Presidential Spouses within the Catholic Landscape of Higher Education
How are the forces affecting Catholic higher education today shaping the role of the presidential spouse? What wisdom do the spouses of long-serving presidents have to offer in these changing times? What can be learned from those who have served at non-Catholic institutions? Come hear a panel of presidential spouses who represent a variety of perspectives — and join in the discussion to advance your own service in this critical campus role.

Mary Domes, Presidential Spouse, Neumann University
Nancy Grandillo, Presidential Spouse, Madonna University
Moderator: Fran Pestello, Presidential Spouse, Saint Louis University

 11:00 a.m. – Noon   Closing Plenary: Practical Tools: Intentionally Giving Voice in a Changing Landscape

  This session will serve as testament to the many ways in which Catholic higher education is successfully addressing contemporary challenges, while it serves students, local communities, and the world.
Brennan O’Donnell, President, Manhattan College
Rev. Stephen Sundborg, S.J., President, Seattle University
Sr. Carol Jean Vale, S.S.J., President, Chestnut Hill College
Moderator and Speaker: Michael Galligan-Stierle, President and CEO, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

 Noon – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch