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2019 Annual Meeting Speakers



Donna Carrol

Donna M. Carroll is in her 25th year as president of Dominican University. She is the first lay president of the institution, which was founded in 1901. Today, Dominican is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top regional universities in the Midwest.

Named one of 20 Chicago “Women to Watch” by Crain’s Chicago Business, Dr. Carroll also is identified regularly as one of the “100 Women of Influence” by Today’s Chicago Woman and was listed among the top ten women in education by the Chicago Sun-Times.  An outspoken advocate for immigration reform, she received the “Strangers No Longer” Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the “Moral Courage” Award for Faith in Public Life, as well as the inaugural Cornerstones Award from the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation.

Dr. Carroll graduated from Wellesley College and received master and doctoral degrees from the University of Cincinnati.




 Alexia Kelley


Alexia Kelley is President and CEO of FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. In partnership with FADICA’s members and board, she developed the organization’s comprehensive strategic framework which includes a strong focus on member-driven initiatives, research, and the spirituality of Catholic philanthropy.  Ms. Kelley has worked across faith-based, nonprofit and government sectors, including 10 years at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She also served previously in the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Her first job after college was with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), the oldest ecumenical advocacy organization in Washington D.C.  Ms. Kelley co-edited Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary and co-authored A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division. She earned a B.A. in religion from Haverford College and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.



Rick Legon


Richard Legon became AGB’s fourth president in 2006 following his several assignments with the association.  Prior to joining AGB, Rick served in local and national government, as well as in national association positions.  He also served as the first fundraiser for a small college in Chicago.

During his presidency, AGB has enhanced its leadership role in recognition of the heightened focus on board and institutional governance.  Rick has led the association in high profile initiatives in recent years, mostly focused on policy issues challenging higher education’s unique form of governance, as well as urging a new level of board and presidential collaboration.

Rick has written extensively about board governance—in AGB’s Trusteeship magazine and other publications and has led hundreds of board retreats and workshops. He is a regularly sought-after voice on higher education leadership issues.

Rick holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from George Washington University, and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Charleston (West Virginia).  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Spelman College.




 Ted Mitchell


Ted Mitchell is the President of the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for America’s colleges and universities. Prior to coming to ACE, Ted was the Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education, responsible for all post-secondary and adult education policy and programs as well as the $1.3 trillion Federal Student Aid Portfolio. Prior to his federal service, Mitchell was the CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a national investor in education innovation. He has served, as well, as President of the California State Board of Education, President of Occidental College, and in a variety of leadership roles at UCLA, including Vice Chancellor. Mitchell was deputy to the President and to the Provost at Stanford University and began his career as a professor at Dartmouth College where he also served as Chair of the Department of Education.






Katherine Bergman is President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University (SJU) at the University of Waterloo, Canada’s most innovative university. Prior to her appointment at SJU, Katherine served as Professor of Geology and Dean of Science at the University of Regina, where she spearheaded a period of faculty revitalization which resulted in a significant enhancement of the scientific teaching and research at the University of Regina. Under her leadership at St. Jerome’s University, the SJU campus has been transformed by a $47-million campus renewal program using a collaborative, innovative construction model that drew national attention for its effectiveness in design, financing, and project completion. This renewal program improved the teaching and learning environment for scholars and students, ensured a place of priority for SJU’s Chapel, and facilitated the creation of a new Spirituality Centre and Learning Commons. Katherine also led St. Jerome’s University through a Strategic Planning initiative that resulted on a focused identity for SJU as a postsecondary institution known for its Catholic values and its aim of educating the whole person.

Dr. Drew Bogner assumed the presidency of Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York in July 2000. Under Dr. Bogner’s 18 years of transformational leadership, Molloy College has reframed itself from a predominantly baccalaureate undergraduate institution into a comprehensive, graduate-degree granting institution.

Molloy was recently named the #18 school in the country for “added value” by The Wall Street Journal and spent two consecutive years as a Money Top Three “Best Value” nationally, the only institution in the country to earn that honor. The College has made major enhancements to its campus over the past 15 years, including the opening of the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing, The Public Square student center and the addition of two residence halls (a third will open in Fall ’19).

Dr. Bogner serves on numerous boards, both regionally and nationally. He earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in History from Kansas Newman College and also received an M.S. Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas School of Education.

Dr. Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A. is the Beirne Director and Professor of the Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Previously she served as the Director of the Center for Mission and Identity, Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, Interim Director of Campus Ministry, Department Chair of Music and the Fine and Performing Arts, and Professor of Music at Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois. Dr. Tait received degrees in oboe performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; and from The Juilliard School, she is the first woman to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in English horn performance. Dr. Tait teaches courses in music and the humanities; and she consults and presents on leadership development, strategic planning, critical thinking, and Catholic mission and identity. An orchestral, chamber and solo musician, Dr. Tait performs internationally. She holds the positon of Principal English horn in the Sinfonia da Camera.

Lynda Ellis is an entrepreneur who recognizes that the individual service experience is paramount to success. Last year, she successfully launched three companies—The Rowe Agency, Capitol Concierge England, LTD and Capitol Concierge Ireland, LTD. Today, Capitol Concierge serves well over one million people in some of the world’s most prestigious properties and companies.

Prior to purchasing Capitol Concierge, Ellis spent more than 25 years in the computer-based education industry and was co-owner of a successful instructional technology company. She is an active member of the community and supports The American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, the Yellow Ribbon Fund, St. James’ Episcopal Church, the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and more. Her recent accomplishments include joining the board of trustees for St. Mary’s University San Antonio, being named to The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland Top 100 Women List and receiving a 2018 Mid-Atlantic Women’s Leadership Award.

Carol Geary Schneider is a fellow with Lumina Foundation and president emerita of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Under her leadership, AAC&U launched Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), a long-term public advocacy and campus action initiative designed to engage students and the public with what really matters in a college education for the twenty-first century.   LEAP has become widely recognized as a voice and force for strengthening the quality of student learning in college for all students and especially those historically underserved in U.S. higher education.

In her current role with Lumina, Dr. Schneider continues to work on practical ways to bring quality and equity together, both in expectations for college earning and success, and in educational redesigns that involve all students, fully and equitably, in empowering forms of learning. 

The Rev. Larry Hostetter has been President of Brescia University since 2007. Previous to the presidency he was an Associate Professor of Theology since 1999. He holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University. Prior to his ordination as a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro in 1987, Fr. Hostetter earned a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum, in Columbus, Ohio.

While most of his career was in Catholic education, including five years at Owensboro Catholic High School, Fr. Hostetter was also Pastor of St. Sebastian Church in Calhoun and St. Augustine Church in Reed, Ky. He also served at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Blessed Mother Church as an Associate Pastor. In his service to the Church, Fr. Hostetter has served on various medical ethics boards, the diocesan personnel committee, the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, NAIA Council of Presidents, the Pontifical College Josephinum and the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Owensboro.

As an educator, Fr. Hostetter has taught courses in Sacred Scripture, Moral Theology, Catholic Social Teaching, and Ecclesiology. While a professor at Brescia he is especially proud of having won the student selected Teaching Excellence Award. Fr. Hostetter has published in the areas of medical ethics, higher education and social theology.

Sister Elise Kriss, OSF, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, held several administrative positions at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN, including Vice President for Academic Affairs, before being named President in 1993.

Under her leadership Saint Francis College transitioned to University of Saint Francis.  New academic programs were added, enrollment more than doubled, online programs were implemented, and teaching sites opened in downtown Fort Wayne, Crown Point, Indianapolis, and Lafayette.  New campus facilities include a Chapel, the Pope John Paul II Center, the Lee and Jim Vann Library, an addition to Achatz Hall of Science, and the Doermer Family Center for Health Science Education.  The football program, which she started, recently won back-to-back NAIA national championships. 

Sister Elise has a PhD from Saint Louis University and was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by former IN Governor Mike Pence for her outstanding leadership and contributions.

Dr. David J. Livingston took office as Lewis University’s 10th President on July 1, 2016. With more than 15 years of academic and leadership experience, his knowledge of the operational functions of a university and the needs of its various student populations will guide the institution to new heights.

Dr. Livingston previously served as President of Lourdes University since 2013. During his tenure, Lourdes experienced an increase in the quality, retention and graduation rates of its students; expanded academic programs and renovated the campus to support their strategic growth initiatives; and successfully completed a capital campaign.

Prior to his presidency at Lourdes University, he served Mercyhurst University for 16 years in various diverse capacities, including President of the Faculty Senate and Vice President for Advancement. Prior to joining the Mercyhurst community, he taught religious studies at Loyola Academy High School in Wilmette, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, University of St. Francis in Joliet, Joliet Catholic Academy and Loyola University of Chicago.

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, JD, JCD, president and professor of theology (canon law) at Franciscan University of Steubenville, was ordained a priest in 2006. He obtained a doctorate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in 2009. Before entering the Franciscan Third Order Regular, Father Sean practiced law for a decade after obtaining a juris doctor in 1990 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy in 1985 from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Glena Temple, Ph.D., serves as the ninth President of Viterbo University. Temple started her service at Viterbo in 2001 as a biology faculty member. She has held multiple leadership roles on campus including department chair, Honors Program director, dean, associate vice president for academic affairs, and most recently vice president. During her service at Viterbo, Temple has been very active in securing external grant funding to improve student learning and success. She serves as the project director for a $2 million U.S. Department of Education grant focused on retention and student success. Temple earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Sciences from the University of California–Riverside, and a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She is an affiliate of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Bob Welsh’s career with Stanley Black & Decker has spanned 23 years, holding various design and leadership positions, including VP of Brand Marketing for DEWALT Power tools North America and VP of Industrial Design for Stanley Black & Decker’s Global Tools business.

Currently Bob is Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation for Stanley Black & Decker’s Innovation Accelerator team.  Bob’s focus is knitting together a combination of internal and external initiatives that improve and advance SBD’s global innovation processes - including running the company’s online innovation portal “The Drawing Board” and Stanley Black & Decker’s first employee Makerspace.

A product of Catholic schooling, Bob attended St Paul’s elementary and middle school and graduated from St. Francis DeSales high school in Columbus Ohio.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University and an Executive MBA from Loyola College Maryland.