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2019 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 2019 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 2
 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.   Opening Liturgy
 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. Jonathan DeFelice, OSB
- Presentation of the Hellwig Award to Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH
- Presentation of the Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award to I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation
 Sunday, February 3
 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Registration 
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast & Meetings 
 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Rome Seminar Info Session - Join us over breakfast to learn more about the 2019 Rome Seminar
 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.   Opening Prayer 
Prayer Leader: Colleen Hanycz, President, La Salle University
Reflection: Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Associate Professor, Manhattan College
 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.    Opening Plenary: Separating Myth from Reality

Last year’s conference explored the changing public attitudes toward higher education and the challenges that Catholic institutions face in a transformed landscape. As a follow-up, this session will identify ways to break the myths that call our value into question. Attendees will hear about ways to regain the public’s trust, secure funds in a changing educational and religious landscape, and highlight our contributions to equipping a highly job-ready workforce. 

Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education
Rick Legon, President, AGB
Alexia Kelley, President, FADICA
Moderator: Donna Carroll, President, Dominican University

 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  


 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions

Crafting a Compelling Narrative for Catholic Higher Education
Learn useful tools from marketing and communications professionals on how best to share the story on what makes Catholic higher education distinct and valuable with your key audiences.

Rick Legon, President, AGB
Lorrie Clemo, President, D’Youville College
Marc Camille, President, Albertus Magnus College

Moderator: Susan Donovan, President, St. Mary's University


Multiple Paths of Securing Money in a Hostile Environment
Societal questions regarding the value of higher education, the sexual abuse crisis, and the pros and cons of Catholic mission over job readiness can sometimes place presidents in the center of an unsympathetic environment. Experts will provide pointers on how best to engage with individuals, foundations, and corporations in finding common ground so that both the donor and the university meet their goals.

Alexia Kelley, President, FADICA
Mary Finger, President, Seton Hill University
Thomas Mengler, President, St. Mary's University (TX)
Moderator: TBD


What the Future Requires from Higher Education
ACE President Ted Mitchell will provide more in-depth information on trends affecting the sector based on research conducted by his organization. Discussion will follow on how Catholic higher education institutions can be more proactive in shaping the future, rather than just reacting to it.

Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education
David Livingston, President, Lewis University
Moderator: Glena Temple, President, Viterbo University


Real-World Solutions Sessions:

Long-term Prosperity: Strategies to Grow Your Revenue and Enrollments
This interactive, deep-dive session explores a variety of tips, methods, and strategies that can be used to diversify and grow institutional revenue sources, increase enrollments, manage costs, and address other critical business model issues. Emphasis will be placed on practical development and implementation strategies. A three-step system (diagnostics, exploration, and implementation) for identifying key strategic growth building blocks will also be discussed. The ideas in this session will help you align institutional mission and strengths with new financial models for prosperity. Attendees will leave with a set of clearly articulated strategies and rationales to use at their institution, as well as successful example strategies.

Jim Hundrieser, Associate Managing Principal, Association of Governing Boards Institutional Strategies
Rick Beyer, Managing Principal, Association of Governing Boards Institutional Strategies

Sponsored by: AGB Institutional Strategies 


Presidential Retention and Renewal
Retention of an effective president is one of the most critical inflection points for a college or university and one that can cause significant ripple effects across the institution for some time. Moreover, as important as the outcome is, the renegotiation experience itself can serve to strengthen or erode the relationship. This session will explore how boards assess whether and how to affirm renewal, as well as effective approaches to successful retention, including how best to raise areas of concern or importance for both parties, identification of shared objectives, the use of independent expertise, meaningful data analysis, and reading between the lines.

Alexander Yaffe, President and CEO, Yaffe & Co.

Sponsored by: Yaffe & Co.


Revenue-Growth Management: The Key to Surviving a Competitive Higher Ed Landscape
Higher education continues to persevere through a period of transformation. Market forces are driving colleges and universities to think differently about their approach to long-term, sustainable growth. In this session, presenters will discuss the lay of the land — from education demand to tuition discounting trends — and how yesterday’s tactics won’t work in today’s world. This presentation will highlight how implementing a revenue-growth management strategy can grow not just enrollments, but also real institutional revenue.

Bob King, Executive Vice President, Partner Strategy, Collegis Education

Sponsored by: Collegis Education


 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   

Networking Lunch Buffet

Sponsored by: M&T Bank

 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.   Plenary II: Authentic Dialogue: Catholic Higher Education's Unique Strength

In an age of unrestricted social media, unfettered free speech, and unhampered academic freedom, the art of authentic conversation is being lost. As society struggles to balance individual rights with the common good, Catholic colleges and universities have an opportunity to help faculty, staff, and students listen well and learn the lost art of civil discourse. Pope Benedict XVI once said, “Choose the path of dialogue rather than the path of unilateral decisions.” Listen to these national voices discuss the imperative to provide opportunities for authentic dialogue and help preserve the social compact.

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago
Rev. Sean Sheridan, TOR, President, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Sr. M. Elise Kriss, OSF, President, University of Saint Francis (IN)
Moderator: John Carr, Director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University

Sponsored by: St. John's Bible

 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.   Break 
 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions

Innovations in Business Models for Higher Education Institutions

The financial environment that Catholic colleges and universities face is extremely challenging and will continue to be so in the future. What forces are triggering the need to change traditional operating models? Hear from innovative leaders who have introduced creative programs at their institutions and improved their bottom line.

Drew Bogner, President, Molloy College
Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, SJ, President, Regis University
Moderator: Sr. Christine De Vinne, OSU, President, Ursuline College

Sponsored by: Higher Learning Partners


Catholic Higher Education's Unique Value: Three Impressions

What is unique about Catholic colleges and universities that distinguishes our sector from other higher education institutions? In this session, we’ll hear from three important voices as they share what they believe is our greatest value.

Lynda Ellis, CEO & President, Capitol Concierge
Bob Welsh Stanley, Black & Decker VP, Breakthrough Innovation
Rev. Pierre Najem, President, Notre Dame University - Louaize
Moderator: Katherine Bergman, President, Saint Jerome’s University at Waterloo

Sponsored by: Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP


Real-World Solutions Sessions:

Making Difficult Business Decisions Without Abandoning Your Catholic Mission

Change is difficult. It is even more challenging when it puts the livelihood of valued employees potentially at risk in the name of “institutional efficiency.” How can Catholic higher education institutions achieve the increased efficiencies the current climate requires, while still adhering to our Christian values? This presentation will tell the story of how Madonna University confronted this challenge, contemplated various options, and executed the decision to outsource information technology (IT) services while maintaining the dignity and respect of the entire IT staff.

Michael A. Grandillo, President, Madonna University
Mike Glubke, President and CEO, Dynamic Campus

Sponsored by: Dynamic Campus


How to Secure Federal Grant Funding at a Small Catholic College

This session will focus on key issues related to securing grants, including specific federal grant opportunities for small Catholic colleges and universities, how to build a true grants culture among your faculty and staff, and recent positive trends in federal grant funding for small Catholic colleges and universities.

John McAllister, Managing Partner, McAllister & Quinn
Donna Carroll, President, Dominican University (IL)

Sponsored by: McAllister & Quinn


 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.   Plenary: All at Once: Embodying Catholic Identity and Articulating a Compelling Narrative

Fact: The higher education narrative is under assault. Fact: Less than 4% of incoming students choose a college because of its religious character. Given these two truths, how can Catholic higher education leverage its diverse charisms, history, and academic strengths to attract students, while fully embracing its Catholic identity? Featured speakers will advance ways to embody Catholic higher education authentically and craft a compelling narrative to attract prospective students.

Maureen O’Connell, Chair of Theology, LaSalle University
Anne Prisco, President, Felician College
Andrew Melendes, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, St. Catherine University
Moderator: Chris Domes, President, Neumann University

 5:30 – 6:30 p.m   Evening Reception
Join us for hors d'oeuvres and conversation! 
 Monday, February 4
 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.   Eucharistic Liturgy 
 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Registration Open
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Graduate Student Seminar 
 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Presidential Track Breakfast 
 8:30 – 10:45 a.m.  

Presidents-Only Business Meeting 

Sponsored by: Academic Search

 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  

Executive Track Workshop A: Catholic Identity and Mission Assessment (CIMA): Results from the Field
More information will be available soon.

 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.   Executive Track Workshop B: TBD
More information will be available soon. 
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.   Presidential Spouses Session
More information will be availble soon. 
 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.   Break
 11:00 a.m. – Noon   Closing Plenary: Reconciling Catholic Identity and Mission to a Market-Driven and Job-Focused Society

Over the course of its long history, Catholic higher education has faced challenges and have adapted. This session will feature the presidents of ACCU member colleges and universities that have found ways to respond to market demands through innovative programs, updated curricula, restructured systems, and synergistic partnerships — while enhancing and strengthening their institution’s Catholic identity.

Carol Geary Schneider, Fellow, Lumina Foundation and President Emerita, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Rev. Larry Hostetter, President, Brescia University
Sr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, President, College of Saint Mary
Moderator: Scott Flanagan, President, Edgewood College

Sponsored by: Metz Culinary Management