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2019 Annual Meeting Schedule

Evidence shows that college graduates are more likely to be employed, be upwardly mobile, and make enormous contributions to society. Despite this, public skepticism over the value of postsecondary education persists — compelling Catholic higher education to make the case for its continued relevancy. Join us for the 2019 ACCU Annual Meeting, where we will come together to find practical ways to secure our future by challenging misconceptions, articulating an authentic narrative for Catholic higher education, and reimagining strategies to boost student learning and competencies for today’s fast-changing world.


Available presentations are linked below.

Selected presentations are also available from the Mission Officers Conference and the Senior Student Affairs Officers Conference.


 Saturday, February 2
 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.  

Opening Liturgy

Presider: Rev. Jonathan DeFelice, OSB, President Emeritus, Saint Anselm College
Homilist: Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, President, DeSales University

 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.  

Opening Reception 

Sponsored by M&T Bank

 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
 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Breakfast for New Presidents - All ACCU member presidents in their first or second year are invited. 
 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.   Opening Prayer 
Prayer Leader: Colleen M. Hanycz, President, La Salle University
Reflection: Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Associate Professor, Manhattan College

Sponsored by Lasallian Association of Colleges and Universities 
 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 (ACE)
Rick Legon, President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
Alexia Kelley, President, FADICA
Moderator: Donna Carroll, President, Dominican University

Sponsored by Board Effect

 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  


 11:00 a.m. – Noon   Concurrent Sessions

Crafting a Compelling Narrative for Catholic Higher Education
Learn useful tools from AGB’s Guardian Initiative on how to counter skepticism about higher education while college presidents provide tips on how best to share the story of what makes Catholic higher education distinct and valuable.

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

Moderator: Susan Donovan, President, Bellarmine 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: James Harris III, President, University of San Diego


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, ACE
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.

Colleen M. Hanycz, President, La Salle University
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 
Tracy Chapman, Dean, School for Professional Studies, Saint Louis University

Sponsored by Collegis Education


The Advantages of Catholic Affiliation in an Increasingly Competitive Higher Education Marketplace
Catholic colleges and universities find themselves at the sharp end of several trends currently transforming higher education. In an era of heightened concern over student debt, the sector lacks the built-in price advantage of state schools. And, in an era of general decline among college-bound demographics, it faces the additional burden of a shrinking Catholic base. Within this context, it’s especially important for Catholic higher education to have a clear understanding of where its unique strengths lie. This session will present findings from thee large-scale surveys of college-bound students and their parents undertaken by EAB in 2018, including one focusing specifically on families’ attitudes toward Catholic colleges and universities.

Br. Edward Coughlin, OMF, President, Siena College 
Ned Jones, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Siena College
Rev. Joseph McShane, SJ, President, Fordham University
Patty Peek, Dean of Undergraduate Admission, Fordham University
Dick Whiteside, Dean for Strategic Enrollment Management, EAB 
Kathy Dawley, Managing Director, Client Success, EAB

Sponsored by EAB 


 Noon – 1:15 p.m.   

Networking Lunch Buffet

 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.   Plenary II:
The Spirituality of Administration: Where Mission, Myth, and Money Meet God

Higher ed administration is often critiqued by those both inside and outside the profession as work that takes fun-loving people and turns them into anxious killjoys, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Speaking from her own experience in administration and what she has learned in conversation with over 5,000 administrators in faith-based institutions, award-winning author Ann Garrido will look at how the practices of administration have the potential to be spiritually transformative, fashioning us into holier, healthier, and happier Christians.

Ann Garrido, author and Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology
Respondent: Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Sponsored by St. John's Bible

 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.   Break &  Book Signing
 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, Owner, President, & CEO, Capitol Concierge
Bob Welsh, Vice President, Breakthrough Innovation, Stanley Black & Decker
Rev. Pierre Najem, OMM, President, Notre Dame University - Louaize
Moderator: Katherine Bergman, President, St. Jerome’s University 

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


Should I Go, or Should I Stay?

This session is designed for sitting presidents who are faced with the question of whether to seek another presidency or commit to a longer tenure at a single institution. Presenters will provide perspectives on decisions they made as presidents and discuss trends in presidential searches, and a seasoned search consultant will offer insights on presidential searches with sitting presidents who are candidates. The session will allow for 15 minutes at the conclusion of the presentation and discussion for private consultation with the presenters.

Rick Artman, President Emeritus, Viterbo University, and Senior Consultant, Academic Search Inc.
Sr. Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, President, Chestnut Hill College
Maya R. Kirkhope, Senior Consultant, Academic Search Inc.

Sponsored by Academic Search Inc.


We Have a Marketing and Branding Problem, Not an Enrollment Problem

Presenters will share unvarnished insights in a case study format regarding how a strategic approach to integrated marketing communications and branding help achieve enrollment growth. This session will provide step-by-step strategic marketing communications ideas to help solve many of the core obstacles to enrollment growth. Presenters and participants will discuss how to budget for marketing and institutional branding and enrollment; develop and monitor valuable benchmarking research; establish a marketing and communications three-year plan; create enthusiasm and brand champions on campus; get comfortable with social media and the power of video; and deploy a refreshed enrollment-focused institutional brand and communications media strategy to your most valued target audiences.

Marc Camille, President, Albertus Magnus College
W. Joseph King, President, Lyon College
Brian C. Mitchell, Former President of Bucknell University; Managing Principal, Academic Innovators
Ed Sirianno, President, Creative Communication Associates

Sponsored by Creative Communication Associates


 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.   Plenary III: 
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, La Salle University
Anne Prisco, President, Felician University
Andrew Melendres, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, St. Catherine University
Moderator: Chris Domes, President, Neumann University

Sponsored by Lasallian Association of Colleges and Universities 

 5:30 – 6:30 p.m   Evening Reception
 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 Inc.

 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  

Executive Track Workshop A:
Catholic Identity and Mission Assessment (CIMA): Results from the Field

ACCU launched the Catholic Identity and Mission Assessment (CIMA) surveys in spring 2018. Come learn about the infrastructure that is in place to help your campus understand and assess the distinct values of its Catholic mission for the student experience and on institutional practices. Panelists will share learning from the surveys, suggest ways that institutions are using the data, and discuss how to implement best practices for your institution.

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Mark Gunty, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Undergraduate Analytics Program Director, University of Notre Dame
Scott Kelley, Vice President for Mission Integration, DePaul University
Alicia Cordoba Tait, Beirne Director and Professor, Center for Catholic Studies, St. Mary’s University
Georgianna Torres Reyes, Associate Vice President for Student Engagement, DePaul University
Facilitator: Rebecca A. Sawyer, Vice President for Operations, Development, and Member Resources, ACCU

 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  

Executive Track Workshop B: 
The Language of Catholic Higher Education Leadership: Catholic Identity and University Mission

The mission and identity of a Catholic college or university is one of witness and strategy. A shared language across the institution, and across Catholic higher education as a whole, helps develop unity in mission. This session will explore some of the common language that leaders can use to articulate and embrace their institution’s unique identity while also linking to the universal Church and to Catholic higher education across the country. The session will offer practical examples on how to apply this shared language to real-life situations on campus, especially during times of crisis.

Alicia Cordoba Tait, Beirne Director and Professor, Center for Catholic Studies, St. Mary’s University
John Carr, Director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University
Facilitator: Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Director of Executive Educational Programming, ACCU


 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  

Presidential Spouses Session:
The Intersection of Catholic Identity and Development Efforts
Come hear how Catholic identity and university mission inform fundraising and advancement at a Catholic college or university. Following the brief presentation, presidential spouses are invited to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices.

Dan Allen, Vice President for Advancement, DePaul University
Facilitator: Melynda Byrd Ludwick, Presidential Spouse, University of St. Thomas (TX)

 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, STD, President, Brescia University
Sr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, President, College of Saint Mary
Moderator: Scott Flanagan, President, Edgewood College

Sponsored by Metz Culinary Management

Noon   Conference Ends