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2022 Annual Meeting Schedule

Preliminary Program at a Glance

Session topics and speakers will be added once finalized. 
Friday, February 4 
7:00 am – 7:00 pm     Registration/Information/Check-In Open
7:30 am – 7:30 pm     Institute for New Presidents
8:30 am – 4:30 pm          Women Executive Leaders Pre-Conference
11:00 am – Noon     ACCU Executive Committee Meeting

Noon – 5:00 pm    

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


ACCU Board Meeting 

Campus Ministers Pre-Conference


Saturday, February 5    

7:00 am – 6:00 pm    

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration/Information/Check-In Open 


8:30 am – 4:00 pm    

Affinity Groups Pre-Conferences

•    Campus Ministry Directors

•    Chief Academic Officers

•    Mission Officers

•    Senior Diversity Officers

•    Senior Student Affairs Officers

•    Service Learning and Community Engagement Scholar-Practitioners

8:00 am - 3:00 pm Charism Wrap-Around Meetings (various times)
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm       Opening Liturgy
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm     Opening Reception 

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  


Awards Dinner 


Sunday, February 6

7:00 am – 5:00 pm     

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Registration/Information/Check-In Open


8:30 am – 8:45 am     Opening Prayer and Welcome
8:45 am – 9:45 am     PLENARY I - The Importance of Human Community In This Moment
Vivek Murthy, United States Surgeon General 
John DeGioia, President, Georgetown University, Moderator

9:45 am – 10:00 am      Break w/coffee
10:00 am – 11:00 am  

A1 - Creative Developments in Catholic Higher Education

Jeffrey Senese, President, Saint Leo University
Miguel Martinez-Saenz, President, St. Francis College
Fr. James Maher, CM, President, Niagara University 
Lizbeth Martin, President, Notre Dame de Namur University
Antoine Garibaldi, President, University of Detroit Mercy 

A2 - Emerging Sponsorship Models
Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, CM, President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Nadine Jalandoni, Director of Research, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities 
Francesco Cesareo, President, Assumption University, Moderator

A3 - Internationalizing Catholic Education in the COVID Era: Risks, Challenges and Opportunities 
Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor, University of Notre Dame, Australia
Isabel Gil, Rector, Catholic University of Portugal, and President of International Federation of Catholic Universities
Peter Meehan, Vice Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University, Ontario, Canada
Gerry Turcotte, President, St. Mary’s University, Alberta, Canada, Moderator
10:00 am – 11:00 am 



Inspiring Catholic Impact Investors to Increase DEI Persistence and Retention 
C. Elizabeth Abeyta-Price, CEO and Co-founder, Impact Capital Funds
Bridget Anne Morrey, Director of Partnerships, Impact Capital Funds
Craig D. Price, Senior Vice President of Operations, Impact Capital Funds

Staying True to Your Mission and Values When Everything Around You Is Changing
Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, President, Marywood University
Michael Grandillo, President, Madonna University 
Mary Ann Gawalek, President, Lourdes University
Mike Glubke, Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Campus

Integrating the Arts to Create Diverse Campus Communities
Melissa DelVecchio, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Joseph Becherer, Director, Curator of Sculpture, Concurrent Professor of Art History, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Legal Issues Updates: Maintaining Identity and Fidelity in a Changing Environment 
Mark E. Chopko, Chair, Nonprofit & Religious Organizations, Stradley Ronon

Michael D. O'Mara, Partner, Stradley Ronon

11:00 am – 11:15 am     Break  
11:30 am – 12:30 pm     PLENARY II - Using a Faith Tradition to Strengthen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work
Eboo Patel, President and Founder, Interfaith Youth Core
Colleen Hanycz, President, Xavier University, Moderator

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm      Lunch (served Buffet)
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm     CONCURRENT SESSIONS
B1 - Ways Universities Can Lead on the Issues of Climate Change 
Jose Aguto, Executive Director, Catholic Climate Covenant
Lindsey Kalkbrenner, Director, Center of Sustainability, Santa Clara University
Tim Collins, President, Walsh University, Moderator 

B2 - Gender Identity on Catholic Campuses
Christine Caron Gebhardt, Assistant Vice President for Student Services, University of Notre Dame 
Sr. Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, President, Chestnut Hill College, Moderator

B3 - The State of Theology, Philosophy, and Catholic Studies 
Fr. Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, President, Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, University of Southern California
Kenneth Parker, Chair, Department of Catholic Studies, Duquesne University 
Mary Catherine Sommers, Professor Emerita and Past Director, The Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas Houston 
Patrick Maggitti, Provost, Villanova University, Moderato

How Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations Make Enrolling Underrepresented Students Scalable and Sustainable
Arvid Johnson, President, University of St. Francis
Eric Wignall, Vice President for Admissions, Athletics, Enrollment Services & Marketing, University of St. Francis 
Wenie Lado, Senior College Success Manager,

Equitable Access for Course Materials: Equipping Every Learner with What They Need
Stephanie Rager, Management Coach, Slingshot

How to Overcome IT Challenges, Realize Cost Savings and Transform for the Future with Technology 
Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, TOR, President, Saint Francis University
Kim Fahey, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Collegis Education

Long-term Prosperity: The Role for Mergers, Affiliations and Shared Services
Rick Beyer, Senior Fellow, AGB

Wellness on Demand
Seli Fakorzi, Director of Mental Health Operations, TimelyMD
Kristen Buglione, Health Literacy, Health Coaching & Provider Training Lead, TimelyMD
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm     Break w/coffee 

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                


Plenary III - Managing Cancel Culture from Left to Right 
Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College, Northampton, MA 
H. James Williams, President, Mount St. Joseph University
Suzanne Halpin, Managing Director, Rubenstein Strategic Communications 
Gerry Turcotte, President, St. Mary’s University, Alberta, Canada, Moderator

Monday, February 7

7:00 am – Noon 

7:00 am - 8:00 am



7:00 am – 10:00 am     ACCU Presidents Only Business Meeting
8:15 am – 9:45 am   

C1 - Synodality and the Role of Catholic Higher Education 
Massimo Faggioli, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
Fr. Memo Campuzano, CM, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, DePaul University
Barbara McCrabb, Assistant Director for Higher Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Catholic Education
Claire Noonan, Vice President, Mission & Planning, Dominican University, Moderator

C2 - Service Learning and Community Engagement in Catholic Higher Education
Mehnaz Afridi, Director, Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center and Professor, Religious Studies, Manhattan College

Howard Rosing, Executive Director, Steans Center, DePaul University

María Rosa Tapia, Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (CLAYSS) and Uniservitate, Global Program for Service Learning in Catholic Higher Education

Rebecca Sawyer, Vice President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Moderator
8:15 am – 9:45 am     Graduate Student Seminar
8:15 am – 9:45 am     Presidential Spouses Session

10:00 am – 11:00 am    


PLENARY IV - The Future of Catholic Higher Education
Fr. James Heft, SM, Professor of Religion, University of Southern California

Tania Tetlow, President, Loyola University (LA), Moderator 


The 2022 Annual Meeting closes at the end of Plenary IV.