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Past Leadership Symposium Topics and Speakers


2019: CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Enhancing Student Success Through Civic Engagement
Caryn McTighe Musil
Senior Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives, AAC&U

Chris L. Sellers, PhD, Professor of History
Stony Brook University

Steven Adelson, Area Coordinator, Division of Campus Residences
Stony Brook University
2018: CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Diversity and Inclusion: Embracing Social Justice
Vernon A. Wall
Author • Lecturer • Consultant

Judith B. Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President
Stony Brook University

Patricia Aceves, Assistant Provost and Senior Director, Center for Excellence in Learning at Teaching
Stony Brook University
2017: CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Embracing Diversity & Inclusion: Individual Action for Change
Ajay Nair, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life
Emory University

Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs
Stony Brook University

Robbye Kinkaide, R.E.D.I. Project Director, Office of the Chief Deputy to the President
Stony Brook University
2016: CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Diversity and Inclusion: Enhancing a Campus Climate
Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
University of Pennsylvania

Cheryl D. Hamilton, Assistant Provost and Director of EOP/AIM
Stony Brook University

Timothy R. Ecklund, Ph.D., Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Stony Brook University
2015: CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Thriving: High Impact Practices and the Success of First Generation and Low-Income Students
Jennifer R. Keup, Ph.D., Director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
University of South Carolina

Sacha Kopp, Ph. D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University

Timothy R. Ecklund, Ph.D., Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Stony Brook University
2014:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration on Assessment
Trudy Banta, Ed. D. Professor of Higher Education and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Planning and Evaluation Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Charles Taber, Ph.D. Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Professor of Political Science, Stony Brook University

Ahmed W. Belazi, M.P.H., Director of Planning and Staff Development, Division of Student Affairs, Stony Brook University
2013:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- A new vision for student success 
Laurie A. Schreiner, Ph.D. Chair and Professor, Department of Doctoral Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University  

David L. Ferguson, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Stony Brook University

Jerrold L. Stein, Ph.D. Dean of Students, Stony Brook University 

A Panel of SBU students 
2012:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Closing the Gaps: Promoting College Access and Success for Low-income Students 
  Jennifer Engle, Ph.D. The Education Trust 

David Bynum, Ph.D. Stony Brook University

Cheryl D. Hamilton, M.A. Stony Brook University 

A Panel of SBU students 
2011:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Overcoming Challenges and Redesigning for Success 
Adrianna J. Kezar, Ph.D., University of California 

Charles L. Robbins, D.S.W., Stony Brook University 

Peter M. Baigent, Ed.D Stony Brook University 
2010:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Crossing the Finish Line: Access to Success 
Matthew M. Chingos, co-author of Crossing the Finish Line 

Emily H. Thomas, Director, Office of Planning and Institutional Research 
2009:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Purpose Reconsidered 
Dr. Richard Keeling, Principal and Senior Executive Consultant for Keeling & Associates, LLC 

Dr. Charles L. Robbins, Associate Dean, School of Social Welfare Provost Eric Kaler, Stony Brook University 
2008:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Beyond the Rhetoric, Creating Healthy Campus Communities 
Dr. William McDonald, Vice President for Student Life, Presbyterian College 

Dr. Dennis Heitzmann, Senior Director, Center for Counseling & Counseling Psychology, Penn State 

Dr. Charles L. Robbins, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stony Brook University 
2007:  CHALLENGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- The African American Male Experience 
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, Executive Director, Students African American Brotherhood (S.A.A.B.) 

Dr. Ivory Toldson, Assistant Professor, Howard University 

Dr. Olufemi Vaughn, Professor and Associate Provost, Stony Brook University 
Dr. Thomas Buchanan, President, University of Wyoming

Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, Past President, University of Texas at Austin; President Houston Endowment, Inc. 

Dr. Peter B. Vaughan, Dean, School of Social Services, Fordham University/ Lincoln Center Campus 
2005:  VISIONARY LEADERSHIP: Moral Challenges For Today’s Universities 
Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny, Stony Brook University 

Dr. C.D. Mote, Jr., President, University of Maryland at College Park 

Dr. Timothy White, President, University of Idaho 

Dr. Frances L. Brisbane, Dean, School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University 
Thomas J. Schwarz, Esq., SUNY Purchase 

Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, George Washington University 

Dr. Barbara W. White, Dean, School of Social Work, University of Texas-Austin 
2003:  ETHICAL LEADERSHIP: Challenges To Learning Communities 
Dr. John H. Marburger, III, Science Advisor to the President of the United States 

Dr. Terry Mizrahi, Pres., Nat. Assoc. of Social Workers; Dir. of Educ., Ctr. for Community Organizing, Hunter College 
Dr. Ray M. Bowen Texas A&M University 

Dr. David A. Caputo, Pace University 

Carol J. Carmody, Vice Chair, National Transportation Safety Board 
2001:  CAMPUS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTS: Engineering New Partnerships
Dr. Lattie F. Coor, Arizona State University 

Dr. Carl V. Patton, Georgia State University 

Dr. Norman A. Brown, Chair Points of Light Foundation Board, Pres. Emeritus, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
2000:  INCREASED VIOLENCE: Implications for the Educational Community
Dr. William E. Kirwan, The Ohio State University 

Dr. Marie V. McDemmond, Norfolk State University 

Dr. Gordana Rabrenovic, Assoc. Dir., Brudnick Ctr. on Violence & Social Conflict, Northeastern University
Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., University of The Incarnate Word 

Dr. Gregory S. Prince, Jr. Hampshire College Mariene M. Johnson, CEO, Association of International Educators
Dr. Frank G. Pogue, Jr., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Graham B. Spanier, Penn State University 

Dr. Bruce R. Hare, Professor, Africana Studies, Syracuse University
Dr. Isara Santiago Santiago, Hostos Community College

Dr. Robert H. Suzuki, California State Polytechnic University

Dr. Charles E. Glassick, Interim President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Dr. Frederick L. Ahearn, Dean, School of Social Services, Catholic University 

Dr. Marvalene Hughes, California State University/ Stanislaus 

Dr. Arthur Levine, Teachers College at Columbia University