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The Shifting and Turbulent Landscape of Higher Education


MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 15:15 to 16:30 EST

Leaders from higher education discuss the shifting and turbulent landscape of higher education.

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Kevin Kruger 

Session Chair
NASPA

Tia Brown McNair

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC

Susan Whealler Johnston

NACUBO

John O'Brien

EDUCAUSE

  • Dr. Kevin Kruger draws on more than 40 years of experience in higher education. Since 2012, he has served as president and CEO for NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Prior to his role as president, Dr. Kruger worked for 18 years as the associate executive director and served as the chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO) for NASPA. He has held a range of student affairs positions at Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland. As NASPA president, Dr. Kruger represents student affairs at a variety of national forums and is a frequent contributor to higher education news stories on the college student experience. Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally and globally on trends in higher education, student success, degree-completion strategies for low- income/first-generation students, and change management and leadership in higher education. He is the proud father of two children, one a recent college graduate and the other a college sophomore. Dr. Kruger received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.
  • Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success. McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers," "Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning," and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.”McNair also oversees AAC&U’s yearly thematic Conferences. She is the lead author of the books From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). In March 2020, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education named AAC&U’s Tia Brown McNair one of thirty-five outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibited extraordinary leadership skills, and made a positive difference in their communities. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.
  • Dr. Susan Whealler Johnston is president and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), a position she has held since August 1, 2018. Prior to joining NACUBO, she was at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), and for 12 years she served as its executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as strategic planning. While at AGB, she led national projects on a range of topics including college costs, shared governance, institutional risk, educational quality, and student success. She was also a regular contributor to Trusteeship magazine.
    Prior to joining AGB, Susan was professor of English and dean of academic development at Rockford University. She also served as associate dean at Regent’s College, Rockford’s London campus. While at Rockford, she served as department chair, chaired the university’s strategic planning effort, and created grant-funded programs connecting the institution and the community on such topics as girls and STEM, women in the arts, and civic engagement.  
    Susan chairs the board of trustees of Rollins College, a private liberal arts college in Florida; serves on the board of visitors of Radford University, a comprehensive public university in Virginia; and is a member of the board of trustees at the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. She is immediate past chair of the board of the Southern Education Foundation, and she is a member of the advisory committee of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  
    Susan writes and speaks on a range of topics including higher education, governance, leadership, and Jane Austen. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from Purdue University and her B.A. summa cum laude in English from Rollins College. She has an honorary doctorate from Rockford University. 
  • John O’Brien is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE, an international nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through technology innovation. Throughout his career in higher education, John has served as a leader in technology, academics, and institutional leadership. He was a faculty leader in instructional technology, a statewide IT project leader, and associate vice chancellor/deputy CIO at the system level. He has been a college provost and president in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, the fourth largest higher education system in the United States with over 375,000 students. Prior to his appointment at EDUCAUSE, he served as the system’s senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs. John holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana University, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.

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