Jeffrey Selingo helps parents and higher-education leaders imagine the college and university of the future and how to succeed in a fast-changing economy. His latest book, There Is Life After College, explores how today’s young adults need to navigate school for the job market of tomorrow. Selingo is also the author of College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, a New York Times bestselling education book in 2013. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, a special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities. He is the former top editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Ron Pressman is responsible for leading TIAA Institutional Financial Services, which helps institutional clients manage and solve their financial challenges and provide a lifetime of financial security to their employees. In this role, he has oversight of TIAA’s Institutional Retirement and robust and growing endowments and foundations business. Pressman also oversees institutional product management, TIAA’s Client Services Group, the firm’s retiree healthcare savings business, and the TIAA Institute. Prior to TIAA, he worked for GE leading a number of business lines in the U.S. and abroad. Pressman is a distinguished business leader and innovator with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services, investment management, real estate and insurance industries.
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's editorial director for strategic partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces to the National Journal, Quartz and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Janet Napolitano leads a university system that includes 10 campuses, 5 medical centers, 3 affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resource program. As president, she has launched initiatives to stabilize in-state tuition and achieve financial stability for the university; improve the community college transfer process; and accelerate the translation of University of California research into products and services.
John Pistole became president of Anderson University on March 1, 2015, the fifth person in the nearly 100-year history of the university to serve as president. In 1983, Pistole began his 26-year career with the FBI and served on multiple assignments. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism (CT) program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security (CT and Counterintelligence). In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI. President Obama nominated Pistole as Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the spring of 2010. Under Pistole, the TSA moved from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to a risk-based, intelligence driven agency which has changed the way millions of people fly every year. In June, 2015, Pistole was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He was also appointed to the Aspen Institute for Homeland Security, and serves as an advisor to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Susan Basso has been with Penn State since December 2010. She reports directly to the senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer, and is a member of the President’s Council. Overall, she is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic operations of human resources at one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive universities. She previously held leadership roles with Seton Hall University and the Pennsylvania State System at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Basso has served in a leadership role in a number of volunteer organizations and at both the local and regional levels of CUPA-HR. From 2012 through 2015, she served on TIAA’s Advisory Council. She has authored several articles and has spoken at several regional and national conferences on HR transformation and particularly, the role of technology.
Since assuming the role in 2012, David Gray has been responsible for the management of finance and business and the strategic planning process for the unit, including: physical plant, human resources, police and public safety, investment management, auxiliary and business services, corporate controller, internal audit, ethics, and compliance. In this capacity, he also serves as a member of the board of directors for Penn State Health. Additionally, Gray serves as a member of the President’s Council and the board of directors for the Corporation for Penn State, and chairs the Penn State Investment Council and the University Health Care Advisory Committee. Prior to his role at Penn State, he served in various leadership roles for the University of Massachusetts.
As provost since 2013, Dr. Nicholas Jones is the university’s chief academic officer, responsible for the administration of all of Penn State’s research and educational programs, as well as the general academic welfare of the faculty and students. In his role as executive vice president, he serves as the chief executive officer in the president’s absence, and he is centrally involved in most university operations. Dr. Jones chairs the meetings of Penn State’s Council of Academic Deans and the Academic Leadership Council. He serves on the President’s Council and is an ex officio member of the University Faculty Senate and Senate Council. He also chairs the University Strategic Planning Council, which recently completed work on the university-wide strategic plan for the calendar years 2016 through 2020, entitled “Our Commitment to Impact.” He previously held positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
As a partner at the Institute for Enterprise Excellence (IEX) and a senior advisor to the Shingo Institute at Utah State University, Max Brown works with leading organizations to create sustainable and meaningful results. Over the past 20 years, he has made nearly 3,000 presentations and met with leaders all around the world. Brown regularly presents at one of GE’s highest-rated leadership programs, sharing insights from his book, Leadership Vertigo: Why Even the Best Leaders Go Off Course and How They Can Get Back On Track.
Keith Woods leads the development of NPR's vision and strategy for diversity as a member of the executive leadership team. His focus is on helping NPR and member stations strengthen the breadth and depth of diversity in content, staff, audience and the work environment. Woods joined NPR in 2010 after 15 years at the Poynter Institute, the nation's leading training center for professional journalists. He regularly writes and speaks on race and media and is the co-author of The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity. Woods has consulted with most of the leading U.S. news organizations, and worked with faculty at journalism schools across the country to better incorporate diversity in their teaching.
Marybeth Gasman’s areas of expertise include the history of American higher education; Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) with an emphasis on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; racism and diversity; fundraising and philanthropy; and higher education leadership. She is the founding director of the Penn Center for MSIs, which works to strengthen, support and amplify the contributions of MSIs and those scholars interested in them. Gasman is the author or editor of 22 books, including Educating a Diverse Nation, Envisioning Black Colleges, Rediscovering Booker T. Washington and Academics Going Public.
In addition to the above-mentioned role, Kevin McDonald, J.D., Ed.D., was recently named the University of Missouri’s interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity. As a diversity and inclusion professional, Dr. McDonald has developed a significant track record of transformational contributions toward organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. His efforts revolve around inextricably binding organizational pursuits of excellence with diversity and inclusion efforts. From access and success to education and scholarship and institutional infrastructures, Dr. McDonald has worked collaboratively to create initiatives that positively influence policies, practices, and processes.
Nerissa Morris joined the University of Miami in October 2009, overseeing university-wide HR operations including total rewards, client services, talent acquisition, workplace equality and performance management and workforce engagement and development and providing services to over 14,000 faculty and staff. Prior to her current role, she had more than 20 years of HR experience with the Ford Motor Company.
Dr. Javier A. Reyes oversees a college of more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, 104 faculty and 55 staff. He has served in that capacity since July 2016. An expert in global economic matters, Reyes is an award-winning educator, an innovative leader in learning technologies, an experienced relationship builder between industry and academics, and a champion for diversity and inclusion. Prior to West Virginia University (WVU), he served in simultaneous roles at the University of Arkansas: vice provost for distance education, associate dean for undergraduate studies and executive education at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and as a full professor in economics. He served at the University of Arkansas since 2003 in a number of administrative roles, including as director of the Walton College's honors program.
Bob Doll has 36 years of portfolio management experience and is a highly respected authority on the equities markets among investors, advisors and the media. As the author of widely followed weekly commentaries and annual market predictions, Doll provides ongoing, timely market perspectives. Prior to joining Nuveen, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as chief equity strategist at Blackrock, president and chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, and chief investment officer of Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.
Lisa Black is responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s public fixed-income investment activities, including portfolio management, research, trading, derivatives and quantitative portfolio management. Previously, she served as interim chief investment officer of the TIAA General Account, head of public fixed-income portfolio management, and the head of public-fixed income trading. Prior to that, Black held other roles at TIAA, including portfolio manager of the short-term and intermediate-term bond funds.
Saira Malik is the head of global active equity portfolio management and also has portfolio management responsibilities for the diversified equity investment strategy. She joined TIAA in 2003 and has 21 years of investment experience, including positions with JP Morgan Asset Management as vice president and portfolio manager for a small-cap growth fund, as well as an equity research analyst.
Jose Minaya is responsible for the business activities and strategic direction across various asset classes, including real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure and energy, and alternative credit strategies. He also acts as chairman to several subsidiary companies, including TH Real Estate, Westchester Group Investment Management, GreenWood Resources, AGR Partners, and Churchill Asset Management. Minaya has 22 years of investment experience, including positions at AIG Global Investment Group, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.
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