2014 Civic Engagement Institute

"Anchoring Community Vitality:
Linking Campus Community Engagement and Economic Development"


On February 4, 2014, over 200 economic development professionals, college administrators, faculty and staff, representing 24 campuses throughout North Carolina, attended the CEI at UNC Wilmington.  Thirty-four presenters led 26 breakout sessions exploring ways to align higher education economic development and community engagement activities. We are grateful to our sponsors NobleHour, the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS), the Kettering Foundation, and Audubon International. IPVS provided several scholarships for attendance at the Institute.  Photos by: Jeff Janowski/UNCW.

Download the complete conference program here.  Visit this link for workshop presenter bios.

Click here for the Post Institute Follow-Up and Recommendations for next steps.

Below are presentations that the facilitators have graciously made available.

Civic Engagement and Economic Development in Local Communities:  The Need for Integrated Marketing Communications in Small Business
Pia Albinsson, Appalachian State University

Rural Postsecondary Institutions: Partners for Community Change
Dan Broun, MDC, Inc.

Duke-Durham Partnership: Contributions to Public Education
Jenny Carolina and Sam Miglarese, Duke University

Rethinking Success:  Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21sts Century
Andy Chan, Wake Forest University

Leveraging Campus Partnerships to Build Community Engagement and Services
Donna Gallagher, NC IDA Collaborative

The promise and challenges of leading an anchor institution deeply committed to community engagement
Richard Guarasci, Wagner College

Interactions to Promote Equitable Neighborhood Change
Liz Hudson, Kettering Foundation

Educating for Change: Models for Higher Education’s Role in
Comprehensive Community Initiatives

Liz Hudson, Kettering Foundation

When Economic Development is also Economic Engagement: Why Does it Matter?
Emily Janke and Kristin Medlin, UNC Greensboro

Campus-based advocacy for an economy that works for all
Amber Moodie-Dyer, Budget and Tax Center, NC Justice Center

Audubon International's Sustainable Communities
Joanna Nadeau, Audubon International

Exploring Mutual Benefit and Reciprocity: A Case Study of the Lucille W. Gorham Intergeneratinal Community Center
Beth Velde and Dennis McCunney, East Carolina University

Partnerships Between Public Research Universities and Independent Colleges for the Purpose of Community Economic Development: The ACCED
Jesse White, UNC Chapel Hill

Economic Development Leaders Partnering With NC Campuses: An Invitation to be Engaged
Steve Yost, NC Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership

Plenary Sessions

A special thank you to the following plenary presenters for sharing their insights throughout the day. Follow the links to download the available presentations.

Opening Session

Campus Showcase: UNC Wilmington

  • Gary Miller, Chancellor, UNC Wilmington
  • Bill Saffo, Mayor, Wilmington, NC


  • Richard Guarasci, President, Wagner College
  • Barbara Holland, Researcher and Consultant

Closing Session

  • Maureen Curley, President, Campus Compact
    • Introduction
  • Richard Guarasci, President Wagner College
    • A Comprehensive Approach to Economic Development: A Case Study of a Local Neighborhood Partnership
  • Bryan Toney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, UNC Greensboro
    • Next Steps


Special thanks to UNCW for hosting a reception at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The gathering featured locally sourced food.  


Many thanks to UNC Wilmington for hosting the 2014 Civic Engagement Institute. We particularly want to acknowledge Chancellor Gary Miller, member of the NC Campus Compact Executive Board, and his staff who ensured all details of the Institute were in place: Jenni Harris, Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships; and Laura Brogdon, Administrative Assistant, Chancellor’s Office. Thanks also to Amelie Brogden, Campus Life Director of Conferences, Events and Reservations, Elizabeth Overton, University Advancement, and Kristin Shelton, Catering Sales Manager

The 2014 CEI planning committee:

Brett Altman, NC Rural Economic Development Center
Morris Autry, Elizabeth City State University
Steve Friedland, Elon School of Law
Leslie Garvin, NC Campus Compact
Mark Gibson, Wake Technical Community College
Penny Godfrey, Central Piedmont Community College
Jenni Harris, UNC Wilmington
Randall Johnson, NC Biotechnology Center
Lisa Keyne, NC Campus Compact
Clark Maddux, Appalachian State University
Sam Miglarese, Duke University
Lane Perry, Western Carolina University
Bryan Toney, UNC Greensboro
Steve Virgil, Wake Forest University
James Zuiches, NC State University

Save the Date

The theme of the 2015 Institute is "A Common Agenda, Collective Impact:  Campus, Community, Compact" and will be hosted at Elon University on February 17th.