Presidents Forum


Since 2011 NC Campus Compact has convened member Presidents/Chancellors to discuss the role of Presidents in the development and institutionalization of higher education community engagement. The Forum is held in conjunction with the PACE Conference.  Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin.

7th Annual Presidents Forum (for all North Carolina Presidents & Chancellors)

February 8, 2017 (10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Hosted by Chancellor Harold Martin Sr.
at North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Check-in and Breakfast 
10 a.m. - noon - Opening Session (Access & Success)

Noon - Lunch
1:10 p.m. - Afternoon Session (Equity & Inclusion)

Keynote: Dr. Alicia Dowd

Presidential Panel

Moderator: Chancellor Mary Grant, UNC Asheville 

President Bill Ingram, Durham Technical Community College
President Carol Quillen, Davidson College
Chancellor Elwood Robinson, Winston-Salem State University
Chancellor Jose Sartarelli, UNC Wilmington

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Closing Session - The Public and Democratic Value of Higher Education
Keynote: Dr. Andrew Seligsohn

Keynote Speakers

Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education, and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. He previously served as co-founder and president of the nonpartisan, Washington, DC-based Institute for Higher Education Policy, and as executive director of a bipartisan national commission on college affordability appointed by the President and Congressional leaders. Merisotis is the author of the highly-regarded 2015 book "America Needs Talent," published by RosettaBooks. Learn more

Alicia C. Dowd

Alicia Dowd, Ph.D., is professor of education at Penn State University’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. Her research focuses on political–economic issues of racial and ethnic equity in college student experiences and outcomes, organizational change, accountability, and the factors affecting student attainment in higher education. From 2009 to 2015, Dowd co-directed the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California, where she was instrumental in developing the Equity Scorecard, CUE’s signature action research process.  She is the coauthor, with Estela Mara Bensimon, of Engaging the “Race Question”: Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education (published 2015 by TCPress), which presents lessons learned from Equity Scorecard implementation in multiple colleges and universities in two states (California and Wisconsin). That collaboration, which is focused on the mission of producing the tools that higher education needs to bring about racial equity in higher education, will continue through Dowd’s role as a CUE senior research associate. Learn more

Andrew J. Seligsohn 

Andrew Seligsohn is president of Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1100 colleges and universities dedicated to the public purposes of higher education. As president, Seligsohn has focused on strengthening Campus Compact’s support for deep partnerships between campuses and communities through comprehensive campus planning. He is also leading efforts to expand Campus Compact’s professional development and student civic leadership offerings. Before joining Campus Compact in June of 2014, Seligsohn served as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden, where he worked across the campus to develop the university’s engagement infrastructure to maximize community impact and student learning. Learn more

Forum Location

NC A & T State University
Alumni-Foundation Event Center
200 North Benbow Road
Greensboro, NC 27411
PARKING MAP (event center is building #21, parking in lot #17)


Proximity Hotel
704 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408

Make your reservations at this link. The special rate of $175.00 for a king room is available for February 7. The reservation deadline was December 7, 2016. However, they will make every effort to honor the group rate as long as there are rooms available. 


Thank you to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for their sponsorship of the 2017 Presidents Forum. Learn more about their important Community Relations efforts.



Reception (for NC Campus Compact member presidents only)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:30 p.m.
International Civil Rights Center and Museum
134 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Heavy hors d'oeuvers, light cocktails and rotating museum tours
RSVP by January 31 or 336-256-0863
Parking available in the BB & T parking lot located at corner of Greene Street and February One Place 

2016 Presidents Forum
"Partners in Progress: Presidents, Institutions, and Communities"
February 10, 2016 

Host President: Nido Qubein, High Point University
Location: High Point, NC

The 6th annual NC Campus Compact Presidents Forum on February 10 welcomed 30 college and university presidents and chancellors, along with 20 other top campus administrators. The Forum agenda included presentations by national experts on higher education engagement, a panel of NC Presidents, and a conversation with NC Governor Pat McCrory.

Gene Chasin, chief operating officer of the national non-profit Say Yes to Education, shared his perspective on the group’s new partnership with Guilford County Schools to provide last-dollar funding for public school graduates attending college in NC. Steve Dubb, director of special projects at the Democracy Collaborative, shared his research on the role of anchor institutions. A trio of leaders – ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, Wake Tech President Stephen Scott, and Warren Wilson College President Steven Solnick – discussed their experience institutionalizing and expanding civic and community engagement at their respective campuses.

NC Governor Pat McCrory

In a conversation and Q&A moderated by High Point University President Nido Qubein, Governor McCrory discussed the crucial role higher education plays in NC’s future, as well as top priorities for the state. 

2015 Forum
September 30, 2015
"Creating a Culture for #ServiceYear in North Carolina"

Host President: Leo Lambert, Elon University
Location: Elon, NC

Click on the photo below to scroll through the gallery.

NC Campus Compact Presidents Forum

Retired General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counterterrorism task force, Joint Special Operations Command, served as the keynote speaker. McChrystal currently serves as chair of the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute. The project aspires to create a 21st century national service corps that acts as a counterpart to military service in the United States. Its goal is to foster 1 million civilian service opportunities that will provide every American between the ages of 18 and 28 the opportunity to complete a fully paid, full-time year of service in organizations.

To realize this vision, the Franklin Project engages Americans from the private sector, higher education, government, the military, the faith community, and philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to develop innovative policy ideas and to build momentum around advancing a new vision of civilian service.

Throughout the day participants shared ideas and discussed ways service can be incorporated into higher education. Concepts range from pre-college gap years, to mid-college time off, to a year of service after graduation. Leaders put forward ideas for engaging students, generating campus support for service opportunities and seeking the financial support to implement those endeavors.

Presidential panel participants:

  • Richard Brodhead, Duke University
  • Carol Quillen, Davidson College
  • Taylor Reveley, College of William & Mary
  • Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University

Moderator: Leo Lambert, Elon University

(pictured l to r: Brodhead and Quillen)

Philanthropy/Business panel participants:

  • Dave King, CEO, LabCorp
  • Kristy Teskey, Executive Director, John M. Belk Endowment
  • Nancy Cable, President, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • Tom Brinkley, Executive Director, Student Professional Development Center, Elon University 

Moderator: Harold Martin, Chancellor, NC A & T State University

Service Year alumni panel participants:

  • Tabitha Blackwell, Campbell University alum (AmeriCorps)
  • Patti Baynes, NC State alum (College Advising Corps)
  • Jarrod Lowery, UNC Pembroke alum (U.S. Marine Corps and AmeriCorps)
  • Sara Pasquinelli, Elon University alum (Teach for America)

Moderator: Drew Stelljes, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership, College of William & Mary

See complete highlights here. 

2014 Forum
February 5, 2014

Host President: Gary Miller, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Location: UNC Wilmington

Presentations and Discussions

Building a Sustained Higher Education and Business Collaboration: Opportunity Greensboro 
Chancellor Linda Brady, UNC Greensboro Chancellor Harold Martin, NC A&T

Maximizing Economic Development and Community Engagement Impact on Staten Island
President Richard Guarasci, Wagner College

Campus Compact Moving Strategically Forward: North Carolina and National
Maureen Curley, President, Campus Compact
President Richard Guarasci, member, Campus Compact Executive Board

The Franklin Project: Making Possible a Year of Service
Jason Mangone, Director, The Franklin Project
MacKenzie Moritz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, The Franklin Project

Higher Education Linkages that Build Vital Communities
Dr. Jody Kretzmann, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University

Leading an Anchor Institution deeply committed to Community Engagement
President Richard Guarasci, Wagner College

How to get a job with a philosophy degree: Transforming higher education to prepare students for life
Andy Chan, Vice President, Office of Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University

The Strategic Value of Engagement: Creating a Culture of Engagement
Dr. Barbara Holland, Researcher and Consultant

Setting our Course for the Future
President Leo M. Lambert, Elon University and member of the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board

Chancellor and Mrs. Miller hosted a reception for Presidents on February 4 at Kenan House.

Photo: Members of the NC Campus Compact Executive Board (Leo Lambert, Elon; Jo Allen, Meredith; Ken Peacock, Appalachian State University; Nido Qubein, High Point University; Kyle Carter, UNC Pembroke; James Anderson, Fayetteville State University; Gary Miller, UNC Wilmington; Lisa Keyne, NC Campus CompactPhotos by: Jeff Janowski/UNCW.

2013 Forum 
February 13, 2013

Host President: Leo Lambert, Elon University
Location: Elon University

Keynote speaker: Peter L. Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Director of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University

Roundtable discussions: 

President Jo Allen, Meredith College, moderator

American Public Higher Education and the Value of Place:  New Frontier
Chancellor Gary L. Miller, University of North Carolina Wilmington & NC Campus Compact Board member

The Strategic Value of Engagement: Creating a Culture of Engagement

Judith A. Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and President Emerita of Winona State University

Creating a Culture of Engagement in North Carolina: The Strategic Value of our Compact
Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, Appalachian State University, NC Campus Compact Executive Board Chair (pictured in top photo to the left)
President Garrett D. Hinshaw, Catawba Valley Community College & NC Campus Compact Executive Board Member

Setting our Course for the Future
Chancellor Kyle Carter, University of North Carolina Pembroke (pictured in bottom photo to the left)


2012 Forum
"Intensifying Engagement: Presidents talking to Presidents"
February 15, 2012 (held in conjunction with NC Campus Compact's 10th Anniversary Celebration)

Host Presidents: NC Campus Compact Executive Board
Location: The Friday Center (Chapel Hill, NC)

Keynote speakers: Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President at the Association of American Colleges and Universities; Dr. Mark Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; and Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University

Panel discussants: 

Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
President Brian Murphy, De Anza College

Moderator: Dr. Leo M. Lambert, President, Elon University & NC Campus Compact Executive Board member

Panel discussants:

President Scott Ralls, NC Community Colleges & NC Campus Compact Executive Board (pictured to the right)
President Carol Quillen, Davidson College (pictured to the right) 
Chancellor Phil Dubois, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Introductions: President Julianne Malveaux, Bennett College
Moderated: President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

2011 Forum
"Service as a Solution"
February 9, 2011

Host President: Leo Lambert, Elon University
Location: Elon University 

Keynote speaker: Nicole Gallant, Director, Learn & Serve America, Corporation for National & Community Service

Panel Discussants: President Scott Ralls, NC Community College System; President Tom Ross, University of North Carolina; President Hope Williams, NC Independent Colleges & Universities

Moderator: President Garrett Hinshaw, Catawba Valley Community College & NC Campus Compact Executive Board member