Presidents Forum

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

9th Annual Presidents Forum

February 13, 2019
Host Chancellor: Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. John B. King, Jr., president and CEO, The Education Trust

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.

Before becoming education secretary, King carried out the duties of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, and innovation. In this role, King also oversaw the agency’s operations. King joined the department following his tenure as the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner.

King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, Mass., and as a middle school principal.

King’s life story is an extraordinary testament to the transformative power of education. Both of King’s parents were career New York City public school educators, whose example serves as an enduring inspiration. Both of King’s parents passed away from illness by the time he was 12 years old. He credits New York City public school teachers — particularly educators at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain Junior High School in Coney Island — for saving his life by providing him with rich and engaging educational experiences and by giving him hope for the future.

King holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, as well as a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. King serves as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Education and is a member of several boards, including those for The Century Foundation, The Robin Hood Foundation, and Teach Plus. He also serves on several advisory boards, including Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, the Rework America Task Force, the GOOD+ Foundation’s Fatherhood Leadership Council, and the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement at the University of California.

King lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife (a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher) and his two daughters, who attend local public schools.You can follow King on Twitter via @JohnBKing.

Dr. Mildred García, president, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

As AASCU's president, Dr. García is an advocate for public higher education at the national level, working to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of member colleges and universities.  She is the first Latina to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining AASCU, Dr. García served as the president of California State University, Fullerton—the largest university in the CSU and the third largest university in the state. President García previously served as president of CSU Dominguez Hills where she was the first Latina president in the largest system of public higher education in the country. Before her arrival in the CSU, President García served as the CEO of Berkeley College where she was the first system-wide president for all six campuses.
She has held both academic and senior-level positions at Arizona State University; Montclair State University; Pennsylvania State University; Teachers College, Columbia University; and the Hostos, LaGuardia, and City Colleges of the City University of New York.

A first-generation college student, Dr. García earned a Doctor of Education degree and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University; a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; a B.S. in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York; and an A.A.S. from New York City Community College.
She actively promotes partnerships between U.S. higher education institutions and societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. She has participated with the Fulbright-Hays Seminar for Presidents in 2011, in Jordan and Oman, as well as attended the Fulbright IEA Seminar in 2017, in France. She has also participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program in 2018, including speaking at the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission Franco-Américaine, in France.

Jeremy Anderson, president, Education Commission of the States

Jeremy Anderson is the president of Education Commission of the States, a national education policy organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers. In his role, Anderson works with all state education leaders, from governors to chief state school officers – from both political parties – to provide unbiased information, personalized support and opportunities for collaboration. Prior to joining the organization in 2012, Jeremy built a strong public service record working with officials in Washington, D.C., with many governors and legislators in states and with education policy organizations around the country.

About Education Commission of the States: Education Commission of the States is a nonprofit organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers across the 50 states, District of Columbia and territories. The organization compiles research on education policies from early learning through postsecondary and workforce, and regularly issues relevant and timely reports providing education leaders with concise, factual overviews on these topics. Education Commission of the States’ policy experts provide unbiased advice on policy plans, consult on proposed legislation, and testify as third-party experts at legislative hearings and interim committees. Education Commission of the States believes that the most effective policy occurs when all state education leaders are involved and actively convenes state leaders within their states and across states to interact, collaborate and learn from each other.


The reservation deadline is January 22, 2019

A block of rooms is reserved at the Proximity Hotel for February 12.  The negotiated rate is $199 plus taxes for a Loft King room.

Reserve your room using this link or call (336) 379-8200 and identify the group name,  2019 President/Chancellor Forum.


2018 Forum
February 9, 2018

Host president: Jo Allen, Meredith College
Location: Raleigh, NC

Twenty-five presidents, along with key administrators, spent a full day learning, sharing, and recommitting to preparing students for democratic citizenship and reinvigorating higher education for the public good. Following a welcome from President Allen, the annual NC Campus Compact Engagement Awards were presented. 

(pictured: Hope Williams, President, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and Carol Quillen) 

Dr. Matthew Hartley, Professor of Education, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education and founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at the University of Pennsylvania, delivered the morning keynote "Knowledge for Social Change: Creating Democratic, Civic and Community-Engaged Institutions." He shared highlights from the 2017 book he co-authored "Knowledge for Social  Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century" (Temple University Press). (pictured: Matt Hartley)

After lunch, Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, discussed "Presidential Leadership in a Post-Truth Era" which included guidance on how higher education leaders can effectively message the value of a liberal education. The afternoon concluded with a discussion on free speech "Can they say that? The role of higher education in promoting free speech and civility" facilitated by Justice Bob Orr, lawyer and former Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and Dr. David McLennan, Professor of Political Science, Meredith College. (pictured: Lynn Pasquerella)

Thanks to the Piedmont Service Group, our 2018 Awards Sponsor and  Aramark, our 2018 Resource Sponsor.  

2017 Forum
February 8, 2017 

Host Chancellor: Harold Martin Sr., North Carolina A & T State University
Location: Greensboro, NC

The 7th annual NC Campus Compact Presidents Forum welcomed 35 college and university presidents and 30 other campus officials, including Chief Diversity and Equity Officers. The morning began with a celebration of NC Campus Compact's 15th Anniversary, including the inaugural screening of the 15th anniversary video, featuring student leaders as well as NC Campus Compact founding President, Leo Lambert, Elon University, and Chancellor Mary Grant, UNC Asheville, Vice-Chair of the national Campus Compact Board and member of the NC Campus Compact Executive Board.

Presentation of the 2017 NC Campus Compact Community and Civic Engagement Awards followed. Winners included Dr. Bill Ingram, President of Durham Technical Community College; Dr. David Malone, Duke University professor; and Dr. Smith Jackson, Elon University Vice President for Student LIfe and Dean of Students. Learn more here.  Photo: Bill Ingram, 2017 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader recipient with Dr. Lambert  Credit: Andrew Krech

At the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony, High Point University President and NC Campus Compact Board Chair, Nido Qubein, announced a surprise $200,000 Challenge gift from High Point University to NC Campus Compact to establish an endowment. Learn more

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, delivered the morning keynote on "What Now": North Carolina's Opportunity to Reimagine Postsecondary Education" sharing insights from his 2015 book, "America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating & Deploying the 21st-Century Workforce." In addition to redesigning postsecondary education, he suggested reinvigorating the private sector, redefining the federal role, and reimagining immigration in order to address the talent gap between available jobs and those prepared for them.  


In the afternoon Dr. Alicia Dowd, professor of education at Penn State University’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, discussed "From Diversity to Equity: Engaging the 'Race Question' in Higher Education." She shared examples from her 2015 publication "Engaging the "Race Question": Accountabilitiy and Equity in U.S. Higher Education" which included lessons learned from  implementation at multiple colleges and universities around the country of the Equity Scorecard, which she helped co-create. 

A panel followed, moderated by Chancellor Martin, featuring Presidents representing various sectors of higher education. They discussed ways they are promoting equity and inclusion within their unique contexts.  

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

Dr. Andrew Seligsohn, President of Campus Compact, delivered the closing keynote on "Why Our Students, Our Communities, and Our Democracy Need Us to Change Our Intitutions." 

NC Campus Compact member presidents attended a reception the night before, hosted by Chancellor Martin at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro. 

Thank you to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Aramark Facility Services for their sponsorship of the 2017 Presidents Forum. 

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: Wilmington, NC

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, NC

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, NC 

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