Presidents Forum

February 4-5, 2014 - UNC Wilmington

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

All NC Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are invited to the annual Presidents Forum.  Held in conjunction with the Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, the Forum provides opportunity to discuss issues and ideas related to leading higher education institutions committed to developing civically-engaged graduates and strengthening communities.

This year, presidents and chancellors are invited to arrive on February 4 for special afternoon sessions of the Civic Engagement Institute (CEI).

Lodging Options

Holiday Inn Resort (all rooms oceanfront)
1706 N. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 256-2231 (hotel main)
(877) 330-5050 - Reservations
7.5 miles from UNC Wilmington - airport shuttle available
Complimentary 24-hour Business Center and free Internet access
$109.00 plus taxes

The following two hotels are adjacent to each other and 2 miles from campus:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
307 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
Free continental breakfast and wireless access
$71 plus taxes, negotiated rate.
Reserve by January 29th to secure this special rate. Follow this link to make reservations ( or call and ask for Campus Compact rate.
Link to hotel directions.

TownPlace Suites by Marriott Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach (SOLD OUT TUESDAY NIGHT)
305 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
(910) 332-3326
Free breakfast and wireless access.
$74 plus taxes, negotiated rate.
Reserve by January 15th to secure this special rate. Follow this link to make reservations ( or call and ask for Campus Compact rate.
Link to hotel directions.

The full agenda is below. Presidents and chancellors should register by contacting Rene Summers (336-278-7278).

Presidents Forum Agenda

February 4 (2:50 - 8:00 pm)

2:50 - 3:50 pm

Civic Engagement Institute (CEI) Breakout Sessions

  • Building a sustained, community collaboration: Opportunity Greensboro and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
    • Dr. Linda Brady, Chancellor, UNC Greensboro
    • Dr. Harold Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina A&T
  • The Hickory Economic Development initiative
    • Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College
  • Communities harnessing the energy of social entrepreneurs: Successful models
    • Christopher Gergen, CEO, Forward Impact; Innovator in Residence, Center for Creative Leadership; Fellow, CASE at Duke University
  • Community engagement, tree falls and impacts
    • Leslie Boney, Vice President for International, Community and Economic Development, UNC General Administration
4:00 - 5:00 pm

CEI Closing Plenary

  • Maximizing Economic Development and Community Engagement impact on Staten Island
    • President Richard Guarasci, Wagner College
5:15 - 6:00 pm

Moving Forward Strategically: North Carolina Campus Compact and National

  • Dr. Maureen Curley, President, Campus Compact
  • Senator Harris Wofford, former Chair, Campus Compact Executive Board
  • President Richard Guarasci, Wagner College, member Campus Compact Exec. Board
6:30 - 8:00 pmReception hosted by Chancellor Gary Miller, UNC Wilmington

February 5 (7:30 am - 1:30 pm)

7:30 -
8:40 am 

Breakfast, Madeline Suite

  • The Franklin Project: Making possible a year of service
    • Senator Harris Wofford and Jason Mangone, the Franklin Project
9:00 am  Opening PACE Plenary, Burney Ballroom A
  • Community Engagement, now more than ever: Adding value to town and gown
    • Senator Harris Wofford
  • Response: Putting the vision into practice
    • President Richard Guarasci
  • Awards presentations, including the Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award
10:20 am   Presidents and Chancellors move to Madeline Suite
10:40 am

Presidents Forum presentations and discussion

  • 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
  • Summary: Setting our Course for the Future
    • Dr. Leo M. Lambert, President, Elon University, member, North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board
12:40 pm    Lunch hosted by Chancellor Gary Miller, UNC Wilmington
1:30 pmDeparture

Register here

Biographical sketches of presenters

Andy Chan
Vice President for Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University
Since August 2009, Andy Chan has overseen Wake Forest University’s Office of Personal and Career Development, which is creating a supportive career community designed to teach, advise and equip students to successfully navigate their path from college to career. The OPCD includes Career and Professional Development; the Mentoring Resource Center; the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship; Leadership Development; and the Family Business Center. He serves as a member of the senior staff of the Provost and is also a member of President Nathan O. Hatch’s Cabinet.

Chan was previously the assistant dean and director of the MBA Career Management Center at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Before joining Stanford, Chan served as president and CEO of eProNet, an online recruiting and career network based on exclusive relationships with university alumni associations. Earlier, he was president and CEO of MindSteps, a corporate education software start-up. Chan has extensive executive leadership and career coaching experience as well as business experience in venture-backed start-ups, The Learning Company, The Clorox Company and Bain & Company.
He earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University.

Maureen F. Curley
President, Campus Compact
Dr. Maureen F. Curley is president of Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to advancing the public purpose of higher education through community-based learning, engaged scholarship and community campus partnerships. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, concentrating in the areas of aging, community service and public policy. Among other leadership positions, she has served as Director of Public Policy for the Community Service Society of New York and as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, where she oversaw distribution of $12 million in grants to support AmeriCorps, community service-learning and mentoring programs. She also served as the Chief Relationship Officer for Bridgestar, an initiative of The Bridgespan Group.

Curley serves on the Board of Governors of Antioch University and was co-chair of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Commonwealth Corps Commission. Curley has taught courses on nonprofit and volunteer management at Columbia University, New York University, and UMass-Boston. She holds a BA in political science from Emmanuel College and an MA in human services administration from Antioch University New England.

Richard Guarasci
President, Wagner College
Dr. Richard Guarasci (pronounced Ga-rah-see) has served as President of Wagner College since June 2002.  He arrived at Wagner in July 1997, taking the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and he served in this role for five years before becoming Wagner College’s 18th President. Guarasci authored the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, a comprehensive, four-year undergraduate program required of all Wagner students that links interdisciplinary course clusters with experiential learning and civic engagement. The Plan was initiated in 1998, realizing the vision of a practice-centered liberal arts college, and has since been acclaimed by Time Magazine, US News & World Report, Newsweek, The Chronicle of Higher Education and numerous national higher education commissions and organizations.

As President, Guarasci led Wagner’s first comprehensive capital campaign of the modern era, successfully meeting a $50-million goal. He has also raised the College’s endowment from $4 million to over $70 million. The College boasts new facilities and currently is planning a $40 million Center for Global Learning that will link Wagner’s students and faculty with counterparts internationally and house new facilities for the Nursing School, Business, Education, Government and Language programs.

At Wagner, classroom teaching is linked with the school’s dynamic New York City location through the extensive use of field based experiential learning. As part of the Plan, the large majority of students engage in over a combined 80,000 hours in professional and public service for Staten Island and Manhattan in all areas of the curriculum. For example, Guarasci helps lead a major Wagner College initiative on Staten Island, the Port Richmond Partnership.  Through the Partnership, the College and its students work with over 20 neighborhood organizations and institutions addressing local challenges in the areas of health care, K-12 education and economic development.

Guarasci serves on three national civic engagement initiatives: Bringing Theory to Practice Initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, The Anchor Institution Steering Committee, and The National Task Force for Civic Engagement, which authored A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future. He also serves on the boards of NY Campus Compact and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and chairs the board of the New American Colleges and Universities. He received a BS from Fordham University and an MA in Economics and PhD in Political Science from Indiana University.

Barbara A. Holland
Researcher and Consultant
Dr. Barbara Holland is recognized internationally for her scholarship and expertise on organizational change in higher education with a focus on the institutionalization of community engagement. She has been a senior executive at universities in the United States and Australia, held an appointed role in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was Executive Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse for seven years. Holland has been a founding board member of many higher education associations and journals, and she has served as an adviser to more than 100 academic institutions in five nations. Her current work includes designing systems to monitor and measure the impact of engagement and developing effective and strategic leaders for higher education. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri and a PhD in higher education policy from the University of Maryland. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Leo M. Lambert
President, Elon University
Since becoming Elon University’s eighth president in January 1999, Dr. Leo M. Lambert has advanced an ambitious agenda to establish Elon as a top-ranked liberal arts university and a national leader in engaged teaching and learning. Under Dr. Lambert’s leadership, the academic climate of the campus has been strengthened through special initiatives to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and to earn top accreditations for Elon’s professional schools. In addition, the university established the Elon University School of Law in downtown Greensboro and created a new School of Health Sciences. Elon is one of only seven private universities in the nation with accredited schools of law, business, communications, and education along with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

President Lambert has been widely recognized as a leader in facilitating deep, sustainable campus-community partnerships. He was instrumental in creating NC Campus Compact, serving as founding board chair, and hosts the Compact on Elon’s campus. He continues to serve as a board member and has served on the board of the national Campus Compact. Dr. Lambert serves on the president’s council of Project Pericles, a national organization that encourages college students to be civically engaged, and served as a panelist at the White House launch of President Barack Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Dr. Lambert currently serves as chair of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

President Lambert has worked to ensure that underrepresented students have the opportunity to go to and succeed in college. His vision for the Elon Academy has provided a national model of a college-access program for academically promising high school students with financial need and/or no family history of college attendance. Under his leadership, Elon also created the Watson and Odyssey Scholarship Programs, providing crucial scholarships and academic support for students with high financial need, including first-generation college students from North Carolina. 

President Lambert fosters an environment in which students become global citizens committed to lifelong service and strengthening their communities. Elon has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years, and was among the first institutions to earn the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classification as a university committed to Community Engagement. In 2007 Elon received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization and is recognized as the nation’s top master’s-level university in study abroad by the Institute of International Education.

President Lambert has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and a PhD from Syracuse University.

Jason Mangone
Franklin Project Director
Prior to becoming Director for the Franklin Project in 2013, Jason Mangone served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006-2010. As a platoon commander with Third Battalion, Second Marines, he led Marines on three deployments in Iraq, the Middle East, and Haiti. Mangone left the Marine Corps and went to work as a research associate in the Military Fellows program at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2010-2011. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from Boston College in 2006, and an MA in International Relations from Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in 2013. He is married to Kara Mangone, whom he met at Boston College.

Harris Wofford
Franklin Project Senior Advisor
As a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, chair of America's Promise, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy, Harris Wofford played a key role in passing the trailblazing legislation that created AmeriCorps, the Learn and Serve America program and the Corporation for National and Community Service. After helping launch the Peace Corps, Mr. Wofford held the post of special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, as well as chairman of the White House Sub-Cabinet Group on Civil Rights from 1961 to 1962. He also served as counsel to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and trustee to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. Mr. Wofford was president of both the State University of New York’s new College at Old Westbury (1966-70) and of Bryn Mawr College (1970-78). Additionally, Mr. Wofford is a member of the National Commission on Service-Learning chaired by Senator John Glenn. He also serves on the boards of Youth Service America and the Points of Light Foundation. He is the author of numerous publications including Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties (1980). In 1950, Senator Wofford and his late wife Clare co-authored the book India Afire, which reported on the first year of independence in India and urged the civil rights movement in America to adopt Gandhi’s strategy of non-violent direct action.