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.

2018 Forum, Friday, February 9 (10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Hosted by President Jo Allen

Please RSVP by January 12, 2018 or call 336.278.7278

Keynote Speakers

Presidential Leadership in a Post-Truth Era 

Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, is President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She began at AAC&U in July 2016 after serving as the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. A philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Pasquerella has continuously demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to ensuring that all students have access to excellence in liberal education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. She has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law; serves as a senator and vice president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, host of Northeast Public Radio's The Academic Minute, and trustee of the Lingnan Foundation and the Newman’s Own Foundation Advisory Board.


Knowledge for Social Change: Creating Democratic, Civic and Community-Engaged Campuses 

Dr. Matthew Hartley is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Hartley is also the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at Penn GSE. In 2017, he co-authored Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century (Temple University Press, 2016). He was a co-editor of To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education.


Facilitated Conversation 

Can They Say That? The role of higher education in promoting free speech and civility

  • Justice Bob Orr, Attorney and former Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court

  • Dr. David McClennan, Professor of Political Science, Meredith College

Special Event for North Carolina Campus Compact Member Presidents 

Reception at the home of President Jo Allen
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by January 26


Courtyard Raleigh Crabtree Valley
3908 Arrow Drive Raleigh  NC  27612
Marriott hotel special group rate $125.00 USD  per night

Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 919-782-6868 and ask for the “NC Campus Compact” block, or on-line

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

Thanks to 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 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