President Lambert to join N.C. peers on Sept. 12 to discuss future of higher education

Lambert joins the presidents of Bennett College, Davidson College, Duke University, Guilford College and Wake Forest University at the Sept. 12 Morehead Forum in Greensboro.

Elon University President Leo M. Lambert will join five fellow presidents of N.C. private colleges and universities on Monday, Sept. 12, for a discussion about higher education. 

<p>Leo M. Lambert, president of Elon University</p>
The presidents make up the panel for The Governor Morehead Forum event at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, with D.G. Martin of “North Carolina Bookwatch” to serve as moderator. Along with Lambert, the panel includes Phyllis Worthy Dawkins of Bennett College, Carol Quillen of Davidson College, Richard Brodhead of Duke University, Jane Fernandes of Guilford College and Nathan Hatch of Wake Forest University. 

The Governor Morehead Forum is an educational initiative of Preservation Greensboro launched in 2013 approaching the 50th anniversary of saving Blandwood Mansion, the home of the former N.C. governor in downtown Greensboro that had fallen into disrepair. The fundraising initiative focuses on hosting and generating discussion around the topics of education, transportation, manufacturing and architecture — all associated with Gov. John Motley Morehead, who served as governor of North Carolina from 1841 through 1845 and is sometimes called the “father of modern North Carolina.”

The Sept. 12 discussion follows an event hosted by The Morehead Forum in May that brought together UNC System President Margaret Spellings and Tom Ross, who had headed the UNC System before her and previously served as president of Davidson College. The pair talked about the state of public education and where it was heading, prompting the Morehead Forum to pursue a discussion about private higher education in North Carolina, said John Graham, development director for Preservation Greensboro. 

“This will be six very good, high-quality educators that will be coming together to talk about the present and the future of higher education from the private sector,” Graham said. “That’s very different from the public sector of higher education.”

The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m., with tickets on sale for $19 through the Carolina Theatre’s box office. Tickets are also available to a private reception and dinner scheduled for 5 p.m. with the six presidents. The cost for the reception and dinner is $250 per person or $400 per couple, with reservations to be made by calling the Preservation Greensboro office at (336) 272-5003. The private event is limited to 60 participants.