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In this podcast we introduce you to thought leaders who are shaping the lives of the next generation, to discuss the challenges and innovations shaping higher education and how it can adapt to give students a strong foundation for their futures. Through in-depth conversations with leading voices in education, we discover what it takes to give students the tools they need to excel and succeed in order to rebuild the American Dream.

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In this podcast we introduce you to thought leaders who are shaping the lives of the next generation, to discuss the challenges and innovations shaping higher education and how it can adapt to give students a strong foundation for their futures. Through in-depth conversations with leading voices in education, we discover what it takes to give students the tools they need to excel and succeed in order to rebuild the American Dream.

    Dr. Ivy Taylor - Outcomes That Are Not Dictated Based On Where You Started

    Dr. Ivy Taylor - Outcomes That Are Not Dictated Based On Where You Started

    An incredible career trajectory that ranged from a city planner to mayor of San Antonio and now President of Rust College, Dr. Ivy Taylor has a unique perspective on the impact that a college experience and the environments from which the students begin, can change life trajectories. "[I] have an interest in understanding how people interact with the built environment around them and how it can either inspire or not inspire them. That definitely comes in handy as president of a college because you're creating kind of like this special place where people have some of the most memorable and formative times of their lives." Join this conversation with Dr. Taylor to take a deeper look at how we can help students gain outcomes that are not dictated based on where they started.
    Dr. Taylor holds degrees from Yale University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Doctorate of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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    • 29 min
    Dr. Thomas Newsom - Minding the Gaps

    Dr. Thomas Newsom - Minding the Gaps

    Dr. Thomas Newsom, President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University shares important insights about widening gaps in our higher education systems. Gaps in normative learning experiences due to the effects of COVID, helping students cross the gap from two-year to four-year institutions, connecting with partnerships for community success and the correcting the misperception of the value of college. These gaps, while they existed prior to the pandemic, have become very prevalent. Dr. Newsom shares ways that Southeastern Oklahoma State University and other higher education institutions "have to be even more intentional" in addressing those gaps.
    Dr. Newsom earned degrees from Austin College, Texas A&M-Commerce, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of North Texas.

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    • 26 min
    Wendy Reid - The Importance of Responsible Communication

    Wendy Reid - The Importance of Responsible Communication

    Wendy Reid brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as an athletic director but also a communications professional. She shares with us the importance of - and advice for - developing stronger communication skills, both online and in-person.
    Wendy is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Before her current position, she was the Director of Athletic Communications at Trinity Christian College, the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Calumet College of St. Joseph, and the Sports Information Director at Olivet Nazarene University.


    Since this recording, Trinity Christian has announced some of the programs Wendy mentioned. They have dropped tuition by 40% to make Christian, liberal arts education more affordable.

    https://www.trnty.edu/transparency/

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    • 15 min
    Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III - The Key to Leadership is Connectedness

    Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III - The Key to Leadership is Connectedness

    Since his election to the presidency of University of Holy Cross in Louisiana in 2019, Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III, has led the university to great success through the twin challenges of COVID-19 and Hurriance Ida.
    The key to this success, says Dr. McNeely, is the connectedness of the university to its students, to the campus faculty and staff and to the larger community. That connectedness can sometimes be as simple, and lifesaving, as a text.

    Dr. McNeely, an undergraduate of the University of Holy Cross, earned a doctorate in Education from Northcentral University, and an MBA from Loyola University.

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    • 17 min
    Glen Brittich - Finding Your Passion Through Sports in Higher Education

    Glen Brittich - Finding Your Passion Through Sports in Higher Education

    Elmhurst University Athletic Director Glen Brittich discovered his greatest passion was helping each student-athlete discover their own passions and get to graduation day with the most well-rounded experience Elmhurst could provide. Join the conversation to learn more about what Glen and Elmhurst are doing to build experience for their student-athletes.
    Glen holds a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree from Adams State University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education leadership from Maryville University. In 2020, he was selected as one of 20 participants to the NCAA’s Pathway Program, the NCAA’s premier leadership development program for athletic administrators.  

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    • 22 min
    Dr. Mary Darden - Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education

    Dr. Mary Darden - Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education

    Dr. Mary Darden, President and CEO of Higher Education Innovation, LLC, an independent company with the mission to research, study, and provide entrepreneurial training for higher education leaders to help their institutions thrive.
    Dr. Darden holds a doctorate in higher education administration and leadership from Baylor University. She is the author of two books, and in her recent book, Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education: Radical Transformation in Times of Profound Change, she outlines a plan that all universities and colleges can take advantage of to secure their futures even in the face of major crises.


    Website:  https://www.heisuccess.com

    Dr. Darden's Books:
    Entrepreneuring the Future of Higher Education (2021)
    Beyond 2020: Envisioning the Future of Universities in America (2009)

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