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Energized about conversations regarding the role of the public university, I find myself reflecting on the role of institutions of higher education more broadly, and commitments to postsecondary access, diversity, and inclusion. There are currently 3,026 four-year degree-granting institutions in the United States. Amongst these institutions are minority-serving institutions (historically black college and universities and Hispanic serving institutions), women’s colleges, small liberal arts colleges, work colleges, and public research institutions to name a few.
ASU University Innovation(UI) Fellows are early- and mid-career leaders from policy, STEM, education and other diverse backgrounds who have been recruited to help develop, incubate, and launch various university initiatives that continue the advancement of ASU as a New American University. Fellows Forum is a vital opportunity for UI Fellows and other select members of the President’s Office to converse and network with units across all sectors of the institution.
During our most recent Fellows Forum event, the UI team had the opportunity to meet Edmundo Hidalgo, ASU’s Vice President of Outreach Partnerships. Prior to coming to ASU, Edmundo served many years with Chicanos por la Causa, Inc. becoming the organization’s COO in 1999 and CEO in 2008. As a result of his leadership and talent for building dynamic community partnerships, CPLC saw double-digit growth and became a highly visible advocate organization for the Arizona community.
Recently I was teaching a class. I held up my iPhone. Then I asked, “what’s the purpose of education when we can hold the world’s knowledge in our hands?” There were a few minutes of sputtering answers, but the students came up with important insights. They argued that education was more about learning to think critically and ask the right questions than recite back information. I agree, and I think Dr. Neal Lester would also agree. Education is often more about the process and less about the content. The Humanities embrace this concept.
During our most recent Fellows’ Forum event, the UI team had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Kyle Squires, Interim Dean for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Dr. Squires has held a myriad of leadership positions at ASU. Prior to his appointment as Interim Dean, he served as the Director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE), chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and co-director of ASU’s former Security and Defense Systems Initiative.
Recently, the Office of University Initiatives had the opportunity to meet with Director Ray Anderson, Athletic Director and Vice President for University Athletics at ASU. Prior to joining ASU, Director Anderson served as the executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League. His outstanding leadership and dedication to community engagement has been recognized on multiple occasions. In 2015, Director Anderson received both the Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership and contributions to the NFL.
We welcomed Maj. Gen. Jon Miller, Executive Director of ASU’s Decision Theater Network as our Fellows’ Forum guest for October. The conversation started off with Maj. Gen. Miller describing his career path as ‘unusual’, explaining the broad spectrum of leadership positions he has held. Indeed, Maj. Gen. Miller’s national and international experience extends across sectors and fields. Prior to joining DTN, Maj. Gen.
Recently, the Office of University Initiatives had the opportunity to have Dr. Allen J. Morrison, CEO of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, speak with us for the September 2015 Fellows’ Forum. Dr. Morrison came to ASU in 2014 as a Senior Advisor for Global Education and Executive Education Initiatives. Previously, he was a Professor of Global Management at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, where he was also the Director of the IMD Global CEO Center.
On Thursday, August 6th, 2015, the UI team had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Gary Grossman as part of the monthly Fellows’ Forum series. Dr. Grossman holds myriad positions at ASU including serving as the Faculty Chair of the Global Technology and Development program, as former President of the Arizona State University Senate and Chair of the University Academic Council. He is also a Professor in both the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and School of Letters and Sciences.