Chair Marc P. Christensen, Ph.D., PEI

The accelerating pace of change in higher education has forced leaders to rethink every aspect of the college experience to meet the needs of a new generation. CFES Brilliant Pathways brings together Clarkson University President Marc P. Christensen, Ph.D., PE, and three university presidents from very different institutions to share innovative ideas and plans at its global conference “New Beginning” 2022 on November 7 and 8.

Many colleges and universities were struggling to attract and retain students long before COVID-19 caused a record drop in enrollment. The pandemic has exacerbated these issues, forcing institutions to adopt new models that focus on career-readiness education, virtual opportunities, and partnerships with the private sector to provide internships and post-graduation jobs.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn from leaders at four very different institutions what is happening in higher education and how educators, students and families can set themselves up for success,” said the president. -CFES Executive Director, Rick Dalton.

The chairs of the “New Frontiers in Higher Education” panel bring more than 100 years of combined higher education and private sector experience, and include Nicholas Hunt-Bull of Paul Smith’s College, Kristine Duffy of SUNY Adirondack, Parwinder Grewal of Vermont State University and Marc P. Christensen of Clarkson University.

Duffy had extensive experience in higher education before taking over from SUNY Adirondack in 2013. She expanded the small, 6,000-student multi-campus community college’s offerings into diplomas, certificates, and short-term training opportunities, relying heavily on data-driven decisions. .

Hunt-Bull was named president in 2022 of the private, nonprofit residential college known for its culinary, hospitality, forestry and natural science programs. He came to Paul Smith in 2015 to oversee the addition of new programs in Psychology, Disaster Management and Integrated Business Programs.

Grewal was named president of the new Vermont State University, comprising Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College, in 2022. He previously held leadership positions at the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of Tennessee and The State of Ohio.

Christensen was named president of Clarkson University in July 2022 after a distinguished career at Southern Methodist University. He served as Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU and is an expert in research and technology development in photonics and other microsystems research.

The 31st CFES Brilliant Pathways Global Conference brings together over 3,000 virtual attendees and 300 on-site attendees to learn about new student and workforce development strategies at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George (NY). The New Beginnings conference will provide leaders in education, business, community and philanthropy with the skills, information and support they need to promote student success in a new college-readiness paradigm. and career.

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