Former U.S. Secretary of State; Professor and Senior Fellow at Stanford University; Founding Partner, The Rice Hadley Group
Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of The Rice Hadley Group. From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position. Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Former Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Procter & Gamble; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Hamilton College
A.G. Lafley received his B.A. from Hamilton College and M.B.A. from Harvard University, after which he joined Procter & Gamble. He was named a group vice president in 1992, an executive vice president in 1995, and president of global beauty care and North America in 1999. He served as chief executive officer from 2000 to 2009 and was elected chairman of the board in 2002. He currently serves as a special partner at Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, a private equity firm, and as chairman of the board of trustees of Hamilton College. In 2011, President Obama appointed him to serve as a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He also serves on the boards of directors of General Electric and Legendary Films. Lafley also served as a director at General Motors Corporation and Dell Inc.
Partner, Hogan and Lovells
Donna A. Boswell advises hospitals, academic medical centers, and research companies on compliance issues raised by the suite of Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) administrative simplification regulations and other state and federal medical privacy and security laws, with a particular focus on their impact on clinical and health outcomes research. Previously, Boswell was a professor at Wesleyan University, teaching psychology and philosophy of science. She also served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Don Riegle (MI) as a Congressional Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Research in Child Development. While in law school, Boswell served as executive editor to University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
Director, Liberal Arts Career Services, University of Texas
Katharine S. Brooks is the Director of Career Services for the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas in Austin, where she teaches courses focusing on the connection between a liberal arts education and the workplace. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), a distance certified counselor (DCC), and a board certified coach (BCC), and has been practicing in the career services field for over twenty years. She is the author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career and writes a blog, “Career Transitions” for Psychology Today. She developed the popular Career Coaching Intensive program for the National Association of Colleges and Employers providing training to career services personnel across the nation. Brooks has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from West Virginia University. Her bachelor’s degree is in sociology and anthropology from Gettysburg College.
Professor of Psychology, Wake Forest University
Christy Buchanan received her B.A. from Seattle Pacific University and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. She does research on adolescent development in the family, examining how adolescent-parent relationships, parenting practices, and adolescents’ well-being are influenced by factors such as family structure, parents’ and children’s beliefs and expectations about adolescence, culture and ethnicity. She has authored several journal articles and book chapters, and is co-author of Adolescents after Divorce (1996).
Vice President for Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University
Andy Chan joined Wake Forest as vice president for personal and career development in August 2009. He oversees the Office of Personal and Career Development, is a member of the senior staff of the provost and is also a member of President Nathan O. Hatch’s cabinet. Chan was previously the assistant dean and director of the MBA Career Management Center at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Before joining Stanford, Chan served as president and CEO of eProNet, an online recruiting and career network based on exclusive relationships with university alumni associations. Earlier, he was president and CEO of MindSteps, a corporate education software start-up. Chan has extensive executive leadership and career coaching experience as well as business experience in venture-backed start-ups, The Learning Company, The Clorox Company and Bain & Company. He earned his B.A. and M.B.A. from Stanford University.
President and Chief Strategy Consultant, Curran Career Consulting
For the past fifteen years, Sheila Curran has been a leader in the career services field. Curran Career Consulting was founded in 2008 as a way to bring state of the art career strategies to higher education. Partnering with liberal arts colleges across the country, Curran helps institutions enhance their students’ career prospects, while aligning initiatives with the college’s mission, culture, and priorities. Curran is the former executive director of Duke University’s Career Center and served in a similar role at Brown University. A liberal arts graduate herself (Russian and Persian studies), Curran is the co-author of Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career (2006). Curran has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Durham University and the University of London, England, respectively. With a background in organizational development, she also holds the highest qualification in human resources, the SPHR.
Director, American Studies, Columbia University
Andrew Delbanco is Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He was awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as “America’s Best Social Critic.” Delbanco is the author of many books, including, most recently, College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (2012), and The Abolitionist Imagination (2012). Delbanco’s essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, New Republic, New York Times Magazine, and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. Delbanco has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He is a trustee of the Library of America, and the Teagle Foundation, and trustee emeritus of the National Humanities Center. He has served as Vice President of PEN American Center, and as a trustee of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Dean of Wake Forest College, Wake Forest University
Jacquelyn S. Fetrow is the Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics at Wake Forest University, with joint appointments in both the Departments of Physics and Computer Science. Her research program focuses on understanding the relationship between protein structure, function, and dynamics, with a goal of improving the structure-based drug discovery process. Prior to coming to Wake Forest in 2003, Fetrow served for five years as chief scientific officer and director of GeneFormatics, a biotechnology software company. Fetrow co-invented GeneFormatics’ primary technologies and holds a U.S. patent for those inventions. Previously, she served on the faculties of the Scripps Research Institute for two years and the University at Albany in New York for seven years. Fetrow earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1986.
Director, Humanities Institute, and Associate Professor of Religion, Wake Forest University
Mary F. Foskett is director of the WFU Humanities Institute. Arriving at Wake Forest in 1997, she is also Associate Professor in the Department of Religion where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students and has maintained an active scholarly record that includes several authored and co-edited books. Prior to her appointment as the inaugural director of the Humanities Institute, she served as associate chair of the Department of Religion and on multiple university committees, including the steering committee that laid the groundwork for the Institute with the support of a two-year university planning grant. The same team applied for the Challenge Grant that the National Endowment for the Humanities offered to Wake Forest in December 2010 to support the ongoing work of the Humanities Institute.
Director of Research, Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University
Philip D. Gardner is director of research for the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. Gardner has been with MSU for 25 years after receiving a B.A. in chemistry from Whitman College and a Ph.D. in economics/public policy from Michigan State University. His major areas of research include the transition from college to work, early socialization and career progression in the workplace, workforce readiness, and other areas related to college student studies. MSU’s nationally-recognized annual college labor market study is done under his direction each fall. He is currently editor of the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships. In the spring of 2009 he served as a Fulbright specialist to New Zealand on work-integrated learning.
Kahle Associate Professor of History, and former Associate Provost, Wake Forest University
Michele Gillespie is Kahle Family Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University. She is the author of Free Labor in an Unfree World: White Artisans in Slaveholding Georgia, 1789-1860 (2000), winner of the Malcom and Muriel Bell Award for the Most Distinguished Book in Georgia History. Her most recent publications include “Peddling the Lost Cause: A Southern White Woman at Work,” in Burton, et. al., eds. The Struggle for Equality: Essays in Honor of James McPherson (2011) and co-editor of Southern Society and Its Transformations, 1790-1860 (2011), vol. 3 in the New Directions in the History of Southern Economy and Society series (which she also co-edits). She has a book forthcoming, Katharine and R.J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South (2012). She received her B.A. from Rice University, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Dean, McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University
Stanton W. Green serves as dean of the McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University where he is also professor of anthropology. Prior to this, he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In his capacity as dean he has forwarded a program to engage the liberal arts faculty to connect the liberal arts curriculum with career preparation for the 21st century. His scholarship in anthropology includes major archaeological field study and research in South Carolina and Ireland, the application of Geographic Information Systems in social science research, and the study of the cultural history of baseball. In all cases his interest is in culture change and its relationship with generational change.
President, Wake Forest University
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Nathan O. Hatch graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities and has been awarded research grants by the NEH, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Antiquarian Society. Hatch became a member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and directed graduate studies in Notre Dame’s history department from 1980-83, during which time he was also awarded the college’s Paul Fenlon Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He served as associate dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, its largest academic unit, from 1983-88, and from 1988-89 was the college’s acting dean. In 1999 Hatch was appointed the Andrew V. Tackes Professor of History at Notre Dame. In 1989 Hatch was appointed Notre Dame’s vice president for graduate studies and research. In 1996, he became the university’s provost. He held this office until 2005, at which time he became the thirteenth president of Wake Forest University.
President, Hampden-Sydney College
Christopher B. Howard, the twenty-fourth president of Hampden-Sydney College, is one of the youngest college presidents in the United States. Howard is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned his Doctorate in politics at Oxford University and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School. At the Academy he received the Campbell Award (previously known as the Draddy Award), the highest academic award in the country presented to a senior football player; he was inducted into the Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2003. Before his appointment as president of Hampden-Sydney College in 2009, Howard served as vice president for leadership and strategic initiatives at the University of Oklahoma, where he also served as the director of the Honors College Leadership Center and a President’s Associates Presidential Professor.
Founding Partner and President, LifeCourse Associates
Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker, is a renowned authority on generations in America. A historian, economist, and demographer, Howe is a founding partner of the consulting firm LifeCourse Associates. He is a marketing, personnel, and government affairs consultant to corporate and nonprofit clients, and has spoken and written extensively on the collective personalities of today’s generations—who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America’s future. He is also a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. Howe has co-authored several books on generations with William Strauss, all best sellers widely used by businesses, colleges, government agencies, and political leaders of both parties. Howe and Strauss originally coined the term “Millennial Generation.” Howe grew up in California, received his B.A. at U.C. Berkeley, studied abroad in France and Germany, and later earned a M.A. in economics and a M. Phil. in history from Yale University.
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Debra Humphreys received her B.A. from Williams College and her Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University. Humphreys is currently the vice president for communications and public affairs at the Association of American Colleges and Universities—a position she has held since 2001. Prior to that, she served as director of programs in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives at AAC&U where she directed programs on women’s issues and diversity in higher education. She is currently leading national and state-level advocacy efforts related to issues of student success and the quality of student learning in higher education. As part of AAC&U’s campaign, Liberal Education and America’s Promise: Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College, she is helping to build communications capacity on the part of college and university leaders and faculty members and educate the public about the value of an engaged liberal education to prepare for the changing global economy. Before coming to AAC&U in 1992, she taught women’s studies and English at Rutgers University, Towson State University, and at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.
Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University
Stanley N. Katz is president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States. Katz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1955 with a major in English history and literature. He was trained in British and American history at Harvard (Ph.D., 1961), where he also attended law school in 1969-70. His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is the editor in chief of the recently published Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (2009), and the editor of The Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court (2010). He also writes about higher education policy, and publishes a blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions.
Managing Partner, Global Business Services, North America, IBM Corporation
Marc Lautenbach is responsible for IBM’s consulting business in the United States and Canada. He manages the service line’s strategic direction, client relationships, and operations. Previously, Lautenbach was general manager, IBM North America, where he was responsible for sales and support of the full range of IBM’s information technology products, services, and solutions. Prior to that he led IBM’s Global Small and Medium Business and was responsible for all of IBM’s efforts in support of small and medium businesses worldwide, including strategy, offering and channel development, and marketing and sales. Lautenbach graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Denison University where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He earned an M.B.A. from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Chief Executive Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
In 2008, John D. McConnell was named as the first chief executive officer in the history of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. As CEO, McConnell oversees the clinical, research, and academic enterprise for Wake Forest Baptist. McConnell comes to Winston-Salem from Dallas, where he was executive vice president of health system affairs at University of Texas Southwestern beginning in 2003. In that position, he had overall responsibility for UT Southwestern’s university hospitals and clinics as well as the faculty physician practice. A noted urologist who joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1984, McConnell held a number of clinical as well as administrative posts at UT Southwestern. A native of Independence, Kansas, McConnell earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Kansas, then a M.D. (magna cum laude) from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, followed by surgical internship and urology residency at UT Southwestern.
Presidential Fellow, Office of Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University
Caroline Naughton currently serves as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Office of Personal and Career Development. The Wake Forest Fellows Program was created in 2008 under President Nathan O. Hatch’s guidance to provide recent graduates a chance to work in higher education administration in a year-long internship. Naughton graduated in 2011 from Wake Forest with a B.A. in communication and psychology, with a media studies concentration. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as the president of Tri Delta sorority, president of the Order of Omega Greek honor society, and steering director of CHARGE, the premier leadership development program for underclassmen students. She was recognized as the 2011 Order of Omega Greek Woman of the Year, the highest honor bestowed on a Greek member for their commitment to leadership within the Panhellenic community.
Partner and Managing Director, Wakefield Group; Co-Chair, North Carolina Innovation Council
Steve Nelson serves as a partner and managing director at Wakefield Group. Nelson has 19 years of operating experience in technology, software, and Internet based businesses most of which was spent with IBM. He was an interim chief executive officer at Liquidia Technologies, Inc. since September 2006. Nelson also serves as the chairman at Pinpoint Networks, a director at APEX Analytix, board observer of Digital Safety Technologies and director of Pocketgear, Inc. He has been director of Motricity, Inc. since June 2011. He served as director of Liquidia Technologies, Inc. and Motricity, Inc. He served as a director and member of executive committee at The Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He earned a B.S. in business from Wake Forest University in 1980.
Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives, Inc.
Having served in college admissions for twenty-eight years, most recently as vice president for enrollment and dean of admission at McDaniel College (Westminster, Md.), Martha O’Connell has counseled thousands of students about college choice. Today she devotes herself to the Colleges That Change Lives mission: helping students and families better understand the college admissions process to find the best college fit possible.
President, Pomona College
David W. Oxtoby became the ninth president of Pomona College in Claremont, California, in July 2003. An internationally-known physical chemist, he previously served as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago where he was William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor. At Pomona College, he is also professor of chemistry, and annually teaches a course in environmental chemistry. Under President Oxtoby’s leadership, the College has launched initiatives in sustainability, maintained a commitment to meet 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need through scholarships and financial aid, established the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, adopted a new General Education curriculum, added new departments of computer science and media studies, and expanded the faculty with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary programs. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, President Oxtoby received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics summa cum laude from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.
President, Davidson College
Carol E. Quillen is the eighteenth president of Davidson College, a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,900 students located near Charlotte, North Carolina. She came to Davidson from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she served most recently as vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives. She was a member of the history faculty at Rice from 1989 to 2011, and is an accomplished teacher, scholar, and administrator. After completing her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, she earned her Ph.D. in European history from Princeton University.
Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Professor of German Language and Literature, and Concurrent Professor of Philosophy and former Dean of the University of Notre Dame
Mark W. Roche received his B.A. in the history of ideas from Williams College, an M.A. in philosophy from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, and his Ph.D. in German literature from Princeton University. Roche taught at The Ohio State University from 1984 to 1996 and has been at Notre Dame since 1996. His publications have been in literature, philosophy, film, and higher education. His two most recent books are Why Choose the Liberal Arts? (2010), which received the 2012 Frederic W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century (2004), which was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine. Roche was chairperson of Germanic languages and literatures at The Ohio State University from 1991 to 1996 as well as chairperson of German and Russian languages and literatures at Notre Dame from 1996 to 1997. From 1997 to 2008, he served as Notre Dame’s I. A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, overseeing some 21 departments and 500 faculty members.
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director, Career Center, Washington University, St. Louis
Assistant Vice Chancellor Mark Smith leads the Career Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He advises students and employers on hiring trends, the job search and career options. Previously, Mark served as Associate Dean at Washington University School of Law. He also practiced labor and employment law for the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave. He has taught a number of courses on law and legal strategy. He also has run for Congress and served in governmental roles. Mark graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
President, University of Virginia
Teresa A. Sullivan is the eighth president of the University of Virginia. Before coming to U.Va., she was the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. She was also professor of sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Prior to her work at the University of Michigan, Sullivan was executive vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Texas System. Sullivan’s research focuses on labor force demography, with emphasis on economic marginality and consumer debt. A graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, Ms. Sullivan received her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, VF Corporation
Eric C. Wiseman is chairman, president and chief executive officer of VF Corporation. Prior to being named CEO in January 2008, Wiseman served as president and chief operating officer from 2006 to 2007 and was responsible for VF’s global business and the corporation’s day-to-day operations. In 2005, Wiseman was named executive vice president, Global Brands, of VF Corporation. Wiseman joined VF in 1995 as executive vice president of the JanSport Company. Wiseman holds a B.S. degree in business and a M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. He currently serves on the board of directors for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and CIGNA Corporation and the board of visitors of Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management.
Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics; Co-founder, Economy.com
Mark Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, where he directs research and consulting. Moody’s Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody’s Corporation, is a leading provider of economic research, data, and analytical tools. Zandi’s research interests include macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy. He is often quoted in national and global publications and is the author of Financial Shock (2009), an exposé of the financial crisis. His forthcoming book, Paying the Price (2012), provides a roadmap for meeting the nation’s daunting fiscal challenges. Zandi has frequently testified before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform, and foreclosure mitigation. Zandi received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his research with Gerard Adams and Nobel Laureate Lawrence Klein, and received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.