Connect, Collaborate, Champion!

NACU’s podcast — Connect, Collaborate, Champion! — wrestles with current and future challenges and opportunities in higher education while providing practical insight for campus leaders. Each episode will feature a unique perspective from higher ed insiders, private industry experts, and other voices to capture new ways of thinking about higher education.

If you have an idea for a podcast guest, please email Michelle Apuzzio.

Season 3

Ep. 33: Preparing Civic-Minded Professionals (April 25, 2023)

Robert Alexander, political science professor and founding director of the Institute for Civics and Public Policy (ICAPP) at Ohio Northern University, talks about ICAPP’s work and the importance of civics education, both for students and throughout the community. 

Ep. 32: Serving the Public through a Student Internship (March 30, 2023)

Work experience is integral to a student’s college experience. Student Jessica Taddeo talks about her time working as an intern with the National Organization for Women in Washington, DC, and how that has shaped her view for the future.

Ep. 31: Supporting Marginalized People: Lessons from a Community College Professor (Feb. 28, 2023)

Inspired by his TEDx Talk on how higher education is failing Black educators, Faheem Curtis-Khidr, a history professor at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, discusses how higher education can support both Black faculty and students from underrepresented backgrounds. He also talks about connecting his research in Dayton to the classroom and his philosophy on teaching skillsets rather than just content. 

Ep. 30: Increasing Resources Through Better Relationship Building (Jan. 30, 2023)

Andrea Chapdelaine, president of Hood College, discusses how mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, and collaborations can positively affect student support and campus-wide goals.

Ep. 29: Fostering Innovation to Solve Complex Problems (Dec. 6, 2022)

Greg Jones, president of Belmont University and co-author of Navigating the Future: Traditioned Innovation for Wilder Seas (with Andrew P. Hogue), talks about his enjoyment of behind-the-scenes work that allows others to flourish, how he’s working to foster innovation in an established institution, and why cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education is necessary to find creative solutions to complex problems.

Ep. 28: Advancing DEI in the IT Profession (Oct. 31, 2022)

University of Richmond Chief Information Officer, Keith “Mac” McIntosh, has more than 30 years of experience in information technology. In this episode, he talks passionately about advancing DEI in the IT profession and shares his perspective on remote work, cybersecurity, and data analytics in higher education’s operations and academics.

Ep. 27: A Long-Serving President’s Keys to Success (Sept. 26, 2022)

Virginia Wesleyan University President Scott Miller has served as a college president for 32 years at four different institutions. The veteran president, who started his career as a sports writer, talks about differentiating one’s campus in a congested marketplace, expanding into new markets, and how today’s presidents can be successful master generalists.

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The NACU podcast is produced by George Drake, Jr.