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Season 1 Episode Guide

Ep. 16. Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions in Higher Ed (June 28, 2021)

We handed the microphone over to our friends at Dutcher LLC. Guest host David Staley of The Ohio State University interviews Kevin Quigley, former president of Marlboro College, on mergers and acquisitions among colleges and universities. Both are strategic consultants at Dutcher LLC. Quigley talks candidly about the merger process between Marlboro and Emerson College and gives advice on how to lead a campus through this process.

Ep. 15. Now is the Time for Collaboration (May 24, 2021)

The pandemic taught institutions that they can be flexible, and in fact, students and employees are better off when that happens. How can institutions continue providing a flexible, robust environment while maintaining financial strength? Dr. Jim Hundrieser, vice president for Consulting Services at the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), talks about the present state and future of collaboration and what often holds institutions back from fully embracing it.

Ep. 14. Oppression, Political Agency, and a Presidential Video Game (May 10, 2021)

Join us for a conversation with Maeve Adams, associate professor of English and director of digital arts and humanities, at Manhattan College. Dr. Adams, a scholar of 19th century literature, talks about how students apply literature to today’s current events, especially as it relates to protesting oppression and understanding our roles as political agents.

Ep. 13. Did the Pandemic Distract us from the Demographic Cliff? (April 26, 2021)

In a continuation of episode 12, we ask Nathan Grawe if the COVID-19 pandemic has distracted campuses or given them a push to examine new ways of operating and educating that will ultimately help them to overcome the demographic shift? 

Ep. 12. Strategies to Address the Looming Demographic Cliff  (April 12, 2021)

In the first of a two-part episode we talk with Nathan Grawe, economics professor at Carleton College and author of Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education (John Hopkins University Press, 2018) and The Agile College (John Hopkins University Press, 2021). We focus primarily on his new book which looks at institutional strategies and tactics to thrive in an environment of shifting demographics.

Ep. 11. Reflections on Leadership and the Future with Mary Marcy (March 8, 2021)

For two decades, Mary Marcy, has been thinking, writing, and speaking about the future of higher education. Her latest book, The Small College Imperative, is a must read for campuses. In this episode, we talk about improvements and ongoing challenges in higher ed, her decade of success as a college president, and what comes next in her journey.

Ep. 10. Universities on Fire (February 8, 2021)

Bryan Alexander speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in the Atlantic Monthly, Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post to name a few. In our second episode with Bryan, we continue our conversation about the future of higher education and the book he is currently writing, Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Age of Climate Crisis, due out in 2022.

Ep. 9. A Futurist’s View of Higher Education (January 11, 2021)

Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of higher education’s future. He runs a weekly Future Trends Forum for higher ed enthusiasts. In this first episode, we discuss how he became a higher ed futurist and his critically acclaimed book, Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education, a must-read that hit the shelves in 2020.

Ep. 8. Citizen Professionalism (November 9, 2020)

What is a citizen professional? How must higher education prepare professionals differently? Why do professionals need to see themselves as citizens working with citizens and not on citizens? These questions and more are addressed in this interview with Harry Boyte, the leading scholar on the subject of citizen professionalism. His writings can be found at

Ep. 7. COVID’s Impact on Global Education (October 25, 2020)

How has the pandemic as well as policy in the United States impacted global education for colleges and universities? What are new trends in delivering American education abroad? Karin Fischer, correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education and author of the weekly newsletter Latitudes, shares her perspective on global education in both a pre- and post-COVID era as well other topics of interest.

Ep. 6. Generation Z Entering the Higher Education Workforce (October 12, 2020)

Out of the seven generations alive today, four are in the workforce. Generation Z, the latest to enter the higher ed workforce, may bring about lasting changes. We asked Corey Seemiller, leading expert and author of numerous books on Generation Z, for her insight.

Ep. 5. The New Leadership Imperative: Tech Literacy (September 13, 2020)

While technologies are enabling disruption, do students understand how businesses are being transformed? We talked to Scott Allen, Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University, about teaching students about the future of work and the importance of tech literacy. Here is Scott’s article referenced in the interview.

Ep. 4. COVID will Change Everything (August 30, 2020)

We talked to Paul Friga about efficiencies, growth, and collaboration. As we hoped, Paul is provocative and offers strong guidance for higher education leaders about the future. Information and resources mentioned in the interview can be found at ABC Insights.

Ep. 3. My 15th and Final Year as a College President (August 10, 2020)

After a very successful 15-year run as the president of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, Daan Braveman has retired. We asked him to reflect on his tenure as a revered leader, including what he loves about Naz.

Ep. 2. My First Year as a First-Time College President (August 9, 2020)

The 2019-20 academic year turned into one of the most unique in the history of higher education. We connected with Dan Lugo, new president at Queens University of Charlotte, about his first-year experience leading through a crisis and his advice to the next cohort of new presidents.

Ep. 1. Risk Management in Returning to Work (July 12, 2020)

As higher education prepares to re-open for the fall, we spoke with Bob Bowman, director of Risk Management at The Wendy’s Company, about the mindset and approach needed for mitigating risk for returning to campus.