Charting a New Path for Higher Education

Millennium Broadway Hotel
New York, New York

November 2012 |

Public needs for higher education are greater than ever. The 2012 Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference explored new models in higher education and identified ways that “systems” can be tapped, retooled, and rebuilt to meet current and future economic and political challenges. TIAA-CREF panelists and presenters included Roger Ferguson, President and Chief Executive Officer; Ron Pressman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer; David Richardson, Senior Economist; and Marvin Barth, Senior Director - Endowments.

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Presentations included:

  • Higher Education’s Challenges: Can systems make an impact?
    Economic and Demographic Trends
    Moderator: Ron Pressman, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, TIAA-CREF
    Panelists: David P. Richardson, Senior Economist, TIAA-CREF Institute; and Laurita Thomas, Chief Human Resources Officer, University of Michigan and TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow
  • Changing System Roles in Functional Areas: Finance
    Moderator: Jane Wellman, Executive Director, National Association of System Heads
    Panelists: Marvin Barth, Senior Director - Endowments, TIAA-CREF; Michael Klein, Professor of International Economic Affairs at the Fletcher School, Tufts University; and Darryl Greer, Executive Director, New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • What else is out there: What system models can be found outside public higher education? 
    Moderator: Bruce Johnstone, former President, Buffalo State University and former Chancellor, SUNY
    Panelists: Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO, TIAA-CREF; Kenneth W. Kizer, Director, UC Davis Health Center; and Datuk Zakri Abdul Hamid, Undersecretary of Education, Malaysia

Conference materials available for download:
Program Agenda (PDF)
Presenters and Panelists (PDF)

TIAA-CREF presentation slides:
Economic and Demographic Trends (PDF)


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