November 2009


New York, NY - November 5, 2009 - Today begins the TIAA-CREF Institute 2009 Higher Education Leadership Conference, “Smart Leadership in Difficult Times.”

Higher education leaders from across the country will share information to help identify opportunities for change, and best practices for navigating through a period of spending cuts, reduced revenue, and capital budget constraints.

Gergen, Ferguson keynotes look at causes of and responses to challenges
The opening keynote address will be delivered by David Gergen, Editor-at-Large for U.S. News and World Report and Senior Analyst for CNN. He will provide a contextual framework by laying out the larger global economic forces that have created many of the challenges facing higher education today. The day will conclude with remarks from Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO, TIAA-CREF, outlining how TIAA-CREF is responding to these challenges and helping to shape the public policy debate in ways that serve the interests of TIAA-CREF clients.

Discussions explore changing expectations for higher education
“Bringing together thought leaders and other higher education experts at this annual conference is one way the TIAA-CREF Institute supports the ongoing vitality of our nation’s colleges and universities. Conference discussions will showcase the creative thinking and open mindedness that today’s higher education leaders need to help their institutions not only survive, but to thrive in this new environment,” said Madeleine d’Ambrosio, Vice President and Executive Director of the TIAA-CREF Institute. “Participants will also explore evolving expectations for higher education, changing campus operating models, the economic outlook and its implications for colleges and universities, and new avenues to success.”

Topics to be discussed throughout the day include:

  • What’s the New Normal? Higher Education for the 21st Century: Recognizing that the most successful institutions will not be those that ride out the economic downturn by returning to the status quo.
  • New Thinking: What Works? Some practical solutions and strategies highlighting creative approaches to the difficulties imposed by our troubled economy.
  • Strategies for Success: Change in the Face of Opposition- Maintaining morale, mistakes to avoid, and effective methods to get buy-in and support from key stakeholders.

Featured higher education leaders from across the country
Speakers for the November 5th program include: J. Michael Adams, President, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Jared Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon University; Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University; Mary Cullinan, President, Southern Oregon University; Elson Floyd, President, Washington State University; Bobby Fong, President, Butler University; Robert Holub, Chancellor, UMass-Amherst; Muriel Howard, President, AASCU; Elizabeth Huidekoper, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Brown University; Devorah Lieberman, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Wagner College; Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami-Dade College; and Charles Reed, Chancellor, California State University System.

Gee to address impactful leadership in higher education
The featured dinner speaker is Gordon Gee, President, The Ohio State University, who will share his insights and experiences based on positions of leadership in higher education at a broad range of institutional types.

Photography, video and a transcript of the event will be made available following the conference. For a complete agenda and list of speakers, visit:

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