Higher Education Leaders to Discuss Realities Confronting Colleges and Universities at this Week's TIAA-CREF Institute 2010 Leadership Conference

New York, November 1, 2010

University and college presidents, academicians, business leaders, philanthropists, and journalists who have in common a keen awareness of the new realities facing higher education will convene in New York City this Thursday and Friday for the TIAA-CREF Institute 2010 Higher Education Leadership Conference.

“At a time of economic uncertainty and global change with significant implications for our nation’s colleges and universities, we are bringing together a group of leaders who are shaping the future of American higher education,” said Stephanie Bell-Rose, head of the TIAA-CREF Institute. “We will draw on their expertise to survey the current landscape and to look toward the future, with an emphasis on the connection between higher education and our nation’s global leadership and competitiveness.”

In a series of panel discussions, conference participants will explore such topics as emerging demographic and economic trends and their impact on higher education, maintaining quality academic programs in the face of fiscal challenges, actions needed by colleges and universities to help meet President Obama’s attainment goals, alternative approaches to instruction for maximum impact and efficiency, access and affordability, and effective leadership amid uncertainty and change.

Presenters at the TIAA-CREF Institute 2010 Higher Education Leadership Conference will include:

Michael S. Bassis, President, Westminster College, Utah
Stephanie Bell-Rose, TIAA-CREF Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute
William G. Bowen, President Emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ken John Chabotar, President, Guilford College
Scott S. Cowen, President, Tulane University
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA-CREF
Joni E. Finney, Vice President, The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of The City University of New York
Janet L. Holmgren, President, Mills College
Marvalene Hughes, President, Dillard University
Daniel J. Kaufman, President, Georgia Gwinnett College
William E. Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland
Earl Lewis, Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, Emory University
Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation for Education
Mark David Milliron, Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Cokie Roberts, Journalist and Author
Peter P. Smith, Senior Vice President, Academic Strategies and Development, Kaplan Higher Education
Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College
Jack Stripling, Reporter, Inside Higher Ed
Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia
Carol A. Twigg, President and CEO, National Center for Academic Transformation
David L. Wheeler, Managing Editor, International, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Follow the TIAA-CREF Institute 2010 Higher Education Leadership Conference live on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TC_HELC.

For information on attending this invitation-only event, contact Anne Ollen at aollen@tiaa-cref.org. Members of the media interested in attending, please contact Chad Peterson at cpeterson@tiaa-cref.org.

About the TIAA-CREF Institute
The mission of the TIAA-CREF Institute is to foster objective research, build knowledge, support thought leadership, and enhance understanding of strategic issues related to higher education and lifelong financial security. For additional information, please visit www.tiaa-crefinstitute.org.

TIAA-CREF (www.tiaa-cref.org) is a national financial services organization with $434 billion in combined assets under management (as of 9/30/10) and provides retirement services to the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.

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704 988-6811

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