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Jim Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
Shalin R. Jyotishi
Associate, Economic Development and Community Engagement
Milan Ephraim
Program Assistant, Economic Development & Community Engagement

CEO at the APLU Annual Meeting 2015

Delivering the Future

JW Marriott | Indianapolis, IN
Sunday, November 15 – Tuesday, November 17


SESSION I: Magrath Talks: Impact of the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award (8:30 – 10:00 a.m.)

The Magrath Award has served as a catalyst to identify outstanding university-community partnerships that impact their communities and exemplify best practices in engagement. This session will allow previous award recipients to reflect on what the Magrath Awards has meant to their institutions and to their communities. has anything changed for them as a result of the award and what would they suggest to others? The session will feature informal talks by Magrath Award finalists and winners.


  • Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University


  • Khanjan Mehta, Director, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, Assistant Professor, Engineering Design, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Deborah Moody, Director of Programs, Lucille W. Gorham Inter-Generational Community Center, East Carolina University
  • Stephen Myers, Associate Provost, Outreach and Engagement, Ohio State University
  • Emily Peron, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Joe Thiel, DPhil Candidate in Education, The University of Oxford; Alum, Montana State University

SESSION II: Expanding Engagement and Outreach through Online Learning (10:30 – 11:45 a.m.)

In light of changing demographics within our learner population, the evolution of learning environments, and the expectation that we align university learning opportunities with workforce needs, a question has surfaced: Is digital and online learning a recognized and effective form of engagement? This panel discussion of background and case studies will explore the future of engagement in an online environment. Presenters will help make a clear distinction between online learning as a unidirectional form of outreach and online learning as a bidirectional and mutually reciprocal form of community engagement. Join us to review current status, potential opportunities, and the impact this may have on our universities as a whole.

  • Jorge Atiles, Professor and Associate Dean, Extension and Engagement, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University


  • David King, Associate Provost, Outreach & Engagement, Oregon State University
  • Valerie O. Paton, Professor, Educational Psychology and Leadership; and Texas Tech PI, HSI STEM and Articulation Programs Grant, Texas Tech University
  • Chad Wootton, Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Texas A&M University

Presentation is here.

Session audio recording is here.

CEO Executive Committee Luncheon Meeting (12:00 – 1:30 p.m.)

Chair: Dan Hall, Vice President, Community Engagement, University of Louisville

University Responsiveness to Industry Workforce Needs: The Role of Institutional Economic Development and Community Engagement (CEO recommended session)

We continue to see reports about the skills gap and jobs going unfilled because of the lack of qualified candidates. There are many partnerships between universities, businesses, and communities focused on addressing these reports and developing the talent needed to fill these needs. This session will explore how universities, industry, and communities partner to create opportunities for students--opportunities that are responsive to industry needs and that help our communities thrive. Two universities and their industry and community partners will be represented—one discussing a partnership focused on the cyber engineering workforce and the other on talent development for the water industry.


  • Cheryl B. Schrader, Chancellor, Missouri University of Science and Technology


  • Matthew Bednarski, Project Manager, GRAEF
  • David Garman, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Leslie K. Guice, President, Louisiana Tech University
  • Mark Mone, Chancellor, University of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Craig Spohn, President, Cyber Innovation Center
  • Wendy Irion Talbot, Mission Assurance & Operations Research, Computer Sciences Corporation



JOINT CEO-CII BREAKFAST (6:30 – 8:00 a.m.)

As follow-up from the joint 2015 Summer Meeting between the Council on Engagement and Outreach and the Commission on International Initiatives, we invite members of each group to join us for a joint breakfast to continue discussion and determine a path forward for opportunities and priorities for future collaborations between CEO and CII.

SESSION III: CEO Business Meeting (8:30 – 10:00 a.m.)

SESSION IV: The Lincoln Project on Public Research Universities (Co-Convened with CAA, CEO, CGA, CICEP, CoR, CSC) (10:45 – 12:00 p.m.)

Join a discussion of the preliminary ideas and recommendations of this independent committee of national leaders convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. How do we express the increasing value of our institutions to society?  Are there ways of garnering fresh national and state support for our work?  Might we develop a compendium of practices used across institutions and states to promote universities?


  • Richard Stoddard, Vice President for Government Relations and Special Assistant to the President, The Ohio State University


  • Mary Sue Coleman, Co-Chair, Lincoln Project; President Emerita, University of Michigan
  • James Leach, Member, Lincoln Project; Former Member, Congress; Former Director, NEH
  • Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
  • Bill Moreau, Chair, Higher Education Practice Group, Barnes and Thornburg; Former Purdue Board of Trustees 4-Term Member    

Presentation is here.

COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS LUNCHEON AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS: (All Meeting Attendees Welcome) (12:15 – 1:30 p.m.)

Speaker: Alan Alda, Actor, Writer, Visiting Professor, Stony Brook University  

PILLAR SESSIONS (1:45 – 3:00 p.m.)
PILLAR C: Defining the New Engagement (CEO recommended session)

APLU believes it is appropriate timing for public and land-grant universities to dramatically expand efforts of engagement with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others. Fifteen years into a new century, the Kellogg Commission report Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution needs renewed attention to realize its full potential. With vexing national and global problems creating immense economic, environmental, social, and psychological consequences, single entities cannot find and mobilize solutions. Instead, engagement with multiple partners is critical, and public universities can and should be conveners for such efforts. In this session, we will hear from the co-chairs of a planning team that is laying the groundwork for a Task Force on the New Engagement, to be convened in 2016. Session attendees will have an opportunity to provide input on engagement issues for the planning team and task force to consider. 


  • Peter McPherson, President, APLU


  • Divina Grossman, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


  • Mark A. Hussey , Vice Chancellor and Dean for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University

SESSIONS V AND VI: Tour: Advancing Community and Economic Engagement in Indianapolis through University Collaboration (Co-Convened with CEO, USU) (3:45 – 5:00 p.m.)

Strategic University-Community Partnerships: Spotlight on Indianapolis Near Eastside

John H. Boner Community Center

IUPUI takes pride in the many ways faculty, staff, and students have partnered with residents, community leaders, and organizations on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis over the past 10 years to address the neighborhood’s inherent challenges and to help spur its urban renewal. Included among those partnerships are the IUPUI School of Physical Education and Tourism Management’s Fitness Zone at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center; IU School of Medicine’s Student Outreach Clinic; IU School of Dentistry’s Dental Clinic in the People’s Health Center; Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement workforce readiness programs of IUPUI Office of Community Engagement; and the newly established Indy East Promise Zone catchment area (a partnership between John H. Boner Center, City of Indianapolis, United Way of Central Indiana, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation Indianapolis). This session provides participants with an up-close look at the IUPUI strategic partnerships that are improving the quality of life of citizens on the Near Eastside.


  • Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis


  • Jay Gladden, Dean, School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • John Hay, Executive Director, Near East Area Renewal Indianapolis (NEAR Indy)
  • Khaula Murtadha, Associate Vice Chancellor of Family, School, and Neighborhood Engagement, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Javier Sevilla Martir, Assistant Dean, Diversity Affairs,Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Samantha Spergel, Chief Coordination Officer, Indy East Promise Zone, City of Indianapolis
  • Bill Taft, Executive Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis
  • James Taylor, CEO, John H. Boner Community Center
  • Karen Yoder, Director, Civic Engagement and Health Policy, Indiana University School of Dentistry

University Economic Engagement: Spotlight on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Commercialization

IUPUI Campus Center, Theater

The Indiana economy, in large part driven by Indianapolis and the Central Indiana region, emerged from the recession in a stronger economic position relative to many other areas of the nation. However, in an increasingly knowledge based global economy, Indiana recognizes that collaboration among industry, higher education institutions, state and local governments, and entrepreneurs is vital to generate the innovation that will sustain future economic growth. This session highlights the critical supporting role economically engaged universities play by providing leading examples of stakeholder collaboration through two unique panel discussions.


  • Nasser Paydar, Chancellor, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Tom Morrison, Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities, Indiana University

Panel A: Indiana Biosciences Research Institute and the 16 Tech Innovation District


  • David Johnson, President and CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and President and CEO, BioCrossroads


  • David Broecker, President and CEO, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
  • Betsy McCaw, President, 16 Tech Community Corporation
  • Dan Peterson, Vice President, Industry and Government Affairs, Cook Group, Inc.
  • Bill Stephan, Vice President for Engagement, Indiana University

Panel B: Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Technology Commercialization


  • Tony Armstrong, President and CEO, Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation


  • John Hanak, Director of Venture Capital and Funding Resources, Purdue Foundry
  • Aimee Kandrac, Co-founder & CEO, What Friends Do
  • Ilya Rekhter, Co-founder & CEO, DoubleMap
  • Todd Saxton, Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Indiana University Kelly School of Business and President,Board of Directors, Venture Club of Indiana
  • Joe Trebley, Director, SpinUp Program, Indiana University

Featured Project & Initiative

Economic Development & Engagement
The infographic, Scanning the Engagement Landscape: University Engagement by the Numbers, demonstrates that engagement, outreach, and community partnerships are central to the work of our APLU member universities.

Featured Project & Initiative

Economic Development & Engagement
Since 2006, APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to recognize the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities. The program recognizes colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.