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November 3, 2010—More than 1,000 senior public university leaders, including some 100 presidents and chancellors, will meet at the Hyatt Regency Dallas Nov. 14-16, 2010 for the 123rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Among the major topics to be discussed are the future of public research universities, plans for the sesquicentennial celebration of the Morrill Act, the growing role and influence of for-profit institutions, urban issues, and university engagement.
Late registration continues and on-site registrations are welcome. The late registration fee for A۰P۰L۰U members is $600; non-members $780.
Meeting attendees will notice several major changes, including a program redesigned and reorganized to display the agenda by Council or Commission, a new Annual Meeting Pocket Guide, and a flash drive containing important presentations and documents. The Annual Meeting bag, long a staple of professional meetings, has been eliminated. The Monday evening reception has been replaced by a Networking Break on Monday afternoon to provide members the opportunity to meet colleagues old and new.
The Opening General Session, The Future of Public Research Universities, will highlight the findings from the A۰P۰L۰U Regional Meetings held earlier this year. Those meetings provided presidents, chancellors, provosts and research executives with the chance to help formulate an A۰P۰L۰U agenda for charting the future of public research universities. Francisco G. Cigarroa, chancellor, The University of Texas System, will present a keynote address on the findings from the regional meetings and the actions necessary to ensure public universities can continue to provide research critical to the future of the nation. Michael M. Crow, president, Arizona State University; Michael A. McRobbie, president, Indiana University; and Mary Sias, president, Kentucky State University will join Cigarroa for a discussion of the key issues.
The second portion of the opening session will be The Future of the Land-Grant Idea-2012 to Building on 150 Years. A۰P۰L۰U Morrill Act Celebration Planning Committee Co-Chair Gordon Gee, president, The Ohio State University, will lay out the vision the committee has developed for the sesquicentennial celebration plans.
Also on Sunday, A۰P۰L۰U will present a special award to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award will be presented to one of five finalists:
Established in 2006 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the awards program seeks to identify colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities. Graham Spanier, president, The Pennsylvania State University, will present the award while highlighting the 10th Anniversary of the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Colleges.
Preceding the Opening General Sessions, The William Henry Hatch Memorial Lecture will take place Sunday morning. The Lecture is one of the three memorial lectures honoring the “founding fathers” of the nation’s land-grant university system—Hatch, Justin Smith Morrill and Seaman A. Knapp, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This year's speaker will be Mary E. Clutter, the former Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Biological Sciences, a directorate with four disciplinary divisions supporting all major areas of fundamental research in biology, plus a virtual division, Emerging Frontiers, stressing high risk, interdisciplinary research.
Monday will feature the George Washington Carver Lecture and Luncheon. Representative James E. Clyburn (D-SC), a champion for investment in rural communities dependent on agriculture for sustenance and higher education, especially Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will present this year’s address.
Following the luncheon address, two plenary sessions will focus on course redesign and economic development.
The Closing General Session on Tuesday will start with an address by Andrew S. Rosen, chairman and CEO, Kaplan, Inc., Rosen will talk about the role and future plans of for-profits in higher education during the session: A View of For-Profits Institutions in Education.
A panel discussion, Urban Issues and Public Higher Education, will include Erika Poethig, deputy assistant secretary for policy development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Wim Wiewel, president, Portland State University; and Robert Jones, senior vice president for system academic administration, University of Minnesota.
Peter Greenberger, head of industry relations and former team manager for Elections and Issues Advocacy, Google, Inc., will provide analysis on the impact of technology on the 2010 midterm campaign and election.
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