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«Summit on Cost in Higher Education Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Speaker and Panelist Biographies Neal Abraham Neal Abraham is ...»

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Summit on Cost in Higher Education

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Speaker and Panelist Biographies

Neal Abraham

Neal Abraham is Five College Professor of Physics and the executive director of Five Colleges,

Inc., one of the oldest and most successful higher education consortia in the U.S. (serving Amherst,

Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst).

Prior to assuming his current position in August 2009, he served for 11 years as executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs, and professor of physics and astronomy, at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Before that, he was the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Physics at Bryn Mawr College, where he taught for 18 years and served two terms as department chair.

His research interests are chaos and nonlinear dynamics in lasers and other optical systems, subjects on which he has published more than 200 articles, chapters and books.

His work in academic consortia began at Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr, which are partners in bilateral, trilateral and quadrilateral arrangements with Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. He also served on the Deans Council of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, which he chaired for two years. He served on the steering committee for the Mellon Foundation-funded faculty career enhancement program for 23 private liberal arts colleges and in various leadership roles for the Consortium for Faculty Diversity. He is a founding organizer of the Summer Institute on Collaboration in Higher Education, an annual project of the Association for Collaborative Leadership.

He holds a doctorate in physics from Bryn Mawr and a bachelor’s in physics from Dickinson College, where he serves as a trustee.

David P. Angel David P. Angel is the ninth president of Clark University. Under his leadership, the university has introduced LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), a distinctive program that prepares students with the intellectual and practical experiences required to address complex challenges in a rapidly changing world. As a pioneering researcher on industrial environmentalism and clean technologies, Angel has also helped steer Clark’s innovations in campus sustainability.

Angel served as Clark’s provost from 2003 to 2010, overseeing all undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as admissions, student affairs, sponsored research and libraries. Angel joined the Clark faculty in September 1987 and holds an academic appointment as professor of geography. His background and training are in economic geography, focusing on issues of industrial restructuring, technological change and the environment.

Angels holds a doctorate from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University.

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Since joining the consortium, Bickelman has focused on expanding membership to include municipalities and nonprofit charter, vocational and technical schools throughout New England. As a result, membership has increased from 86 to more than 400. New contracts have been developed for library supplies, travel management, temporary help and executive search, medical equipment, supplies and services and vehicles including hybrid, plug-in and CNG. The consortium has collaborated with national purchasing consortia, the Massachusetts Library System and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to aggregate spending volume and reduce duplication of effort.

Norman Bier

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OLI combines leading research in cognitive and learning science with state-of-the-art technology to create scientifically based courses that enact instruction for independent learners and support instructors to improve effectiveness in traditional classrooms. By capturing and evaluating learner data, OLI is able to drive powerful feedback loops that assist learners and educators, improve courses and contribute to a larger understanding of how humans learn.

Prior to joining OLI, Bier was director of training and development at iCarnegie Inc., a CMU subsidiary chartered to deliver software development education through international partner institutions. Using technology and faculty support, iCarnegie reaches thousands of students who would otherwise not have access to a CMU-level education. Bier has taught computer science courses as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County, philosophy courses at CMU and served as a founding member of the Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Cheryl Blanco

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She has held positions at Arecibo Technological University College, University of Puerto Rico, including assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, director of the division of continuing education, and tenured associate professor in the English Department.

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She serves on the board of the National Association of College and University Business Officers as past president and is a past president of EACUBO. She also serves on the boards of Florence Savings Bank and Baystate Health.

Richard W. Cost

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Crutcher serves on the boards of Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Posse Foundation in New York City, and WGBH in Boston. He is also an international trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra and a member of the Advisory Board for the Sphinx Organization. He served as president of Chamber Music America.

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Drinan holds an M.B.A. and a master’s of library and information science from Simmons and a bachelor’s from Mount Holyoke College.

Gary L. Gottlieb

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Gottlieb established the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training and clinical program. He served as executive vice chair of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and as director and CEO of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.

He received an M.D. from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program and completed his internship and residency and served as chief resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center. He chairs the Private Industry Council, Boston's workforce development board, and is a member of the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Partners in Health.

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Grant has provided leadership to advance the commonwealth’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) agenda and serves on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

She has served as president of the board of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and chairs the board of the Massachusetts Campus Compact. She established the Berkshire Compact for Education, a countywide initiative focused on strengthening education in Berkshire County.

Grant holds a doctorate in social policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, a master's in public affairs from the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s in sociology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Divina Grossman

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Prior to joining UMass Dartmouth, Grossman was the founding vice president for engagement at Florida International University where she had also served as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and dean of the School of Nursing.

As Dean, she spearheaded the expansion of academic programs in nursing and health sciences; created multi-institutional partnerships; raised approximately $12 million, and multiplied seven-fold the college endowment. Under her leadership, a new $34 million College of Nursing and Health Sciences building was completed.

Grossman holds a doctorate in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Nursing.

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Hamel holds a doctorate in higher education administration with a research focus on the effects of economic cycles on the financing of public higher education, as well as a master’s degrees in higher education policy planning and administration from Boston University, an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina and bachelor’s degrees in business and computer information systems from Ferris State University.

Richard Hisey

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Hisey has served in a number of industry leadership positions, including co-chair of the Investor Advisory Committee to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, formed to advise the SEC on matters of concern to investors in securities markets and sponsored by SEC Commissioners and the chair of the SEC. Previously, he served in advisory capacities to the securities agencies of Russia and Slovenia.

He has served on the advisory board to the University of Connecticut School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Boston Society of Security Analysts. He was also was recently named to the Boston Consortium for Higher Education Board of Directors.

Hisey holds an MBA and bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut, with supplemental education in Russian language at Middlebury College and Leningrad State University in the former U.S.S.R.

Dennis P. Jones

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Jones is widely recognized for his work in: developing “public agendas” to guide state higher education policymaking; financing, budgeting and resource allocation methodologies for use at both state and institutional levels; linking higher education with states’ workforce and economic development needs; and developing and using information to inform policymaking.

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Jones is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and served RPI as an administrator in business and institutional planning for eight years prior to joining NCHEMS.

James A. Kadamus

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In 1968, she began teaching at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she attained the rank of professor and served as department chair and faculty union president and then as interim assistant to the president in 1981.

In 1983, she served as an American Council on Education Fellow at Brown University. From 1984 to 1987, she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. She then moved to Plymouth State College (now University), where she served as dean of the college and one year as interim president, until 1994.

Kalikow holds a doctorate in philosophy from Boston University, a master’s in philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Wellesley College.

Karen Kedem

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She has authored publications on topics including governance and management of U.S. universities, the importance of market position to U.S. higher education ratings, and privatized student housing and debt capacity.

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Kerr holds a master’s in business administration from Wharton School of Business and a bachelor’s from Stanford University.

Paul J. LeBlanc

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Under his leadership, SNHU has more doubled in size and is the largest provider of online higher education in New England. In 2012, SNHU was was the only university included on Fast Company magazine's "World's Fifty Most Innovative Companies." SNHU has been recognized by the Gates Foundation as a "Beating the Odds" school for its innovative programming to increase graduation rates and productivity, has been named to the The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Best Colleges to Work For" list every year since the listing was created, and in 2011 was named to the Honor Roll, earned a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification in 2010, moved from Tier 3 to Tier 1 for regional universities in the US News and World Report ranking, and had its credit rating upgraded by S&P amidst the 2008 recession.

SNHU was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and LeBlanc has been asked to speak on innovation, online learning, and higher education reform by the Lumina Foundation, Rhode Island’s Board of Higher Education, Harvard’s schools of Business and of Education, IBM, the CTO Forum and others.

He won a New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2012 and was named one of "New Hampshire's Most Influential People" by New Hampshire Business Review. He sits on a number of boards and steering committees including the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning, New Hampshire College and University Council, the New Hampshire Campus Compact, the Gates Foundation Data Metrics Project, and the OpenStudy Advisory Board. He is a past Commissioner for the NEASC Commission on Higher Education.

Robert Lytle

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He holds an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a bachelor’s in economics from the Wharton School of Business.

Edward R. MacKay

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In New Hampshire, he is the chair of the College Savings ("529") Commission and board member for New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, and the Havenwood-Heritage Heights Trust Fund. He was the chair of the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission and the New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation and a delegate to the New England Board of Higher Education.

MacKay holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, a master’s from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Josephine S. Modica-Napolitano

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Modica-Napolitano chaired the Department of Biology from 2006 to 2009, as the founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences from 2007 to 2009. She served as dean of Merrimack’s School of Science and Engineering from 2009 to 2012. She was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs in January

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