April 24: Sylvia Hurtado, Cooperative Institutions Research Program Leader, joins conference speaker list

Sylvia Hurtado is Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change. She is currently Director of the Higher Education Research Institute, which houses the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). CIRP is the longest-running empirical study of higher education involving data collection on students and faculty. Her numerous publications focus on undergraduate education, student development in college, and diversity in higher education.

She is past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and served on the boards of the Higher Learning Commission and initiatives of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Recent national projects include research on how colleges are preparing students to participate in a diverse democracy (U.S. Department of Education), the pathways of underrepresented students’ in scientific research and professional careers (National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation), and student and institutional outcomes of diverse and broad access institutions in higher education (Ford Foundation). She obtained her degrees from UCLA (Ph.D.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (M.Ed.) and Princeton University (A.B.).


April 24: Thomas Mortenson returns to the Tri-State Conference

Thomas G. Mortenson is a Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and an independent higher education policy analyst.

Tom’s policy research focuses on opportunity for postsecondary education and training and the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity. He has special concern for populations that are under-represented in higher education. His studies have addressed academic and financial preparation for college, access, choice, persistence, attainment, and labor force entry of college graduates. He is particularly interested in public and private finance of higher education opportunity and the enrollment consequences of the cost-shift from taxpayers to students that has been underway since 1980. He has been employed in policy research and budget analysis roles for the University of Minnesota, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Scholarship Commission, and the American College Testing Program.

Currently, Tom is editor and publisher of Postsecondary Education Opportunity (PEO), a monthly research newsletter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics and economics of educational opportunity after high school. He provides consulting services on higher educational opportunity policy to state and national organizations, and makes presentations on opportunity throughout the country.


April 24: Kevin Wright to offer strategic and analytical presentation to improve engagement

A rare combination of strategic and analytical thinking with a love for disruptive innovation, ideals and people is who Kevin authentically is.   A seasoned executive with National & International broad-based leadership experience of ~20 years, he’s Managing Partner of Aeriis Inc., a strategic management consulting firm and holding company.

Kevin spends the bulk of his time working with organizations that want to more deeply connect with and engage their employees and customers, reducing the high costs of developing, retaining and igniting top talent and customers.  He is also an adjunct faculty member of the Hamline University, Graduate School of Business. A former corporate Vice President for the fifth largest bank in the United States, U.S. Bank, Kevin held national responsibility for strategy, segmentation, product development and product management for The Private Client Group (mass affluent), Multicultural and Underbanked businesses. He also led U.S. Bank’s entry into franchise financing.  Prior to U.S. Bank Kevin led the Six Sigma Division at Target Financial Services and has enjoyed leadership roles at Bank of America and other firms.  He was selected as one of the Top 40 Inspirers in America by Inspire Magazine,” a publication designed to enhance the lives of leaders. Kevin sits on the Infinity Systems Board, Sunrise Banks Advisory Board and University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization, Business Advisory Group.

Mr. Wright has been a speaker or panelist at The Harvard Business School, ALCOA and Medtronic to name a few. He has published a number of articles on employee engagement, development and leadership and has been interviewed by and/or quoted in The Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Franchise Times and more.

He holds an MBA from The Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Business Administration from Delaware State University. A lover of education and people, he’s also completed post-graduate studies in Counseling.


April 25: Jamil Salmi, policy expert to speak at conference

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice and consulting services to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral banks and bilateral cooperation agencies.  Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator.  He wrote the first World Bank policy paper on higher education reform in 1994 and was the principal author of the Bank’s 2002 Tertiary Education Strategy entitled “Constructing Knowledge Societies:  New Challenges for Tertiary Education”.  In the past twenty years, Dr. Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in about 90 countries all over the world.

Dr. Salmi is a member of the international advisory board of several universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East.  He is also a member of the International Advisory Network of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and the CHEA International Quality Group Advisory Council.  Between 2008 and 2011, he represented the World Bank on the Governing Board of the International Institute for Educational Planning.  Dr. Salmi is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at the Diego Portales University in Chile.

Dr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses the “Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities”.  His latest book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, entitled “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”, was published in September 2011.