Opening Ceremony

"Imagining the University of the 21st Century"

In a world of rapid change, institutions and organizations have to adapt or become irrelevant.  What are the adaptations and changes universities must undertake in order to be successful in this new era? What will be some of the characteristics of the successful university in the 21st century?  In this presentation, we’ll explore not only the challenges but the opportunities that this new age presents. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center
(located inside the Student Recreation Center)

Featuring Special Guest Speaker
George L. Mehaffy, PhD
Vice President at American Association of State Colleges and Universities

George Mehaffy Headshot

George Mehaffy serves as the Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). His division is responsible for a number of special programs and projects for AASCU presidents and chief academic officers in the areas of leadership and organizational change in higher education, focusing on issues such as technology, teacher education, international education, and civic engagement. Recent projects have included the Red Balloon Project, an effort to assist member institutions adapt to the rapidly changing world of higher education; a multi-state project on evidence in teacher education; a collaborative effort with two other national organizations on graduation rates and Hispanic student success; and a series of technology conferences for university teams at the University of Central Florida in partnership with EDUCAUSE. In 2003, he launched the American Democracy Project (ADP), a partnership with The New York Times and 230 AASCU colleges and universities, representing more than 1.8 million students. For 33 years, Mehaffy served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, retiring as a Captain 2000. In l994 his unit was the recipient of the Vice President Gore’s Award for Reinventing Government, which recognized the innovative program in San Diego to combine active duty and reserve units, resulting in significantly greater effectiveness and efficiency.