ACE2020 Plenary Conversation to Feature TIAA’s Roger Ferguson and Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal
December 09, 2019

How does the broader national economic outlook affect higher education and its institutions and students?

That’s one of the questions that Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA, and Kai Ryssdal, host and senior editor of Marketplace, will tackle during the Sunday Luncheon Plenary at ACE2020 in San Diego.

The conversation between Ferguson and Ryssdal is just one of the stimulating and informative plenary and concurrent sessions planned for ACE2020, ACE’s 102nd Annual Meeting, set for March 14-16 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. TIAA is providing generous support for the Sunday Luncheon Plenary, which also will feature the announcement of the TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education.

Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed. Marketplace is American Public Media’s flagship program, which provides context on the economic news of the day and helps listeners understand the economic world around them.

Other plenary speakers include Diana S. Natalicio, a leading advocate for improving higher education equity and access and former president of the University of Texas at El Paso, who will deliver the Robert H. Atwell Plenary address. Among the concurrent sessions will be ACE Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle’s federal relations update​, a comprehensive and always highly attended overview of higher education policy.

ACE2020 is the country's most distinguished higher education event, attracting more than 1,500 leaders from presidents to deans. Attendees will gain knowledge about practical solutions for many of the challenges higher education faces today, network with leaders from across all institutional types, and be inspired by the achievements of colleagues and the insights of a diverse slate of speakers.

Click here to visit the ACE2020 website for more information and to register. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2020SD.