Leading Voices On Politics, Economy To Spark Discussions At ACE2020
February 03, 2020

​With the political landscape heating up as Election Day nears, major speakers at ACE's Annual Meeting will talk about how issues like immigration and the economy are affecting higher education.

Political analysts Kirsten Powers and Michael Steele will provide sound insight as to what the upcoming 2020 presidential race means for our country and higher education during the ACE2020 Closing Plenary, moderated by Paul J. LeBlanc, ACE's incoming chair of the Board of Directors. That session is generously supported by the ECMC Foundation.

Powers is an author, USA Today columnist, and CNN political analyst where she appears regularly across the channel, including on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, and The Lead with Jake Tapper. 

Steele was elected Maryland lieutenant governor in 2003 and made history as the first African American elected to statewide office and to take on chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009. Steele's ability as a communicator and commentator has been showcased through his current role as a political analyst for MSNBC.

That plenary will wrap three days of thought-provoking sessions planned for ACE2020, ACE's 102nd Annual Meeting, March 14-16 in San Diego. More than 1,500 leaders from presidents to deans will gather at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina to 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.

Other major speakers include Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA, and ACE Board of Directors Chair Mark P. Becker, president of Georgia State University, who will be interviewed by Kai Ryssdal, host and senior editor of Marketplace, during the Sunday Luncheon Plenary. They will tackle questions such as how the broader national economic outlook affects higher education and its institutions and students.

Attendees won't want to miss the Robert H. Atwell Plenary address Sunday afternoon, where you can hear an inspiring talk from Diana S. Natalicio, former president of the University of Texas at El Paso, and a leading advocate for improving higher education equity and access.

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer, will be the featured speaker during the Monday Luncheon Plenary. Vargas, a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, is the author of the best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen and founded the nonprofit media and culture organization Define American. The Monday Luncheon Plenary is generously supported by Fidelity Investments.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to explore ACE Engage®, ACE's peer-to-peer online community and learning platform at the conference through the ACE Engage Experience lounge. Create a complimentary account today and join the ACE2020 group to network with fellow attendees, ask questions, share reactions and feedback on sessions, and continue conversations initiated at the conference.

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

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