Transformational Leaders Video Series

Reflecting on 2020 to Transform for the Future

Together, campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, and families have faced unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pivoting to address these challenges, leaders have had to keep an eye on near-term academic and business realities as well as long-term mission, values, and strategy to ensure resilience. Additionally, enrollment, advising, and student services will need to adapt to a broader vision of a future that anticipates equal parts innovation and stability of institutional purpose.

During this time when mission and innovation are in creative tension, leaders are called on to be authentic, creative, agile, and prudent as they guide their campus communities toward a dynamic horizon. To that end, ACE has partnered with Huron to provide insights and tools to support leaders during this tumultuous time.

The Video Series

The Transformational Leaders (TL) video series is a peer-to-peer learning resource for college and university presidents and chancellors. Leaders, in dialogue with ACE's Louis Soares and Huron's Peter Stokes in the fall of 2020, share expertise on a wide range of topics including equity and inclusion, academic program adaptation, and strategic finance and crisis communication in a series of 10- to 15-minute video interviews.

Transformational Leaders Video Set 1

The first set of TL videos is now available and features:

  • Ana Mari Cauce, President, U​niversity of Washington – Part 1 of 2
  • Marjorie Hass, President, Rhodes College
  • Scott Ralls, President, Wake Technical Community College – Part 1 of 2
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Upcoming Videos

Forthcoming TL videos feature:

  • Ana Mari Cauce, President, U​niversity of Washington – Part 2 of 2
  • Jane Close Conoley, President, California State University, Long Beach
  • Gabriel Esteban, President, DePaul University 
  • Michelle Marks, Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
  • Maurie McInnis, President, Stony Brook University
  • Scott Ralls, President, Wake Technical Community College – Part 2 of 2
  • Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, Texas A&M-San Antonio
  • Lynn Perry Wooten, President, Simmons University
ACE Engage Resources

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More from ACE and Huron

In The Transformation-Ready Higher Education Institution, Huron, ACE, and the Georgia Institute of Technology surveyed 495 leaders at four-year, nonprofit colleges and universities to understand areas of opportunity and concern, and how they are preparing for future change.

Read the report (PDF) Watch the report launch event