Haass, Bacow, and Bond Hill Among the Nationally Prominent Plenary Speakers at ACE2019
Published: February 11, 2019

Former U.S. diplomat Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow will discuss developments in global affairs that are likely to impact higher education during ACE2019’s Opening Luncheon Plenary on Sunday, March 10.

Later that day, Catharine “Cappy” Bond Hill, president emerita of Vassar College (NY), managing director at ITHAKA S&R, and an economist who has focused on higher education affordability and access, will deliver the 2019 Robert H. Atwell Plenary address.

These sessions, both supported by Fidelity Investments, are just two of a slate of thought-provoking and inspiring plenaries on tap for ACE2019, ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting, March 9-12, in Philadelphia. Nearly 2,000 college and university leaders from deans to presidents will gather at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 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.

  • The Monday Morning Plenary, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will feature two nationally prominent experts on race and racism, Beverly Daniel Tatum and Robin DiAngelo, who will discuss the role of race in America and on college campuses with ACE Vice President of Research Lorelle Espinosa. For those who cannot make ACE2019 in person, this plenary will be livestreamed.
  • Author Tara Westover will explore her best-selling memoir Educated and the transformative power of education during the Monday Luncheon Plenary, sponsored by TIAA. 
  • The Education Trust’s John B. King Jr., who served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as secretary of education from 2016-17, will moderate a diverse student panel examining a “human-centered” approach to designing public policy and institutional practice from the bottom up to enhance student outcomes during the Closing Plenary Tuesday morning, sponsored by ACT.

ACE2019 will begin Saturday, March 9, at 5 p.m. with the International Welcome and Networking Reception. Other events that evening include the ACE Women’s Leadership Dinner (tickets required), sponsored by TIAA and featuring Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and a reception for presidents and chancellors. Sunday morning will feature two sessions just for presidents and chancellors, as well as concurrent sessions open to all attendees. 

Click here to visit the ACE2019 website for more information and to register. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2019Philly.