Presidents Day at NAFSA 2017


Learn more about the Presidents and Provosts Summit at NAFSA 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.

May 31-June 1, 2017 | Los Angeles, California

Participants at Presidents Day NAFSA 2017 explored the evolving challenges of leadership in a time of political and cultural uncertainty. Colleges and universities have made significant strides in preparing all students to thrive in a complex and interconnected world. However, many of the foundations of international education and global learning have been under attack. During Presidents Day, participants worked with peers to identify the most pressing global issues they face on campus and heard from noted thought leaders from the academy and the international relations world to help them imagine strategies for successfully meeting these challenges.

Benefits of Attending

  • Networking with colleague presidents from over 20 countries
  • Dissection of key issues in campus internationalization
  • Participation in sessions designed for and led by presidents in higher education
  • Opportunity to tour the International Education Expo Hall and connect with more than 400 institutions

Network with Colleague Presidents

This special program for campus leaders offers numerous opportunities to explore international partnerships and discuss pressing issues in international education across the globe. Past speakers have included Shibley Telhami, noted author and expert on peace and development in the Middle East; David Wheeler, editor of Al-Fanar Media and former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education; Jamil Salmi, former tertiary head of the World Bank, and Simon Award winning presidents in campus internationalization from the United States, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Plenary Address: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
VIP Seating available for Presidents and Provosts

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Academic Leadership Reception
Presidents and Provosts to be joined by Senior International Officers

Welcoming Remarks
Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD, President, NAFSA
Thomas Wallace, PhD, Vice President, CSU Bakersfield

Thursday, June 1, 2017

8:00 a.m.– 8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:45 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Framing the Day
Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Knowledge, Power, and Populism: Universities in a Changing International Order
A Conversation with Richard N. Haass, President of the Council for Foreign Relations author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
Moderated by Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session: External Forces and Leadership for Global Institutions
Moderated by Debra W. Stewart, PhD, President Emerita, Council of Graduate Schools, and Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago
Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, PhD, past President, Northern New Mexico College
Juan Cogollos, PhD, Rector, University of Cienfuegos, Cuba
Robert A. Frost, PhD, current Dean of the John Adams Center, City College of San Francisco and former president of two rural colleges
Tomas D. Morales, PhD, President, CSU San Bernadino

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Facilitated Table Discussions

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


Keynote Address: Words Matter: The Rise of Violent Extremists Online and Why Our Youth Stand at a Crossroads
Haroon K. Ullah, PhD, Secretary of State Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State and author of Digital Rebels: Islamists, Social Media and the New Democracy (forthcoming)

1:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.

Decision-Making in an Era of Uncertainty: Global Trends That Will Affect International Education
Panel moderated by Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA
Nelson Cunningham, JD, President, McLarty Associates
Eduardo Ochoa, PhD, President, California State University, Monterey Bay
David Oxtoby, PhD, President, Pomona College

2:30 p.m.– 2:45 p.m.

Concluding Remarks/Next Steps
Diana Bartelli Carlin, PhD, Former Associate Provost for Graduate and Global Education and Professor Emerita Saint Louis University (retired)

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Shuttle to Convention Center
Optional Guided Tour of NAFSA 2017 International Education Expo Hall

4:00 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Plenary Address: Dr. Shirin Ebadi
VIP Seating available for Presidents and Provosts

2017 Presenters

Presenter bios


NAFSA thanks The California State University System for its generous support of this event.

The California State University System