Presidents and Provosts Summit Speakers

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May 29-30, 2019 | Washington, DC

University and college presidents, rectors and chancellors, and provosts from across the globe will convene for NAFSA’s Presidents and Provosts Summit during the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. NAFSA thanks Navitas for their generous support of the Presidents and Provosts Summit and The Chronicle for Higher Education for their generous support of the Presidents and Provosts Summit Reception.

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Opening Speakers and Moderators

Esther Brimmer, DPhil
Esther Brimmer currently serves as the executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Brimmer’s distinguished career includes three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the assistant secretary for international organization affairs from April 2009 to 2013.

Prior to joining NAFSA, Brimmer was professor of practice of international affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she served a two-year term as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor. She was also an adjunct senior fellow for international institutions at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior adviser at McLarty Associates. She was previously deputy director and director of research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) from 2001 to 2009, and was a member of the SAIS faculty. She also taught at the College of Europe in Belgium, and from 1995 to 1999, she was a senior associate at the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Earlier, she served on Capitol Hill as a legislative analyst for the Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives. Immediately after earning her doctorate from Oxford University, she spent two years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Diana Carlin, PhD
Saint Louis University
Diana Bartelli Carlin served as the senior international officer at Saint Louis University and at the University of Kansas. She retired from Saint Louis University in January 2016. She has been a NAFSA member since 2000. In 2007 and 2008, she served as dean-in-residence and director of international outreach at the Council of Graduate Schools. Carlin chaired the NAFSA Task Force on the Bologna Process from 2006 to 2008 and has presented at several NAFSA annual conferences, regional conferences, and preconference workshops. She assisted NAFSA teams with preparations for the 2010 annual conference in Kansas City and the 2013 annual conference in St. Louis, and organized and chaired a Colloquium on Sustainability and Internationalization at the 2013 conference. During her tenure at Kansas, the university received the Senator Paul Simon Award, and the Center for Global Citizenship at Saint Louis University won the inaugural AIEA Innovation Award. She has authored book chapters on joint and dual degrees, international student support, and faculty international development. Carlin received a Fulbright International Education Administrators award to France in 2013 and a Fulbright Specialist Award to Myanmar/Burma in 2016. Carlin is former associate provost for graduate and global education at Saint Louis University, and professor emerita of communication and former dean of the Graduate School and International Programs at the University of Kansas.

Fernando Leon GarciaFernando León-García, PhD
Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University
Fernando León-García, PhD, has served as president of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University since 2010, leading the institution to institutional and program accreditation in the United States (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and one of the highest study abroad rates among universities in Mexico. He was previously chancellor of City University of Seattle’s International Division, covering campuses, sites, and programs across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. León-García is president-elect of the IAUP, chair of ACE’s CIGE, and a member of different boards, commissions, and advisory councils such as WASC, CASE, AGB, HACU, CONAHEC, Universia-México, and FIMPES. León-García holds a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy analysis, an MA in international development education from Stanford University, as well as a BA in industrial engineering from CETYS University.

Jeff RiedingerJeff Riedinger, PhD
University of Washington

Jeff Riedinger, PhD, is the vice provost for global affairs and professor of law at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has leadership and administrative responsibility for the University of Washington’s diverse global programming, including support for international research; study abroad; student and faculty exchanges; and overseas centers. He works with colleagues across the university to develop and sustain strategic partnerships with universities, corporations, foundations, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to advance cross-college and cross-continent research, teaching, and engagement collaborations that address some of the world’s most pressing problems. Riedinger is former chair of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community. Riedinger earned a BA at Dartmouth College, a juris doctor degree at the University of Washington, and a PhD at Princeton University.

Featured Speaker

Jay A PermanJay A. Perman, MD
Jay Perman is president of the University of Maryland‐Baltimore (UMB), Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university. A pediatric gastroenterologist, Perman continues to practice medicine through his weekly President’s Clinic, where he teaches team-based healthcare to students of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, social work, and law.

Deeply committed to UMB’s neighbors in the local community, Perman established an engagement office to support the scholarship and advocacy initiatives that are undertaken with west Baltimore residents. He inaugurated a mentoring program to inspire local students to pursue careers in the health sciences, and he opened a community center to provide services to residents and to partner with them in neighborhood-strengthening projects.

Perman first came to UMB in 1999 as chair of the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. He left Baltimore in 2004 for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he was dean and vice president for clinical affairs. He has served on faculty and in leadership positions at the University of California-San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Perman received a doctor of medicine degree with distinction from Northwestern University. He completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Harvard Medical School and at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston.

Presidents Program

Jorge GonzalezJorge G. Gonzalez, PhD
Jorge G. Gonzalez is the eighteenth president of Kalamazoo College, a position he has held since 2016. He previously served for six years as Occidental College’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. He was a member of the Trinity University faculty for 21 years.

At Kalamazoo College, Gonzalez has championed the value of a liberal arts and science education that is individualized, rigorous, and residential and includes life-changing experiential opportunities. At Occidental, he focused on providing strategic direction to the academic program, enhancing the academic policy structure, and working with external constituents to advance the goals of the college. At Trinity, he played an important role in the internationalization of the curriculum, the creation of faculty-led study abroad experiences, the development of an open-access policy for faculty scholarship, and the implementation of new interdisciplinary initiatives.

A graduate of the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, Gonzalez earned his master’s degree and PhD in economics from Michigan State University. He has published extensively on topics such as foreign investment, undocumented immigration, international trade in the Americas, the Mexican financial system, and the political economy of U.S. trade and immigration legislation. A recipient of Trinity’s top teaching award, he has taught courses in micro- and macroeconomics, international trade, economic development, and the economies of Mexico and Spain.

He is currently the president of the board of the F.W. and Elsie L. Heyl Science Scholarship Fund and serves on the boards of the Council of Independent Colleges, Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Southwest Michigan First, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Marvin KrislovMarvin Krislov, JD
Marvin Krislov is the eighth president of Pace University. He is deeply committed to Pace’s mission of Opportunitas—providing all students, regardless of economic background, access to the transformative power of education—and he is working to bolster Pace’s status as the nation’s leading four-year private college for driving economic mobility. Prior to Krislov’s appointment at Pace, he served for 10 years as the president of Oberlin College. Before that, he was vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan. During that time, he led the legal defense of the university’s admission policies, which resulted in the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision recognizing the importance of student body diversity. Prior to entering academic life, Krislov served as acting solicitor and then deputy solicitor of national operations in the U.S. Department of Labor. He previously served as associate counsel in the Office of Counsel to the President under President Bill Clinton.

Andreas SchleicherAndreas Schleicher - OECD Briefing
Andreas Schleicher is director for education and skills, and special adviser on education policy to the secretary-general at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that create a global platform for policymakers, researchers, and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for more than 20 years with ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in the Atlantic (July 2011) that “[Schleicher] understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth.” UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called Andreas, who is German and lives in France, “the most important man in English education.” Andreas is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Theodor Heuss prize, awarded in honor of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, for “exemplary democratic engagement.” He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Provosts Program

DeBrenna Lafa AgbenyigaDeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, PhD
DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, PhD, joined Bowie State University as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2018. She serves as the chief academic officer, responsible for overseeing the academic and research enterprise of the university, ensuring the quality of the faculty and student body, and maintaining educational excellence.

Prior to Bowie State, Agbényiga was vice provost and dean of the graduate school and professor of social work at University of Texas at San Antonio. She also previously served as associate dean for graduate studies and inclusion in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. She was the founding director of the college’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Academic Affairs.

Agbényiga’s research spans organizational culture, international social and economic development, community development and sustainability, women’s rights, children’s rights, gender-based violence, cross-cultural learning, and diversity. She has spent numerous years working globally, and more extensively in Africa, as a researcher and consultant to numerous ministries, nongovernmental organizations, and universities. Her research has been published in leading social work journals including the Journal of Social Work Education, Children and Youth Services Review, Administration in Social Work, and Advances in Social Work. She has coedited two books and several book chapters.

Agbényiga earned her doctoral degree in social work, MBA in strategic management, and a master of social work degree in social work-urban studies, all from Michigan State University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Carol ErtingCarol J. Erting, PhD
Carol J. Erting is the provost at Gallaudet University and a professor in the Department of Education. During her administrative career at Gallaudet University, she has also served as associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, Continuing Studies, and International Programs; dean of the Graduate School and Professional Programs; and chair of the Department of Education. Erting was a faculty member in the Linguistics Department and a research scientist in the Gallaudet Research Institute for 15 years, serving as director of the Culture and Communications Study Program and program chair of the Deaf Way (1989), an international conference on the history, language, and culture of deaf communities. She currently serves on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement. In addition, she was selected as one of 32 provosts nationwide to participate in the Association of Chief Academic Officer’s)/Gates Foundation Digital Fellows Initiative from 2017 to 2019. Erting has a PhD in cultural anthropology from American University, a QE in social anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London, and BS and MA degrees from Northwestern University in communicative disorders.

Anne A. SklederAnne A. Skleder, PhD
Anne Skleder, PhD, has served as senior vice president, provost, and professor of psychology at Wilkes University since 2014. At Wilkes University, she is responsible for leading academic programs and initiatives across six schools and colleges—which involve all areas of enrollment, technology, academic support, and study abroad—as well as university-wide strategic plans, including a comprehensive Latin American and Caribbean venture.

Skleder has held multiple administrative posts in the academic, enrollment, and planning areas. She has presented nationally and internationally and published on a wide variety of topics. Working with the Council of International Educational Exchange and the U.S. State Department, Skleder has helped create opportunities for student and faculty exchanges.

Skleder received her BA in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA and PhD in social/organizational psychology from Temple University. She also completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management program.

Assuming her new role as President of Brenau University July 1, 2019, she is the first woman elected to this position in Brenau’s 141-year history.

Lunch Speaker

Michèle FlournoyMichèle Flournoy
The Honorable Michèle Flournoy cofounded CNAS, a bipartisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic, and principled national security policies in January 2007. She served as CNAS’s president until 2009, and returned as CEO in 2014. In 2017, she cofounded WestExec Advisors, a strategic advisory firm.

Previously, Flournoy was senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for several years. Prior to that, she was a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. In the mid-1990s, she served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction and deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy.

Flournoy is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including: the American Red Cross Exceptional Service Award in 2016; the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1998, 2011, and 2012; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2000 and 2012; and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1996. She has edited several books and authored dozens of reports and articles on a broad range of defense and national security issues. Flournoy appears frequently in national and international media, including CNN’s State of the Union, ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press, BBC News, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and PBS’s News Hour, and is frequently quoted in top-tier newspapers.

Flournoy serves on the boards of Booz Allen Hamilton, Amida Technology Solutions, The Mission Continues, Spirit of America, and CARE. Flournoy is also a former member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the CIA Director’s External Advisory Board, and the Defense Policy Board. She is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, and is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Flournoy earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master’s degree in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar.

Afternoon Program

Stuart AndersonStuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson is executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy, an Arlington-based, nonpartisan public policy research organization focusing on trade, immigration, and related issues. From August 2001 to January 2003, Anderson served as executive associate commissioner for policy and planning, and counselor to the commissioner at the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Before holding those positions, Anderson spent 4.5 years on Capitol Hill on the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, first for Senator Spencer Abraham and then as staff director of the subcommittee for Senator Sam Brownback. Prior to that, Anderson was director of trade and immigration studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., where he produced reports on the military contributions of immigrants and the role of immigrants in high technology. He has an MA from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from Drew University. Anderson has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other publications. He is the author of the book Immigration (2010), part of the Greenwood Guides to Business and Economics series.

Barry MaloneyBarry Maloney
Barry M. Maloney has served as Worcester State University’s 11th president since 2011. Maloney also serves as chair of the Council of Presidents, the coordinating body of the nine Massachusetts state universities. He sits on the boards of directors for the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (formerly the “Colleges of Worcester Consortium”). He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Spectrum Health Systems. In 2013, Maloney was appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics, which is charged with increasing opportunity, participation, and promotion of female student-athletes. Prior to joining Worcester State University, Maloney served for nearly 20 years at Westfield State University in a variety of positions, including twice as interim president and as vice president of student affairs and vice president of advancement and college relations. Maloney graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public management and a master’s degree in public administration. He is also a 2007 graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his college years, Maloney worked as an aide for former Springfield Mayor, now U.S. Rep., Richard E. Neal.

Francis J. RicciardoneFrancis J. Ricciardone
Francis J. Ricciardone was appointed as the twelfth president of the American University in Cairo and began his term in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he was vice president of the Atlantic Council and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He served as a foreign service officer from 1978 to 2014, including appointments as U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Turkey, and the Philippines, and chargé d’affaires and deputy ambassador to Afghanistan. Ricciardone was a distinguished scholar at the United States Institute of Peace from 2008 to 2009. After graduating summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973, Ricciardone received a Fulbright Scholarship and taught in U.S. international schools in Trieste, Italy, and Tehran, Iran. He speaks Arabic, Turkish, Italian, and French.

Muddassir SiddiqiMuddassir Siddiqi, EdD
Muddassir Siddiqi, EdD, is the president of Houston Community College’s Central College. He began his term as president of Central College in February 2017, after serving in the capacity of interim college president, provost, and the vice president of academics and student development at Morton College. Prior to Morton College, Siddiqi served 5 years at City Colleges of Chicago as the executive director of Manufacturing and Skills Programs. Siddiqi’s tenure in higher education is marked by successful workforce development programs, enrollment growth specifically for minority student populations, development of new academic and nonacademic programs, implementation of internationalization of curriculum, and building sustainable partnerships with government agencies, peer institutions, and community-based organizations. Under his leadership, Morton College was included in the list of top producers of Fulbright U.S. scholars.

Siddiqi has an impressive blended experience, encompassing large multinational corporations to public community colleges. Prior to his higher education career, Siddiqi worked in the corporate sector for almost 15 years. During his tenure, Siddiqi assumed multiple organizational roles and successfully oversaw the completion of multimillion-dollar projects in countries around the globe. His global, multicultural experience has influenced his approach toward global education.

Active in the community, Siddiqi serves on the board of directors of the Career and Recovery Resources, South Main Alliance, Rotary Club of Hermann Park, and Bridging the Digital Divide. Also, he currently serves on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Global Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on International Education. He has recently served on the board of the Association of Talent Development Houston Chapter and Executive Committee of the NAACP Houston Branch.

Siddiqi received an EdD in adult education and higher education with a major in human resource development from Northern Illinois University; an MBA from Northern Alabama University; and an MA in industrial technology from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management and Seminar for New Presidents at Harvard University, Executive Leadership Program at Cornell, and Leadership Development Program at the National University of Singapore.