Boston, Massachusetts
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Symposium on LeadershipNAFSA’s 2015 Symposium on Leadership, The Innovation Imperative: Leading Change in a Competitive Environment, was held at the 2015 Annual Conference & Expo, and explored how senior international officers and higher education leaders can position themselves and their institutions to navigate new horizons in international education.

The event featured Abraham Varghese, CEO-India at Academic Partnerships, LLC, and former assistant provost for globalization at the University of Miami. He led off the event by examining seismic shifts such as disruptive technology, institutional competition, and consumer-like expectations that are dramatically changing the landscape of global higher education and impacting comprehensive internationalization.

An institutional innovation panel discussion followed, moderated by Barry Morris, institutional strategy and international education consultant, vice chair of the board of directors of the Georgia Council of International Visitors, and member of the NAFSA board of directors. Panelists included President Ann Buller, Centennial College; Richard Nader, vice provost for international affairs at the University of North Texas; and Erich Dietrich, associate dean for global and academic programs in New York University's (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and NYU's assistant vice president of global programs.

The event wrapped up with a panel on SIO qualifications and competencies with Lucy Leske, managing partner at Witt/Kieffer; Stephen Connelly, director at GlobalEd Services; and Kate Jennings, international education consultant. Participants received printed copies of the NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies, which were unveiled in May 2015.

For additional information, read the 2015 Symposium Series article.