Nancy L. Zimpher became the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, the nation’s
largest comprehensive system of higher education, in June 2009. Since that time, she has led
the university in creating and launching a system-wide strategic plan, with the central goal of
harnessing SUNY’s potential to drive economic revitalization throughout New York. Chancellor
Zimpher currently serves as chair of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy
of Sciences and of CEOs for Cities. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of the National Association
of System Heads (NASH) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council on
Education (ACE). Prior to coming to SUNY, Dr. Zimpher served as president of the University of
Cincinnati and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Michael A. Baer joined Isaacson, Miller in 2005 from the American Council on Education (ACE),
the major coordinating body for the nation’s institutions of higher education. As Senior Vice
President of ACE, Michael oversaw all ACE programs—including those that identified and
prepared women and minorities to move into senior administrative positions—with
responsibility for a start of 100 and a budget of $25 million. Prior to joining ACE in 1998, Michael
served Northeastern University for eight years as Provost and Senior Vice President
for Academic Affairs. A political scientist, Michael began his academic career at the University of
Kentucky, where he was a professor and department chair before serving for nine years as
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. He has led and served on numerous national and
community boards and published extensively on interest groups in American politics, on civic participation, and in the
area of state and local government.
Peter Eckel, Senior Fellow and Director of Leadership Programs, is part of the Alliance for
Higher Education and Democracy in Penn’s Graduate School of Education. His expertise is in
leadership, institutional change and governance. Previously, he was Vice President for
Programs and Research at the Association of Governing Boards and spent 16 years at the
American Council on Education. Dr. Eckel has written extensively on higher education trends in
the US and internationally, and is the author/editor of six books–including Changing Course:
Making the Hard Decisions to Eliminate Academic Programs, Privatizing the Public University:
Perspectives from Across the Academy, and Taking the Reins: Institutional Transformation in Higher
Education–and 24 nationally disseminated papers. His doctorate is from the University of
Maryland, College Park in Education Policy, Planning and Administration. He has been a fellow at the Salzburg
Seminars and at the South African Centre for Higher Education Transformation. He currently serves as a trustee at
the University of La Verne (CA).
Julie Filizetti came to Isaacson, Miller in 2007 after 16 years in higher education. Prior to
joining the firm, Julie was the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate
School in Monterey, California. She served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow,
the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program that prepares senior
leaders to serve American colleges and universities, and served her fellowship at Willamette
University in Salem, Oregon during the 2005-2006 academic year. She also spent 12 years as a
naval officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Julie is a member of the Board of
Trustees of Menlo College and on advisory boards for Santa Clara University.
Dr. Nancy Kleniewski has served as president of the State University of
New York College at Oneonta since July, 2008. As president, she led the
college through a collaborative strategic planning and budgeting process
that refocused the mission and aligned resources with institutional
priorities. The values she espouses for SUNY Oneonta are high quality
teaching and learning, student engagement, excellence with diversity,
vibrant campus-community partnerships, global connectedness, and
Trained as a sociologist, Dr. Kleniewski received her Bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College in Boston and her
Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Temple University. She is the author or editor of �ve books and numerous articles
on urban issues and urban policy. Dr. Kleniewski previously served as Provost at Bridgewater State University, Dean
of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a Professor of Sociology
at SUNY Geneseo.
Dr. Jason E. Lane is the founding executive director of the SUNY Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at the State University of New York at Albany. He has extensive experience leading multicampus transformational change initiatives in higher education and is a recognized expert in system thinking and development.
An awardwinning author and speaker, Dr. Lane’s scholarly expertise focuses on the leadership and governance of higher education, particularly as it relates to the emerging relationship between higher education, policy and politics, and globalization. He has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports; and published 12 books, including “Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education”, “MultiNational Colleges and Universities: Leadership and Administration of International Branch Campuses”, and “Building a Smarter University”.
Previously, he served as Deputy Director for Research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for the State University of New York, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of academic, economic, global and leadership initiatives across the system.
He is a founding faculty member of Penn State’s Academic Leadership Academy and System Leadership Academy sponsored by the American Council on Education and the National Association of System Heads. He has served on the boards of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES); Council for International Higher Education (CIHE); the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES); SUNY Korea; and Taking Student Success to Scale (TS3), a consortium of 23 systems working to leverage evidenced based practices to improve student success.
Carlos Medina is the Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion for the State University of New York (SUNY). He is charged with leading
SUNY’s efforts in promoting and advancing the University’s diversity goals and ensuring that
they are properly captured within all university policies and procedures. He provides leadership
and strategic direction to SUNY campuses in connection with the recruitment and retention of
faculty, staff and administrators who come from groups within our society that are
underrepresented in higher education and in SUNY. Immediately prior to serving in this
position, Mr. Medina was the Assistant Provost and was instrumental in helping build the
office’s portfolio of programs and overall capacity since its inception in 2007.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University of New York, College at Cortland, and his Masters in Human Services Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Medina has more than 25 years of progressive
responsibility in state government and higher education with proven experience in leadership, management, and
Jeremi Suri is child of the global transformations that re-made societies in the last century–war, migration, nation-building, and mobility through higher education. All of his research, writing, and teaching seeks to explain these transformations–their diverse origins, their contradictory contours, and their long-lasting effects. Suri’s scholarship is therefore an extended inquiry into the workings of power at local and international levels, and the interactions across these levels. Like other historians, he treats power as contingent, context-dependent, and often quite elusive. Like practitioners of politics, he views power as essential for any meaningful achievement, especially in the realms of social justice and democratization.
Suri hopes that his work will reach a broad and diverse audience of citizens. Scholarship cannot substitute for real-lived experience, but he believes it can enhance our contemporary understanding of the choices we confront in the allocation of our resources, the structuring of our communities, and the judgment of merit. In this framework, international, transnational, and global history should contribute to better thinking about current international, transnational, and global problems. He is a proponent of historical and political studies that are broad, compelling, creative, and, ultimately, useful. We should research with Monkish rigor, as we write (and lecture) with novelistic flair.