October 11, 2018

Competing on Culture: Driving Change in Higher Education

Higher education is entering an era of constant disruptive change. Organizational culture – and the extent to which it is healthy and adaptive – will increasingly become the defining variable in the extent to which colleges and universities thrive, survive, merge, or fade away.  This workshop will explore how the right leadership approaches can create trust and connections that build a sense of engagement and community to productively develop a culture of inquiry and inform the culture in ways to anticipate the future and thrive in disruptive times.

Read the Higher Education Leadership Lens article and infographic authored by President VanWagoner on this topic!

Program Benefits

In this interactive workshop, participants will:

  1. Understand the components of organizational culture and healthy organizations.
  2. Compare and contrast different organizational cultural types.
  3. Compare and contrast different models of organizational change.

Analyze key levers for shaping and changing organizational culture.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for faculty and administrative staff at higher education institutions.

Registration fees are discounted for CPD members, and CPD points may be used to pay for this training.
$199 CPD member rate
$225 SUNY faculty/staff rate (non-CPD member rate)
$295 Non-SUNY rate
*The registration fee includes lunch and beverages.

**Please note that SUNY’s Center for Professional Development manages event registration, and are now using a new registration system. Everyone must first create a user account with CPD before you can register for this event. If you have any trouble with the system, you may reach out to SAIL directly to leadership@suny.edu

Date, Time, Location: This one-day workshop will be offered in Syracuse, NY at the SUNY Center for Professional Development.

Syracuse, NY – October 11, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
SUNY Center for Professional Development
Syracuse, NY

About the presenter(s)

Randall J. “Randy” VanWagoner, Ph.D., serves as the fifth president of Mohawk Valley Community College – a position he has held since July 1, 2007. He currently is serving his second term as chair of the New York Community Colleges Association of Presidents, a position he has held since 2015.

Dr. VanWagoner came to MVCC after serving as the chief academic officer at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska and the chief student affairs officer at Red Rocks Community College in Golden, Colorado. He has been instrumental in the development of the national Strategic Horizons Network of community colleges and serves as the co-facilitator of the Network focused on learning about disruptive innovation and vibrant organizational cultures outside of higher education.

He received his graduate degrees from the Higher Education program at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor; his B.A. in communications from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; and was a two–sport athlete at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. He and his wife Jennifer live with their two daughters in New Hartford.

Founded in 1946, MVCC was the first community college founded in the New York state. The College is known for the outstanding success of its students who transfer to a four–year institution, the talents of the graduates from the comprehensive array of career and technical programs, and its commitment to the continuing development of the dynamic community it serves.


Alternatively, you may offer this workshop at your campus and  train an unlimited number of participants without the need to travel. Call or email us to learn more and discuss the possibilities.

Carolyn Mattiske, Assistant Director
SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership 

The State University of New York
411 State St., Albany, New York 12203
Tel: 518.443.5841