Vice-president of strategic communications and external affairs
New York Institute of Technology
Nada Marie Anid is vice-president for strategic communications and external affairs at NYIT. In 2009, Dr Anid became the first female dean of the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and has long been an advocate for women pursuing education and career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. Her efforts in this area include her recent book, The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change. In March, Dr Anid was instrumental in launching NYIT’s Women’s Corporate Council, a group of female leaders whose goal it is to empower and inspire others within the institute’s community and beyond. She is also the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Long Island Software and Technology Network Diamond Award.
Trevor Barratt is the chief executive of THE World Universities Insights, home of Times Higher Education (THE), the THE World University Rankings and the THE World Summit Series of events. He joined THE in 2014, having previously run his own consultancy firm. Prior to that he served as chief executive of Ocean Media Group and also spent time as managing director of United Business Media and Aprovia UK.
Katherine Bergeron joined Connecticut College in 2014 and has supported the faculty in developing an interdisciplinary education initiative in which students are encouraged to create deeper linkages between the work they do in courses, in jobs, in the community, and around the globe, to prepare them for leadership in an era of change. Previously, she was dean of the college at Brown University. She sits on several boards, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and is a commissioner for the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Alexander Cartwright is the chancellor of the University of Missouri with a joint appointment as a professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Missouri College of Engineering. He came to MU from the State University of New York, where he served as provost and executive vice-chancellor from 2014-17. An internationally recognised researcher in the area of optical sensors, Dr Cartwright previously served as chair of the electrical engineering and biomedical engineering departments at the University at Buffalo.
Executive director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service
University of Illinois Springfield
Dr Cook is the executive director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service and research professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Springfield. She holds a PhD in higher education administration and an MS in adult education. Dr Cook has been engaged in providing consultancy on faculty development to educational leaders across the US, Canada and Mexico. Her research interests include generational learning and heutagogical approaches to teaching and learning.
Emma Deraze is a data scientist at Times Higher Education where she works on the teaching rankings, including the THE/WSJ US College Rankings and the Japan University Rankings. She is involved in the analysis and processing of the data used in those rankings as well as development of the various methodologies.
Kate Eichhorn is director of the cultural studies and media studies programmes at The New School, a university in New York City. For more than two decades, she has researched the impact of new media technologies on youth cultures, subcultures and social movements. Her most recent book, The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media, published by Harvard University Press in 2019, examines the impact of social media platforms on identity development, reputation management and memory.
Richard Ekman has been president of the CIC since 2000. Previously, he was vice-president for programmes of Atlantic philanthropies, and secretary and senior programme officer of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has also been director of education programmes at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and vice-president and dean at Hiram College. He currently serves as a member of many boards, including those that provide guidance to the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (which he chairs), American Academic Leadership Institute, Emeriti Retirement Health and Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.
Dr Farvardin has made great changes since he joined Stevens Institute of Technology in 2011 from the University of Maryland where he was provost. In 2017, he received the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and, in 2018, he was given the American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation in recognition of his innovations. His work has improved student success, alumni engagement, philanthropic support, modernised and expanded IT and campus infrastructure, and strengthened financial profile. He also launched programmes that vastly increased the percentage of underrepresented students in the freshman cohort last year.
Henry “Hank” Foley is the fourth president of the New York Institute of Technology. He joined the institute in June 2017 after serving as interim chancellor of the University of Missouri-Columbia. A seasoned administrator and an accomplished research scientist and teacher, Dr Foley has decades of high-level experience in strategic planning, economic development and advanced research collaborations, programme development and enhanced funding in higher education.
John Gill has been editor of Times Higher Education since March, 2012. He has previously held roles as news editor, deputy news editor and reporter with the magazine. John has been closely involved in the development of THE’s World University Rankings portfolio over the last eight years, and was called to give evidence to the recent parliamentary inquiry into teaching metrics.
Prior to joining NYIT in June 2018, Junius Gonzales served as senior vice-president for academic affairs and chief academic officer for the University of North Carolina. He also served as provost at the University of Texas at El Paso and was founding dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at University of South Florida. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded many initiatives in support of student and faculty success. He recently completed an Association of Chief Academic Officers’ Digital Learning Fellowship supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr Laursen joined SUNY in September 2018 from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi where he was the founding president and served as its leader from 2010. Prior to that, he was member of the faculty of Duke University from 1992, during which time he had appointments in civil engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, including serving as chair of the department of mechanical engineering and materials science (2008-10). He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr David Munson has nearly 40 years of experience in higher education. He became Rochester Institute of Technology’s 10th president in 2017, having previously been dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. His teaching and research interests are in the area of signal and image processing, and he has a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Dr Pasquerella took on her current role in 2016. A philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, she has written widely on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy and the philosophy of law. She hosts Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute and is president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Previous positions have included president of Mount Holyoke College, provost of the University of Hartford and dean of the graduate school at the University of Rhode Island. She serves as an advisory board member of Newman’s Own Foundation.
Duncan Ross has been a data miner since the mid-1990s. As director of data and analytics at THE, he oversees a team that generates university rankings and related data products. Prior to this, he led Teradata’s data science team in Europe and Asia, where he was responsible for developing analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root-cause analysis in manufacturing and social network analysis in telecommunications.
Bernie Savarese joined New York University from The Ohio State University where he most recently served as director of first year experience and led the university’s standing committee on student success and retention. At NYU, he oversees the Office of Student Success, leads the university’s student success steering committee and directs NYU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program and the state-funded Opportunity Program. He serves as a subject matter expert and consultative resource to university leaders on issues including the development of strategic initiatives to enhance student retention, graduation and the overall student experience.
Associate dean of undergraduate studies and co-director of the Center for Project-Based Learning
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alongside her role as co-director of the Center for Project-Based Learning, Dr Wobbe directs the Great Problems Seminar programme, the university’s first-year projects programme. Her teaching awards include the Moruzzi Prize for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, and she a co-recipient of the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education awarded by the National Academy of Engineering. She is co-author of Project-Based Learning in the First Year: Beyond All Expectations. She completed a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard University.
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