College Presidents

Profile: Rassoul Dastmozd, President, Saint Paul College

This profile is part of a series of conversations with college presidents in various higher education institutions. Earlier conversations in this series were with Adam Weinberg, president of Denison University in Ohio; Katherine Persson, president of Lone Star College-Kingwood in Texas; Katrina Rogers, president of Fielding Graduate University, based in Santa Barbara; and Paul Pribbenow, president of Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Profiles in Higher Education Civic Leadership

In recent years, Kettering has brought together a series of research exchanges with college presidents on the civic purposes of higher education. In these exchanges, we discovered that presidents are deeply concerned with the state of our democracy and anxious to expand their leadership roles beyond fundraising and bureaucratic administration.

Ranking Systems to Prioritize the Civic Mission of Higher Education

A university’s ascent or fall within the rankings are newsworthy developments. A rise in rankings leads universities to promote the ranking and their placement.

Remembering the 1977 Airlie House Conference Report

David Mathews is president and CEO of the Ketteirng Foundation and is a former president of University of Alabama. He has participated in Kettering’s ongoing series of exchanges with college presidents on the civic purposes of higher education. Below is Mathews' 2016 introduction to the 1977 report The Changing Agenda for American Higher Education.

“The Civic Responsibilities of Colleges”: Adam Weinberg on Denison University

Adam Weinberg has long been a leader in the higher education movement for democratic innovation, including Kettering’s College Presidents and the Civic Purposes of Higher Education initiative.

Template for Campus Conversations on Democracy

Kettering has recently begun working with college presidents to move beyond their administrative and fundraising roles and provide new leadership for civic engagement. Beginning with a meeting with a small group of college presidents in July 2015, we found that these presidents were indeed eager to take leadership on themes of democracy and civic engagement on their campuses and with their stakeholders. This blog series, College Presidents on Higher Education and Its Civic Purposes, offers a space to gather and present their thoughts.

Introducing College Presidents on Higher Education and Its Civic Purposes

Kettering has recently begun working with college presidents to move beyond their administrative and fundraising roles and provide new leadership for civic engagement—to act as “public philosophers” for their institutions. Beginning with a meeting with a small group of college presidents in July 2015, we found that these presidents were indeed eager to take leadership on themes of democracy and civic engagement on their campuses and with their stakeholders. This blog series offers a space to gather and present their thoughts.