The Chronicle Technology Forum April 5-7, 2009 Arlington, Va.


Karen W. Arenson

Former Higher-Education Reporter

The New York Times

Karen Arenson was a reporter and editor for the The New York Times for 30 years, the last 12 covering higher education. She joined the Times as a financial reporter in 1978, after five years at Business Week magazine. She also served as editor of the Times's Sunday business section and as deputy editor and acting editor of its Business/Financial section before she returned to reporting and focused on higher education. She left the Times in 2008.

She has had an inside perspective on higher education as a member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its executive committee. She currently serves on its visiting committee for the humanities and is conducting oral history interviews for the university. Ms. Arenson majored in economics at MIT and earned a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Steven C. Bahls


Augustana College

Steven Bahls has served as president of Augustana College, in Rock Island, Ill., since 2003. From 1994 to 2003, he was dean of Capital University Law School, in Columbus, Ohio. He has also been a professor of law at the University of Montana and an attorney at the law firm of Frisch, Dudek and Slattery in Milwaukee, Wis.

He has served as chair of the boards of the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the American Agricultural Law Association. He is a member of the boards of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Putnam Museum of History and Science, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. He has taught and written extensively in the areas of business law, corporate responsibility, and agricultural law.

Goldie Blumenstyk

Senior Writer

The Chronicle of Higher Education

In her 20 years as a reporter and editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Goldie Blumenstyk has covered topics touching every corner of higher education: distance education, the Internet boom and bust, state politics, finance and management, fund raising, for-profit higher education, and technology transfer. She earned a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining The Chronicle, she covered politics and government at The Orlando Sentinel, including a stint as city hall reporter.

John F. Burness

Former Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations

Duke University

From 1991 to 2008, Mr. Burness was Duke University’s senior vice president for public affairs and government relations. Offices that reported to him won national awards for excellence in news writing, research and science reporting, internal communications, and community partnerships.

In 2004 he received the Samuel DuBois Cook Award for leadership in racial justice and collaborations between Duke and Durham Public Schools. In 2008, Durham’s school board named the science center at E.K. Powe Elementary School after him, and Duke’s trustees created the Burness Endowment to support community engagement.

In 2008, Mr. Burness was elected an honorary life member of the North Carolina Press Association, the first nonnewspaper person so honored in NCPA’s 125-year history.

Before he joined Duke, Mr. Burness was the senior public affairs officer at Cornell, Illinois, and Stony Brook Universities.

Mr. Burness has consulted at numerous colleges and universities and has lectured widely on media and higher education.

He is a 1967 graduate and a trustee of Franklin and Marshall College.

Niko Canner

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Katzenbacch Partners

Niko Canner is a co-founder and managing partner of Katzenbach Partners LLC. He has advised leading companies in many industries and focuses on the strategic and organizational questions that define the long-term evolution of major enterprises. In addition to his work with corporate executives, he has worked with university administrators and leaders of nonprofits to shape strategies and transform institutions. Mr. Canner initiated and oversees Katzenbach Partners' joint venture with Marshall Goldsmith, Marshall Goldsmith Partners LLC, a market leader in coaching executives to achieve positive, measurable changes in behavior. In 2008, he was named one of 10 "new gurus to watch" by Fortune magazine.

He began his consulting career at McKinsey & Company, where he was a founding member of the McKinsey Change Center. He subsequently co-founded Mitchell Madison Group's Organization Practice.

Mr. Canner earned a bachelor's degree in economics, summa cum laude, from Harvard College, and completed an M.St. in philosophy, with distinction, at Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

He serves on the boards of Learning Enterprises and Reciprocity Foundation, and is on the advisory board of the Acumen Fund. He initiated and co-leads China 2024, a 20-year longitudinal study of the development of business leaders in China.

Tyler Cowen

Best-selling Author

Professor of Economics

George Mason University

Tyler Cowen is Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and director of the Mercatus Center. He has published numerous books on economics and culture, including What Price Fame?, Creative Destruction, and In Praise of Commercial Culture. His last book, Discover Your Inner Economist, covered the application of economic reasoning to everyday life, a theme which he continues in his next book, due out July 9, Create Your Own Economy: How to Find Prosperity in a Disordered World. He writes regularly for the popular press, including for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wilson Quarterly, Forbes, and other outlets. He co-writes a daily blog  — — which often has been ranked as the No. 1 economics blog.

Paul Fain

Senior Reporter

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Paul Fain is a senior reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he has covered university leaders since 2004. He writes about many of the hot issues in higher education, including college costs and university governance. As a primary contributor to The Chronicle's annual executive compensation survey, Mr. Fain is a widely quoted source on presidential salaries and the job market for college leaders. He has won several national and state reporting awards, including the 2008 Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Before joining The Chronicle, he wrote for C-Ville Weekly, a newsweekly in Charlottesville, Va.

Roy Flores


Pima Community College District

Mr. Flores is in his sixth year as chancellor of the Pima Community College District in Tucson, Arizona. Pima Community College serves some 75,000 students annually at five traditional campuses and through a campus that offers distance classes, adult education, and workforce-development programs.

Before he joined Pima Community College, Mr. Flores was president of Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. He has also served as president of Elgin Community College in Illinois, executive vice chancellor of the Virginia Community College system, and as a faculty member and senior administrator at Pan American University. He has been a member of the boards of directors of several national organizations, including the American Association for Community Colleges.

Mr. Flores earned a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. He also has a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in social science from Indiana State University. He has served as an economic adviser to the U.S. Department of State and has conducted research on monetary theory and human-capital theory.

Mr. Flores is a board member at Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc., southern Arizona’s economic development and outreach-coordinating organization. He serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the Tucson Airport Authority. He was appointed to the governor’s statewide P-20 Council on Education. Mr. Flores is also on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, serves on the Advisory Board for the Educational Testing Service, and is a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity for the American Council on Education.

R. William (Bill) Funk

Search Consultant

R. William Funk & Associates

Mr. Funk has been called the "guru of higher-education recruiting" in The Chronicle of Higher Education and is listed as one of the 200 best recruiters in The Global 200 Executive Recruiters: An Essential Guide to the Best Recruiters in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America (Jossey-Bass, 1998). He has conducted some 300 searches for college and university presidents and chancellors, and these have included the sitting presidents at a fourth of all Association of American Universities institutions.

Among the 70 current presidents he has helped recruit are those at Cornell University, Georgia Tech, Iowa State University, Louisiana State University, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Syracuse University, Tulane University, University of California system, University of Illinois at Urbana, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Miami, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon, University of Washington, and the University of Wisconsin system.

Mr. Funk is the founder and president of R. William Funk & Associates, and he holds a master’s degree in government from Ohio University and a master’s degree in industrial relations from the Krannert School at Purdue University. A sought-after speaker and contributor to higher-education publications, his article "A Presidential Search is Opportunity Knocking" (Trusteeship Magazine, September/October 2005) has become required reading for boards contemplating a transition in leadership.

R. Barbara Gitenstein


The College of New Jersey

R. Barbara Gitenstein, president of the College of New Jersey, has some 30 years of experience as a college professor and administrator in both the public and private sectors. She came to the College of New Jersey from Drake University, where she served as provost and executive vice president. She is the first female president in the 154-year history of the College of New Jersey.

An active scholar, Ms. Gitenstein wrote Apocalyptic Messianism and Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry, and she has published articles and reviews on Jewish and American literature. She also is active in higher-education organizations and the community. Ms. Gitenstein currently serves as a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She is a member of the Association of Governing Boards Council of Presidents, a member of the American Council on Education Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equality, and is the presidential sponsor for the New Jersey chapter of the American Council on Education's Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education.

Jan Greenwood

Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates

Jan Greenwood is president and a partner at Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive-search, consulting, and training firm. She has conducted hundreds of searches for executives in education, health care, nonprofits, information technology, and for corporate boards. She has also led strategy and implemented searches for 12 years as a partner, director, and vice president in the Washington, D.C., and Alexandria offices of two international search firms.

She has been president of higher-education institutions, both public and private. She has also been tenured and a full professor, and has worked as a high-school teacher and counselor

She is a board and an executive committee member at the American Council on Education, a member of the Association of Governing Boards President’s Advisory Committee and of their Commission on Strengthening Presidential Leadership, the chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Policy and Purposes Committee, a member of the Southern Governors’ Association’s Advisory Council on International Education, the chair of the Council of Presidents for Virginia Public Higher Education, and the chair of the American Council on Education Executive Search Roundtable.

Ms. Greenwood earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University, and a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University

Ted R. Grossnickle

Trustee, Wabash College,

and Fund-Raising Consultant

Ted R. Grossnickle, CFRE, is chairman and CEO of Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates, consultants in philanthropy. Before co-founding JGA, Ted worked in development at Northern Illinois University, then joined Franklin College in 1983 as vice president of development and public affairs. He served as acting president of Franklin College in 1993. In 1994, Ted was named Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives (now AFP).

He is the chairman of Achieve, and he sits on the Board of Trustees at Wabash College and the Board of Visitors for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. He formerly served as a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha National Fraternity Board of Directors, Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation Board, Leadership Johnson County, and the Franklin Development Corporation.

Elizabeth Hoffman

English Lecturer

California State University at Long Beach

Elizabeth Hoffman is a lecturer in English and a project leader in the Faculty Center for Professional Development at California State University at Long Beach. She is an officer of the California Faculty Association, the union that represents 24,000 tenure-line, full-time temporary, and part-time temporary faculty members in the California State University system. She is on the CFA’s Board of Directors and bargaining team and is a delegate to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Ms. Hoffman is in her second term on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors and served on the committee that developed the AAUP policy statement “Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession.” Her recent publications on contingent issues include “From Cynicism to Commitment: The Impact of Collective Bargaining and Campus Climate on Contingent Faculty” (Academic Collective Bargaining, MLA/AAUP, 2006), and, with Joe Berry, “Including Contingent Faculty in Governance” (Academe, November-December 2008).

John M. Isaacson

Search Consultant

Isaacson, Miller

John M. Isaacson founded Isaacson, Miller in 1982. He grew up in Maine and was carefully groomed to be a third-generation Maine lawyer and fourth-generation entrepreneur, but was diverted in his 20s by academic and civic engagement. He went to Dartmouth for a B.A.; to Oxford University for a B.A./ M.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics; and to Harvard Law School. Following law school, he chose a career in public service. He began as an assistant to the secretary of human services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition to other duties, he recruited executives. He served three governors and five secretaries of human services over eight years. He also served as an assistant commissioner of the Department of Youth Services, as an assistant secretary of the Executive Office of Human Services, and as director of the Office for Children. Mr. Isaacson benefited from working with colleagues who went on to successful careers in higher education, academic medicine, public authorities, and national foundations, and they became the founding client base of the firm.

At Isaacson, Miller, he has participated in many of the firm's practice areas. In the last decade, he has taken particular responsibility in academic-medical and higher-education searches. The firm has been responsible for roughly 4,000 civic searches in the last 26 years. In his 36 years of searching, Mr. Isaacson has been responsible for several hundred. Recently he has led or joined search teams for chancellors and presidents at institutions that included the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Miami University of Ohio, Oregon State University, Reed College, St. John's College at Santa Fe, the Smithsonian Institution, Tufts University, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University System of Connecticut.,

Alexander C. Kafka

Deputy Editor, The Chronicle Review

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alexander C. Kafka has been an editor at The Chronicle Review for 10 years and is now its deputy editor. Before that, he worked as editor or reporter for Newsday, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, The St. Petersburg Times, and the Fort Myers News-Press. He served as senior press officer at the Brookings Institution, and has written freelance book and arts reviews as well as personal essays for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The American Prospect, The Weekly Standard, and other publications. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

Susan K. Kubik

Executive Director

Northampton Community College Foundation

Susan Kubik is vice president for institutional advancement at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., where she has worked since 1975. The college's foundation, of which she serves as executive director, is a four-time recipient of CASE's Circle of Excellence Award for education fund raising. A former chair of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, she has lectured and published numerous articles on alumni support and fund raising for community colleges and has been the recipient of such awards as the 2008 CASE/Commonfund Award for intuitional-related foundation executives, the Outstanding Fund Raising Executive Award presented by the eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, the Professional of the Year Award from CASE District II, and the Frank L. Ashmore Award for service to CASE and the advancement profession. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and communications from Point Park and Temple Universities.

Thomas C. Longin

Trustee, Carroll College (Mont.)

Governance Consultant, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Thomas C. Longin is the former vice president for programs and research for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. He came to this position in February 1997 and retired in December 2002. Prior to joining AGB, he served for 12 years as provost of Ithaca College (N.Y.) and for three years as vice president for academic affairs at Seattle University. He was dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College from 1976 until 1982, and before that a faculty member at Ithaca College, Virginia Tech, and Carroll College (Mont). Since retiring, he has continued to facilitate board workshops for AGB, serves as executive editor of Planning for Higher Education (SCUP), and has engaged in consultancies on strategic planning for Centre College (Ky.) and Carroll College; on board and committee organization, structure, and focus for Seton Hall University and Loyola University New Orleans; and on collaborative governance University of Maine at Orono and Skidmore College. He currently heads the pilot phase of AGB's funded project on strategic finance and college and university costs.

He has extensive administrative and leadership experience in higher education. He was a charter leader of the Associated New American Colleges, a consortium of 20 independent, comprehensive colleges across the country, and has been a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops on issues of institutional governance, the basic responsibilities of governing boards, and board responsibility for governance, institutional planning and academic affairs. Most recently, he has spoken at the national conferences of the AGB, SCUP, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education.

Prior to joining AGB, he served on and chaired the board of directors of the Special Children's Center in Ithaca, N.Y. and was a member of the Council for the Arts in Ithaca. In the fall of 2002, he joined the board of trustees of his alma mater, Carroll College, where he chairs the academic affairs and student life committee, serves on the trusteeship committee, and is a member of the executive committee. He holds a Ph.D. in American social and intellectual history from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a Master of Arts in history from Creighton University (Neb.), and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Carroll College.

Kishore Mahbubani

Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy

National University of Singapore

Kishore Mahbubani was appointed the first dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore in August 2004. He served in the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998 and he also served twice as Singapore's Ambassador to the United Nations. He has published and spoken in all corners of the globe and is the author of "Can Asians Think?", "Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World", and "The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East," which was published in New York in February 2008. He earned degrees in philosophy in Singapore and Canada and served as a fellow of the Center for International Affairs in Harvard University from 1991 to 1992. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: "A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker." He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005.

Stacy Palmer


The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Stacy Palmer is editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has served as a top editor since the newspaper was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its Web sites and She has appeared frequently on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world. She is also editor of Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits, a book published by the University Press of New England that collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and Chronicle of Philanthropy columnist Pablo Eisenberg.

Before she joined The Chronicle of Philanthropy, she was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in international relations.

William J. Pepicello


University of Phoenix

Bill Pepicello was born and raised in Erie, Pa, where he earned his bachelor's degree in classics from Gannon University. He holds both master's and doctoral degrees in linguistics from Brown University and has held faculty positions at the University of Delaware, Temple University, and University of the Pacific. He has conducted research and published in the areas of classical languages, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, folklore, and humor studies

He has held a number of administrative positions, including department chair for classics at Temple and regional dean for southern California for National University. He came to University of Phoenix in 1995, where he served as the first dean of the College of General and Professional Studies. He subsequently held the position of vice president of academic affairs until 2000. At that time, he assumed the position of president of the University of Sarasota; he helped transform that institution into what is known today as Argosy University.

He returned to the University of Phoenix in 2002 as the founding dean of the School of Advanced Studies, home to the university's doctoral programs. In November 2003 he became vice provost for academic affairs and was promoted to provost in January 2006. In June 2006, he was made acting president, and following a national search he was appointed president in September 2006.

As the sixth president of the University of Phoenix, he is responsible for the leadership of the largest private university in the United States.

He is frequently requested as a guest and keynote speaker and has addressed audiences across the country regarding for-profit higher education, non-traditional education, and the changing landscape of American higher education. Serving nationally as a consultant-evaluator, he sits on the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting higher-education organizations. Additionally, he serves on Arizona's Commission for Postsecondary Education, under the Office of the Governor, and is a member of the advisory board of the Greater Phoenix Boys and Girls Clubs.

Alberto Pimentel

Managing Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

Alberto Pimentel is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates (SP&A), a minority- and women-owned executive-search firm exclusively dedicated to serving higher education and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to launching SP&A, he served as a senior partner and member of the education practice of A.T. Kearney Executive Search. During the last 17 years, he has led and managed over 300 searches and has successfully recruited candidates for both academic and administrative positions for institutions ranging from major private and public research universities to private liberal arts colleges. In addition, he has represented many nationally recognized foundations. His vast experience includes conducting searches at the levels of chancellor, president, provost, vice president, and dean. He holds a B.A. from California State University at Los Angeles, as well as master's degrees in education and public administration from Harvard University.

Russell Powell

The Chronicle's "On Message" Columnist

Assistant Director of Marketing for Public Relations

Elms College

Russell Powell has been a public-relations professional for more than 25 years, including more than five years each at Hampshire College and Greenfield (Mass.) Community College. He has been a consultant to numerous colleges, including Bowdoin, Macalester, and Xavier University, and has worked extensively with the food, agriculture, and tourism industries.

He produced the award-winning documentary video Shack Time, about the artist shacks in the dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and published the arts and culture magazine New England Watershed, named Best New Publication of 2006 by the Utne Reader.

Jeffrey J. Selingo


The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jeffrey Selingo was named editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education in August 2007. He directs a staff of roughly 60 editors, reporters, and correspondents, in print and online.

He was an assistant managing editor and a senior editor at The Chronicle and oversaw coverage of higher-education policy, campus leadership, fund raising, as well as surveys of presidents and trustees. Before that, he was a reporter covering state politics. In his 10 years at The Chronicle, his work has been honored with a National Award for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, a Dateline Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and finalist status for a Livingston Award in national reporting. A leading journalist on higher education, he has been a featured speaker on the topic to national groups, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Prior to coming to The Chronicle, he was the environmental reporter for the Wilmington Star-News, in North Carolina. He was a member of the staff that won a North Carolina Press Association Award for its coverage of two major hurricanes in 1996, and he was the recipient of the state's top Associated Press writing award. He also worked for The Ithaca Journal, and as a recipient of the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, he covered business technology for The Arizona Republic.

Susanne Svizeny

Chair of the Board of Trustees

The College of New Jersey

Susanne Svizeny is responsible for all wholesale banking operations in Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware for Wachovia. She leads the bank's broad sales, service, and growth strategies, as well as its community-involvement activities throughout that market.

She joined the company in 1979 and has been in her current position since 1999. Her previous positions at Wachovia included state underwriting head, Pennsylvania and Delaware region, and director, New Jersey Middle Market Banking office.

Her professional and community affiliations include The College of New Jersey Board of Trustees, of which she is chair; the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, where she is a board member; the New Brunswick Economic Development Council, where she is a board member; and the Wachovia Regional Foundation, of which she is president. She has a B.S. in business management and marketing from The College of New Jersey

She has received recognition that includes being named one of Top 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, being named one of Top 25 Women of Influence by NJBIZ, the Rose and Scroll Award from the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, The College of New Jersey Presidential Honoree, Executive Women of New Jersey Salute the Policy Makers Honoree, Women's Fund of New Jersey — Honoring Women In Banking & Finance, The College of New Jersey Alumni Citation Award, Delaware Raritan Girl Scout Council/Women of Distinction Award, New Jersey Women Business Owners Corporate Leadership Award, and the Princeton YWCA - Tribute to Women in Industry Award.

The Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J.


Marquette University

The Rev. Robert A. Wild is the 22nd president of Marquette University. He began his duties as chief executive on June 17, 1996.

In 2005, Marquette completed the most successful comprehensive campaign in the history of the university, raising a total of $357-million. A new School of Dentistry opened in 2002; the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library was dedicated in 2003; and the Al McGuire Center, a practice facility for athletes, opened in 2004.

Father Wild taught theology at Marquette from 1975 to 1984. He has been a member of the university's Board of Trustees since 1990.

From 1992 to 1996, Father Wild served as president of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., a graduate school that trains clergy and laity for leadership roles in the Catholic Church.

From 1985 to 1991, he served as provincial superior of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, directing the activities of Jesuits in northern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and southwestern Ohio.

Father Wild holds a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian origins from Harvard University, a master's degree in classical languages, a bachelor's degree in Latin from Loyola University Chicago, and a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1957 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1970.

Father Wild is a member of the boards of the University of Detroit Mercy, Saint Joseph's University, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Big East Conference, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (past board chair), the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

Audrey Williams June

Staff Reporter

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Audrey Williams June is a staff reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she writes about the academic workplace, including recruitment and retention of faculty members, the pipeline to the professoriate, work-life balance, the job market, contingent faculty issues, and labor unions. She came to The Chronicle nearly eight years ago from The Charlotte Observer, where she was a business reporter. At the Observer, she chronicled the ups and downs of entrepreneurs and then became a banking reporter.

Prior to her arrival in North Carolina, she was an environmental reporter for The Macon Telegraph. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Brad Wolverton

Business Editor

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Brad Wolverton is the business editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In his six years at the company, he has covered money and management topics, Congress, the IRS, fund raising, and college sports issues. Previously he reported on the energy industry, wrote about sports business and philanthropy for BusinessWeek, and contributed to USA Today, Men's Journal, and Tennis magazine. Winner of the 2008 Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism award from Sport in Society, he has appeared as an expert commentator on ESPN's Outside the Lines, NBC Nightly News," and CBS Sunday Morning.

Mark M. Zandi

Chief Economist and Co-founder


Mark Zandi is chief economist and co-founder of Moodys, where he directs the companys research and consulting activities. Moodys, a division of Moodys Analytics, provides economic research and consulting services to businesses, governments, and other institutions.

His research interests include macro, financial, and regional economics. His recent research has studied the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy, analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies, and assessed the appropriate policy response to bubbles in asset markets. He also conducts regular briefings on the economy. He is quoted often in national and global publications, is frequently interviewed by major news media outlets, and is the author of Financial Shock, an exposé of the subprime financial crisis.

He received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his research with Gerard Adams and Nobel laureate Lawrence Klein, and received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Zogby


Author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream

Pollster John Zogby is president of Zogby International, a worldwide research and marketing firm based in Utica, N. Y., with offices in Washington, D.C., and Miami. He founded the company in 1984, and now conducts business in more than 70 countries. While much of Mr. Zogby's polling is conducted using live telephone operators, over the past decade, he has developed an interactive polling methodology that has become extraordinarily accurate. Mr. Zogby has said he believes this online polling methodology is where the future of polling is headed, as more than 90% of likely voters nationwide say they regularly log on to the Internet to check email or get their news.

For the 2008 election season, Mr. Zogby teamed up with Reuters and C-SPAN to provide political survey research on the race for the White House. He has polled for Reuters since 1996, and his clients also have included MSNBC, CNBC, the New York Post, Fox News, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Gannett News Service, the Houston Chronicle, The Miami Herald, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Albany Times Union, The Buffalo News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cincinnati Post, The Plain Dealer, The Blade, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Democrat and Chronicle.

Mr. Zogby holds degrees in history from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University. He has taught history for 25 years. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Le Moyne College and received its distinguished Alumni Award in June 2000. Mr. Zogby is also a senior adviser at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and serves as the first senior fellow of the Catholic University Life Cycle Institute, in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Bio-Technology for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is a commissioner on the center's Commission on Smart Power

He is the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House, 2008). He says that understanding this emerging reality will be key for leaders in all fields who want to reach audiences that are more media savvy, better informed, and more technologically enabled than ever.