President Scott Kinney to participate in Aspen Ideas Festival

June 26, 2014


Capella University president Scott Kinney will be traveling to Aspen, Colorado to participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival next week. The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s “premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that affect our lives.” There are 350 presenters, 200 sessions and 3000 attendees at the annual event. It’s an honor to have Scott be invited to represent Capella at such a dynamic event.

Scott will be participating in two panels. On July 1st, he will engage in a discussion called “Who Is College for, Anymore? The Future of Public Education.” The panel will explore how the rapid changes in higher education and society are likely to change college and university education. Sitting on the panel with Scott is Carrie Besnette Hauser, President and CEO of Colorado Mountain College; Scott Ralls, the Chancellor of the North Carolina Community College system; and Anthony Carnevale, the Director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

On July 2nd, Scott will participate in a conversation on “The College Presidency in the 21st Century.” Led by Doug Lederman of Inside Higher Ed, this panel will examine the role of the college president today. As the presidency enters a period of significant turnover, there is an opportunity to re-envision the position and what it entails. The panel will discuss the role of college presidents when it comes to fundraising, improving student success, promoting social mobility and in serving as national and local civic leaders. Joining Scott on the panel is Carol Quillen, president of Davidson College and Scott Ralls, the Chancellor of the North Carolina Community College system.

It isn’t clear if the panels will be live streamed, but please visit the website for more information. Scott will be giving us a recap on the Aspen Ideas Festival when he gets back late next week. Follow him on Twitter at @CapellaU_Pres and the hashtag #AspenIdeas for live updates.

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