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Presidents Forum 2019

February 13, 2019

9th Annual Presidents Forum

Hosted by Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

RSVP by January 16 at nccc {at} elon(.)edu.  

Keynote Speakers

Dr. John B. King, Jr.President and CEO, The Education Trust
The Education Trust is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.

Before becoming education secretary, King carried out the duties of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, and innovation. In this role, King also oversaw the agency’s operations. King joined the department following his tenure as the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner.

King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, Mass., and as a middle school principal.

King’s life story is an extraordinary testament to the transformative power of education. Both of King’s parents were career New York City public school educators, whose example serves as an enduring inspiration. Both of King’s parents passed away from illness by the time he was 12 years old. He credits New York City public school teachers — particularly educators at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain Junior High School in Coney Island — for saving his life by providing him with rich and engaging educational experiences and by giving him hope for the future.

King holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, as well as a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. King serves as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Education and is a member of several boards, including those for The Century Foundation, The Robin Hood Foundation, and Teach Plus. He also serves on several advisory boards, including Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, the Rework America Task Force, the GOOD+ Foundation’s Fatherhood Leadership Council, and the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement at the University of California.

King lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife (a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher) and his two daughters, who attend local public schools.You can follow King on Twitter via @JohnBKing.

Dr. Mildred García
President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

As AASCU’s president, Dr. García is an advocate for public higher education at the national level, working to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of member colleges and universities.  She is the first Latina to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining AASCU, Dr. García served as the president of California State University, Fullerton—the largest university in the CSU and the third largest university in the state. President García previously served as president of CSU Dominguez Hills where she was the first Latina president in the largest system of public higher education in the country. Before her arrival in the CSU, President García served as the CEO of Berkeley College where she was the first system-wide president for all six campuses.

She has held both academic and senior-level positions at Arizona State University; Montclair State University; Pennsylvania State University; Teachers College, Columbia University; and the Hostos, LaGuardia, and City Colleges of the City University of New York.

A first-generation college student, Dr. García earned a Doctor of Education degree and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University; a M.A. in Business Education/Higher Education from New York University; a B.S. in Business Education from Baruch College, City University of New York; and an A.A.S. from New York City Community College.
She actively promotes partnerships between U.S. higher education institutions and societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. She has participated with the Fulbright-Hays Seminar for Presidents in 2011, in Jordan and Oman, as well as attended the Fulbright IEA Seminar in 2017, in France. She has also participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program in 2018, including speaking at the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission Franco-Américaine, in France.

Jeremy Anderson
President, Education Commission of the States

Jeremy Anderson is the president of Education Commission of the States, a national education policy organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers. In his role, Anderson works with all state education leaders, from governors to chief state school officers – from both political parties – to provide unbiased information, personalized support and opportunities for collaboration. Prior to joining the organization in 2012, Jeremy built a strong public service record working with officials in Washington, D.C., with many governors and legislators in states and with education policy organizations around the country.

About Education Commission of the States: Education Commission of the States is a nonprofit organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers across the 50 states, District of Columbia and territories. The organization compiles research on education policies from early learning through postsecondary and workforce, and regularly issues relevant and timely reports providing education leaders with concise, factual overviews on these topics. Education Commission of the States’ policy experts provide unbiased advice on policy plans, consult on proposed legislation, and testify as third-party experts at legislative hearings and interim committees. Education Commission of the States believes that the most effective policy occurs when all state education leaders are involved and actively convenes state leaders within their states and across states to interact, collaborate and learn from each other.


February 13, 2019
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