Presidents Forum

Since 2011 NC Campus Compact has convened presidents and chancellors to discuss the role of college and university leaders play in developing and institutionalizing higher education community engagement. The Forum is typically held on the same day as the PACE Conference

10th Annual Forum, February 12, 2020
Hosted by President Connie Book at Elon University

RSVP at nccc {at} elon(.)edu by January 17, 2020.

Lodging is available at the Inn at Elon. This is Elon University’s new on-campus hotel (opening in January 2020). Please note that 100% of hotel profits fund University scholarships.

Follow this link to make lodging reservations. President’s Forum

Guest Speakers

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman,
Executive Director, The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman is the executive director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge at Civic Nation.

Prior to joining the Challenge, Dr. Domagal-Goldman served as the national manager of the American Democracy Project, a national civic learning and democratic engagement network of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Dr. Domagal-Goldman serves on the editorial board of the eJournal of Public Affairs. She has contributed to a number of civic engagement publications, including co-authoring chapters in Reimagining Democratic Societies: A New Era of Personal and Social Responsibility (2013), Becoming a Steward of Place: Four Areas of Institutional Focus (2014), and Student Civic Outcomes in Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Methods (2017). She also contributed to Higher Education’s Role in Enacting a Thriving Democracy: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change (2018).

Dr. Domagal-Goldman earned her PhD in higher education from Penn State. She received her MA in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.

Jenna Robinson, President
The Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Jenna Robinson joined the Martin Center in January 2007 as campus outreach coordinator and later became the center’s director of outreach. She was previously the E.A. Morris Fellowship assistant at the John Locke Foundation, where she had worked since 2001.

Robinson graduated from N.C. State University in 2003 with a major in political science and French. She has studied at the University of East Anglia School of American Studies in Norwich, United Kingdom. She received her master’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 and her Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in American politics and a minor in methods, from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. Robinson is also a graduate of the Koch Associate Program sponsored by the Charles G. Koch Foundation.

Robinson’s work has appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Roll Call, Forbes, American Thinker, Human Events, Carolina Journal, the Lincoln Tribune, the Hickory Daily Record, the Gaston Gazette, the Mountain Express, and the (Raleigh) News & Observer. She has taught courses in American politics at UNC-Chapel Hill, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wake Technical Community College. In 2013, she testified before Congress on the Federal Pell Grant Program.

She served as a member of the North Carolina Longitudinal Data System Board from 2014 to 2016 and currently serves as a member of the North Carolina Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Robinson lives in Raleigh, NC, with her husband, two sons, and two cats.

Presidential Panel: Reflections and Recommedations from Former Campus Leaders

Moderator: Carol Quillen, President, Davidson College

Leo M. Lambert, President Emeritus, Elon University
Randy Parker, former President, Guilford Technical Community College
Kenneth Peacock, former Chancellor, Appalachian State University

2019 Forum
Host: Chancellor Frank Gilliam, Jr., UNC Greensboro


Dr. John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of The Education Trust
Toward Educational Justice: Student Success and Civic Engagement
Dr. Mildred García, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Jeremy Anderson, president of the Education Commission of the States
Key Ed Policy Trends in 2019 and the Impact of the 2018 Midterms

2018 Forum
Host: President Jo Allen, Meredith College
Location: Raleigh


Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities
Presidential Leadership in a Post-Truth Era
Dr. Matthew Hartley, Professor of Education, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education and founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at the University of Pennsylvania
Knowledge for Social Change: Creating Democratic, Civic and Community-Engaged Institutions.

Panel discussants: Justice Bob Orr, lawyer and former Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and Dr. David McLennan, Professor of Political Science, Meredith College
Can they say that? The role of higher education in promoting free speech and civility

Sponsors: The Piedmont Service Group (Awards Sponsor) and Aramark (Resource Sponsor).

2017 Forum
Host: Chancellor Harold Martin Sr., North Carolina A & T State University
Location: Greensboro


Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation
What Now”: North Carolina’s Opportunity to Reimagine Postsecondary Education
Dr. Alicia Dowd, professor of education at Penn State University’s Center for the Study of Higher Education
From Diversity to Equity: Engaging the ‘Race Question’ in Higher Education
Dr. Andrew Seligsohn, President of Campus Compact
Why Our Students, Our Communities, and Our Democracy Need Us to Change Our Institutions

Panel discussants: President Bill Ingram, Durham Technical Community College;
President Carol Quillen, Davidson College; Chancellor Elwood Robinson, Winston-Salem State University; Chancellor Jose Sartarelli, UNC Wilmington; and
Chancellor Harold Martin, Sr. (moderator)

Topic: Examples of promoting equity and inclusion

Sponsors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Aramark Facility Services

2016 Presidents Forum
“Partners in Progress: Presidents, Institutions, and Communities”
Host: President Nido Qubein, High Point University
Location: High Point


Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina
Gene Chasin, chief operating officer of the national non-profit Say Yes to Education
Dr. Steve Dubb, director of special projects at the Democracy Collaborative

Panel discussants:  Chancellor Steve Ballard, East Carolina University; President Stephen Scott, Wake Technical Community College; President Steven Solnick, Warren Wilson College

Topic: Institutionalizing and expanding civic and community engagement

2015 Forum
“Creating a Culture for #ServiceYear in North Carolina”
Host: President Leo Lambert, Elon University
Location: Elon

Retired General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism task force, Joint Special Operations Command and Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance
Making a year of full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for young Americans of all backgrounds

Presidential Panel discussants:

Richard Brodhead, Duke University; Carol Quillen, Davidson College; Taylor Reveley, College of William & Mary; Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University; Leo Lambert, Elon University (moderator)

(pictured l to r: Brodhead and Quillen)

Philanthropy/Business panel participants: Dave King, CEO, LabCorp; Kristy Teskey, Executive Director, John M. Belk Endowment; Nancy Cable, President, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation; Tom Brinkley, Executive Director, Student Professional Development Center, Elon University; Harold Martin, Chancellor, NC A & T State University (moderator)

Service Year alumni panel participants: Tabitha Blackwell, Campbell University alum (AmeriCorps); Patti Baynes, NC State alum (College Advising Corps); Jarrod Lowery, UNC Pembroke alum (U.S. Marine Corps and AmeriCorps); Sara Pasquinelli, Elon University alum (Teach for America); Drew Stelljes, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership, College of William & Mary (moderator)

See complete highlights here. 

2014 Forum
February 5, 2014
Host: Chancellor Gary Miller, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Location: Wilmington, NC


Chancellor Linda Brady, UNC Greensboro
Chancellor Harold Martin, NC A&T State University
Topic: Building a Sustained Higher Education and Business Collaboration: Opportunity Greensboro 

President Richard Guarasci, Wagner College
Topics: Maximizing Economic Development and Community Engagement Impact on Staten Island & Leading an Anchor Institution deeply committed to Community Engagement

Maureen Curley, President, Campus Compact
President Richard Guarasci, member, Campus Compact Executive Board
Topic: Campus Compact Moving Strategically Forward: North Carolina and National

Jason Mangone, Director, The Franklin Project
MacKenzie Moritz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, The Franklin Project
Topic: The Franklin Project: Making Possible a Year of Service 

Dr. Jody Kretzmann, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University
Topic: Higher Education Linkages that Build Vital Communities

Andy Chan, Vice President, Office of Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University
Topic: How to get a job with a philosophy degree: Transforming higher education to prepare students for life

Dr. Barbara Holland, Researcher and Consultant
Topic: The Strategic Value of Engagement: Creating a Culture of Engagement

President Leo M. Lambert, Elon University and member of the North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Board
Topic: Setting our Course for the Future

Photo:  Members of the NC Campus Compact Executive Board (Leo Lambert, Elon; Jo Allen, Meredith; Ken Peacock, Appalachian State University; Nido Qubein, High Point University; Kyle Carter, UNC Pembroke; James Anderson, Fayetteville State University; Gary Miller, UNC Wilmington; Lisa Keyne, NC Campus Compact) Photos by: Jeff Janowski/UNCW.

2013 Forum
Host: President Leo Lambert, Elon University
Location: Elon, NC


Dr. Peter L. Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Director of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University

Roundtable discussions:

President Jo Allen, Meredith College, moderator

American Public Higher Education and the Value of Place:  New Frontier
Chancellor Gary L. Miller, University of North Carolina Wilmington & NC Campus Compact Board member

The Strategic Value of Engagement: Creating a Culture of Engagement

Judith A. Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and President Emerita of Winona State University

Creating a Culture of Engagement in North Carolina: The Strategic Value of our Compact
Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, Appalachian State University, NC Campus Compact Executive Board Chair (pictured in top photo to the left)
President Garrett D. Hinshaw, Catawba Valley Community College & NC Campus Compact Executive Board Member

Setting our Course for the Future
Chancellor Kyle Carter, University of North Carolina Pembroke (pictured in bottom photo to the left)

2012 Forum
“Intensifying Engagement: Presidents talking to Presidents”
February 15, 2012 (held in conjunction with NC Campus Compact’s 10th Anniversary Celebration)
Location: The Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NCHosts: NC Campus Compact Executive Board


Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President, Association of American Colleges and Universities
Dr. Mark Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University

Panel discussants: Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University; President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; President Brian Murphy, De Anza College

Moderator: Dr. Leo M. Lambert, President, Elon University & NC Campus Compact Executive Board member

Panel discussants: President Scott Ralls, NC Community Colleges (pictured); 
President Carol Quillen, Davidson College (pictured);  
Chancellor Phil Dubois, UNC Charlotte

Introductions: President Julianne Malveaux, Bennett College
Moderator: President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

2011 Forum
“Service as a Solution”
February 9, 2011
Host: President Leo Lambert, Elon University
Location: Elon, NC


Nicole Gallant, Director, Learn & Serve America, Corporation for National & Community Service

Panel Discussants: President Scott Ralls, NC Community College System; President Tom Ross, University of North Carolina; President Hope Williams, NC Independent Colleges & Universities

Moderator: President Garrett Hinshaw, Catawba Valley Community College & NC Campus Compact Executive Board member