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Finding Prosperity: Long-Term Strategic Partnerships and Private System Affiliations

February 13, 2020 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges present a free one-day workshop.

There are no one-size-fits-all strategies for colleges and universities. Each institution has their own unique strengths and challenges.   Developing your situational assessment, understanding the industry trends and their potential impacts, as well as the critical actions and decision points for your institution, can help develop a universe of options and ultimately assist your institution in identifying an appropriate long-term strategy for sustainability and prosperity. Collaborating with your regional accreditor can help support institutional efforts toward strategic partnerships and affiliations.

Topics covered by the expert panel will include:

> Macro trends shaping higher education and the trend toward Private System Affiliations.
> Trends in the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) region.
> MSCHE’s outlook to support strategic efforts for long term prosperity.
> Accreditation Expectations: Standards, Requirements, Policies, and Procedures.
> Understanding Institutional Prosperity Gaps – a 20 mile or 2,000-mile journey?
> Examples of successful ventures, partnerships and affiliations.
> How to become Affiliation ready – finding a Partner and Creating the Strategy.

Registration Date and Fee

Registration closes Thursday, Feb. 13 | Cost: Free
Lunch will be provided.

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Questions about the event or registration?  Please contact Chris Moloney at  cmoloney@agb.org.


9:30 am Meet and greet (coffee and tea available)
9:45 am Introductions
10:00 am Macro trend alignment and organic growth; institutional prosperity gap; overview of private system affiliations
11:00 am MSCHE trends, outlook, and accreditation expectations
12:00 – 12:30 pm Break and Working Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 pm Examples of successful ventures and how to become affiliation ready
1:15 – 2:00 pm Discussion and Q&A

Presenter Bios

Mr. Richard Beyer Mr. Richard A. Beyer, Senior Fellow & Senior Advisor to the President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

Rick has a unique combination of experience in higher education and business. A former college president and board governance chair, successful technology CEO and senior operating executive of a $1 billion public company, Rick has consistently been at the forefront of industry leading initiatives and has a successful history of leading organizations through change and growth. With over twenty years of service on higher education boards, Rick has cultivated a depth of governance experience. Rick served for more than five years as a board member at AGB. While on the AGB board, Rick served in a number of capacities including chair of the compensation committee, chair of a special task force on new business opportunities, and chair of the AGB development and finance committees. Additionally, Rick is trustee emeritus of Olivet College, where he has served as the chair of the board. He was also a member of the board of trustees at American University, Washington D.C. Rick was also the founding managing principal for AGB Institutional Strategies. Rick has participated in the oversight or development of sixteen different merger and acquisition transactions.  He  served for more than eight years as an executive and then as a corporate officer at Trimble Navigation, a $1 billion public company (NASDAQ:TRMB). Rick served as CEO of TracerNET, a wireless sensor business which was acquired by Trimble. Rick also served as CEO of Lumerit Education which was acquired by Pearson.  Earlier in his career, Rick was part of the senior management start-up team at QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM) serving as vice president, marketing and sales for OmniTRACS, which became the country’s most successful mobile satellite communications provider.

Dr. Heather Perfetti Dr. Heather F. Perfetti, President-Elect, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Heather F. Perfetti, Ed.D., J.D., was named President-Elect of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, effective June 26, 2019, and will assume the Presidency on July 1, 2020. In her time with MSCHE, Dr. Perfetti has provided organizational-wide leadership and has been instrumental in developing and supporting strategic priorities, working across units to respond to complex legal and regulatory matters, overseeing the development of policies and procedures, and managing organizational changes impacting the Commission and accreditation within the region. She joined the Commission as a Vice President liaison to institutions in January 2015, was promoted to serve as Vice President for Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff in July 2017, and elevated to Senior Vice President in July 2018. Prior to joining the Commission staff, Dr. Perfetti’s previous positions included Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Orange (NY) and Allegany College of Maryland; Assistant Dean, Assistant Professor, and Program Coordinator at Darton College (GA); and Assistant Professor at Murray State University (KY).

Dr. Elizabeth Sibolski Dr. Elizabeth H. Sibolski, President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Elizabeth H. Sibolski joined MSCHE in 2000 as a Vice President, was named Executive Vice President in 2007, and was appointed President in 2009. Prior to joining MSCHE, she was Director of University Planning and Research at American University (DC). She is a past-president of the Society for College and University Planning and has served as a trustee of the Mortar Board National Foundation. Dr. Sibolski has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020.


February 13, 2020
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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