Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

March 27, 2018

Episode 17: New Presidents on Leadership, Innovation & Student Success

From the 2018 American Council on Education (ACE) meeting, “New Presidents on Leadership, Innovation & Student Success” explores the challenges and opportunities of modern college presidencies. José Luis Cruz, Mary Papazian and Scott Ralls engage in a conversation about what it means be a college president in 2018, and how the position has evolved over time.

Additional Resources

The Huffington Post: Higher Education: A Key to the Bronx Renaissance

Lehman College 90×30

The Lehman Value

The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Checklist for Transformative Leaders

The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: a report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NOVA Strategic Plan 2017-2023: Pathway to the American Dream

Rethinking the Mission: Community Colleges and Workforce Education

Guest Bios

José Luis Cruz became president of the Herbert H. Lehman College of The City University of New York in 2016. He was formerly the provost of California State University, Fullerton and vice president at The Education Trust.




Mary A. Papazian joined San Jose State University, Silicon Valley’s only public university, in 2016. Previously, she served as president of Southern Connecticut State University and provost at Lehman College of The City University of New York.




Scott Ralls became president of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in 2015. NOVA annually awards more associate degrees than any other individual postsecondary institution. Ralls previously served as president of the North Carolina Community College System.




Moderator Bio

Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.