From the 2018 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Annual Meeting, “Keeping the Promise of Public Higher Ed” explores the intersection of mission, money, public opinion and accountability in public higher education today. Our guests include Mildred Garcia, President of AASCU, and university presidents Laurie A Carter, Virginia Horvath and Ashish Vaidya.
Mildred García, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), is the first Latina president of one of the “Big Six” higher education associations. She was previously the president of California State University, Fullerton which under her leadership was ranked #1 in California and #2 in the U.S. for Latino students graduating with bachelor’s degrees.
Laurie Carter began her career in higher ed as a first-generation student at a state supported public university in Pennsylvania. Now, she serves as the president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Virginia Horvath, president of the State University of New York at Fredonia, is committed to public education as fundamental to democracy. As a first-generation college student, President Horvath understands the value of education to students, and to their families, communities, and countries.
Ashish Vaidya became Northern Kentucky University’s sixth president on July 1, 2018. Prior to joining NKU, President Vaidya was interim president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He served as an editor of “Operationalizing Stewards of Place: Implementing Regional Engagement and Economic Development Strategies,” a 2015 AASCU publication.
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.