Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

November 28, 2018

Episode 25: Public Institutions/Public Engagement

From the 2018 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Annual Meeting “Public Institutions/Public Engagement” explores the meaning of public engagement for today’s public universities. Three presidents, Leroy Morishita, Cynthia Teniente-Matson, and Marion Terenzio, discuss how their institutions are engaging with their local communities.

Additional Resources

Hayward Promise Neighborhood

Institute for STEM education

Cal State East Bay Sustainability Commitments

Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s role in City of San Antonio’s Tricentennial Anniversary Celebration

Texas A&M University-San Antonio President’s Commission on Equity Framework Report

San Antonio Express-News’ Southside Reporter column: “Recognizing and celebrating the power of place” by Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

Mohawk Valley Progress Report 2017

The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill

AASCU Principles, Guidelines And Advice For Public University Leaders

Guest Bios 

Leroy M. Morishita has been president of California State University, East Bay since 2011. Cal State East Bay is one of the most diverse comprehensive master’s degree granting public universities in the United States.




Cynthia Teniente-Matson was appointed president in 2015 to lead the transformation of Texas A&M University-San Antonio into a comprehensive four-year institution. She has implemented an ambitious plan to create a national model for student success, emphasizing diversity, inclusion and equity.



Marion Terenzio, president of  State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, is recognized for her work as a shared governance leader in creating a thriving campus and for revitalizing higher education’s role as a partner in sustaining engaged and healthy surrounding communities.



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.