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Commencement and Other Addresses

Inaugural Address: University of Richmond in Richmond, Va.: Oct. 30, 2015.

Commencement Speaker: Muhlenberg College in Muhlenberg, Pa.: May 17, 2015.

Commencement Speaker and Performer: Boston Arts Academy at Symphony Hall in Boston, Mass.: June 10, 2011.

Commencement Speaker: Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment: June 26, 2010.

Cum Laude Speaker: The Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Mass.: April 20, 2010.

Commencement Speaker: Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio: June 3, 2007.

Higher Education Issues

“What Leaders Can Learn from National and State Advocacy Efforts for Liberal Education, the Liberal Arts, and Educational Quality,” Forum for Presidents and Foundation Leaders, AAC&U Centennial Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 22, 2015.

Co-Presenter: “Building Faculty Leadership for Liberal Education,” AAC&U Presidents Trust in Washington, D.C.: April 30, 2012.

Co-Facilitator: The Seminar for New Presidents, Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards: April 22, 2012.

Co-Presenter with President John MacArdle: “The Residential College Community in the 21st Century,” “The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges” at Lafayette College:  April 11, 2012.

Discussion Facilitator: “For Democracy's Future: Education Reclaims Our Civic Mission,” White House Conference sponsored by the Department of Education:  Jan. 8, 2012.

Workshop Co-Facilitator: “Symposium on the Future of the Humanities,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2012.

Lecture: “Higher Education for Democracy: Developing Capacities for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement on Campus,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin: Nov. 17, 2011.

Plenary Session: “Fluency Across the Boundaries: A Compelling Case for the Humanities in the 21st Century,” ACAD/Phi Beta Kappa Conference in Charleston, SC: Nov. 11, 2011.

Moderator: “How Should We Prepare Today's Students for a Daunting Global Environment,” Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California: Jan. 28, 2011.

Facilitator and Panelist: ACE Advancing to the Presidency Seminar in Washington, D.C.: Oct. 18–19, 2010.

Lecture: “Liberal Education and America’s Promise: UNCG New General Education Curriculum,” University of North Carolina at Greensboro: Sept. 9, 2010.

Lecture: “Beethoven and the Schuppanizigh Quartet,” Distinguished Lecture Series in Greensboro, Vermont: Aug. 11, 2010.

Panelist: “Institutional Responses: Improving, Assessing, and Demonstrating Student Learning,” ACE Transatlantic Dialogue at New York University: June 27, 2010.

Discussion Facilitator for Presidents’ Session: “Learning Outcomes-An Escalating Priority,” Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education in Phoenix, Ariz.: March 7, 2010.

Opening Plenary Session Speaker: “Achieving Ambitious Goals for College Completion and for the Quality of Learning,” at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Jan. 21, 2010.

Moderator: “Media Perspectives on Higher Education,” CIC Presidents Institute, Marco Island, Florida: Jan. 5, 2010.

Discussion Facilitator: “Supporting Innovation in the Current Economy,” TIAA-CREF Leadership Institute in New York City, NY: Nov. 5, 2009.


Music Education

Keynote Speaker: “Toward the New Millennium: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” 13th Annual Music Education Symposium at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, San Juan: April 1997.

Keynote Speaker: “In a Word, Now: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Juilliard School, Alumni Weekend: January 1997.

Co-Moderator at NASM Forum: “The Value of Music Study,” NASM Annual Meeting, Dallas: November 1996.

Lecture: “Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Austin District Music Teachers Association: November 1996.

Lecture: “NASM Accreditation Issues,” Regional Meeting of the Texas Association of Music Schools, Seguin: November 1996.

Lecture for Arts Leadership Program: “The Future of Music Schools in America,” Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.: October 1996.

Three Presentations as a Teacher-Trainer for Chamber Music America Educator/Ensemble Seminar: “Defining Chamber Music Education,” “Curriculum: What is Being Taught?,” “Developing Local Chamber Music Festivals and Workshops.” Oberlin College Conservatory of Music: Oct. 24–27, 1996.

Chamber Music America: Chamber Music Residency Training Seminar, “Strategies for Negotiating University Bureaucracy;” New York, N.Y.: June 1996.

Panel Moderator: “Building Bridges to New Communities,” CMA Annual Conference; New York, N.Y.: January 1996.

Lecture Series (four lectures): “Chamber Music: A Music for all Seasons,” UT, Division of Continuing Education: September and October 1995.

Lecture: “The African American Musical Tradition,” The University of Texas at Austin Division of Continuing Education-LAMP (Learning Activities for Mature Persons): October 1995.

Southwest ASTA Summer String Conference, “The Role of Chamber Music in String Teaching,” Austin: June 1995.

“Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Indiana State University: April 1995.

Panel Presenter: “Americanizing the Music Curriculum,” Annual Meeting of the College Music Society: Savannah, Ga.: October 1994.

Panel Presenter and Moderator: “Minority Access to Music Study: Ages 3–18,” Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, Boston, Mass.: November 1994.

Symposium Panel: “Options for African-American Composers,” and Performance of Alvin Singleton's Argoru II, 1994 Unisys African-American Composers Forum and Symposium, Detroit, Mich.: April 7–9, 1994.

“Orientation: Setting the Agenda for a Life in Music,” Annual Meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, San Francisco, Calif.: November 1993.

“Transforming the Music Curriculum: A Holistic Approach”: Bicentennial Convention, Pi Kappa Lambda; Cincinnati, Ohio: October 1993.

Panel Moderator: “Toward the Twenty-first Century: Transforming the Music Curriculum,” Annual Meeting of the College Music Society; Minneapolis, Minn.: October 1993.