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IngenioUs is the podcast where we talk about higher education, innovative practice, and leading edge thinking. Your host is Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson. In each episode we will talk with leading edge thinkers, whose experience and expertise place them at the forefront of the transformation currently u… read more

58 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Women and Leadership in Higher Education: Lessons from the Trenches

August 24th, 2021


Even while men still hold the majority of executive leadership positions in higher education, women represent more than half of administrators …

Remaking Higher Education for Today's Students with Paul Quinn College President Dr. Michael Sorrell

August 13th, 2021


In this episode, we speak with Dr. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. Under Dr. Sorrell’s 13-year tenure as …

Innovation and Sustainable Change: What Every Higher Ed Leader Needs to Know

August 10th, 2021


It seems like everyone is talking about innovation these days. Boards of trustees are looking for innovative leaders, and there is a sense of urgency around the need to think and act differently. And yet, what does it …

Redesigning the University with David J. Staley

August 5th, 2021


If you could start a university today from scratch, what would you create?  In his latest IngenioUs blog article, David Staley suggests that a …

The Distinctive College: Dr. Peter Eden, President and CEO, Landmark College

August 3rd, 2021


The challenges facing nearly all of higher education in the years ahead are daunting.  From declining demographics and accelerating competition to …

Navigating our Post-Pandemic Future

July 19th, 2021


What is on your radar right now?  As you look the future, what keeps you awake at night?  At the end of each interview, we ask our guests to respond to these same questions, to tell us what is top of mind as they …

The Future of the Academic Workforce and Other Trends Worth Watching: Dr. Adrianna Kezar

July 14th, 2021


Is tenure still viable?  Has the pandemic triggered an erosion of faculty governance?  What new models of leadership and governance do we need to …

The $9,000 Bachelor's Degree and other Bold Innovations with SUU President Scott Wyatt

July 6th, 2021


We are very excited about this final episode of season 2 wherein we speak with a highly innovative and wise leader—Scott L. Wyatt—who serves as the 16th president of Southern Utah University.  You may have heard about …

Imagine Voraciously with Rick Bailey

June 29th, 2021


In this mini episode, we speak with Richard (Rick) H. Bailey, founder and principal of the higher ed marketing and design consultancy firm, RHB.  …

The Agile College: What Does it Take? A Conversation with Economist Dr. Nathan Grawe

June 15th, 2021


Most higher ed professionals are familiar with Nathan Grawe's groundbreaking work—his 2018 book Demographics and The Demand for Higher Education  informed the projection of an impending demographic cliff that has been …

A Champion for Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence: Dr. Lynn Pasquerella

June 8th, 2021


In this episode, we speak with Dr. Lynn Pasquerella who, since 2016, has served as the president of the Association of American Colleges & …

Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, and Acquisitions: How do Leaders Decide? An IngenioUs Mini with James Quinn

May 29th, 2021


In this mini episode, we speak with CaseStudy Co. Founder and Managing Director, James W. Quinn about the value of the case study consulting approach …

Who Should Pay for Job Training? Dr. David J. Staley

May 27th, 2021


In this IngenioUs mini episode, Dr. David J. Staley asks us to consider the role and responsibility that employers should have in ensuring college …

Leading Well through Crisis and Transition with Dr. Mary Churchill

May 25th, 2021


How would you lead your college if you knew that you had to close it?  In this episode, we speak with someone who did just that.  Less than one year …

How Stressed is Your Institution and What to Do about it? Dr. Susan Campbell Baldridge

May 14th, 2021


In this week’s episode, I sit down with the distinguished academic and inspiring thought leader, Dr. Susan Campbell Baldridge. Serving most recently …

The Post Pandemic Curriculum: An IngenioUs Mini with Gray Associates Founder and CEO, Bob Atkins

May 6th, 2021


In this mini episode, Gray Associates Founder and CEO, Bob Atkins shares some of the highlights he will be covering in his upcoming Leading Edge …

What's Next with Online Learning and Are You Ready? A Conversation with Ease Learning CEO, Laurie Pulido

April 20th, 2021


In this week’s episode, we catch up with Laurie Pulido, CEO of Ease Learning. We spoke with Laurie on the front end of the pandemic, and she shared …

Purposeful Digital Leadership in Higher Education with Dr. Josie Ahlquist

April 2nd, 2021


Leadership in higher education is changing in the digital and social age. Building an effective presence in social media can help a leader carry out …

A University for Polymaths by Dr. David Staley

April 1st, 2021


In this latest IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. David Staley asks us to Imagine a university where each student—as a condition for graduation--majors in a Head subject (like economics or linguistics), a Hand subject (like …

Leading for Long-Term Success with Dominican University President Dr. Donna Carroll

March 30th, 2021


In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Donna Carroll, who is in her 27th year as president of Dominican University, a comprehensive Catholic …

Higher Ed Search Reimagined with Dr. Jay Lemons, President, Academic Search

March 23rd, 2021


In this episode, we speak with Dr. Jay Lemons, president of the premier higher education search firm Academic Search and long serving college …

Is it Time to Redefine Innovation?

March 19th, 2021


In this new 'Mini' episode, Bay Path University provost emerita and founding director of the Center for Higher Education Leadership and Innovative Practice (CHELIP), Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson shares her thoughts about …

Leading from the Margins with Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, President, Hollins University

March 2nd, 2021


Having grown up in an environment that explicitly denied her the opportunities afforded those in the center, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton defiantly created a …

Innovative Solutions for Addressing Campus Racial Injustice: An IngenioUs Mini

February 28th, 2021


In this IngenioUs Mini Episode, Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Virginia Tech's Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Inclusion and Diversity and Dr. …

AI at the University of Florida: A Revolutionary Model with Game Changing Impact

February 23rd, 2021


Earlier this year, the University of Florida announced a $70 million public-private artificial intelligence partnership with NVIDIA Corporation with …

Lessons on Leading and Living with Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez

February 16th, 2021


As president of Greenfield Community College in western Mass (her third presidency), Dr. Salomon-Fernandez is a recognized thought leader, writing …

Reinventing Higher Ed from Scratch: The Minerva Story with Founder Ben Nelson

February 9th, 2021


Ben Nelson’s passion for disrupting education was first sparked during his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Flash …

The New Essentials of College Retention Planning with Dr. Tim Culver

February 3rd, 2021


In this special IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. Lauren Way and Dr. Tim Culver discuss both the pre-enrollment and post-enrollment data and analytics …

Leadership Presence: Why it Matters and How to Strengthen Yours with Susan Daniels

February 2nd, 2021


For today's higher education leaders personal and professional presence is a critical ingredient for success, particularly in the kind of dynamic and …

Imagining Higher Ed's Future: A Conversation with Bryan Alexander

January 26th, 2021


In this episode, we talk with Bryan Alexander.  As an award-winning, internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and …

A Compelling Vision for Women's Education: Bay Path University President Sandra Doran J.D.

January 19th, 2021


In this first episode of Season 2, we speak with seasoned academic leader, corporate senior executive, lawyer, innovator, battle-tested entrepreneur, and Bay Path University's new president, Sandra J. Doran J.D. about …

An IngenioUs Mini: Using Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) to Map Your Institution's Future

December 30th, 2020


In this ever-competitive higher education environment, those institutions that can effectively differentiate from the competition, generate new demand, and find new markets will have an advantage.  In his upcoming …

Looking Ahead to 2021 and Beyond: What’s On Your Radar?

December 15th, 2020


In this bonus episode, Bay Path University doctoral program coordinator in higher education leadership and organizational studies, Dr. Mela Dutka, …

Leader as Futurist with Dr. David Staley

November 20th, 2020


In this IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. David Staley shares an insight about how leaders might best prepare to lead the institutions and organizations of the future.  To hear more of his insights on this topic, check out …

An IngenioUs Mini: Adapting Human-Centered Design (HCD) to Shape the University of Tomorrow.

October 30th, 2020


In their upcoming free webinar in the Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Ed webinar series, Chris Huizinga, Co-Owner and Strategy Director, and Andreya Veintimilla, Design Researcher and Strategist, of Desklight--a design …

An IngenioUs Mini: The Human Side of Innovation Preview with Elaine Dundon

October 15th, 2020


Against the backdrop of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, an increasing number of people are questioning the meaning of their lives and work. They …

A Remarkably Uncommon Leadership Journey: Dr. Elsa Nunez President, Eastern Connecticut State University

October 13th, 2020


Join us for a conversation with a remarkably uncommon and inspiring leader, Dr. Elsa Nunez. As president of Eastern Connecticut State University since 2006, Dr. Nunez’s career path is clearly informed by her personal …

Lessons Learned from Teaching Through COVID with Dr. Jennifer Stratton and Dr. Tom Menella

October 6th, 2020


The sudden and unprecedented shuttering of our college campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced educators to face the most jarring and rapid …

Imagining the University of the Future with Dr. David J. Staley

September 29th, 2020


In his role as history professor and director of the humanities institute at The Ohio State University where he also leads the forum on the …

The Golden Principles of High Quality Instructional Design and Student Success

September 22nd, 2020


With a Ph.D. in instructional design for online learning and several years of experience leading learning innovation across multiple institutions …

Reimagining the Gap Year and Other Bold Ideas with Educational Entrepreneur Megan O’Connor

September 15th, 2020


Megan O’Connor is a serial educational entrepreneur. Currently at Kaplan, she is spearheading development of their new Boost program, designed for …

The Future of Online Learning with Ease Learning CEO Laurie Pulido

September 8th, 2020


As CEO of Ease Learning, Laurie Pulido and her team are pioneers in the online learning and design world. They have worked with scores of …

Getting Ready for What's Next with SNHU's Global Campus President, Dr. Greg Fowler

September 1st, 2020


As president of SNHU’s Global Campus, Dr. Fowler leads the academic functions in support of all of SNHU’s learning experience and modalities—a role …

Money Problems? Look to your Academic Portfolio: Dr. William Massy

August 25th, 2020


As emeritus professor and former officer of Stanford University, Dr. Massy has been active as a teacher/researcher, consultant, and university …

Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Leadership Journey: Dr. Valerie Roberson

August 18th, 2020


These are not easy times for leaders in higher ed. In the midst of so much uncertainty and challenge, where does one find the inspiration to stay positive and keep moving forward? According to long-standing leader and …

Using Data to Make Better Decisions and Address Money Problems: A Conversation with Robert Atkins

August 11th, 2020


As CEO and Founder of the higher ed consulting firm, Gray Associates, Bob Atkins has pioneered the use of rigorous research, data analytics, and …

Creating Large-Scale Student Focused Change: A Conversation with Dr. Alison Kadlec

August 4th, 2020


If institutional change does not make things better for students, something is missing. Join us for this provocative conversation with higher ed …

What’s Your Next Big Thing? A Conversation with Higher Ed Marketing Guru Rick Bailey

July 28th, 2020


As principal of the higher education marketing firm, RHB, and with more than 30 years of nonprofit marketing experience, Rick Bailey and his team have helped hundreds of institutions find and tell their unique stories. …

Talking About Higher Ed’s Biggest Issues with Brandon Busteed

July 21st, 2020


As president of Kaplan University Partners Brandon has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in higher education right now. He is an …

Dr. Lenore Rodicio: In the Company of Transformational Women Leaders

July 14th, 2020


As Executive VP and Provost of our nation’s largest community college, Miami Dade College, Dr. Lenore Rodicio is a transformational leader. She is …

Dr. Amer Ahmed: Addressing Racial Injustice on Campus with Authentic, Actionable Change

July 7th, 2020


On the eve of the George Floyd killing, colleges have an opportunity to reimagine their resources and structures to humanize and offer dignity to …

Campus Reopening Planning: What Students Think

July 1st, 2020


While there have been many perspectives about what colleges and universities should do come fall, the student viewpoint has been largely missing from …

Dr. Kristina Hallett: Getting Comfortable with Ambiguity

June 23rd, 2020


The one thing we know we need to do as higher ed leaders is to increase flexibility and adaptability. But we also need to become better at tolerating …

Keys to Effective Leadership and Conflict Management with Dr. Josh Weiss

June 16th, 2020


How many of us wake up in the morning ready to confront conflict? And yet, we live in a world where conflict surrounds us on a daily basis. This is especially true for higher ed leaders where we can count on conflict …

Dr. Carol Leary: Lessons in Innovative Leadership

May 22nd, 2020


On the brink of her retirement, Bay Path University president Dr. Carol Leary shares what she’s learned over 25 years of weathering big storms, …

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