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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

92 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Real Talk About Inclusivity: Dr. Amer F. Ahmed

May 17th, 2022


Having lived and worked within the diversity, equity, and inclusion space for several years, Dr. Amer F. Ahmed is not afraid to speak clearly and …

What Is Your Institution's Value Proposition and Why Does It Matter? Dr. James Wilson

May 12th, 2022


Why does a potential student choose one school over another?  According to Bay Path University business and higher education leadership professor, …

A Game Plan for Fixing Higher Ed's Broken Business Model: Dr. Jeffrey Docking, President, Adrian College and Kevin Harrington, Cofounder, Rize Education

May 3rd, 2022


 In recent times, many higher ed observers have suggested that higher ed's business model is broken.  In this episode we speak with the co-authors of …

University President as Extraordinary Urban Visionary and Partnership Broker: A Conversation with Drexel's John Fry

April 12th, 2022


When John Fry assumed the presidency of Drexel University in 2010, he set out to transform the school into a private research university with a …

Preparing our Students for a 100-Year Work Life with Dr. Michelle Weise

April 5th, 2022


Aging and longevity experts suggest that the notion of a 150 year life-span is closer than you think.  In fact, according to this week's guest, some have suggested that the first people to live this long have already …

University as Talent Magnet: A Preview of the April 13 Leading Edge Thinking Webinar with Historian and Futurist David Staley

March 29th, 2022


One effect of the pandemic has been the transition to remote work. Knowledge workers have discovered that "working from anywhere" means seeking out places with affordable housing, lower cost of living and better quality …

Changing the World and Your Campus One Refugee at a Time: Every Campus a Refuge with Dr. Diya Abdo

March 22nd, 2022


Looking for an opportunity to make a real difference?  Meet Dr. Diya AbdoGuilford College (NC) English Professor and Founder, Director, and …

Side Hustle College with David J. Staley

March 15th, 2022


In his latest IngenioUs blog post, historian and futurist, David J. Staley proposes a new higher education model that validates the importance of the learning that happens outside the classroom.  Imagine "Side Hustle …

Coming of Age: The Rest of the Story with Goodwin University President Mark Scheinberg

March 8th, 2022


Mark Scheinberg is undoubtedly one of New England's top educational entrepreneurs.  Scheinberg, who essentially built East Hartford Connecticut-based Goodwin University from scratch, has emerged as a leading voice on …

Student Success: What's Most Essential?

March 1st, 2022


In this IngenioUs Mini episode, Dr. Lauren Way interviews Ruffalo Noel Levitz Vice President Julie Bryant about student success essentials.  Despite …

The University as Public Utility by David J. Staley Ph.D.

February 15th, 2022


In his latest IngenioUs blog article, historian and futurist, David J. Staley, Ph.D., suggests that the pandemic's acceleration of the transition to …

A Conversation with Wise Sage, Strategic Visionary and Truth Teller Joanne Soliday

February 8th, 2022


In this episode we speak with the very wise Joanne Soliday, higher education author, speaker, presidential advisor, and catalyst for change. With …

Leading Transformative Change in Higher Education: Guidance for Middle Managers

February 1st, 2022


Like it or not, things are changing in higher education. The need for revisioning around curricula, delivery modes, student support services, and …

Designing the Student-Centric University: Bradley University President Stephen Standifird

January 25th, 2022


Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is not worried about the impending demographic cliff.  Instead, Standifird is laser focused on facilitating a rethink about how his University operates based on student …

President as Intellectual Leader and Designer: ASU's Michael Crow and William Dabars

January 18th, 2022


According to Arizona State University's president, Dr. Michael Crow, the current higher education context needs a different kind of leadership.  Crow calls for an intellectual leader, an intellectual architect and …

EquityU: Tackling Higher Ed's Ills with New Start-Up--Wright University

January 11th, 2022


It’s not every day — or every decade — that you hear of a new university starting up. For a nonprofit, it's not the most lucrative business venture, …

An Education for Dynamic Change with David Staley

January 7th, 2022


What kind of education do today's college students need to thrive in a constantly changing world?  In his latest IngenioUs blog post, historian and …

Achieving Strategic Enrollment Health with Tim Fuller

December 23rd, 2021


In this IngenioUs mini episode we speak with enrollment management expert Tim Fuller about what it takes to bring in the class during these anxious …

Building a Purpose-Driven Campus from Scratch with University of Minnesota-Rochester Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle

December 17th, 2021


When Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle became the chancellor of the brand-new University of Minnesota-Rochester campus, he had to start from scratch. There was no legacy mission, no physical campus, no academic programs, no …

Disruptor in Chief with Dr. Mark Lombardi

December 14th, 2021


As Maryville University's 10th president (since 2007), Dr. Mark Lombardi has led an innovative revolution, earning national distinction, resulting in …

University Design Mindset: An Essential Skill for University Leaders by David J. Staley, Ph.D.

December 7th, 2021


In his latest IngenioUs blog article, David J. Staley, Ph.D. suggests that higher education leaders need to be thinking in more imaginative ways about what universities can be.  According to Staley, bringing change to …

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Making it Real with Dr. Tia Brown McNair

November 30th, 2021


According to Dr. Tia Brown McNair and the co-authors of her recent book, From Equity Talk to Equity Walk, rhetoric alone about equity, diversity and inclusion won't get the job done in higher education.  During our …

After Millennials: Understanding Gen Z Students and their Gen X Parents

November 23rd, 2021


In this IngenioUs Mini episode, we hear from nationally renowned expert on college student recruitment, Jeff Kallay, co-founder of Render Experiences …

Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education with MIT Professor and Author Dr. Justin Reich

November 16th, 2021


Based on his latest best-selling book, Failure to Disrupt, it is clear that Justin Reich believes that a digital transformation is, at its core, a very human endeavor. In this week’s IngenioUs episode with the MIT …

A Model for Mission-Driven Leadership: Dr. Mary Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College (MA)

November 9th, 2021


With two doctorates and an MBA, Dr. Mary Beth Cooper was clearly qualified to assume the presidency of Springfield College.  Now in her 9th year, …

Innovation and Accreditation: An IngenioUs Mini with David Staley, Ph.D.

November 4th, 2021


Is it time to reform higher education accreditation?  David Staley thinks so.  In his latest IngenioUs blog, he suggests it is time to design a new category of accreditation agency that can accommodate innovative and …

The Poet President: Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, President of Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York

October 27th, 2021


In this episode, we speak with the pioneering scholar, poet, Dominican immigrant and remarkably inspiring higher education leader, Dr. Daisy Cocco De …

Leading an Education Revolution with University of the People Founder and President Shai Reshef

October 19th, 2021


In this week’s episode, we speak with educational entrepreneur and innovator of one of higher ed’s most revolutionary experiments, Shai Reshef. Shai …

Real World Leadership and Transformational Change with Dr. Wallace Pond

October 12th, 2021


Transformational change leadership is all the buzz these days.  And yet, very few leaders have been trained or are skilled in how to actually pull it …

Lessons in Leading with Joy and Purpose with Dr. Marjorie Hass, President of the Council of Independent Colleges

October 5th, 2021


As a highly successful two-time college president, provost and award winning teacher, Dr. Marjorie Hass is very well informed about the challenges …

Higher Ed at Scale: David Staley Ph.D.

October 1st, 2021


For a very long time now, higher education has trended toward growth.  Indeed, the emergence of a new class of organizational type, e.g., the mega university, reflects a business strategy that many institutions are …

Introducing Season 3

September 28th, 2021


Each of us has the potential for breakthrough creative thought and action. But only when we can get outside of the perspectives and experiences that …

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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