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College Presidents Panel Discussion


Hilton Garden Inn , 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180
7:30 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast, 8-9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
$35 Members, $50 Member Walk-ins
If you have questions, please contact Rachael Murray

Attend this dynamic discussion and Q&A session with the presidents of area colleges and universities at the popular College Presidents Panel Discussion.

Learn what’s new on the campuses of regional colleges and universities and discover how these institutions collaborate with businesses for mutual success. We’ll meet with the presidents to discuss their academic communities and the impact of higher education as an economic driver in the region.

The distinguished panel includes:

  • Dr. Christopher Ames, The Sage Colleges
  • Dr. Margaret E. Madden, Siena College
  • Dr. Roger A. Ramsammy, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Moderator: Christopher Lauricella, Head of School,The Albany Academies  

The panel will discuss how your business or organization can find opportunities by partnering with education. Sample topics include:

  • Effects of the New York State budget and the 2020 elections
  • Preparing students for the future workforce
  • Opportunities for business and education to collaborate
  • Engaging and recruiting new populations of students
  • Student loan debt and the marketability of degrees
  • Responding to scrutiny and skepticism of admissions practices
  • Current thinking on reforming legal immigration and effect on foreign student enrollments
  • Key factors that can disrupt the current education paradigm and the president’s plan on approaching it
  • Enhancing student's mental health and well-being

Bring your ideas and questions to this informative forum. 

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