Webinar — Higher Education Executive Leadership Transitions: What Does it Mean for Community Engagement?


Sponsored by the Engagement Academy for University Leaders (EA)

in collaboration with the University of Georgia


Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:00- 3:15PM ET


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Enrollments  are suffering with shifting student demographics, public funding is stagnant under straining levels of public skepticism, amidst these trends and an array of others is a subtle but striking one—the unpredicted turnover of higher education executives.  Turnover in presidential and especially in chief academic officer positions was documented in nearly 75 percent of those institutions applying for reclassification for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.


During a change of executives, what actors and action are needed to sustain the momentum for community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship?  Drs. Lorilee R. Sandmann and Diann O. Jones will address this topic and explore related research, theory, and practice.  Join in a discussion on leadership transitions and the implications for community engagement by participating in the webinar.


For more information, contact the Engagement Academy at academy@umn.edu


Webinar Instructors/Facilitators


Lorilee R. Sandmann is professor emeritus at The University of Georgia. She has held administrative, faculty, extension and outreach positions at University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Cleveland State University, as well as UGA. She is also editor emeritus of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Dr. Sandmann’s research, teaching, and consulting focuses on leadership and organizational change in higher education with special emphasis on the institutionalization of community engagement, as well as faculty roles and rewards related to community-engaged scholarship. She is a reviewer and National Advisory Panel member for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification process. She has been inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship and the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame.


Diann Olszowy Jones is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development.  She teaches within and manages programs that develop advanced professionals who lead the education and learning of adults and/or are developing organizations. She draws on previous professional experience as an insurance executive as well as a managing editor of an academic journal. Her current research interests include the role of leadership in institutionalizing community engagement, managing change and transitions, and strategies for contributing to an organization’s long-term sustainable growth. 


Both Drs. Sandmann and Jones have been involved in leading previous Engagement Academies for University Leaders.