Deans Summit: Maintaining Strategic Focus Through Financial Challenges

Deans Summit: Maintaining Strategic Focus Through Financial Challenges

December 16, 2020 | Time Eastern Time

Join other deans to brainstorm short-term strategies to survive and long-term strategies to thrive.


While higher ed is facing waning enrollments and funding paired with increasing expenses and demands, deans must lead the charge in making their colleges, schools, or units more financially viable while remaining relevant in a rapidly evolving landscape. Deans who are best prepared to meet these demands are creating a culture of creative problem-solving, efficiency, and innovation, and we have partnered with three of them to provide a collaborative space where deans can come together and strategize around their toughest challenges. Join your peers in this four-hour summit to:

  • Think creatively about sources of funding
  • Align programs to market demand and workforce changes
  • Better leverage your existing resources and stakeholders
  • Find innovative opportunities for growth
  • Create the conditions for a more sustainable future

You will hear from leading experts and explore new approaches to the crises your school or unit is facing. Infused with small group sessions and solutions-focused brainstorming throughout, you will leave this virtual training with short term strategies to survive and long-term strategies to thrive.


Who Should Attend

This summit is designed for deans who want to engage with peers to brainstorm solutions to their toughest challenges. If you are facing financial pressure and looking to create a culture of innovation, growth, and entrepreneurism within your college, school, or unit, this summit will help you pave the way.


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

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December 16, 2020

12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern


Part 1: Short-Term Strategies for Financial Viability and Growth

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Our faculty from fields of business, health sciences, and fine arts will offer their innovative approaches on how to:

  • Better align programs to market demand
  • Keep up with workforce trends
  • Support and leverage existing stakeholders
  • Seek new partnerships
  • Define and measure success

You will have an opportunity to break out into small groups with other deans and brainstorm approaches that would work in your own institutional context.




2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern



Part 2: Sustaining Innovation - Long-Term Strategies to Build a Stronger Future

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Next, our three presenters will shift the focus to a sustainable future and offer strategies on how to:

  • Create a culture of innovation and agility
  • Ensure faculty are continuing their development in teaching practices, tech, DEI, and disciplines
  • Leverage internal skills and talents and empower faculty to use them
  • Manage innovation fatigue and keep faculty motivated

In small groups, you will join peers to brainstorm approaches that would best align with your own mission and context.


Portrait of Robyn Parker

Dr. Robyn Parker

Dean of the Tapia College of Business, St. Leo University

Robyn has extensive administrative and instructional experience in higher education and is currently the Dean of the Donald R. Tapia College of Business at Saint Leo University in Tampa Bay Florida. A systems thinker, Robyn has facilitated the design and implementation of restructuring strategies that have saved money, streamlined processes, and created innovative programs and learning environments.

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Portrait of Chris Ray

Dr. Christopher Ray

Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Texas Woman's University

As Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Texas Woman’s University, Dr. Christopher T. Ray oversees five departments, two schools, and five on-site clinics across three campuses. He has spearheaded the expansion of research, enhanced clinical learning opportunities for students, and capitalized on the many synergies across programs. Most notably, his leadership has resulted in the launch of new innovative academic programs in occupational therapy, nutrition, and kinesiology and more than $2 million in advancement funds. Research productivity and external funding have doubled during his four years as Dean.

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Portrait of Todd Queen

Dr. Todd Queen

Dean, LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, Penniman Family Professor of Music

Todd's unique combination of teaching, directing and performing experience has allowed him to travel the world as an educator, stage director, singer and arts leader. In 2011, he co-founded Opera Orvieto, a three-week summer intensive Italian operatic experience, where he served as Artistic and Stage Director. In 2016, Opera Orvieto merged with Operafestival di Roma, where Todd currently serves as Executive Director.

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