Deans Summit: Maintaining Strategic Focus Through Financial Challenges



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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.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings 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. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


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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