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Stivers Selected For National Leadership Development Program


Grand view University is pleased to announce that Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, is one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers. Generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the leadership development seminar is designed to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times.

Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. As a participant, Stivers will attend a seminar in Annapolis, Maryland, July 28–August 1. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the Colloquium, which will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary readings—ranging from Sophocles to Eudora Welty—and compare them with situations that today’s chief academic officers face. Examination, discussion, and reflection will help participants reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills.

“The review committee found the nomination materials for the program to be most impressive,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. They (and I) believe that Mary Elizabeth Stivers has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior academic responsibility on campus.”

Dr. Stivers holds a BS, MS, and PhD.  Her doctorate is from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Child and Family Studies.  She has been at GV six years.  Prior to that, she was at California State University, San Marcos in San Diego County.

For more information about the Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers, visit www.cic.edu/CAOLeadershipColloquium

Participants in the Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers, 2014

Barbara Anderson, Central Methodist University (MO)
Richard Ashbrook, Capital University (OH)
Allen Bedford, Bryn Athyn College (PA)
Michael Brown, North Carolina Wesleyan College
J. Bradley Creed, Samford University (AL)
Elizabeth “Betsy” Fuller, Becker College (MA)
Bashar Hanna, Delaware Valley College (PA)
Karen Kaivola, Augsburg College (MN)
Susan Kalsow, Mount Marty College (SD)
Ellie Kaucher, Pacific Oaks College (CA)
Paula McNutt, Carroll College (MT)
R. Richard Ray, Hope College (MI)
Caroline Simon, Whitworth University (WA)
Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Grand View University (IA)
Michael Tannenbaum, Hartwick College (NY)
Helen Whippy, Chaminade University of Honolulu (HI)
Jane Wood, Westminster College (PA)
Daniel Wubah, Washington and Lee University (VA)

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.