About the Authors

Authors from the 2018/2019 series “Ten Challenges Facing Higher Education: Shaping the Student Experience.” 

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph.D.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney became the 22nd president of Trinity College in 2014. Since then, she has overseen several major accomplishments, including the completion of the College’s strategic plan, Summit; the creation of the Bantam Network mentoring program; the launch of the Campaign for Community; a campus initiative promoting inclusiveness and respect; and the expansion of Trinity’s footprint to downtown Hartford.

Roberta "Bobbi" Cordano, Esq.

Roberta J. Cordano is the 11th president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She is the fourth deaf and the first female president since Gallaudet’s founding in 1864.

J. Bradley Creed, Ph.D.

J. Bradley “Brad” Creed, Ph.D., began his duties as Campbell University’s fifth president on July 1, 2015. Previously, Creed was the Provost and Executive Vice President and Professor of Religion at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ronald A. Crutcher, DMA

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher, a national leader in higher education, distinguished classical musician, and accomplished administrator, became the 10th President of the University of Richmond on July 1, 2015. Dr. Crutcher is President Emeritus of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Prior to Wheaton, he served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University of Ohio. 

David Finegold, D.Phil.

David L. Finegold is the 19th President of Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. As a scholar and educational entrepreneur, he has dedicated his career to education, training reform, designing high-performance organizations, and international comparisons of skill-creation systems and performance.

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert E. Johnson is Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a Tier 1 national research university offering a private college educational experience and public university value. Dr. Johnson previously served seven years as president of Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has dedicated a quarter century of his life to ensuring access to higher education.

Vistasp M. Karbhari, Ph.D.

A visionary leader and accomplished scholar, Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari took office in June 2013 as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering.

Chris Kimball, Ph.D.

Chris Kimball, Ph.D., became California Lutheran University’s seventh president in 2008 after two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. With a commitment to academic excellence, service, and real-world learning in support of the University’s mission and strategic plans, he has led Cal Lutheran into its second half-century.

John P. Marsden, Ph.D.

John P. Marsden, Ph.D., became the tenth president of Midway University on February 1, 2013. A transformational leader, he collaboratively managed a turnaround of Midway University through coeducation, launch of men's athletics, international partnerships, expansion of graduate programs, and financial stewardship.

Patricia A. McGuire, J.D.

Patricia McGuire has been president of Trinity Washington University since 1989. Previously, she was the assistant dean for development and external affairs at Georgetown University Law Center, where she was also an adjunct professor of law. She began her career after law school as the project director for the Street Law clinical program at Georgetown University.

Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D.

Lynn Pasquerella was appointed president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2016, after serving as the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College from 2010-2016. Pasquerella was the provost at the University of Hartford from 2008 to 2010, and she was the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island, where she began her career as an ethics professor in 1985.