Dr. Sarver has been invited to participate in the panel entitled “How Transformation Initiatives at Academic Institutions are Shaped, Formed & Executed? Who are the trusted Advisors?” at the Annual Post-Secondary Grantee Convening, held in Seattle from September 18-20, 2013.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  Number of employees: approximately 980 Asset trust endowment: $33.5 billion

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Number of employees: approximately 980
Asset trust endowment: $33.5 billion

Dr. Mark Sarver, CEO of the award-winning eduKan Consortium, will be a panelist at the convening covering the theme of “The Future of Higher Education: Is It Time for Transformation?” which be at the annual gathering of grantees of the Post-Secondary Success program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation being held in Seattle from September 18-20, 2013.  Covening expects about 300 people to attend with grantees, Post-Secondary professionals and foundation staff.

The panel Dr. Sarver has been asked to participate on is entitled “Where to begin? How transformation initiatives at academic institutions are shaped and executed (and helped by trusted advisors).” Moderating the panel is Anne Keehn, Entrepreneur in Residence & Fellow, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, joining Dr. Sarver as panelists include Christine Geith, Ph.D., Assistant Provost & Executive Director, MSUglobal Knowledge & Learning Innovations, Michigan State University; Nathan Simon, Associate Director, Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory (Digital Strategy Consulting), and Elizabeth DeVito, Associate Director, Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory(Change Management Consulting Market). Dr. Sarver will share how he has worked effectively with intermediaries and change agents, both internal and external, to drive innovation and change across his consortium along with ideas on how attendees can do this in their organizations.

About the Gates Foundation Convening for Post Secondary Success

This convening, The Future of Higher Education: Is It Time for Transformation?, is an annual gathering of grantees of the Post-Secondary Success program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Each panel consists of 3-4 senior leaders from diverse academic institutions undergoing significant transformation (i.e. community colleges & 4 year publics) and how these worked constructively with intermediaries and change agents to drive innovation and better performance across their organization. For more info please visit: http://www.gatesfoundation.org

About eduKan

eduKan provides access to quality higher education, including ELL courses, via college degrees, certificates, and individual courses, with affordable online classes. eduKan was founded in 1998 as a cooperative effort between member colleges to offer courses via the Internet. eduKan’s consortium schools are all accredited Kansas learning institutions with excellent reputations and long histories of providing degrees in traditional settings, as well as through online courses. eduKan Consortium member institutions are: Barton Community College, in Great Bend; Colby Community College, in Colby; Dodge City Community College, in Dodge City; Garden City Community College, in Garden City; Pratt Community College, in Pratt; and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, in Liberal. For more information, please visit http://www.edukan.org.

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