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Welcome to innovating together, a podcast produced by the University Innovation Alliance. This is a podcast for busy people in higher education who are looking for the “aha moments” that can propel their work forward. Innovating Together curates the best insights, research, and experts.

Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Dr. Charles Welch, President and CEO, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), on the Weekly Wisdom Podcast. President Welch shares what inspired him to work in the education sector, leadership’s unique perspective, painful decisions for the good of the institution, and the value of authenticity and lived experience. Topics include:

  • How leadership can be modeled by kindness, inclusivity, and forward-thinking
  • How a college presidency is essentially on-the-job training

  • How averting disaster isn’t always a happy ending for everyone

  • The position is you; you are not the position

  • Leadership can be reinforced through biographies as well as how-to books

Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Dr. Shonda Gibson, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University, on the Weekly Wisdom Podcast. Dr. Gibson talks about what America needs most from higher education, the operational challenges and rewards for a major university system, how to best serve returning students, and humility and perspective as leadership attributes. Topics include:


  • Innovation in higher ed begins with individual faculty and department chairs
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Examining the barriers that prevent institutions from putting students first
  • Transcending schools’ or departments’ traditional battle for resources
  • 
Career advice and recommended reading for higher ed leaders

Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Dr. Lisa Vollendorf, President of SUNY Empire State, on the Weekly Wisdom Podcast. President Vollendorf talks about what has shaped her as a leader, reversing higher ed’s tendency toward elitism, how leaders and institutions can grow through traumatic events, and the value of being present and making the best possible impact. Topics include:


  • How educational status is a proven marker for longevity in the U.S.

  • The problem with students losing credits when transferring between institutions

  • Surviving both a regional wildfire and the stress of pursuing a harassment case
  • Identifying and following your north star
  • Two books supporting effective leadership

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