NCCI Thought Leadership Roundtables

Presidential Perspectives: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Tuesday, January 26, 1-2 p.m. Eastern

In this first Thought Leaders Roundtable, Dr. Ralph Gigliotti, NCCI Board Member and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership from Rutgers University, will moderate a discussion with the featured presidential panelists from our 2020 virtual annual conference. Dr. Mark Becker (President, Georgia State University), Dr. Ángel Cabrera (President, Georgia Tech), and Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson (President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio) will reflect on leadership lessons learned based on the challenges from this past semester and offer considerations regarding the future of higher education in a post-pandemic society. Building upon the themes discussed at the 2020 NCCI annual conference, this virtual roundtable will be relevant for those interested in change, innovation, and leadership across the higher education landscape.

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Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, Texas A&M University–San Antonio

Dr. Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University

Dr. Ralph Gigliotti, Director, Center for Organizational Leadership, Rutgers University
Dr. Cabrera Bio

On Sept. 1, 2019, Ángel Cabrera became the 12th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Cabrera came to Georgia Tech after serving for seven years as president of George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia.

From 2004 to 2012, Cabrera served as president at Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of Arizona State University. Prior to that he was dean of IE Business School in Madrid. As a business educator, Cabrera has played a key role in advancing professional ethics, internationalization, and corporate social responsibility. As a senior advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, in 2007 he was the lead author of the “Principles for Responsible Management Education,” now adopted by more than 700 schools around the world.

Cabrera’s research has been published in leading academic journals. He has been quoted by leading global media, including The Economist, BBC, CNN, CNBC, El País, Forbes, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times. His op-eds have been published by The Washington Post and the international press, and he has appeared on NPR programs and PBS NewsHour.

He’s been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, a “Star of Europe” by Businessweek, “Henry Crown Fellow” by the Aspen Institute, and “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has received honorary degrees from Miami Dade College and Universidad Politécnica of Madrid.

Cabrera serves on the boards of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, the Bankinter Foundation for Innovation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the National Geographic Society. He is serving on the newly formed Task Force to Restore Georgia’s Economy.

Cabrera earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a telecommunications engineering degree (B.S. and M.S. in computer and electrical engineering) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

He is married to management scholar and Georgia Tech classmate Elizabeth. Their son Alex is a recent Georgia Tech graduate and currently a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University. Their daughter Emilia is a senior at Harvard University. Cabrera is the first native of Spain to serve as president of an American university.

Dr. Matson Bio
Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson is the President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) and is a San Antonio native with over 30 years of higher education experience in Alaska, California and Texas. In 2016, she led the university’s transformation from upper division to a comprehensive master’s university in addition to achieving the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation.
 
Dr. Teniente-Matson has led strategic initiatives and partnerships including the creation of the Mays Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement, Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders, Institute of Water Resource Science and Technology, Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center and the university’s first Facebook CyberSecurity University Program. She has lead the redevelopment of the campus’ 694-acre masterplan to support its accelerated growth including approximately $200 million in new facilities, infrastructure improvements and P3 partnerships, and developed support from elected officials to build an economic regional hub for south Bexar County.
 
Dr. Teniente-Matson created the President’s Commission on Equity (PCOE) to advance equity and inclusion. She has created leadership development competency models for Chief Business Officers in Higher Education, is a former board chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and currently serves as a faculty member for its Fellows Program and New Business Officer Programs.
 
Dr. Teniente-Matson has been recognized world-wide and nationally for her leadership and service. In 2020, she was awarded the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership’s 2020 US-Japan Public Intellectual, and in 2019 she was recognized as a Network for Change and Continuous Innovation’s (NCCI) top 20 Thought Leaders in Change and Innovation. She has also received the NACUBO Professional Development Award, Making a Mark on the World Innovation Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, the Top 10 Professional Woman of the Year Award from the Marjoree Mason Center, the Women’s Leadership Award from the SA Business Journal, the Comet Awardfrom the SA Women’s Chamber, the Hope Award from the Hispanic Organization for Public Employees, the Civil Leader Award from La Prensa, and The Top 40 under 40from the Alaska Journal of Commerce.
 
Dr. Teniente-Matson serves on numerous national educational-governing and local civic boards. She is currently the Treasurer for the board of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and Treasurer for Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). She is also a member of TIAA’s Inclusion and Diversity Council, and currently serves on the City of San Antonio Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Teniente-Matson was also a mayoral appointee and President of the San Antonio 2018 Tricentennial Commission.

 
Dr. Teniente-Matson is a sought-after author, speaker, and mentor on traditional and contemporary issues in higher education leadership. She and her husband Mike have two sons: Phillip and Wyatt.
Dr. Becker Bio

Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in 2009, President Mark P. Becker has led Georgia State through a dynamic period of growth and advancement and put it on a trajectory to reshape itself and its region. Under his leadership, the university has pursued a 10-year strategic plan through which Georgia State has emerged as one of the nation’s leading higher education institutions.

Georgia State’s consolidation in 2016 with Georgia Perimeter College, a two-year institution with five campuses in metro Atlanta, raised its student population to 53,000 and made it the largest university in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation.

One of the most diverse universities in the U.S., Georgia State is a national model for student success, setting records for its graduation rates and the number of students it graduates, and leading the country in eliminating disparities in student achievement based on race, ethnicity and income. In 2017, Dr. Becker was honored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York with their Academic Leadership Award in recognition of the University’s achievements in “eliminating disparities in graduation rates based on race, ethnicity, income level and first-generation status.” Most recently, President Becker was the 2019 recipient of the TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education.

Under Dr. Becker’s leadership, Georgia State has built a burgeoning research enterprise, growing sponsored research at more than twice the national rate. Through the rapid development of its campus and its engagement with civic and business leaders, the university has been recognized as a major catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and the economic vitality of its region.

Adding to Georgia State’s increasing national profile, Dr. Becker has fostered the development of NCAA Division 1 athletics. The university’s intercollegiate teams have won nine conference championships since rejoining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, and Georgia State’s football team made its first bowl appearance in 2015. With MLB’s Atlanta Braves’ decision to vacate Turner Field in downtown Atlanta, he led the university’s acquisition and renovation of the stadium that became the home for Georgia State football in 2017.

Dr. Becker attended Harford (Md.) Community College, earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State University in 1980 and his doctor’s degree in statistics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985. He grew up in Havre de Grace, Md., near Baltimore.

 

Dr. Gigliotti Bio

Ralph Gigliotti, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University, where he provides executive leadership for the overall planning, delivery, and assessment of signature programs and services. He engages directly with academic and administrative leaders in strengthening the Center’s role as a hub for leadership development research and initiatives. He also serves as an associate faculty member in the Ph.D. Program in Higher Education and part-time lecturer in the Department of Communication.

Ralph’s research and consulting interests explore the intersection of organizational communication, leadership, crisis, and training and development within the context of higher education.

Ralph has authored and co-authored several books, including the following:

Ralph is a National Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States Department of Commerce). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI) and the leadership team of the Training and Development Division for the National Communication Association.