NCCI Thought Leadership Series

NCCI Thought Leadership Sessions

Past Sessions

Collaborative Leadership Development: An Inside Look at the Big Ten Academic Alliance Programs

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) is the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. First initiated in the late 1980s, the BTAA leadership development programs are among the most successful and highly regarded Big Ten Academic Alliance initiatives. Learn about these leadership development programs–their goals, content, format, achievements, challenges, and transferable lessons learned—from those who know them best at this special NCCI Thought Leadership session.


Charity Farber, BTAA Associate Director of Programs Team
Program Director, BTAA Leadership Development Programs
Big Ten Academic Alliance Headquarters
Champaign, IL

Theodore (Terry) Curry, Chair BTAA Academic Leadership Program (ALP)
Advisor to the Provost
Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations
Associate Provost & Associate Vice President, Academic Human Resources (2007-2020)
Michigan State University

Steve Abel, Chair, Departmental Executive Officers Program (DEO)
Associate Provost for Engagement, Office of Engagement
Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Purdue University

Brent Ruben, Senior University Fellow and Founder
Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
Advisor for Strategy and Planning | Distinguished Professor of Communication
Office of the Exec Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rutgers University

Presidential Perspectives: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

In this first Thought Leadership Session, 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), 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.