Seminar March 16, 2023

Alston & Bird Higher Education Conference

Event Detail
Terance A. Gonsalves, Derin B. Dickerson, Cara M. Peterman, Deborah Yoon Jones
March 16, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Alston & Bird
1201 W. Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA

Making the Grade: Strategies for Success in Higher Education

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Join us in-person for an afternoon focused on navigating challenges across the higher education landscape. We look forward to connecting with higher education leaders including presidents and their leadership teams, trustees, and in-house counsel. Subject matter experts will delve into the higher education regulatory landscape, options for strategic and transactional initiatives, corporate governance best practices, insurance concerns, and trending issues in data privacy and cybersecurity.

Conference Agenda

Introductions and Welcome – 1:00 – 1:05 p.m.

  • Terance A. Gonsalves, Partner, Alston & Bird

Key Government Regulators in Higher Education – 1:05 – 1:50 p.m.

  • Moderator: Derin Dickerson, Partner, Alston & Bird
  • Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Samir Kaushal, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of Complex Frauds and Cybercrime; United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia
  • Sonny Ramaswamy, President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Corporate Governance in Higher Education: What to Watch Out for in 2023 and Beyond – 1:55 – 2:40 p.m.

  • Moderator: Cara M. Peterman, Partner, Alston & Bird
  • Dr. Tiffany Masson, Psy. D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Kansas Health Science Center
  • Jennifer Ervin, General Counsel, Clark Atlanta University
  • Stephen C. Robinson, Board of Trustees, Cornell University

Fireside Chat: Is Anything Safe Anymore? Best Practices for Cybersecurity – 2:50 – 3:35 p.m.

  • Moderator: Terance A. Gonsalves, Partner, Alston & Bird
  • Dr. Ravi Pendse, Ph.D., Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, University of Michigan

Fireside Chat: Ensure that Your School is Insured: Current Risk and Insurance Claim Trends – 3:40 – 4:15 p.m.

  • Moderator: Debbie Jones, Partner, Alston & Bird
  • Frank D. Cella, Managing Director, National Leader, Education Consortia Practice, Marsh

The ABCs of Strategic Transactions in Higher Education – 4:20 – 5:05 p.m.

  • Moderator: Deborah G. Solmor, General Counsel, TCS Education System
  • Dr. Michael Horowitz, Ph.D., President, TCS Education System
  • Robert Spencer, Principal, Huron Consulting Group
  • Jeremy Polster, Vice President, Goldman Sachs
  • Joe Sallustio, Senior Vice President, Lindenwood University

Cocktail Reception – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

CLE Details

This program is provided as a complimentary service to clients and friends of Alston & Bird. CLE credit will be applied for where applicable. Additional states may be available upon request.


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