John A. Fry, President, Drexel University
Grant Lichtman, Senior Fellow,
The Martin Institute
Grant Lichtman observes that “the institution of education is facing an existential transition caused by a confluence of factors, including universal access to information, global social and economic connectivity, and dramatic shifts in consumer needs and desires…industry wide mutations in demand-driven consumerism alongside the maturation of a vastly more interconnected system of knowledge creation and diffusion.” Together with demographic and economic shifts, how do we revise our traditional modes of “planning” to think strategically about innovation and financial sustainability for our schools?
In keeping with our overarching theme, we are starting from a “zero base” in terms of our traditional structure for this event. First, we will enjoy two TED-like (20-30 minute) presentations:
Grant Lichtman, author of #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, and a provocative article in the Spring issue of Independent School magazine, will share his perspective on: “Mutations in Global Consumerism: The Impacts on K-12 Education and the Independent School Response”.
John A. Fry, President of Drexel University, an innovator in every sense at three local universities (University of Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall College, prior to Drexel), and also a former ADVIS school board chair and current trustee and parent, will share from his experience of “Re-imagining the Role of Education: Examples from Drexel and Higher Education”.
At the conclusion of their talks, Grant and John will take questions and engage in discussion with one another based on their respective remarks. Prior to breaking for dinner, Grant Lichtman will lead the audience in an active discussion (to be continued over dinner), around two generative questions: “What if…?” and “Who is our customer?".
Networking Dinner & Presentation of
ADVIS Visionary Service Award:
This year's Visionary Service Award will be presented to Robert E. (Bob) Shields, Former Board Chair, Archmere Academy; Current Board Chair, Rosemont School of the Holy Child; Board of Financial Advisors, Daylesford Abbey and CEO, Lakeview Capital, Inc.
Interactive Group Work:
Developing a School Culture of Comfort with Change
Following dinner, participants will be grouped at tables by general size and type of school. Grant Lichtman will facilitate activities, discussion and opportunities for feedback around a series of short lead-ins that touch on relevant, provocative questions that are critical to real innovation and shift of focus for any forward-thinking school.
More About Our Presenters:
John A. Fry, appointed Drexel University's 14th president in 2010, has served higher education for his entire professional life. He is known as one of the chief architects of revitalization in West Philadelphia, begun during his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2002 and continued today through Drexel's initiative to create the "Innovation Neighborhood". Through his roles as a consultant, administrator, chief operating officer and chief executive, he has acquired a deep and broad understanding of the challenges of leading a major educational institution. Prior to Drexel, John served as president of Franklin & Marshall College since 2002, and was instrumental in the college's growth, campus development and improved finances. He raised the college's national profile and brought a renewed confidence to the institution. Previously John was executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania, the top nonacademic position. He was a major force in developing and implementing Penn's "Agenda for Excellence," a comprehensive plan that guided strategic initiatives from 1996 to 2001. Before joining Penn, John was a higher education consultant. He worked closely with some of the nation's premier colleges and universities, first with KPMG Peat Marwick and then with Coopers & Lybrand's National Higher Education Consulting Practice, which he ultimately headed.
While at Franklin & Marshall, John served as Board Chair at Lancaster Country Day School, and currently serves as a trustee at another ADVIS member school. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., John studied American civilization at Lafayette College and received the George Wharton Pepper Prize, the highest honor awarded to a graduating senior. In 1986, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the New York University Stern School of Business. http://drexel.edu/president/JohnFry/biography/
Grant Lichtman works with school teams to develop a capacity for change in a rapidly changing world. He is currently Senior Fellow of The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, a consultant to the National Business Officers Association, and works with K–12 schools around the country on aspects of innovation and strategic planning. He blogs at The Learning Pond, and has written for ISTE Learning and Leading, Independent School Magazine, and other publications. For almost 15 years, Grant was a trustee, chief of finance and operations, and teacher at Francis Parker School in San Diego, one of the largest independent schools in the United States. Over a decade and a half of remarkable transformation at the school, Grant was either directly responsible for, or intimately involved in, strategic planning, program design, campus planning and redevelopment, global education, advancement, marketing, educational technology, admissions and financial aid, benchmarking and trend analyses, and risk management.
Grant is the author of two books: #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education based on his first-hand research with dozens of schools and hundreds of K-12 educators; and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School based on his seminar in strategic and creational thinking.
Before working in education, Grant directed business ventures in the oil and gas industry in the former Soviet Union, South America, and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Grant graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS in geology in 1980 and studied the deep ocean basins of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Bering Sea. http://www.grantlichtman.com