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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Charles Bird, Vice President Emeritus for University Outreach, Ohio University


Charlie Bird


Across a career of more than thirty-five years, he has served as a faculty member and regional campus associate dean at Ohio State University, and as a regional campus dean, vice president and vice provost at Ohio University.  Since 2008 he has worked as a consultant, executive coach, and speaker on topics related to branch campuses, programs for adult learners and leading innovation in higher education.


Dr. Bird is author of the recently published book, Out on a Limb:  A Branch Campus Life.  He also maintains two blogs:  “Branch Campus Life,” at, and “Creating the Future” (a blog dedicated mostly to positive psychology and “thriving in the second half of life”), at


Additional information on Dr. Bird’s background and interests can be found at  Contact him at


Dr. David Harrison, President, Columbus State Community College


David Harrison

David Harrison became the fifth president of Columbus State Community College in July 2010. With more than 25,000 students, Columbus State is one of the largest and most comprehensive colleges in Ohio. Through its campuses in Columbus and Delaware County and its nine regional learning centers, the college serves students from all 88 counties in Ohio, provides more online learning opportunities than any college in the state, and contributes nearly a billion dollars in regional economic impact.

During Dr. Harrison’s tenure at Columbus State, he has focused the college on the goals of student success and attainment, workforce innovation, and civic engagement. In 2012 Columbus State was named an Achieving the Dream college, a national initiative to help more students earn college credentials with an emphasis on first generation students, students of color, and low-income students.





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