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Keynote Speaker


Terry MacTaggart


KeynoteMacTaggertTerry MacTaggart is an experienced leader and scholar in higher education.  His consulting and research work focuses on higher education leadership and policy, strategic planning, mergers and restructuring, board development and leadership evaluation.  He has served as a faculty member and administrator at several public and independent colleges and universities where he has led or participated in multiple institutional turnarounds.  He has held the Chancellor’s position at the Minnesota State University System and on two occasions at the University of Maine System.


He has served as a consultant and/or facilitator of board retreats for numerous colleges, universities and systems including the University of Virginia, the University of North Florida, the University of Connecticut, Rutgers, The State University of New York (SUNY), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University System of Maryland, East Carolina University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Oregon University System, the University of Alaska System, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, the University of Houston System, Texas Southern University, the Texas Tech University,  Metropolitan State College of Denver, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy,  the Maine Maritime Academy,  the University of the Pacific, Johnson & Wales University, New England College,  Endicott College, Mitchell College, College of the Marshall Islands, the University of Guam, Fielding Graduate University, and others.


He has served as Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  He has led multiple visiting teams for several regional accrediting associations.  He has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Thailand and to Vietnam as an expert on accreditation and quality assurance.


His research and publications focus on governance, improving relations between institutions and the public, and restoring institutional vitality.  His most recent book is titled Leading Change: How Boards and Presidents Work Together to Build Exceptional Institutions, published by the Association of Governing Boards Press in 2011. In 2007, he published Academic Turnarounds: Restoring Growth and Vitality to Challenged American Colleges and Universities. With James Mingle, he authored Pursuing the Public’s Agenda: Trustees in Partnership With State Leaders. In 1996, he served as the editor and lead author of Restructuring Public Higher Education—What Works and What Doesn’t in Reorganizing Public Systems.  Two years later he produced Seeking Excellence Through Independence, which focuses on rebalancing campus autonomy and accountability in order to achieve better results.


His academic credentials include a doctorate and master’s degree in Literature from Saint Louis University, an MBA, and honorary doctorates from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and the American College of Greece. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Suggest a 2018 Keynote Speaker by contacting the conference chair:

James M. Smith, Ph.D., Dean, Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington

Chair for the Regional and Branch Campus Administrators Leadership Conference 2016 or 740-681-3302


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