The TIAA Institute Convenes 2008 Higher Education Leadership Conference

New York, NY - February 6, 2008 - Today begins the TIAA Institute 2008 Higher Education Leadership Conference, “Higher Education in a Global Society”, focusing on the critical role of higher education in strengthening worldwide economies, building global collaborations, and meeting workforce needs around the world.

A keynote address by Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek International and CNN host will open the conference with “Globalization: A New World.” The first day of the two-day conference will conclude with Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO, TIAA discussing “TIAA in a Global Marketplace.”

“Bringing together thought-leaders to exchange ideas and experiences concerning globalization challenges and opportunities is one way the TIAA Institute helps higher education leaders make informed decisions,” said Madeleine d’Ambrosio, Vice President and Executive Director of the TIAA Institute said.

Throughout the day, higher education experts from around the world will speak on topics, including:

  • Cost-Benefit Issues For International Education:What Price? What Gain?
  • Public Good vs. Private Gain:International Perspectives On The Mission Of Higher Education.
  • Building Global Partnerships:Imperative Steps For Creating Successful Collaborations.

Featured speakers for the November 6th program include Ronald A. Crutcher, President, Wheaton College, Bob Kerrey, President, The New School, Leo Lambert, President, Elon University, Zhang Li, Director-General and Professor, National Center for Educational Development Research, China, James McGill, Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Johns Hopkins University, M. Peter McPherson, President, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, Andrew A. Sorensen, Distinguished Professor of the University, University of South Carolina, Kathleen Waldron, President, Baruch College, CUNY, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, President, Kalamazoo College and Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis.

Photography of the event will be made available following the conference. For a complete agenda and list of speakers, visit 

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About the TIAA Institute
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