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Oregon State's Edward Feser to Give Keynote Address at Up-coming Admin Conference

Thursday, February 16, 2017  
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ACSP is pleased to welcome three outstanding keynote speakers to the 2017 Administrators’ Conference and New Chairs’ School which will take place from March 9-11 in Reston, Virginia.

The first presenter that we'd like to introduce to you is Oregon State University’s incoming Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser.  He will discuss the economic and political implications of the shifting fiscal circumstances of universities in his address, “Affordability, Accessibility and Changing Funding Models in Higher Education.” His remarks will emphasize the role university leaders at all levels must play to ensure higher education remains accessible and affordable, as well as the need for proactive advocacy of the mission of research universities with local, state and national governmental stakeholders.

“I had the opportunity to attend the ACSP Administrators’ Conference when I was a department head in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, and I learned a great deal by exchanging ideas with other academic leaders in the field,” shared Feser. “I’m pleased to be coming back again, and expect it to be another rewarding experience. The conference helps one build the kind of peer support network one needs to be an effective leader in today’s challenging environment.”

Feser’s research and teaching expertise is in regional economic development, innovation and technology policy, public policy and management, strategic planning, and regional economic modeling.

Feser is currently wrapping up a term as Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to becoming Interim Provost, he was Dean of the university’s College of Fine and Applied Arts, overseeing academic and engagement programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, design and the visual and performing arts. He served as Davies Chair of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Division of Innovation, Management and Policy at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK, in 2011-12; as Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2007 to 2011; and as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Research and Strategic Planning in the North Carolina Department of Commerce in 2003. He has been a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness in Arlington, Virginia since 2009.

Feser holds a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of San Francisco.


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