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Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference


The 2023 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference will be hosted virtually. Please save the dates to enjoy from your desk or home office: February 23-24, 2023.

If you would like to submit a proposal to present a 1-hour live conference session, please click on the Engagement Hub and select the Call for Proposals box. First consideration will be given to proposals received by October 30, 2022.

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Registration will open in November 2022.

For questions about the conference, please email

2023 Conference Theme

Necessity Driving Innovation in Student Success

Facing many unforeseen needs due to a pandemic, mental and physical health concerns, enrollment challenges, and budgetary restraints, faculty and staff have found remarkable and innovative ways to support students’ successes.  After all, necessity is the mother of invention!  This conference will explore how we are re-imaging our campus cultures, programs, and services to foster a holistic learning environment for students within and beyond the classroom.  We invite you to share your innovations and to learn ways to help students thrive during times of necessity.

2023 Conference Schedule

*Note: Times are subject to change.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 10: 00 a.m.Opening Keynote: Michael J. Sorrell, Ed.D.
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Session One: Live Zoom Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Concurrent Session Two: Live Zoom Sessions
Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Concurrent Session Three: Live Zoom Sessions
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Concurrent Session Four: Live Zoom Sessions

Friday, February 24, 2023

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session Five: Live Zoom Sessions
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Session Six: Live Zoom Sessions
11:00 a.m. - NoonClosing Keynote: Elaine Maimon, Ph.D.
2023 Keynote Speakers

Thursday, 23 February 2023

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Michael J. Sorrell, Ed.D.

Transformative College President & Fortune 50 World’s Greatest Leader

Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is the longest-serving President in the 149-year history of Paul Quinn College. During his 14 years of leadership, Paul Quinn has become a nationally regarded institution for its efforts to remake higher education in order to serve the needs of underresourced students and their communities.

Included among Paul Quinn’s numerous accomplishments during President Sorrell’s tenure are the following: winning the HBCU of the Year, HBCU Student Government Association of the Year, and HBCU Business Program of the Year awards; achieving recognition as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll; creating the New Urban College Model; demolishing 15 abandoned campus buildings; partnering with PepsiCo to transform the football field into the WE over Me Farm; achieving full-accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS); creating the College’s first faculty-led study abroad program; and rewriting all institutional fundraising records.

President Sorrell is one of the most decorated college presidents in America. Recently, President George W. Bush and the George W. Bush Presidential Center awarded him the Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation. He has been named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine; is the only three time recipient of the HBCU Male President of the Year Award (2018, 2016 and 2012); won Higher Education’s President of the Year award as named by Education Dive; and Time Magazine listed him as one of the “31 People Changing the South.” Washington Monthly Magazine identified him as one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and PUSH/Excel honored him with its Education Leadership Award. Michael is the recipient of both the Dallas Bar Association’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award and the City of Dallas’ Father of the Year Award. In addition to being a member of the “Root 100” (a list of the top 100 emerging leaders in America) by the Root Online Magazine, Michael has received: the Distinguished Alumni Award from Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from Duke University’s School of Law Alumni Association; the Social Innovator Award from Babson College; the Vision Award, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Middlebury College; Luminary Award from SMU; and the TRACS Leadership Award. The Dallas Historical Society honored Michael for Excellence in Educational Administration. He is a past recipient of the Dallas Urban League’s Torch for Community Leadership and both the President’s and C.B. Bunkley Awards from J.L. Turner for his outstanding contributions to the Dallas legal community. Michael also has an honorary degree from Austin College.

Michael received his J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (where his dissertation defense was awarded “with Distinction”). While in law school, he was one of the founding members of the Journal of Gender Law & Policy and served as the Vice President of the Duke Bar Association. Michael was a recipient of a Sloan Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which funded his studies at both Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (as a graduate fellow) and Duke University. He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Government, served as Secretary Treasurer of his senior class, was a two-time captain of the men’s varsity basketball team, and graduated as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer.

Friday, 24 February 2023

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Elaine Maimon

Advisor, American Council on Higher Education

Past President, Governors State University

Elaine Maimon is an educator, university administrator, and author, with a long career in educational reform. She received her Ph.D. in English (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania and soon took on professorial roles at private liberal arts colleges, Haverford and Arcadia. At Arcadia, she organized the faculty from the grass-roots to participate in one of the nation’s first writing-across-the-curriculum programs, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her commitment to new ways of understanding writing and thinking brought her to the position of Associate Dean of the College at Brown University. As Dean of Experimental Programs and tenured Professor of English at Queens College (CUNY), she worked with corporate and journalism advisory boards to provide opportunities for high potential/low-income students. She then spent 24 years in chief executive officer positions at Arizona State University West, University of Alaska-Anchorage, and Governors State University.

Her recent book, Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation (2018), sets an agenda for essential changes necessary for institutions to educate the New Majority (first-generation, students of color, adults, and military veterans). As readers deal with the trifecta of disease, social injustice, and economic turmoil, they have referred to her book as a roadmap for accelerating reform in higher education. From the platform of the American Council of Education (ACE), where she served for five years as a Board member, she consults and communicates on educational transformations. To fulfill her goals of communicating with the general public, she is a regular columnist for The Philadelphia Citizen, a solutions-oriented, online publication.


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