Program Experience

To expand access and participation, the 2021 Hawkins Leadership Roundtable will be delivered online in a cohort-based model, culminating in a networking luncheon (at no additional cost) for those attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Note: EDUCAUSE 2021 registration and attendance are not required.

The Hawkins Leadership Roundtable will begin with an online keynote and program launch synchronous Zoom session, continue with the three tracks of focused resources and three tracks of focused asynchronous resources combined with synchronous live Zoom conversations, and finish with a closing discussion. Participants will be able to choose to engage in any or all three tracks.


  • Keynote Presentation with Andy Brantley: October 12, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

  • Track 1: October 14, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

  • Track 2: October 15, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

  • Track 3: October 18, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

  • Closing Session (online): October 22, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

  • Networking Luncheon at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia - October 28 (the luncheon is optional, and no additional cost is required)

Keynote Presentation

The Future of Higher Education Work is Now!
A year like no other will be followed by a year of transitions and additional decision-making for higher education leaders, and almost all of these needed decisions will impact the faculty and staff who create the culture and drive the performance of our institutions. Many institutions are making the business case for flexible work in order to minimize attrition and increase employee engagement and productivity. Others are skeptical that flexible arrangements can work for the long-term, but acknowledge that eliminating flexibility could come at a cost.

During this interactive session, Andy will highlight flexible approaches to work that have been implemented across the country, processes used to implement this change, and recommendations to help get leadership buy-in. Andy will also highlight needed approaches that help make institutions employers of choice.


Track 1 | A Leader's Role in Digital Transformation (Dx)

Digital transformation (Dx) has recently moved to the forefront of many conversations and initiatives in higher education. The term captures a breadth of responses to social, economic, technological, and demographic changes. Leading Dx is a complex endeavor. This track will focus resources and discussion on the Dx experiences of leaders, peers, and institutions to seek understanding and best practices of meaningful change leadership in the Dx space.

Track Leads

  • David Bruce, Chief Information Officer, Cleveland State University

  • Greg Flanik, Chief Information Officer, Baldwin Wallace University

Track 2 | Leadership in Support of Professional Women in Higher Education

As a result of the pandemic, women in the workforce, including in IT, were disproportionately impacted on metrics of job loss and promotional freezes as 2.3 million women left the American workforce in a single year, marking the lowest level of unemployment since 1990. Yet this period of disruption and awareness ushers in an opportunity for leadership to build practices in support of women gaining entry to and developing within higher education careers. This track will focus resources and discussion on how leaders of varying identities can create and uphold work cultures that support women in the workforce.

Track Leads

  • Helen Norris, Vice President & CIO, Chapman University

  • Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Associate Vice President for Information Management & Technology, University of Texas at San Antonio

Track 3 | Leading a Remote Workforce

As higher education students return to campus life in 2021 and 2022, the pandemic will leave a legacy of remote work. Over 80% of surveyed for-profit industry leaders report they will permit remote work at least some of the time, and nearly 50% say remote work will be the new normal. In order to recruit and retain employees, higher education will most likely reflect similar ideas. As a result, leadership will be charged with dispersed teams unlike ever before. This track will focus on leadership practices and ideas to harness the opportunities of remote workforces while mitigating potential drawbacks including inequitable access, social challenges, and more.

Track Leads

  • David Weil, CIO, Ithaca College

  • Sharon Blanton, Vice President of Information Technology & Campus Safety, The College of New Jersey