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Terrell Strayhorn

Thursday, February 1, 2018
8:30–9:45 a.m.

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is former professor and Founder/CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC. Most recently, he was on the faculty at The Ohio State University, where he also served as Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) and Founding Director of the Center for IDEAS within the College of Education and Human Ecology.

An internationally-recognized student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker, and award-winning writer, Strayhorn is author of 10 books and over 200 book chapters and journal articles and other scholarly publications. He has given hundreds of invited keynotes and lectures at more than 500 universities and conferences across the globe. Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity, and diversity; impact of college on students and student learning and development. His most popular book is College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success.

Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011, one of Business First’s “Top 40 under 40,” one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education,” and became the youngest full professor in Ohio State’s history in 2014. He has been quoted in major news outlets including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside HigherEd, Huffington Post, and newspapers across the nation. Prior to Ohio State, Strayhorn was special assistant to the provost at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and research associate at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, DC. Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree (MEd) in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher education from Virginia Tech. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California

Thursday, February 1, 2018 
12:45–1:45 p.m.

Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013.

She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels.

She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009–2013, as Governor of Arizona from 2003–2009, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998–2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993–1997. Before that, she practiced at the law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she became a partner in 1989. She began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano focused on education, from pre-kindergarten through public higher education. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine.

Napolitano earned a B.S. degree (summa cum laude in political science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar, and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Napolitano holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Emory University, Pomona College, and Northeastern University. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.

Steve Canavero, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nevada

Thursday, February 1, 2018 
12:45–1:45 p.m.

Steve Canavero is the superintendent of public instruction for the State of Nevada. He was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in February 2016 to oversee the state’s education system serving nearly 450,000 students. Canavero previously served as the deputy superintendent for student achievement at the Nevada Department of Education where he played a major role in the development and passage of a comprehensive suite of educational investments and reforms successfully passed in the 2015 state legislature. Canavero previously served as the first director of Nevada’s newly created State Public Charter School Authority. His initial work there resulted in Nevada’s state charter school policy becoming one of the highest rated in the nation. He is serving his second term as a board member and treasurer at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology and systematic biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.