Release of a Chicago Council Global Midwest Initiative Heartland Paper on “A Master Plan for Higher Education in the Midwest: A Roadmap to the Future of the Nation’s Heartland

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James J. Duderstadt,
President Emeritus and Professor, University of Michigan, and Author of the Heartland Paper
Michael J. Hogan, President, University of Illinois
Jerry Sue Thornton, President, Cuyahoga Community College

One of the most urgent issues facing the United States and the Midwest is developing the human capital needed to compete and thrive in the global economy. The Midwest is home to a vast array of higher education institutions, but their structures and methods were designed for a very different time and economy. Join us for the release of the Council’s newest Heartland Paper authored by Dr. James J. Duderstadt that will include a conversation with leading experts about how to reform higher education and keep the Midwest globally competitive.

James DuderstadtJames J. Duderstadt is president emeritus of the University of Michigan, a professor of science and engineering, and director of the Millennium Project, a university research center studying the impact of rapidly evolving technologies on society. He currently chairs several major national study commissions in areas including federal science policy, higher education, information technology, and engineering research. Duderstadt received a B.Eng. from Yale University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

Michael HoganMichael J. Hogan is president of the University of Illinois and the Harry E. Preble Chair and professor in the department of history at the Urbana campus. He was previously the president of the University of Connecticut and held senior positions at Ohio State University and the University of Iowa. A native Midwesterner and a former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, he is a specialist in the history of American diplomacy. Hogan earned his B.A. at the University of Northern Iowa and his M.A. and Ph.D. at The University of Iowa.

Jerry Sue ThortonJerry Sue Thornton has served as president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), the first and largest community college in Ohio, since 1992. Previously, she was dean of Triton College in Illinois and president of Lakewood Community College in Minnesota. In 2010, she won the Mildred Bulpitt Woman of the Year Award for outstanding service to women in two-year colleges, and in 2004, she was recognized as “one of the 50 most influential people in Northeast Ohio.” Thornton received her B.A. and M.A. from Murray State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.




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