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Leading Online: Higher Ed Digital Leadership during COVID-19

Links to what was mentioned during the Lead Online panel.

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“Breaking bread online can be a powerful tool. It’s been fun to include my family in these videos.”

Ajay Nair, Leading Online Panel

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“I am not that good at [TikTok]. One of my favorite posts, we had a family dance off where my daughter was doing one of the popular dances and the baby was in the background doing what babies do, and I was appearing as a ghost in the back. It was really silly. It’s where you students are and we’re not the same presidents from 50 years ago.”

Daria J. Willis, Leading Online Panel

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“Be very conscientious about digital divide and technological differences in terms of where students are. My campus is located in an area that has some digital deserts.”

Cynthia Tentiente-Matson, Leading Online Panel

“I was a dancer when I was younger. I ran into one of their practices on a Wednesday morning and asked them to show me some moves. I jumped into their line at one point during a football game.”

Marlene Tromp, Leading Online Panel


Ajay Nair, President, Arcadia University

Ajay Nair

Dr. Ajay Nair, a nationally recognized expert in student affairs issues and an accomplished social justice, race, and ethnicity scholar, was inaugurated as Arcadia University’s 22nd president on October 13, 2018. Dr. Nair is the first person of color to be appointed president at Arcadia, and is among the first college or university presidents of Indian-American descent in the United States. Listen to his interview on Josie & The Podcast.

Daria J. Willis, President, Everett Community College

Dara J. Willis

Dr. Daria J. Willis serves as the 17th president of Everett Community College, an institution with over 19,000 credit and non-credit students in the Seattle Metropolitan Area. She was named a 2018 recipient of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges’ “40 Under 40” Award. She is the school’s first African American president and fourth woman in this role in its 78-year history. Drawing from her experience as a first-generation college student and a student parent, Dr. Willis has partnered actively with public school districts, four-year universities, local businesses, and not-for-profit organizations to offer services and support to students from all backgrounds. She is a member of the American Association of Community College’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and she has served on local boards for the NAACP, the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, and the Syracuse City School District Foundation.

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson is the second president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas. She has over 30 years of higher education administrative experience in Alaska, California and Texas. In 2016, she led the university’s transformation to become a comprehensive university and achieving the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are at the forefront of her leadership philosophies. Dr. Teniente-Matson has been recognized for her leadership and service in the field of education. She is a sought-after author, speaker and mentor on contemporary issues in higher education leadership. Listen to her interview on Josie & The Podcast.

Marlene Tromp, President, Boise State University

Marlene Tromp

Marlene Tromp is President and Professor of English at Boise State University. Before joining Boise State on July 1, 2019, Dr. Tromp was the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Tromp also served as Arizona State University’s Vice Provost of the West campus and Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Tromp was praised at Arizona State for overseeing new academic programs, including a new interdisciplinary forensics major and a cybersecurity initiative, and for creating mentoring programs for first-generation students and co-chaired a university-wide task force aimed at combating sexual assault.

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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