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Opening Plenary: Past, Present, and the Pursuit of Promise

Monday, October 22, 2018
11:00 a.m. – noon

Welcome Remarks

Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent of Schools, Dallas Independent School District

Dr. Michael Hinojosa is serving his second term as superintendent of Dallas ISD, the nation’s 14th largest public school district.

Dr. Hinojosa firmly believes education—not environment—is the key to student success. Under his leadership, student achievement has improved, and struggling schools have excelled.


Speakers

David Coleman

Chief Executive Officer, The College Board

David became the College Board CEO in 2012, promising to deliver real opportunities to more students. “The College Board is committed to clearing a path for all students to own their future,” he says. ”That’s our calling.” Since then, he spearheaded a simpler SAT; forged a partnership with Khan Academy® to give personalized, free SAT preparation to over five million students; and expanded the Advanced Placement Program® to serve even more students from all backgrounds.


James B. Milliken

Chancellor, The University of Texas System

James B. Milliken, a national leader of public higher education with more than 30 years of experience, was named chancellor of The University of Texas System in September 2018. He oversees one of the largest public university systems in the United States with 14 health and academic institutions, including six medical schools. UT institutions enroll more than 235,000 students and employ more than 100,000 health care professionals, researchers, faculty and support staff. Prior to joining the UT System, Milliken served in top leadership positions at major university systems in three states: The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Nebraska (NU) and the University of North Carolina (UNC). In those roles, he led efforts that advanced economic development, online education, global engagement and student access and success.

The College Board Medal of Distinction presented to Sylvia Mendez

The College Board Medal of Distinction was established by the Board of Trustees in 1975 to recognize individuals who have provided national leadership and service in the advancement of educational opportunity and who have demonstrated commitment to the principles reflected in the mission of the College Board. This year, the College Board is honored to bestow the award on Sylvia Mendez.

Sylvia Mendez

Born in 1936, Sylvia Mendez is an American civil rights activist of Mexican-Puerto Rican heritage who grew up amidst widespread racial discrimination. Her California school district relegated Hispanic students to a two-room wooden shack in the Mexican neighborhood. When Mendez was 8 years old, she and her brothers were denied acceptance in the white school because of their darker skin and Mexican last name. Her parents spearheaded a community battle that led to Mendez v. Westminster, a groundbreaking civil rights case outlawing almost 100 years of segregation in California. It was a precedent seven years later for Brown v. Board of Education. Mendez was awarded the  Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

She earned an associate degree in nursing at Orange Coast Community College and a B.S. in nursing and certificate in public health at California State University, Los Angeles. In 2012, Mendez received an honorary degree from Brooklyn College, The City University of New York.

Mendez parents taught her:

That we are all individuals; that we are all human beings; that we are all connected together; and that we all have the same rights, the same freedom.

Plenary: New Excellence, New Opportunity

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Speakers

David Coleman

Chief Executive Officer, The College Board

David became the College Board CEO in 2012, promising to deliver real opportunities to more students. “The College Board is committed to clearing a path for all students to own their future,” he says. ”That’s our calling.” Since then, he spearheaded a simpler SAT; forged a partnership with Khan Academy® to give personalized, free SAT preparation to over five million students; and expanded the Advanced Placement Program® to serve even more students from all backgrounds.


Rachelle Hernandez

Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, The University of Texas at Austin

Rachelle Hernandez serves as the Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management for the University of Texas at Austin. Her campus responsibilities include the offices of admissions, enrollment analytics, financial aid, registrar, student success initiatives, and the new college-to-career initiative. She has worked in admissions and enrollment management for over 22 years.

Over the course of two decades, she has developed a strong track record of creating and implementing strategic programs and initiatives that support the achievement of student-centered goals. Ms. Hernandez is a frequent national speaker on admissions and access, student recruitment, enrollment management, and student access.


Kedra Ishop

Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Kedra Ishop, is the first vice provost for enrollment management at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She is a nationally-recognized expert and speaker on issues in admissions and enrollment, serving on multiple national and international committees and advisory boards related to diversity, affordability, assessment, and admissions and enrollment.

Ishop joined U-M in fall 2014, after a 17-year career in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. With responsibility at U-M for undergraduate admissions, financial aid, new student programs, and the registrar, the Office of Enrollment Management focuses on U-M’s core values of diversity, excellence, affordability, and access.

She holds three degrees from UT Austin: A Bachelor of Arts in sociology, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration.


Stuart Schmill

Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Stuart Schmill is dean of admissions and student financial services for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schmill has served the Institute in a variety of positions, including Director of Crew; Director of Parent, Student, and Young Alumni Programs in the Alumni Association; and Director of MIT's Educational Council. Schmill joined the admissions office in 2002 and was appointed Dean in 2008. In 2016, Schmill added Student Financial Services to his portfolio. Schmill has been honored with the MIT DUE Infinite Mile Award for Leadership and the MIT Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, was recognized as Outstanding Freshman Advisor for MIT, and was named Coach of the Year in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges, the most competitive rowing league in the country. Schmill was awarded an S.B. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986.


Christopher J. Steinhauser

Superintendent of Schools, Long Beach Unified School District

Christopher J. Steinhauser has served as superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District since 2002. The school district is California’s third largest, with about 74,000 students. With more than 30 years of experience in Long Beach’s diverse school system, Steinhauser has earned a national reputation for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps.

Steinhauser has a strong track record of boosting achievement in all geographic areas of the school district. Steinhauser is a product of the Long Beach Unified School District. He attended Long Beach City College and California State University Long Beach, earning a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in educational administration. He earned multiple-subject and administrative services credentials at the university.


Moderator

James Montoya

Chief of Membership, Governance, and Global Higher Education Secretary of the Corporation, The College Board

In partnership with our members, Jim leads large-scale, high-impact initiatives that promote equity and access for all students. He directs efforts that engage, support, and mobilize our members—including events, conferences, and outreach campaigns. He oversees all matters relating to our governance structure and Board of Trustees. Additionally, he directs our work with higher education institutions and leaders across the globe. Working with constituents across K—12 and higher education, Jim and his team ensure that the College Board meets the needs of our diverse member institutions and the students they serve.