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Opening Plenary

Monday, October 26
10:45am- noon

College Board Welcome

Host: Auditi Chakravarty

SVP, Learning, Evaluation & Research, College Board

The Learning, Evaluation, and Research team works across the organization to evaluate College Board programs and measure their impact on student success. Through evidence and analysis, Auditi and her colleagues provide valuable insight that leads to more effective tools for students, parents, and teachers.

College Board Updates

David Coleman

Chief Executive Officer, College Board

David became the College Board’s 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 is our calling." Since then, David has spearheaded the design of a simpler SAT; forged a partnership with Khan Academy to provide personalized, free SAT preparation to more than five million students; and expanded the Advanced Placement Program to serve even more students from all backgrounds.

Panel Discussion: Innovation in a Time of Crisis

It’s difficult to have an optimistic outlook when 2020 has been such a year loss. Some experts predict that our children may never recover from the educational shortfalls. What can be done to ensure students aren’t left behind? How can we use this time to think innovatively while addressing inequities? How might this experience teach us to become better as professionals? Listen to leaders who have experience leading institutions and districts through a myriad of challenges. Join this K-12 to higher education conversation that is focused on plans to keep our nation’s students on track during and after the covid-19 pandemic.


Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

President, Purdue University

Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as governor of the State of Indiana.

At Purdue, President Daniels launched a series of initiatives called Purdue Moves, which provide bold answers to some of the greatest challenges facing higher education today. The four pillars of Purdue Moves—affordability and accessibility, transformative education, world-changing research, and STEM leadership—leverage Purdue's historic strengths and promote investment in new ideas, guiding the university in its mission to deliver higher education at the highest proven value.

At Purdue, Daniels has prioritized student affordability and reinvestment in the university’s strengths. Breaking with a 36-year trend, Purdue has held tuition unchanged from 2012 through at least the 2021-22 academic year.

In recognition of his leadership as both a governor and a university president, Fortune included Daniels in its list of Top 50 World Leaders.

Wayne A. I. Frederick

President, Howard University

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick is the president of Howard University. Dr. Frederick has advanced Howard University's commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service, and fiscal stability. He has overseen a series of reform efforts, including the expansion of academic offerings, establishing innovative programs to support student success and the modernization of university facilities.

Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials, and is a widely recognized expert on disparities in healthcare and medical education.

In 2017, he was named “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine and in 2015 was named “Male President of the Year” by HBCU Digest.

Sonja Brookins Santelises

Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools

Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises has spent close to 30 years focused on building high-quality teaching and learning to help students excel.

Dr. Santelises has been serving City Schools since July 2016 after three years as vice president for K–12 policy and practice at The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization focused on closing the achievement gap experienced disproportionately by African American, Latinx , and Native students and students from low-income families. In Boston, she served as the assistant superintendent for a network of 23 pilot schools with broad autonomy and a track record of successfully meeting students’ needs and improving the achievement of students from low-income backgrounds , particularly students of color. She began her career in education as director of professional development and teacher placement with Teach for America in New York.

Dr. Santelises lectured on urban education for two years at Harvard University.

Moderator: Stefanie Sanford

Chief, Global Policy and External Relations, College Board

Sanford leads College Board advocacy initiatives with policymakers, public and private institutions, and organizations to advance educational access and organizations to advance educational access and opportunity to all students.

Tuesday, October 27
11:00- 11:15am

Welcome Remarks

Barbara Gill

Chair, College Board, Board of Trustees, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of Maryland College Park, MD

Barbara Gill has worked in higher education for more than 30 years, with most of her time spent in admissions, working with students and families as they navigate the college admission process. Her entire career has been spent in public higher education at the University of Maryland, where she also received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology and education. Gill has has been a member of the College Board of Trustees, and currently serves as its chair. She also serves as a member of the University of Cambridge’s Higher Education Advisory Committee.

The State of College Board Membership and Higher Education: A Conversation with:

James Montoya

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

In partnership with our members, Jim leads our membership, governance, and global higher education teams, managing large-scale, high-impact initiatives that promote equity and access for all students. In this role 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.


Wednesday, October 28
11:00am- noon

Using an Equity Education Lens

Discussions about race and poverty are key to a goal of access and opportunity for students. This discussion will address how institutions can follow through on their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This panel will confront systemic inequalities that are even more present today and explore how institutions can eliminate these barriers and better support students. Join this conversation with education advocates who emphasize the importance of using an equity lens if students are to thrive in our schools, colleges, and universities.


Anthony Abraham Jack

Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows; Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

Anthony Abraham Jack’s research documents the overlooked diversity among undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged¬—those who enter college from local, typically underrepresented public high schools—and Privileged Poor—those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools. His scholarship appears in the Common Reader, Du Bois Review, Sociological Forum, and Sociology of Education and has earned awards from the American Educational Studies Association, American Sociological Association, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Jack held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him an Emerging Diversity Scholar. In May 2020, Muhlenberg College awarded him an honorary doctorate for his work in transforming higher education.

Stella Flores

Associate Professor of Higher Education at NYU and Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education at Steinhardt-NYU

Dr. Stella M. Flores is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University where she also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity from 2018-2020. She also serves as Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU. She holds an EdD in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, an EdM from Harvard University, an MPAff from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Rice University. Her research examines the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion outcomes for low-income and underrepresented populations including immigrant and English Learner students. Dr. Flores has also published widely on demographic changes in U.S. schools, affirmative action in higher education, and Minority Serving Institutions.

In 2017 she was named “One of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond” by Diverse Issues Magazine and has also been recognized as one of the top 200 scholars in Education Week’s RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings from 2015-2017 as well as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010.

Moderator: Steve Bumbaugh

SVP, College & Career Access, College Board

Steve leads work to ensure students access and maximize college and career opportunities. As head of the College and Career Access division, Steve oversees enrollment and financial aid programs including CSS PROFILE, Student Search Service, the Access to Opportunity™ initiative, and scholarship programs.