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Ewigleben Lecture Series


The Ewigleben Lecture Series, endowed by alumnus and former president of Ferris State University Robert Ewigleben, is bi-annually presented by the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education program along with the Center for Higher and Adult Education in the Department of Educational Administration.  The lecture is part of the Advanced Policy Seminar Course (EAD 971) offered in the HALE doctoral program.  The lecture brings a prominent state, national, or international policy leader to campus to share their perspectives on significant issues and trends on the higher education forefront. We honor the lifework of Dr. Ewigeblen's higher education leadership in domestic and international settings by providing opportunities for students and the surrounding postsecondary community to engage in dialogue with these other leaders.

Lectures have been presented by leading practitioners and scholars in the field of higher education policy.

The Future of Undocument Students in Higher Education: Addressing Equity through Policy and Practice. (2014)
The 2014 Ewigleben Lecture was a symposium event that featured several speakers who addressed topics including state and federal policies for undocumented students, advocacy efforts, and the undocumented student experience. For full details of the event, download the event agenda PDF.

Dr. Fred O'Bear (2010)

Dr. Fred O’Bear, University Professor and Chancellor Emeritus of The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and former Provost at Oakland University also has served as Acting Vice President for Academic and International Programs for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and for seven years led that organization's New President's Academy. He was President of the ACE Council of Fellows and received their 25th Anniversary Service Award as well as served on the Commission on Minorities in Higher Education.

Dr. Robert Andringa (2008)

Dr. Robert Andringa presented the fourth Distinguished Robert L. Ewigleben policy address. Dr. Andringa a prominent author and presidential and governance consultant, previously served as the Executive Director of the Educational Commission of the States and Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. His formal address was titled: Can Higher Education Manage Some Sharp Curves and Steep Hills in a Flat World?

Dr. Jorge Balan (2006)

Ford Foundation, Senior Program Officer for Higher Education

Dr. John DiBiaggio (2004)

President Emeritus MSU, University of Connecticut and Tufts University

Dr. James Duderstadt (2002)

James Duderstadt, former president of the University of Michigan (1988-1996), kicked off the Ewigleben Lecture Series with a keynote address on the future of higher education. In his presentation, Duderstadt explored the challenges facing public higher education and discussed the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action policies at the University of Michigan. The lawsuits were filed while he was president and he testified in the court case.