2014 Summer Council of Presidents: Speakers

Wade Davis

Wade Davis SCP14 ResizedWade Davis is an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.

An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6,000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. 

Davis’ other books include Penan: Voice for the Borneo Rain Forest (1990), Shadows in the Sun (1993), Nomads of the Dawn (1995), One River (1996), which was nominated for the 1997 Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction, The Clouded Leopard (1998), Rainforest (1998), Light at the Edge of the World (2001), The Lost Amazon (2004), Grand Canyon (2008), Book of Peoples of the World (ed. 2008) and The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, the 2009 Massey lectures. His books have been translated into fifteen languages, including Basque, Serbian, Korean, Mandarin, Bulgarian, Japanese and Malay, and have sold approximately 800,000 copies worldwide.

When not in the field, he and his wife Gail Percy divide their time between Washington, D.C., Vancouver and the Stikine Valley of northern British Columbia. 

Sharon Fuller

Sharon Fuller RoyallAs Vice President, Client Development, Sharon Fuller leads our teams responsible for establishing new relationships with colleges and universities, as well as our thought leadership initiatives. Starting relationships the “Royall way” requires careful listening, asking the right questions and a clear understanding of institutional goals and what success will look like. Sharon’s focus in these areas helps ensure that our new clients immediately experience the impact of our partnership from the start. During Sharon’s 19 years at Royall, she has partnered with some of the nation’s top institutions of higher education, helping them to achieve their enrollment goals and ensuring that Royall’s client service always exceeds expectations. Sharon has spent more than 20 years in marketing for higher education and professional services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Mary Washington and is a graduate of the Interactive Marketing Institute. 

Daryl G. Greer

Daryl G. GreerDaryl G. Smith is senior research fellow and professor emerita at the Claremont Graduate University (Calif.). Prior to assuming her faculty position, Smith served as a senior college administrator. Among her published work, she is author-co-author of Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making it Work; Achieving Faculty Diversity: Debunking The Myths; Interrupting The Usual: Successful Strategies for Hiring Diverse Faculty; Strategic Governance: Making Big Decisions Better; and Taking Women Seriously: Lessons and Legacies for Educating the Majority. She has served as an evaluator and consultant to campuses and to foundations, including the James Irvine Foundation, the Haas Jr. Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Smith has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in South Africa, received the 2012 Howard R. Bowen Career Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2012), and also received the 2013 award for Research Achievement from the American Educational Association (Division J).

Ross Paul

Ross Paul SCP14Ross H. Paul recently retired after completing two terms (10.5 years) as president of the University of Windsor and after serving almost seven years as president of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. A bilingual native of Montreal and now a resident of Vancouver, Paul is an adjunct professor at UBC and author of Leadership Under Fire: The Challenging Role of the Canadian University President (2012) and Open Learning and Open Management: Leadership and Integrity in Distance Education (1990).

Long active in the Council of Ontario Universities, he served at various times as its chair, chair of the Policy and Planning Committee, and long-serving member of its Executive and Government Relations Committees and the Working Group on University Capacity. He is a past chair of the board of World University Service of Canada and was founding chair of both the Optical Research Advanced Network of Ontario and CREAD, the distance education network for all of the Americas. 

Paul is a graduate of Bishop’s University (B.A., mathematics and economics, 1964), McGill University (M.A., educational administration, 1968) and the University of London (Post-Graduate Certificate in education, 1965 and Ph.D., 1973).

Ron Ricci

Ron Ricci SCP14 ResizedRon Ricci is vice president at Cisco, where he is globally responsible for four customer experiences in Cisco’s sales organization: executive briefings, demonstrations, proof of concept labs and proposals. 

Ricci spent his first 12 years in Cisco as the company’s vice president of corporate positioning, reporting directly to Cisco CEO John Chambers with the charter of driving executive alignment and collaboration to Cisco’s top corporate priorities. An active executive sponsor of five Cisco transformation accounts, Ricci was named the 2011 Public Sector “Executive Sponsor of the Year” for his work with the U.S. Army.  

In addition, Ricci is a published author and active in social media (@RonRicciCisco). In November 2011, Cisco published Ricci’s second book, The Collaboration Imperative: Executive Strategies for Unlocking Your Organization’s True Potential, which he co-authored with Cisco colleague Carl Wiese.  His first book, Momentum: How Companies Become Unstoppable Market Forces, was published by Harvard Business School Press in November 2002, and was ranked as a “Top 100” Amazon.com book for marketing and business strategy.

Prior to joining Cisco in 2000, Ricci helped CEOs and executive teams tell their stories and position their brands, including top executives at Dell, HP, IBM and Adobe.

Ricci holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. 

Christine Tausig Ford

Christine Tausig Ford ResizedChristine Tausig Ford has three decades of experience in higher education and association management. She is vice-president and chief operating officer of AUCC, the national organization representing Canada's 97 universities and university degree-level colleges. Tausig Ford oversees the operations and smooth running of the Ottawa-based organization. She provides high-level strategic advice to the president, board of directors and membership on all aspects of the association's work, especially with respect to governance, membership issues, public affairs, research, international relations and leadership development. Tausig Ford is a former journalist, and was editor of AUCC's magazine, University Affairs. She holds an honors bachelor of journalism from Carleton University and a bachelor of arts in English from University of Toronto's Trinity College.

David H. Turpin

David H TurpinDavid H. Turpin is past president and vice-chancellor of the University of Victoria. First appointed in 2000, Turpin led the university for 13 years, stepping down in 2013.  Under his leadership, the University of Victoria articulated the vision of being a university of choice for outstanding students, faculty and staff from British Columbia, Canada and around the world.  When Turpin stepped down, the university had the highest proportion of out of province students of any university west of Quebec and a professoriate that attracted one of the highest per capita levels of research funding in Canada.

Turpin obtained his Ph.D. in botany and oceanography from the University of British Columbia in 1980. Before joining the University of Victoria, he served as vice-principal academic and dean of arts and science at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. An internationally recognized scholar, Turpin has been identified as a highly cited researcher by Thomson ISI for his work in the fields of plant biochemistry and physiology. He has received numerous honours and distinctions for his contributions to teaching, research and leadership, including the Steacie Fellowship, election to the Royal Society of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and membership in the Order of Canada.

Turpin has played a leadership role in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and has served on numerous boards and commissions provincially, nationally and internationally.

Richard Whiteside

Richard WhitesideAs Dean, Strategic Enrollment Management at Royall, Dick works directly with members of the Client Development and Account Services groups, deepening their understanding of the implications of Royall programs on enrollment offices, on the strategic, tactical, operational and financial levels. Before joining Royall in 2006, Dick spent 37 years in enrollment management and academic affairs, the last 13 as Dean of Admission and Vice President of Enrollment Management at Tulane University. Prior to Tulane, Dick worked at the University of Hartford, The Johns Hopkins University, Pace University and City University of New York. Dick earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, two M.S. degrees (Applied Behavioral Sciences and Student Personnel Services) from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Manhattan College.

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