Ninth annual Provost Leadership Retreat to focus on “Innovating in Higher Education”

The ninth annual Provost Leadership Retreat, Innovating in Higher Education, will take place Oct. 31 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Clark Hall. The event is a yearly opportunity for academic deans and department chairs to gather with President Barbara R. Snyder, Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, Deputy Provost Lynn Singer and other key administrators to review institutional data, learn about promising practices in higher education from national speakers and strategize around shared goals.

This year, the luncheon’s keynote speaker will be Matthew R. Pellish, director of strategic research and member education on the Education Advisory Board. Previously, Pellish served in the Education Advisory Board’s member services division, establishing foundational relationships with the executive administration of new member institutions and responding to member priorities through frontline service planning.

Prior to joining the Education Advisory Board, Pellish served as director of continuing education at Wheelock College in Boston, founding this new division with new models for curriculum delivery and business and revenue generation, as well as marketing and student recruitment.

Because the university is embarking on a renewal of its five-year strategic plan, Forward Thinking, the retreat also will feature a discussion with Baeslack and Phil Goldstein, founder and president of Goldstein & Associates, LLC, to discuss the process overview of the new strategic plan.

The leadership retreat started as an initiative of the ACES NSF ADVANCE program in 2004. More information about the Annual Provost Leadership Retreat can be found on the ACES+ website at