Saint Xavier University President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. and Executive Director of Media Relations Karla Thomas have been invited to attend a special reception and dinner discussion in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 30 between numerous higher education presidents and various members of the national media. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a venue for exchanging views on major issues currently facing U.S. higher education, as well as addressing the role of universities regarding American global economic competiveness and important social issues. The dinner discussion will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Club at 30 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan.
This special dinner has been taking place for 25 years and usually includes 10 to 12 presidents from various institutions and between 18 to 30 media representatives. The gathering is unique because members of the media are treated as equal participants in the discussion. The evening begins with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. and the dinner discussion begins at 7 p.m. All university presidents and the media will sit around one large table, intermingled, with the discussion moderated by Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University. Each school brings a media or public affairs representative to sit and observe the discussion. Any topic related to higher education – curriculum, technology, sports, costs, economic impact, and research – is up for discussion. Topically, at least six to eight topics are discussed in depth and another dozen might be a shorter discussion.
“I’m honored we have an opportunity to share our unique perspective regarding the issues and challenges facing higher education,” said President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. “This dinner is considered one of the very best higher education-media events in the country, and I look forward to forging important relationships for Saint Xavier University.”
Schools taking part in this discussion include: Vassar College, Arizona State University, Washington and Lee University, Texas Tech University System, University of Maryland in Baltimore, Georgia State University, University of California in San Diego, University of California in Riverside, St. John’s College, and Polytechnic Institute of New York University.