Rethinking Higher Education for a Post-Pandemic World

Wednesday, July 22
10:00 a.m. PT   |   1:00 p.m. ET

American colleges and universities were given a crash course in remote learning this year, with the onset of COVID-19.

As educators, administrators, and students attempt to adapt, it’s clear that innovation is imperative. Now is the time to think critically about the future of higher education and reimagine it for our digital world.

In this interactive event, we will:

  • Explore tactics for increasing engagement and testing for knowledge acquisition in remote learning environments.
  • Look at the IT considerations that come with accelerating the adoption of cloud-based collaboration and communications solutions across higher education organizations.
  • Discuss how to empower today’s youth and help students expand their capabilities in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Join RingCentral, and an intimate group of education thought leaders for a discussion about building connected virtual learning environments, and seeing today’s challenges as opportunities to evolve higher education.

Your Host
Naveed Husain
Vice President, Vertical Sales Program

As RingCentral’s Vice President, Vertical Sales Program with an expertise in Public Sector and Education, Naveed Husain is charged with leading our industry experts team and developing strategic alignment and differentiation in each of our key verticals. A former customer of RingCentral, Naveed is passionate about helping customers leverage cloud-based Unified Communication as a Service and Contact Center as a Service. Prior to RingCentral, Naveed was CIO of Teachers College, Columbia University, where he implemented RingCentral’s product suite. He brings over 20 years of global experience in the private and public sectors, having served as CIO at Queens College, City University of New York, as well as in challenging duty stations for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, to name a few among them Somalia, Mozambique, and Iraq. Naveed holds a Masters in Telecommunication and Distributed Information Systems Engineering.

Guest Speaker
Dr. Joe Bertolino
President, Southern Connecticut State University

In July 2016, Joe Bertolino, Ed.D., was named the 12th President of Southern Connecticut State University, a public institution of 10,300 students in New Haven, Conn. President Joe, as he is affectionately known, has been a social justice educator for 28 years, and is passionate about student success and access to higher education.

During his short time at the helm of Southern, he has outlined the following priorities: raising the University’s profile, expanding community outreach and partnerships, strategic enrollment (recruitment and retention) and streamlining students’ paths to earning a degree.

Administrative leadership in higher education has long been Dr. Bertolino’s passion. From 2012-16, he served as President of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, where he instituted a plan of “Moving Forward,” reintroducing Lyndon State as “the College” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Previously, he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Queens College/City University of New York from 2004-2012.

Dr. Bertolino is an author, lecturer, and teacher, having presented hundreds of programs to tens of thousands of students at over 600 colleges and conferences nationwide.

His undergraduate alma mater, the University of Scranton, presented him with the 2011 Frank O’Hara Award in Education—the highest award given jointly by the University and the National Alumni Society. Most recently, President Bertolino has been recognized by the Southern Connecticut Urban League with the 2017 Diversity Award.

Guest Speaker
Dr. Grainne Oates
Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance

PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Graduate Diploma of Accounting, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Australia; Graduate Certificate in Emotional Intelligence, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Master of Business Administration, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Dr Grainne Oates is an Associate Professor in Accounting at Swinburne University of Technology. She specialises in teaching introductory and management accounting at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Her primary research interests are in learning and teaching with a special focus on teaching innovations to enhance the student experience and learning outcomes. She is the Founder and CEO of 'Quitch' a content neutral gamified mobile learning platform built to enhance the student experience. The platform is now in use in Educational Institutions, Professional Associations and Corporates across the world. Feedback has been very positive.

Grainne also publishes on topics relating decision-making in local government, including how the quality of councillors impact on performance, both environmental performance and also on the quality of accounting earnings of local governments. Grainne has earned more than $2,040,000 in research funding. Prior to joining academia Grainne had a successful 13 year career in the pharmaceutical industry working for CSL. She is motivated to improve the student learning experience and outcomes and aim to achieve this through the on-going development and use of innovative technologies & methods for which I have received a number of awards

Guest Speaker
Leonard De Botton
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Berkeley College

Mr. Leonard De Botton serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Berkeley College and has been its CIO since 2002. Mr. De Botton has more than 25 years of outstanding leadership experience in the field of information technology at Berkeley College. He oversees the Administrative Technology Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Distance Learning Committee, and Information Security Committee. Mr. De Botton has been involved in Distance Learning since inception at the college well over 20 years ago.

Mr. De Botton began his career at Berkeley College as a Programmer charged with implementing the College's first financial aid system. He was promoted to Systems Administrator and became the Director of the Computer Resources Department in 1995, where he began to oversee the College's technology. Mr. De Botton has been a Trustee of NJEdge.Net since December 8, 2012. Mr. De Botton is a board member of the Leadership Board for Chief Information Officers and has presented at numerous technology conferences, including those sponsored by the National Blackboard Conference and NJEdge.Net. He has assisted on the analysis presented in the Information Technology in Higher Education Survey of Chief Information Officers for a number for multiple years. Mr. De Botton holds a Master's degree in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix; a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems jointly from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology; and an Associate's degree in Information Systems from the County College of Morris.



Timezone: PST  
Start time 10:00 AM
Welcome & Guest Intro
“Rethinking Higher Education in a Post-Pandemic World”
Moderated Q & A
Closing Remarks

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