Plenary Address and Presentation of Award: Mark D. Gearan

November 6, 2022

  • Mark D. Gearan portrait
    Mark D. Gearan President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Chair: Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jarvis Christian College

Presentation of Award

Glenell M. Lee-Pruitt, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jarvis Christian College

2022 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award

Recipient: Lisa E. Long, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Allen University

Lisa E. Long, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Allen University in South Carolina, is the recipient of the 2022 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award in recognition of her significant support of colleagues at independent colleges and universities. She has been active in many CIC-sponsored programs since 2015, including the annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers, the Executive Leadership Academy, and the Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute. As a member of CIC’s Chief Academic Officer Task Force  , she has helped to focus attention on such important topics as leadership development for faculty and staff members, the role of HCBUs in the contemporary higher education landscape, civic engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Prior to her appointment at Allen, Long had a distinguished 20-year career at Talladega College, serving most recently as acting president, provost and executive vice president, and vice president for academic affairs. She started at Talladega in 2001 as field coordinator for the social work program, was named the social work department chair in 2004, and appointed as interim dean of social sciences and education in 2009. After being promoted to provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2013, Long led the revision of Talladega’s general education program and oversaw the development of the first master’s level program in the history of the institution. While at Talladega, she was elected by her peers as an Alabama delegate to the board of trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). She currently serves as a South Carolina delegate to the SACSCOC board.

Before her higher education career, Long’s social work practice focused on families and individuals suffering from mental illness. More recently, she has served as a diversity training facilitator for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. She earned a BS in social work from Jacksonville State University and an MS in social work from the University of Alabama. In 2000, Long completed a JD at the Birmingham School of Law.

Plenary Address

Service and Democracy: Liberal Arts’ Unique Role in the 21st Century

As a two-time long-serving president of a liberal arts institution and former director of the Peace Corps and Harvard’s Institute of Politics, Mark Gearan will draw from his experience in government and higher education to reflect on this critical moment for our democracy and the unique role liberal arts institutions play in rebuilding a civic ethic and renewed engagement.