The Most Interesting People in Higher Ed
A Noodle Podcast

Episode 12: Featuring Levent Yarar

This episode’s guest is Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Wharton Interactive, Levent Yarar. Levent and Lee discuss the past, present, and future of executive education, and how these programs can help teach great leadership skills

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Episode 11: Featuring Natalie McKnight

For episode 11 of The Most Interesting People in Higher Education, we welcome the Dean and Professor of Humanities, at the College of General Studies, at Boston University, Natalie McKnight. Natalie is the co-chair of Boston University's Committee on the Future of Staff Work and had some really insightful ideas about the shift to remote work we are seeing in higher education.

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Episode 10: Featuring David Baron

David Baron, DO, MSEd, is the Senior Vice President and Provost at Western University of Health Sciences. He joins us to discuss the future of online education at Western University, how hybrid health science programs can succeed, and the new level of flexibility required from higher ed.

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Episode 9: Featuring Dr. Howard Purcell

On this week’s episode we are excited to have the President of the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Howard Purcell on the podcast. Howard tells Lee about his childhood dreams of becoming a drummer, and how his father encouraged him to pursue a profession in optometry. Howard talks about how he got his start in academia, how his outspoken nature worked to his benefit, and later, what makes a good leader. ‍

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Episode 8: Featuring Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh

Dr. Alex-Assensoh begins by defining some key terms and examining why colleges have moved to add equity and inclusion to diversity. She goes into detail about specific strategies for improving DEI in higher education including curriculum, cultural humility, and inclusive space for faculty.

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Episode 7: Featuring Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis

‍On this episode of the Most Interesting People in Higher Education, we are honored to be joined by the president of Benedict College, the magnificent Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. Dr. Artis is one of the most impressive people you will ever meet, having won dozens of awards and twice being the first female president of a university. Dr. Artis begins by discussing her educational roots at an HBCU. She shares the challenges

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Episode 6: featuring Rich Lyons

What exactly does it mean to be the Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer at UC Berkeley? We wanted to find out, so we invited Rich Lyons to give us the scoop. Rich discusses the exciting initiatives he’s involved in at Berkeley, including a bio-enginuity incubator, a research infrastructure commons, and the “Changemaker” course.

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Episode 5: Featuring Joshua Kim and Edward Maloney

Joshua Kim and Edward Maloney are arguably online higher ed’s most iconic duo. The co-authors of “Learning Innovation and The Future of Higher Education” join Lee for Episode 5 of The Most Interesting People in Higher Ed to share their unique perspectives on online higher ed: what’s shaped its evolution, the challenges it faces today, and the expansive opportunities that lie ahead (plus, some high-quality banter).

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Episode 4: Featuring Rich Helldobler

What does it mean to leave a great legacy behind? Rich Helldobler, President of William Paterson University, has some ideas. Rich delves into his story, his education and the mentors that helped him find his passion in theatre and dance.

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Episode 3: Featuring Dr. Sevin Yeltekin

We’re joined by Dr. Sevin Yeltekin, the Dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. Dr. Yeltekin discusses her upbringing in Istanbul, her ideas around cryptocurrency as a leading researcher in the field, and her time at Carnegie Mellon University as a professor of Economics and a senior associate dean at the Tepper School of Business.

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Episode 2: Featuring Dr. Michael Sorrell

Lee and Paul Quinn College’s President Dr. Michael Sorrell discuss what great leadership looks like and why Paul Quinn College was the perfect place for Dr. Sorrell to thrive. Dr. Sorrell tells Lee about the first time he wanted to be a college president and the series of events leading up to his decision, 14 years ago, to lead an institution in need.

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Episode 1: Featuring Dr. Tony Delitto

For our first episode, we're joined by the Dean from the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, home to some of the nation’s top-ranked programs including Physical Therapy (#1), Occupational Therapy (#3), Speech-Language Pathology (#3) and Audiology (#7), Dr. Tony Delitto. Lee's conversation with Dr. Delitto starts around the time of high school graduation.

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