Wednesday, April 9
Pat Jackson Lecture and Dinner
Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), will discuss the paradox that faces American higher education and its communicators: that even as policymakers and the media aim greater criticism than ever before at American colleges and universities, these institutions are still the best in the world. The most talented students from around the globe continue pursuing their educations here, and in this country these institutions are more important than ever to individuals, regional and national economies, and society in general. Rawlings will focus on the role that college and university communicators must play in addressing this paradox.
Speaker Hunter R. Rawlings III is currently president of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Prior to this position, Rawlings served as president of Cornell University from 1995–2003, and interim president from 2005–2006. From 1988–1995, he held the position of president of the University of Iowa.