Charles E. Carpenter Lecture & Conference Endowment

Established in 2004, the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture and Conference Endowment supports advances in professional development for community college leaders. Held each spring, the Carpenter Lecture features a nationally known speaker on a topic of importance to community colleges. In addition to current students in the Adult and Higher Education doctoral program, attendees include northwest community college leaders and members of the OSU community. The Carpenter Lecture has become a premier professional development event for community college leaders and has significantly advanced Oregon State University’s work in community college leadership.

Thursday, February 17, 2022. 6:00 - 7:00 pm 

Lecture Title: The Paradigm Shift for Higher Education (description below)


Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., CPA (retired)
President and CEO

  • For questions about this event, please contact Lindsay Andrews, AHE program lead, at [email protected].


Speaker Biography

Rufus Glasper is President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment in a continuing effort to advance the community college field and make a positive difference for students and communities.

Dr. Glasper, Chancellor Emeritus of the Maricopa Community Colleges, served as Chancellor from 2003 through February 2016, and held district leadership positions for three decades.

Nationally, Dr. Glasper serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Community College Student Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin; Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University; and The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University. Dr. Glasper serves on the board of directors for the Education Design Lab and COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.

He also served as trustee for the Higher Learning Commission and the American Council on Education.

Dr. Glasper is an active community member, serving on the boards of the Arizona Community Foundation, Sandra Day O’Connor Institute and the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. He is also an emeritus member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. 

Dr. Glasper earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College, as well as a master’s and advanced degrees in school business administration from Northern Illinois University. He received his doctorate of philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.

Lecture Title:

The Paradigm Shift for Higher Education

Carpenter Lecture Presented by: Rufus Glasper, President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College, Chancellor Emeritus Maricopa Community Colleges

For almost two years, there have been institutional shifts in practices, policies, and innovative approaches to change. This phase of a revolution of postsecondary education demonstrates that our ‘lived experience’ is not intended to last or remain unchanged permanently. This realization has been growing in awareness but is accelerated by a national pandemic. College planning has taken on a new meaning as variables of change. It encompasses and requires a recognition that there is a systemic confluence of forces that encompass infrastructure, technology, people, and social justice. Without continuous adaptation and thinking smarter, quicker, and more innovatively, an effective college will fail to integrate the dynamics of accelerated change, as they affect each institution’s policies, people, finances and student success outcomes. Join us to discuss the paradigm shift and its potential impact on our educational infrastructure, ecosystem, and role.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acknowledgment of the existence and validity of the revolution as a window of opportunity and change.
  2. Discuss examples of how colleges can thrive in this environment as they balance tradition, culture, and change.
  3. Describe how to create an environment that understands and supports inclusiveness, engagement, and respect for change.
  4. Discuss the paradigm shift for higher education and what does an assault on democracy mean, and the impact on higher education and especially community colleges, to be successful in achieving their goals.

Adult and Higher Education (AHE) Alumni Awards

AHE Alumni Awards

AHE programs invite nominations for three alumni awards. Nominations are accepted each year between November 1st and December 1st. Award recipients are honored by the College of Education dean, AHE chair, faculty, fellow alumni, and current students at the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture.


Past Speakers

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A list of speakers and a collection of some of the content from past Carpenter Lectures.