Dr. James Samels, founder and CEO of The Education Alliance, spoke at The University of Akron in October 2011 about future directions and innovations in higher education, especially within the context of the University System of Ohio and emerging initiatives such as Enterprise Universities.
This campus conversation was part of our ongoing process of "strategic doing." Dr. Samels shared with us some of the concepts outlined in his forthcoming book, Sustainable Universities. He also addressed the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in light of rapidly evolving demographic, structural, political and economic factors.
The Education Alliance, founded by Dr. Samels in 1987, is a nationally recognized higher education consulting firm specializing in academic planning, enrollment management, multi-campus and system-wide change management, strategic alliances, international education and distance learning.
In addition to Sustainable Universities, co-authored with Dr. James Martin, Dr. Samels has published numerous scholarly articles, monographs, and opinion editorials on shared services, leading within stressed and changing academic environments, and financing within higher education.
In his teaching career, Dr. Samels served on faculties of the University of Massachusetts and Bentley College and as guest lecturer at Boston University and Harvard University. In his public service career, Dr. Samels served as the Deputy and Acting State Comptroller in Massachusetts, Special Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts Community College counsel, and general counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Regents.