2018 APLU Conference Hosts Successful Book Launch Event

On Monday November 12, 2018, leaders from APLU’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement and Johns Hopkins University Press co-hosted a celebratory reception for the new Land-Grant Universities for the Future book as well as APLU’s recent efforts to advance university-based economic and community engagement through the IEP Universities program, the Magrath Award for Community Engagement, and other initiatives.


11/8 WEBINAR 12EST What is the Public University’s Responsibility to its Host Communities?

What is the Public University’s Responsibility to its Host Communities?

When: Thursday, November 8 at 12:00 PM ET
RSVP: hello@collegetownassessment.com

Ohio State’s Dr. Stephen Gavazzi, and West Virginia University, President E. Gordon Gee have written a brand-new book on the 21st-century mission of America’s public and land-grant universities. Land Grant Universities for the Future, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, delves into the most pressing issues facing our nation’s public institutions of higher learning at this moment in history.

Of this book, one reviewer stated: “The reader is reminded of the power of public higher education when land-grant and public universities work to build meaningful partnerships with their communities.”

In this webinar, Dr. Gavazzi will talk about many of the findings in this book that concern the powerful and mutually beneficial relationships that can exist between campuses and communities, including:

  • What do we know about ways that universities influence the well-being of communities?
  • How does an emphasis on community engagement facilitate the development of more harmonious relationships with community partners across a wide spectrum of interest areas?
  • Can the inability to document community impact become one of the main reasons universities struggle to articulate a clear and consistent message about the public good they generate?

This webinar is sponsored by College Town Assessment (http://www.collegetownassessment.com), a provider of resources dedicated to the improvement of campus-community relationships. Additional information about the webinar, including registration specifics, is available through Chris Cooke at hello@collegetownassessment.com

Public universities must lead the way on free speech and scientific fact

The new op-ed that I wrote for the Washington Examiner can be found here:


Woodburn Hall in West Virginia University

Opening paragraph:

As our nation moves toward its next election cycle, we call on America’s public universities to make their campuses a “neutral ground” for our nation’s discourse, a place where ideas are exchanged freely and where evidence is examined critically. Universities simply cannot stand by as our nation abdicates the middle ground in politics. The center must be taken and held at all costs, welcoming all comers to participate in the dialogue.




NORTH CAROLINA’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTIONS: North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: North Carolina State University

https://www.ncsu.edu @NCState

Founded in 1887 by the North Carolina legislature as the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1918, the school changed its name to the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. In 1963, the school was renamed the North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina, then again changed two years later to the current North Carolina State University at Raleigh. While the “at Raleigh” part is usually omitted, it remains part of the school’s official name.

Chancellor: Randy Woodson became chancellor of North Carolina State University in 2010. Dr. Woodson has extensive land-grant credentials, including a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the land-grant institution University of Arkansas and master’s and doctoral degrees in plant physiology from the land-grant institution Cornell University. In addition, prior to his presidency Chancellor Woodson served as provost at the land-grant institution Purdue University.


North Carolina’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: North Carolina A&T State University

https://www.ncat.edu @ncatsuaggies

Founded in 1891 by the North Carolina legislature as the Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race. In 1957 the school changed its name to the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina. In 1967, the college was designated a Regional University by the legislature and renamed the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University.

Chancellor: Harold Lee Martin became chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2009. He is the first alumnus of this school to serve as chancellor, having received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from A&T. His land-grant background also includes a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the land-grant institution Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. @WhoIsHLM




New York’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Cornell University

https://www.cornell.edu @Cornell

Cornell University was founded in 1865 when the New York legislature authorized the school to become the state’s land-grant institution. Although the university is considered private, Cornell has colleges that are state funded and fulfill statutory requirements, including extension activities.

President: Martha E. Pollack became the president of Cornell University in 2017. Previously, she was the Provost at the University of Michigan.


NEW MEXICO’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTIONS: New Mexico State University, Institute of American Indian Arts, Navajo Technical College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

New Mexico’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: New Mexico State University

https://nmsu.edu @nmsu

Founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. In 1890, the college merged with the newly founded New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. In 1960, the school was renamed New Mexico State University by the state legislature.

President: John Floros became president of New Mexico State University on July 1, 2018. His land-grant credentials are quite impressive. Prior positions include having been dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension at the land-grant institution Kansas State University, professor and department head at the land-grant institution Pennsylvania State University, and professor at the land-grant institution of Purdue University. Additionally, President Floros earned his PhD in food science and technology from the land-grant institution University of Georgia.



New Mexico’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Institute of American Indian Arts, Navajo Technical College, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


Institute of American Indian Arts


Founded in 1962 as a high school program with funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The school began offering undergraduate and graduate courses in 1975. In 1986, the school was separated from the BIA as a congressionally chartered school, and in 2001 it was accredited as a free-standing institution.

President: Dr. Robert Martin became president of the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2007. His land-grant credentials include a position as professor and associate head for the American Indian Studies program at the land-grant institution University of Arizona. He also served as president of the land-grant institution Tohono O’odham Community College.




Navajo Technical College

http://www.navajotech.edu @NavajoTech

Navajo Technical University was chartered by the Navajo Nation in 1979 as the Navajo Skill Center. The school was renamed Crownpoint Institute of Technology in 1985. In 2006, the Navajo Nation Council changed its name to Navajo Technical College. The school’s name was changed again in 2013 to its current name, Navajo Technical University.

President: Elmer Guy became president of Navajo Technical University in 2006. President Guy is a product of land-grant institutions, having received both a bachelor’s degree in special education and a doctoral degree in rehabilitation from the land-grant institution University of Arizona.



Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1971 by the All Indian Pueblo Council, and became fully accredited in 1975. The school is funded and administered through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

President: Sherry Allison became president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in 2009. A member of the Dine’ Nation, President Allison’s land-grant credentials include a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Social Work from the land-grant institution New Mexico State University.


Campus and Community Leadership in the Spotlight: How University Presidents and City Managers View Town/Gown Relationships

The new edition of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship is now available. The lead article is mine, and discusses the impact of presidents and city managers on town-gown relationships.

Check it out here:

Campus and Community Leadership in the Spotlight: How University Presidents and City Managers View Town/Gown Relationships

Readers immediately will see how this work formed the earliest basis for the JHUP book I wrote with West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee on the land-grant mission of the 21st century, which focuses so heavily on community engagement as its core function.