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An AirTalk Event: Higher Education – What Is Its Future?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
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To listen to this event, please visit the AirTalk webpage. Rising tuitions, student unrest, and trimmed budgets --- what is the future of higher education? AirTalk’s Larry Mantle hosted a distinguished panel of university heads representing California’s diverse higher education institutions to discuss these important issues.


Chancellor Gene Block became chancellor of UCLA in August 2007. As chief executive officer, he oversees the university’s three-part mission of education, research and service. He holds faculty appointments in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the College of Letters and Science. Chancellor Block serves as chairman of the board of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, the nation’s oldest higher education association. Chancellor Block has called for UCLA to define for California and the nation the role of a great public research university in a major urban center in the 21st century. President C. Max Nikias has been president of USC since 2010. He has been part of the USC community for more than twenty years, having previously served in a number of positions, including provost and dean. He is an internationally recognized engineer who also holds an appointment in USC's department of classics. Chancellor Jack Scott is chancellor of the California Community Colleges. Chancellor Scott came to his statewide office in 2009 after a distinguished career in academia and politics. He was the president of Pasadena City College from 1987 until his election to the California legislature in 1996. He served four years in the state Assembly and eight years in state Senate. He earned his doctorate in American history from Claremont Graduate University. President Laura Skandera Trombley is in her tenth year as president of Pitzer College. She is an internationally renowned Mark Twain scholar, authoring three books, with her latest. Mark Twain's Other Woman, published by Knopf. Under her leadership, Pitzer has annually produced more Fulbright scholars than any other undergraduate college or university in the country. And is a national leader in sustainable building with eight new residence halls built at the highest LEED levels. This program was made possible by generous grants from the Righteous Persons Foundation and the California Wellness Foundation.