About Joan McArthur-Blair
Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, speaker and facilitator. After more than 25 years of institutionally based work as an educator, she has returned to her loves of consulting, writing, speaking and facilitating, and works with groups of all kinds to make a positive difference. Joan specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry to foster leadership development, strategic planning and innovative strategies for organizational development. She also provides short term leadership through executive-to-go services.
Joan has fulfilled faculty, department head, dean, vice president and president roles over her career at four diverse Canadian colleges and now co-leads a highly successful consultancy focused on ‘making magic – facilitating futures not yet imagined.’ In her life as an educator from faculty to president, she cared most deeply about learners, their access to higher education and their success when there. Now as a consultant, she fosters the possibilities of education and leadership, working to lift up the work of others.
She has a special interest in igniting pathways for women in leadership and is committed to the responsibility leadership provides for advancing equity and diversity.
She has sat on and/or chaired community arts boards, Executive Leadership Institutes and boards related to education and sustainability. As well, she has worked around the world in India, Pakistan, Qatar, the Caribbean and the United States from her bases in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been humbled by the recognition of her work and especially warmed by receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
She co-authored Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: a Transformative Force and is currently working on Appreciative Resilience due out in early 2018. She has published many articles on appreciative inquiry and embeds her poetry to in her academic writing. She also maintains a self-published poetry site on cockellmcarthur-blair.com. She believes that words shape our world and are a powerful force for good.
She has had the privilege of higher education attaining a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario, the British Columbia Instructor’s Diploma, a MEd from Simon Fraser University and an EdD from the University of British Columbia.
About Rufus Glasper
Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., is the 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. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops print and digital resources, and leads projects and initiatives with almost 500 member colleges, 100 corporate partners, and a host of other government and nonprofit agencies in a continuing effort to advance the community college field and make a positive difference for students and communities.
Dr. Glasper is also Chancellor Emeritus of the Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest multi-college community college systems. He served as chancellor from 2003 through February 2016, and previously held district leadership positions for almost two decades.
Nationally, Dr. Glasper serves on the Air University Board of Visitors, the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force that provides dynamic comprehensive education to prepare graduates to develop, employ, command, research and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin; the Community College Research Center of Teachers College at Columbia University; National American University, Roueche Graduate Center; and Educational Testing Service, National Community College Advisory Council.
Dr. Glasper served from 2009-2012 as the Committee co-chair for the Lumina Foundation on Education "Getting AHEAD" Initiative, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative by Arizona's education institutions, business community and state government to reshape Arizona's post-secondary education system and enable more residents to successfully attain a college degree. He also previously served as a member of the American Council on Education Commission on Higher Education Attainment, convened by the six presidential level higher education national associations to assess the need for improved college retention and attainment and to chart a course for improvement. From March 2012 to March 2016, Dr. Glasper served on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues. He also previously served on the board of directors for RC-2020, a not-for-profit association of community college CEOs serving major metropolitan areas, the Higher Learning Commission, and the American Council on Education. He served on the board for the League for Innovation from 2003-2016.
Dr. Glasper is an active community member, serving on the boards of the Arizona Community Foundation, The Valley of the Sun United Way, and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences and The O’Connor Institute. He is also an emeritus member of Greater Phoenix Leadership.
Dr. Glasper earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), and 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.