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On the Brink with Andi Simon

Jun 26, 2017

As the founding principal of HEP, Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt brings a distinguished 30-year higher education career to The Higher Education Practice, LLC.  Dr. Hoyt served as president of Centenary College of New Jersey, as president of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc. (OFIC), as vice president for The University of Akron, and in various campaign/fundraising leadership positions for Otterbein College and Baldwin-Wallace College.  Dr. Hoyt holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Ohio University, M.A. in Journalism/PR from The Ohio State University, and B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing from Baldwin-Wallace College.

During his seven-year presidency at Centenary College, Dr. Hoyt implemented a collaborative strategic planning model that led to unprecedented enrollment growth (1,600-3,300) in the College's traditional, non-traditional/adult, online and graduate programs.  Centenary utilized an effective branding strategy that established Centenary as the fastest growing college in New Jersey, as a first-choice institution providing "education designed around you," and as a college known for "student centered learning and unparalleled service."  Centenary was recognized by Intel as one of the top 50 wireless colleges in America for its wireless IBM laptop campus.

In this episode, Ken Hoyt and I discuss:

  • His background and the work he has done
  • The challenges that higher education faces
  • On optimizing Academic Balance with data
  • Noticing opportunities
  • How to take an idea and turn it into reality
  • Importance of data and storytelling
  • The strategic planning process
  • The retention challenge and what to do about it
  • Biggest takeaways & lessons

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Highered Practice

Centenary College

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