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President Anderson to speak at international leaders council

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson ’74

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson ’74 will travel to Germany next week to speak at the Hamburg Transnational University Leaders Council.

Anderson is one of four Americans invited to the conference, which will bring together 50 presidents of leading universities around the world. He will be the only liberal arts college leader in attendance.

The presidents participating in the meeting will spend two days discussing common issues such as the financing and cost of higher education, expanding access, and expected outcomes for graduates, as well as how prepared universities are to meet the challenges of the future.

The event is hosted by the German Rectors’ Conference, the Körber Foundation, and the Universität Hamburg.

German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will deliver the keynote address at the event. Other distinguished attendees include Pierre and Marie Curie University President Jean Chambaz; Kyoto University President Juichi Yamagiwa; Marco Antonio Zago, rector of the Universidade de São Paulo; and Ihron Rensburg, vice chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.

The other Americans attending the council are Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education; Daniel Fallon, professor emeritus and former provost and vice president of the University of Maryland, College Park and former chair of the Carnegie Corporation Education Division; and Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools.