OCTOBER 15, 2021


The events of the last 18 months will have long-lasting effects on our industry and present us with daunting challenges.  Join other senior leaders to reflect on lessons learned and to prepare for dynamic, changing times as we accelerate our work together.

During this remotely-delivered Fall Focus 2021 we will hear from higher education collaboration experts as they help us:

  • Explore the emerging landscape of higher education.
  • Examine deep collaboration successes from other consortia.
  • Establish a shared agenda for our UNYCC work.
  • Embark on a future where we are “better together.”
*This UNYCC event is virtual and offered at no charge to members. A separate registration is required for each segment. Any recordings will be sent to registrants only.

Session I:  10:30-12:00    Cultivating Deep Collaborative Relationships
Session II:  1:00-2:30       Deep Collaboration: The Claremont College Services

Cultivating Deep Collaborative Relationships

SESSION I: 10:30-12:00

Barbara McFadden has more than twenty-three years of experience helping large, complex universities implement effective research, administrative and academic collaborations. She served as Executive Director of the Big Ten Academic Alliance from 1999-2017 where she was responsible for leading and directing collaborative academic programs across the member universities, and as director of the CIC Center for Library Initiatives from 1994-1999.

McFadden has developed, led and overseen large-scale inter-institutional collaborations for the Big Ten Universities, including the creation of the OmniPop fiber optic network and the large-scale Google book scanning project.  She has published, lectured, and consulted widely on collaboration in higher education with international governments as well as the states of Missouri, Illinois, Virginia and Oregon. Most recently, she was a co-author of “Science Funding and Short-Term Economic Activity,” published in the journal Science. 

Drawing on her extensive expertise, Barb played a major role in international higher education.  She was a leading voice for the Global University Summit, a gathering of worldwide leaders held annually in conjunction with the G8 Summit. She helped organize the Summit held in the United States in 2012, was on the 2013 London planning committee, and was a delegate to the Paris (2011) and Russian (2014) Summits. She served on the boards of the Association of Consortial Leadership and the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education. 

Barb served on the boards of the Association of Consortial Leadership and the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education. Currently, she is Principal at McFadden, Rockland and Associates providing strategic advice and consulting services to colleges, universities, libraries, consortia, and nonprofit organizations. 

Deep Collaboration: The Claremont Colleges Services

SESSION II: 1:00-2:30

Stig Lanesskog is the CEO of The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS). In this role, he oversees 34 shared services for The Claremont Colleges and works with the presidents and other senior leaders of the campuses to facilitate and implement strategic initiatives. Prior to joining TCCS in 2014, Stig was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the Associate Provost for Strategic Planning and Assessment. In this capacity, he twice facilitated the development of a five-year strategic plan for the university as well as the implementation of metrics at both the campus and individual college levels. He previously served as associate dean for M.B.A.. programs, leading the executive, full-time and part-time programs in Champaign, Chicago and Warsaw, Poland. He also was the director of Illinois Business Consulting, in the College of Business.

Stig has served on numerous professional boards including the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI), the Illinois Professional Science Master’s Program, Illinois Business Consulting, and was a member of the Champaign School District Unit 4 Board of Education. Stig currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and Shoes That Fit.

He has extensive experience in integrating and transforming organizations in complex environments and in creating and leading shared service organizations. Prior to his career in higher education, he spent nine years in strategy consulting with two major firms. He is actively engaged in broad discussions about higher education collaborations, is Vice President for the Association for Collaborative Leadership (ACL), the premier organization for collaboration in higher education, and serves as a faculty member for the Biennial ACL Summer Leadership Institute.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing and a Master of Business Administration both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.