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Thought Leaders Series

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APPA developed the Thought Leaders Series to conduct dedicated discussions on the future of higher education and the impact of that future on educational facilities. The annual Thought Leaders symposium convenes representatives of colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada alongside association leaders, industry consultants, and education experts. All Thought Leaders reports are free, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, and may be downloaded at the APPA Bookstore.

Thought Leaders 2018 Cover Page

The 2018 Thought Leaders report, The Landscape, Framework, and Strategies for Managing & Mitigating Risk, looks at enterprise risk management (ERM) from both a campus-wide perspective as well as how risks affect the facilities organization in its support of the institution. In assessing all types of risks to the institution–strategic, financial, operational, compliance, and reputational–the Thought Leaders symposium participants identified six major risk areas that must be considered for their campuses:

* Revenue and investments
* Brand and reputation
* Health and safety
* Innovation
* Facilities
* Changing political/cultural environment

Thought Leaders is a program of APPA’s Center for Facilities Research. For more information about the Thought Leaders Series, contact:
Keith Woodward, Quinnipiac University, Thought Leaders Series chair 
Jack Colby, APPA Past President and APPA Fellow, Thought Leaders Series co-chair and co-founder
Lander Medlin, APPA Executive Vice President and Thought Leaders Series co-founder.

Many thanks to sponsors Jacobs and Johnson Controls for their generous support.