Dr. Penley has delivered speeches and lectures about higher education on four continents. His comments are provocative and entertaining. Each speech is tailored to the needs of the audience, institution or association. His speeches are designed to enable audiences to confront the challenges and opportunities for higher education and learn from the experience.
Higher education drives our economic development - with qualified labor and innovation. It is an engine for economic development. It is central to citizens' civic engagement with its contributions to critical thinking and liberal studies.
Yet, the quality of many of our colleges is being questioned. Graduates knowledge and skills often appear inadequate to the demands of job and society. Society is calling for greater accountability, access for all, and tuition that parents and students can afford.
Dr. Penley addresses these and other issues. His experience as university president, Regent and consultant to business provide the background for his perspective.