leaders inspiring our work

Launched in fall 2015, the Beyond Boundaries Speaker Series invited distinguished guests to campus to address the changing landscape of higher education institutions. The speaker series will continue as the Beyond Boundaries Presidential Lecture Series, which will invite thought leaders to inspire disruptive and transformational approaches to thinking globally and the changing landscape of higher education.

Presidential Lecture Series



Tuesday, April 18, 2017  |  3:00 PM

Moss Arts Center

Sunday, September 18, 2016  |  7:30 PM

Donaldson-Brown Graduate Life Center

President Sands hosted a conversation with Sir David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of University of Nottingham (UK) and Chair of the Russell Group, on the challenges and opportunities facing global higher education. The conversation focused on how universities stimulate meaningful global, interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships, and the role of universities play in preparing students for an increasingly interconnected world in which they will live and work.


President Sands hosted an open conversation with President Kent Fuchs, of University of Florida, to talk about the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing higher education today. A specific focus was on preparing land-grant universities to meet the needs of society and our students now and in the future.




August 31, 2016  |  5:30 PM

Moss Arts Center

September 24, 2015  |  10:00 AM

Moss Arts Center

Virginia Tech alumna Regina Dugan presented our first Beyond Boundaries Presidential Lecture at Moss Arts Center. Regina, the former head of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, former leader of Google’s Advanced Technology and Products team, and the current head of Facebook’s “Building 8” R&D group, delivered the first Presidential Lecture on rapid innovation.

Mary Sue Coleman participated in a university-wide talk to jump-start the Beyond Boundaries presidential initiative. Coleman is president emerita of the University of Michigan, an institution she led for 12 years before retiring in July 2014, and is lauded as a visionary leader in higher education. She and President Sands discussed the future of higher education, specifically the importance universities becoming more innovative and entrepreneurial while thinking globally.


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