The Future of Education w/ Chancellor Kent Syverud

February 9, 2021
Hosted by Chris Meek

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Kent Syverud, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, speaks with program host Chris Meek about navigating the pandemic and its impact on the future of higher education. Breaking down the positives and negatives of virtual learning, he will pinpoint areas where education can be improved based on lessons learned throughout the pandemic and how those lessons underscore the importance of thoughtfully and safely reopening society. Chancellor Syverud will speak in-depth about the challenges that the loss of human interaction has presented college students and why that interaction is so important to three key areas: learning, personal development and mental health. At a time when protecting academic freedom is more important than perhaps ever before, the Chancellor will lay the groundwork for how universities can sustain and/or improve their reputations so that they do not simply become extensions of the private sector or a specific brand.

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Chris Meek

Chris Meek

Chris Meek believes in the American spirit of individual empowerment and service to others, especially those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. As someone who lived through the horrors of Ground Zero on 9/11, Chris had no way home but to join others as they put one foot in front of the other to make their way forward. Since that day, Chris has committed himself to empowering and motivating fellow Americans to keep taking steps forward, no matter what life throws their way.

Chris has spent the last decade serving as the co-founder and chairman of the national nonprofit SoldierStrong, which is dedicated to helping military veterans take their next steps forward. SoldierStrong carries out its mission by providing revolutionary medical technology to VA medical centers, including exoskeleton suits to help paralyzed veterans walk again and virtual reality equipment to help treat post-traumatic stress.

He also serves as an advisor on the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task force. In this role, he shares a responsibility to raise awareness about mental health, facilitate research and define a plan to prevent suicide. In 2020, Chris launched ReachStrong, a nonprofit aimed at empowering all Americans to care for their overall well-being. Chris is also a financial services executive at S and P Global, Inc, in New York City. He and his wife, Christine, have three children.

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Episode Directory

March 2021

February 2021

  • 2/23/2021: Choosing Victory: A Journey to Faith W/ Cynthia Garrett Listen Now
  • 2/16/2021: Ask Dr. Pat: What to do Today to Have a Better Tomorrow Listen Now
  • 2/9/2021: The Future of Education w/ Chancellor Kent Syverud Listen Now
  • 2/2/2021: How to Support Those Who Protect Us with Dr. Shauna Springer Listen Now

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