Scenes from the Mary Christie Foundation Presidents’ Colloquium on Student Health and Wellness

Ashira Morris and Marjorie Malpiede / December 16, 2016

On Friday, Nov. 4, over 20 current and former college and university presidents met at New York University for a forum on policies and practices related to the health and wellness of college students. The colloquium, entitled “New Thinking on Student Health and Wellness,” was spearheaded by John Sexton, MCF Chairman and President Emeritus of NYU The conversation spanned student health problems, addressing topics from the escalating rate of mental health issues to creating communities of belonging so students can thrive academically and emotionally. The forum was intentionally conversational with no formal speakers, giving the presidents the opportunity to talk freely among their peers. Molly Broad, President of the American Council on Education, and Terry Fulmer, President of the John A. Hartford Foundation, moderated the discussions.

John Sexton, President Emeritus of NYU and Chairman of the Mary Christie Foundation, introduces the morning discussion session topics.

President of the American Council on Education Molly Broad speaks with Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young at the Awards Dinner reception.

The attending presidents stand with the Mary Christie Foundation Council of Experts and the 2016 MCF Fellow Award winners. For a full list of presidents, see the corresponding page.

Phillip Satow (top), founder of the Jed Foundation, and Amelia Arria (bottom), Director of the Center on Young Adult Health at the University of Maryland, received the 2016 MCF Fellow Awards. Satow spoke at the Awards Dinner, held at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Arria provided context on the MassINC Polling Group survey on parents’ perceptions on drinking on campus at the colloquium.

Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University, speaking at the afternoon session. Presidents (L-R) William Fox of St. Lawrence University, Paula Johnson of Wellesley College, Biddy Martin of Amherst College, and Joseph McShane of Fordham University listen.