William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forums Institute
William Muse is former president of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), a non-profit nonpartisan network that, in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, publishes issue guides on major problems facing the nation and works with groups to conduct deliberative forums around the country. NIFI is based in Dayton, Ohio.During his career in higher education, Muse served as chief executive officer of three major universities over a period of approximately twenty years. He was first selected as president of the University of Akron in 1984 and served in that post until 1992, seeing the university's enrollment expand to over 30,000 students. He also held many leadership posts in Akron, including chairman of the Akron Regional Development Board and director of National City Bank.
Lisa Keyne, Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, TreeTop Commons
Lisa Keyne serves at TreeTop Commons, LLC, as the Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, introducing the cloud-based software solution to higher education institutions interested in comprehensively tracking their community engagement and public service activities, and working to help them strengthen their institutional mission and strategy related to community engagement.
Lisa’s experience in higher education includes working as the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, housed on the Elon University campus, where she was a member of the Council on Civic Engagement. As Executive Director she helped support and build community engagement at over 50 diverse institutions, and was active in national Campus Compact.
Carolyn N. Long, Sam Reed Distinguished Professor, WSU - Vancouver
Carolyn N. Long is the inaugural Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility and the Director for Strategic Partnerships at Washington State University Vancouver. In 2014 she launched the Initiative for Public Deliberation, a student-led program aimed at strengthening democratic government by replacing rigid partisanship with listening and conversation. IPD serves as an impartial resource for the Southwest Washington community to assist in community problem-solving. Long received her B.A. with majors in Political Science and Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon in 1989 and her Ph.D in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1997. Her research interests focus on American Institutions, Public Law, American Public Policy and Public Civility and Public Discourse She is the author of two books, Religious Freedom and Indian Rights: The Case of Oregon v. Smith, which was a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and was on Choice Magazine’s 2001 Outstanding Academic Titles List, and Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures which received an Honorable Mention in Legal History from The Langum Project for Historical Literature in 2007. She is currently working on a book on Newdow v. U.S. Congress: The Pledge and the Ninth Circuit for the University Press of Kansas. Carolyn was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana School of Social Sciences in 2009-2010. She has taught courses on the American Constitution, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, The Judicial Process, Administrative Jurisprudence, Congressional Politics, Public Policy and American Institutions at WSUV since 1995. Past awards include the President’s Award for Leadership and Engagement, Washington State University (2015), and the Excellence in Institutional Service Award, College or Arts and Sciences, Washington State University (2014). In 2017 Long was awarded the Iris H-RoC Award, which honors women in the community who have promoted civil discourse, teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation.