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Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham is a presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize winner and contributor to Time magazine and The New York Times Book Review. He is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, and a regular guest on Morning Joe, where he is known for his depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs.

Meacham’s latest presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times best-sellers list. In addition to authoring multiple best-selling works, Meacham has appeared on television shows such as Meet the Press and The Colbert Report. He's also been featured in a Ken Burns documentary and a Fox News special.

Meacham is a distinguished visiting professor of history at The University of the South and a visiting distinguished professor at Vanderbilt.


Dr. Temple Grandin

Jim Goodnight
Chief Executive Officer, SAS

As the CEO of SAS, the world’s leading business analytics software vendor, Jim Goodnight has led the company since its inception in 1976, overseeing an unbroken chain of revenue growth and profitability unprecedented in the industry. He is recognized globally for being a trailblazer among companies that top great workplace rankings, including being No. 1 on several country and multinational lists. Harvard Business School named Goodnight a Great American Business Leader, and he was named one of America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. A champion of education reform, Goodnight sees education as critical to the success of individuals, organizations and nations.


Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin
Academic Summit Keynote

Dr. Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, where she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design. Grandin also consults with the livestock industry on livestock handling and animal welfare. She has designed facilities in many locations throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people reduce stress on their animals during handling.

Grandin’s work has been featured in TV, radio and magazines. She is the author of more than 300 articles on animal handling, welfare and facility design, plus the New York Times best-seller Animals in Translation. Grandin holds a bachelor’s from Franklin Pierce University and a master’s in animal science from Arizona State University. She received her PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois.

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