2013 Summer Council of Presidents: Speakers

Raymond D. Cotton, Esq.

Raymond D. Cotton, Esq.Raymond D. Cotton is a partner in the Mintz Levin law firm and vice president of higher education for ML Strategies LLC. He primarily represents college and university presidents and boards of trustees in matters of contracts and compensation. He has represented over 350 college executives and university boards of trustees during his more than 25 years in practice.

Cotton is a frequent speaker at the Association of Governing Board’s National Conference on University Trusteeship and on the programs of other higher education associations. He has also contributed articles to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Trusteeship (AGB) and The Presidency (ACE). His legal work and compensation analyses have gotten him recognition in many other national publications, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Earlier in his career Cotton served in the public sector as special assistant, office of the secretary, U.S. Department of Health.

In 2013, Cotton was named to the list of Best Lawyers in America for Education Law. He received his BA with highest honors from Monmouth University, where he graduated first in his class. He is the first person in the history of Harvard University to have earned degrees from both its Law School (JD) and its graduate School of Public Health (M.Sc.).

CDR Wes Huey, USN, Ph.D.

Wesley Huey

Commander Wes Huey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1987. He attended flight training in Beeville, Texas, earning his wings as a Naval Aviator in November 1989.

After FRS training in the F-14A at NAS Oceana, Commander Huey reported to the Swordsmen of VF-32, where he completed two deployments aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), including combat operations in Desert Storm. Commander Huey transitioned to the FA-18 in September 1994 and completed a tour as an FRS instructor at VFA-106 in Jacksonville, Florida, where he earned an MBA at Jacksonville University.

Commander Huey reported to the White House in June 1997 for duty as the Naval Aide to the President, serving in that capacity until April 1999. He completed his Department Head tour with the Knighthawks of VFA-136 in July 2001, and reported to the staff of Commander, US Naval Forces Europe, in London, UK, serving as the Strike Warfare Officer until March 2003.

Commander Huey reported to the Ragin Bulls of VFA-37 in December 2003 as the Executive Officer, and became the 32nd Commanding Officer in March 2005. During his tour, the Bulls were either deployed or on-call to deploy to a combat theater for an unprecedented 30 consecutive months.

Commander Huey was selected in June 2006 as a Permanent Military Professor. He completed graduate training in military sociology and social psychology and received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park. He reported in June 2010 to the faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he is serving as assistant professor of leadership and director, division of leadership education and development.

Commander Huey has over 3,000 flight hours in tactical aircraft, including over 1,000 hours in both the F-14 and FA-18, and over 700 arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Strike/Flight Air Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

John B. McGuire

John B. McGuireJohn B. McGuire, an international authority on leadership culture and organizational transformation, is a senior fellow and transformation practice leader at the Center for Creative Leadership, specializing in leadership for an interdependent world. In his current role he combines action research in partnership with client organizations while developing portfolio services and tools. This practical experience approach has led to advancing methods that increase the probability of success in organizational change.

McGuire bring to the work with clients more than three decades of business and organizational experience across a broad array of sectors and industries. He holds masters degrees from Harvard and Brandeis Universities, and has received a variety of excellence awards for his contributions in both the private and public sectors. His recent publications include the book Transforming Your Leadership Culture, published by Jossey‐Bass, and Change Your Mind Before You Change Your Company in Forbes.com. He has recently been published in the Harvard Business Review, CEO Magazine, The Washington Post, Leadership Quarterly, and has authored multiple book chapters including a contribution to Harvard Business School’s The Handbook for Teaching Leadership.

Jane Wilson McWilliams

Jane McWilliams

Jane Wilson McWilliams is a native of Annapolis and a graduate of Washington College (Md.). She was a member of the research staff of the Maryland State Archives for 17 years, working primarily on the two volumes of A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789 (1979 and 1984), and the Archives of Maryland, new series, volume 1 (1990). As director of research for the Maryland Office for the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, she spent two years as operations manager and director of education for the replica ship Maryland Federalist.

Editor of several books on historical topics, McWilliams is herself author of a number of works on Annapolis history. Her new comprehensive history of the city, Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and the Maryland Historical Trust Press in May 2011.

Jane Wilson McWilliams Headshot Photo credit by Mark Swisher 

Joel M. Podolny

Joel PodolnyJoel M. Podolny is vice president of human resources and dean of Apple University. Prior to joining Apple in 2008, he spent three years at the Yale School of Management, as dean and professor of management. Podolny was a professor of sociology, business administration, leadership and management at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 2002 to 2005. He also held several faculty positions at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business from 1991 to 2002.

In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 30 articles, Podolny wrote the book Status Signals: A Sociological Approach to Market Competition (2005) and co-wrote the textbook Strategic Management (2001).

Gerard J. Puccio

Gerard PuccioGerard J. Puccio is department chair and professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, SUNY Buffalo State; this unique academic department offers the world's only Master of Science in Creativity.

An accomplished speaker and consultant, Puccio has worked with major corporations, universities and school districts. He has delivered creativity workshops and presentations around the world and has written more than 40 articles, chapters and books. His most recent book, co-authored with colleagues Mary Murdock and Marie Mance, is titled Creative Leadership: Skills that Drive Change.

In recognition of his outstanding work as a scholar, Puccio received the State University of New York Chancellor's Recognition Award for Research Excellence, as well as the President's Medal for Scholarship and Creativity. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Manchester, England.

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