Black & Veatch Corporation (www.bv.com) Board of Directors and Chair, Compensation and Development Committee
Speaker: Public Higher Education, Leadership for Possibilities, The Energy Imperative, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Creating Space for Wisdom
Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1973; environmental engineering/
systems ecology. Dissertation: Man’s Impact on the Phosphorus Cycle in Florida.
Major Advisor: H.T. Odum. (One of the publications from this dissertation, “A Geochemical Model for Evaluating Theories on the Genesis of Florida’s Sedimentary Phosphate Deposits,” was judged best paper in Vol. 8 of the Journal of Mathematical Geology in 1976.)
M.A. Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1968; geophysics. Thesis: Paleomagnetism of
Early Tertiary Basalts in West Texas. Major Advisor: H.C. Clark.
A.B. cum laude, Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina, 1966; geology
and mathematics. (Senior research project, “A Method for Analysis of Iron in Sediments,”
presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences in May,
1966 and won the award for the “Best Undergraduate Paper of the Year.”)
Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University, July 1996.
Self-Organizing Systems (Margaret Wheatley), September 1995.
The Baldrige Award Self-Assessment Training for Service Industries, 1993.
Center for Creative Leadership: Leadership for Emerging Executives. 1985
Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Vice President. 2009-2012
Literacy Coalition for Tucson, Executive Director, 2007-2009
Council for Aid to Education, a division of the Rand Corporation, Fellow, 2005-2006
University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000-2005
Chancellor of the University and Professor, Department of Geosciences and
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Tulane University 1997-2000
Provost and Professor, Department of Geology and Department of Environmental Engineering
University of Arizona 1990-1997
During my tenure at the University of Arizona, at various times, I served as Dean of the Graduate College, Interim Vice President for Research, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Information Technology and Human Resources.
Professor, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, 1990-1997
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1982-1990
Director, Center for Infrastructure Research, College of Engineering and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, 1988-1990.
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, 1982-1988.
Energy Policy Studies, Inc., Founder and Executive Director, El Paso, Texas, 1977-1982.
University of Oklahoma-Norman 1974-1977
Research Fellow, Science and Public Policy Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences
Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, Instructor: 1968-1970.
Overview of Leadership Accomplishments
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Chief Executive Officer of a selective public research university with a budget of $300 million, an endowment of $200 million, and eleven academic schools; of the 14,300 students, 45% are graduate and professional students. Key administrative accomplishments as Chancellor are:
Provided a framework for the stakeholders of the University that linked the University to social and economic progress, a framework that produced unprecedented monetary commitments, public recognition of the University and the announcement of UMKC as a civic priority.
Led a capital campaign from planning, with a feasibility study of the donor base and a benchmarking study of the development operations, through fund-raising with two-thirds of the $200 million goal accomplished at the time of the public announcement. I personally closed the largest gift of $35 million from an individual and the largest gift the University had ever been given from the Hall Family Foundation of $9 million. This was the University’s first capital campaign.
Led efforts which increased overall enrollment by 17%, minority student enrollment by 32%, enrollment of first generation college goers by 30%, and research funding by 161%.
With a faculty committee, developed a budgeting process, which received two national awards for its ability to focus resources on priorities and for its manifestation of the university’s values of inclusion and open communication.
Developed and implemented a Diversity-In-Action Plan for proactive thought leadership and activities.
Developed partnership with the urban K-12 school systems to teach teachers to be successful in math/science instruction in those urban schools.
Launched the School of Computing and Engineering.
Created the Center for the City and the Center for the Study of Creativity.
Helped develop the health sciences programs in health informatics and translational research, including funding for a $60 million health sciences building.
Provided oversight and direction for the successful accreditation of seven Schools, including the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Business, Education, and Engineering.
Chief academic officer of a highly selective private research university with 11,000 students in eight academic divisions.
Expanded the availability of graduate student fellowships in math and science through Foundation and private support.
Led the university wide effort to develop the University’s Technology Plan
Implemented a “first year experience” project aimed at linking residential and academic life with each other and with New Orleans.
Participated in the planning of the University’s $750 million capital campaign and early fundraising in the silent phase of that campaign.
Oversaw the successful accreditation of the School of Architecture and the School of Social Work.
University of Arizona
Expanded the funding for minority graduate students and the American Indian Graduate Student Center and formed a partnership with CONAHEC (the equivalent of NSF in Mexico) for graduate student exchange.
Acquired a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for leadership development.
Developed and implemented the University’s Information Technology Plan, a development program for academic department heads as managers and leaders, and a child care program.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Developed strategic partnerships between the Center for Infrastructure Research and industry and governmental agencies and funding from these partners for Center research projects.
Assisted faculty in developing proposals and identifying funding sources.
Directed research projects.
Selected Federal and State Government Appointments
2001-2008 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), appointed by President George W. Bush. Served on six subcommittees: (i) the science, technology and math workforce, (ii) energy alternatives, (iii) federal research and development priorities, (iv), technology transfer, and (v) federal nanotechnology program priorities, and (vi) personalized medicine.
1987-2000 Member, Research and Education Advisory Panel of the U.S. General Accounting Office. Appointed by the Comptroller General of the U.S.
1993-1994 Member National Academy of Sciences Committee on Strategic Assessment of the Department of Energy Coal Program, Energy Engineering Board, National Research Council.
1990-1992 Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on New Technology and Innovation in Building, the Building Research Board, National Research Council.
1986-1990 Member, Nebraska Power Review Board. Appointed by the Governor of Nebraska, Robert Kerrey.
2007-2010 Citizens Water Advisory Board, Tucson, AZ
2000-2004 Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Inc.(KCALSI) Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
2004 Business Executive of the Year, Rotary Clubs, Kansas City, MO
2002 Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Top Public Policy Practitioner, presented to one individual each year who is the nation’s “top public policy practitioner” by the Policy Studies Organization of the American Political Science Association
1998 Summer Fellow, Artist in Residence, Nantucket Island School for Design and the Arts.
1995 Exemplary Models of Leadership Award for Transformation in Higher Education, presented by the American Association of University Administrators to a team at the University of Arizona.
1994 Arizona Governor’s Award for Excellence for Total Quality Efforts.
1992 From the American Indian Alumni Association for support of American Indian students.
1988 Selected as an Ethics Fellow by the Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
1986 Received the American Water Resources Association Boggess Award for the best Paper in the Water Resources Bulletin in 1985.
1985 Awarded a Kellogg National Fellowship for three years.
1976 Received Award for the “Best Paper” in the Journal of Mathematical Geology.
1966 Received Award for the “Best Undergraduate Paper” presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science.
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Sigma Xi
Selected Publications: Higher Education Issues and Leadership
Gilliland, M.W. and A. A. Tynan. “Transforming Higher Education” The Solutions Journal. November-December 2010
Gilliland, M. and R Wiener. ‘Scialog (Science Dialog): A Methodology for Accelerating Breakthroughs for Solving Complex World Issues” Interface, Journal of the Elcctrochemical Society. Winter 2010.
Gilliland, M. “Presidential leadership for the public good”. In Adriana Kezar, Tony Chambers, and John Burkhardt (Eds.), Higher Education for the Public Good: Emerging Voices from a National Movement. Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, San Francisco, 2005
Gilliland, M.W., “Leading a Public University: Lessons Learned in Choosing the Possibility of Quantum Results rather than Incremental Improvement” Public Administration Review, vol. 64, no. 3, May/June 2004, p. 372-377.
Gilliland, M.W. “Many Voices, One Future: Creating New Standards—The Gold Line Future at UMKC” in University Leadership in Urban School Renewal edited by Nancy L. Zimpher and Kenneth R. Howey, Praeger Series on Higher Education, 2004, p 143-168.
Gilliland, M. “From financial captivity to financial freedom”. University Business, July 2003, pp. 7, 9.
Gilliland, M. “Lessons learned from the presidential search process”. Women in Higher Education, June, 2001, pp. 21, 22.
Gilliland, M.W., “Organizational Change and Tenure,” Change, May/June 1997, p. 30-33.
Gilliland, M.W., P. MacCorquodale, J.P. Kash, A. Jameton, “Conversion and the Engineer,” IEEE Spectrum, vol. 28, no. 12, p. 26-28, 1992.
Gilliland, M.W., “Graduate Students: Preparing Yourself Effectively for the 21st Century,” CGS Communicator, Vol. XXIX, No. 4, p. 10-12, 1996; also keynote address at the 9th Annual Conference of Graduate and Professional Students.
Gilliland, M.W., “The Special Voices of Women in Engineering,” Society of Women Engineers, p. 24-28, July/August 1994. (From the keynote speech to Region BConference of the Society of Women Engineers.)
Cusanovich, M. and M.W. Gilliland, “Mentoring the Faculty-Graduate Student Relationship,” CGS Communicator, 1991.
Selected Publications: Academic Field
Gilliland, M.W., “Energy Analysis and Public Policy,” Science, vol. 189, p. 1051-1056, 1975.
Gilliland, M.W., “A Geochemical Model for Evaluating Theories on the Genesis of Florida’s Sedimentary Phosphate Deposits,” Journal of Mathematical Geology, vol. 8, no. 3, p. 219-242, 1976. (This paper was judged best paper in volume 8 for 1976.)
Gilliland, M.W. and P. Risser, 1976, “The Use of Systems Diagrams for Environmental Impact Assessment: Procedures and An Application,” Ecological Modeling, vol. 3, no. 3, p. 183-210, 1976.
Gilliland, M.W. and B.D. Clark, “The Lake Tahoe Basin: A Systems Analysis of Its Characteristics and Human Carrying Capacity,” Environmental Management, vol. 5,no. 5, p. 397-401, 1981.
Gilliland, M.W., J.M. Klopatek and S.G. Hildebrand, “Net Energy: Results for Small-Scale Hydroelectric Power and Summary of Existing Analyses,” Energy, vol. 6, no. 10, p. 1029-1040, 1981.
Gilliland, M.W. and L.B. Fenner, “The Benefits of Water Management in Energy and Agricultural Development in the San Juan River Basin of New Mexico,” Resourcesand Conservation, vol. 6, p. 167-185, 1981.
Gilliland, M.W., “A Conceptual Framework for Environmental Protection,” Environmental Management, vol. 8, no. 6, p. 463-472, 1984.
Gilliland, M.W., “Water-Energy Linkages in Nebraska,” Water Resources Bulletin, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 565-572, 1984.
Gilliland, M.W., L. Becker, R. Cady, J. Gabig, J. Gilley, R.A. Kern, A. Larson, Q.M. Nguyen, W. Powers, and R. Supala, “Simulation and Decision-making: The Platte River Basin in Nebraska,” Water Resources Bulletin, vol. 21, no. 2, p. 281-290, 1985. (This paper was judged best paper in vol. 21 for 1985.)
Gilliland, M.W. and Q.M. Nguyen, “A Computer Model for Simulating Water Quality and Quantity in a Well Field in an Alluvial Aquifer,” Journal of Ground Water, vol. 25, no. 2, p. 151-159, 1987.
Gilliland, M.W. and W. Baxter-Potter, “A Geographic Information System to Predict Non-Point Source Pollution Potential,” Water Resources Bulletin, vol. 23, no. 2, p. 281-291, 1987.
Gilliland, M.W., “Nitrogen Fixing Biotechnologies for Corn in Mexico,” Environment, vol. 30, no. 3, p. 16-20 and 28-36, 1988.
Keefer, G.B, M.W. Gilliland, and R.E. Hoffman, “Land Application of Domestic Waste-water, Wood Production, and Sludge Composting: An Economic and Energy Production Analysis,” Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, vol. 1, no. 1, p. 39-48, 1988.
Nguyen, Q.M. and M.W. Gilliland, “Effects of No-Flow River Conditions on the Platte River Well Field,” Water Resources Bulletin, vol. 24, no. 1, p. 103-111, 1988.
Baxter-Potter, W. and M.W. Gilliland, “Bacterial Pollution in Runoff from Agricultural Lands: Review and Analysis,” Journal of Environmental Quality, vol. 17, no. 1, p. 27-34, 1988.
Gilliland, M.W., G.P. Wallin, and R. Smaus, “Water and Water Rights Transfers: A New Policy for Nebraska,” Water Resources Bulletin, vol. 25, no. 2, p. 123-131, 1991.
Gilliland, M.W., W.E. Kelly, D.M. Lokke, “Hazardous Waste Management in Rural Areas,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering, vol. 117, no. 2, p. 102-110, 1991.
Kash, D.E., M.D. Devine, J.B. Freim, M.W. Gilliland, R.W. Rycroft, and T.J. Wilbanks, Our Energy Future, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, p. 482, 1976.
Gilliland, M.W. (ed.) Energy Analysis: A New Public Policy Tool, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, p. 110, 1978.
The Science and Public Policy Program, Energy From the West: Impact Analysis Vols. I and II, National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA, 1979.
MacCorquodale, P., M.W. Gilliland, J.P. Kash, and A. Jameton, Engineers and Economic Conversion: From Military to the Marketplace, Springer-Verlag, New York, New York, 1993.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro: Reality and Metaphor. At numerous dinners and workshops. Aug, 2008-present.
Life Sciences Research in Universities and Economic Development. At the biennial Edgar Snow Symposium, Beijing, China. Oct 2004.
Supplemental Instruction: Creating Your Organization for the Next Thirty Years: Catalytic Elements of Leadership. At the 3rd International Conference on Supplemental Instruction, Boston, MA. June 2004.
UMKC in Kansas City: We are about Your Sons and Daughters, Your Businesses and Your Community. Business Executive of the Year, Kansas City Downtown, May 2004.
Great Cities for the 21st Century have Great Universities: The Impact of Higher Education in Missouri. Orientation for Freshman Legislators in Missouri, Kansas City, MO. Dec 2003.
Life Sciences, University Research, and Economic Development in Missouri. Testimony to the Missouri Legislature on Senate Bill 648, Jefferson City, MO. Apr. 2003.
From Financial Captivity to Financial Freedom: How UMKC Is Positioning Itself for Prosperity. Central Association of College and University Business Officers Regional Meeting, Kansas City, MO, Oct 2002
Leading the Engaged University. American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Jan, 2002
Leadership as the Foundation for Bold Action. on the occasion of the annual Women’s Foundation Fund-Raiser: Kansas City, MO Dec 2001
The Liberal Arts: To Lead out of the Darkness, To Equip Citizens for Success in the Circumstances of Their Times,on the occasion of the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C. Dec, 2001