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About the Episode:  Welcome to a special episode of Visionary Voices, where we dive deep into the world of higher education leadership with a focus on a monumental event - the merger between Bay Path University and Cambridge College. Join us as we sit down with Dr. Sandra Doran, President of Bay Path University, and Dr. Stephen Healey, President of Cambridge College, for an insightful discussion on the transformative power of mergers in higher education.

In this exclusive episode, Dr. Doran and Dr. Healey share their expertise and experiences, highlighting the opportunities and challenges encountered during the merger process. Through candid conversations, they emphasize the importance of mission alignment, clear communication, and community engagement in shaping the future of both institutions.

Listen in as our esteemed guests provide valuable insights into the strategic planning, cultural alignment, and collaborative efforts required to navigate such a significant transition. From the role of consultants to the impact on student experiences, this special episode offers a comprehensive playbook for college presidents and educational leaders facing similar milestones.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge from visionary leaders shaping the future of higher education. Tune in to Visionary Voices: The College President's Playbook and discover the keys to success in mergers that leave a lasting impact on the higher education landscape.

About the Show: This show explores a range of critical topics, from navigating financial challenges and embracing technological innovation to fostering student success and promoting diversity and inclusion. Featuring in-depth case studies and a focus on transformative strategies, the podcast is a valuable resource for current and aspiring leaders in academia, offering a playbook of visionary ideas and practical solutions for the ever-evolving landscape of higher education.

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About the Podcast

Bryan Gross


Bryan Gross

Dr. Bryan Gross is the vice president for enrollment management and athletics at Hartwick College. Gross most recently served as vice president of revenue planning and institutional positioning at 3 Enrollment Marketing, Inc., an enrollment and retention solutions and services provider. Prior to his role at 3E, Gross served as vice president for enrollment management and marketing, and as interim vice president of student affairs at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. Before that, he was the associate vice president of enrollment management at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. and associate vice president of admissions, dean of admissions, and director of international admissions at the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT.

Sandra J. Doran


Sandra J. Doran

President Sandra J. Doran is the sixth president of Bay Path University, an institution that is a leader in adult learning and online education. Doran cultivated her unique skill set as a visionary leader through a distinguished career that includes serving in roles in higher education, the corporate sector, and nonprofits. Currently, she shares her expertise as a board member of the Women’s College Coalition, AICU | Mass ( Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts), the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, and AAQEP (Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation). President Doran received her bachelor of arts in Political Science from Southern Methodist University and her Juris Doctorate from the Syracuse University School of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities and, of course, cheers for the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots.

Stephen Healey


Stephen Healey

Dr. Stephen Healey is a seasoned Higher Education leader and innovator with experience at every level of administration in a university environment. His leadership experience includes serving as faculty leader, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Associate Provost, Provost, and most recently interim President. He has significant experience developing programs, overseeing budgets, and managing accreditation, as well as skill in career development, student recruiting, and assessment. He specializes in identifying opportunities, institutional change, and online/campus hybridization. Over the course of his academic career, he has pioneered solutions to 21st century challenges. Healey began his work as an educational professional by earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Boston College, focusing on the interdisciplinary intersection of theology, social sciences, philosophy, and ethics. His expertise on how social and institutional entities react to changing ideas has informed his leadership roles over the past two decades. Healey served as the lead negotiator of the transfer of assets from the Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing to the University of Bridgeport. Through collaboration with other academic leaders and faculty, he has helped to create more than thirty academic programs. Healey earned his Ph.D. from Boston College; an M.A. Andover Newton Theological School; and a B.A., Eastern Nazarene College.

Visionary Voices: The College President’s Playbook

Visionary Voices is an insightful podcast dedicated to the strategic minds leading today's higher education institutions. Each episode brings a unique perspective from visionary and tech-forward college presidents, chancellors, and other high-level academic leaders, diving into the complexities and nuances of running a modern educational institution. 

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