2014 CFES National Conference

Meet the Speakers

David Brooks is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. He holds several prestigious positions as a commentator for The New York Times and analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered.

David’s current book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, uses the story of a fictional American couple to explain the importance of neuroscience and sociology in understanding America’s politics, culture, and future.

He is currently teaching a course at Yale University. He holds honorary degrees from Williams College, New York University, Brandeis University, Occidental College, among others. In 2010, Brooks became a member of the Ameri- can Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brooks has worked at The Weekly Standard, joining the magazine at its inception and serving as senior editor. He has been a contributing editor atNewsweek and the Atlantic Monthly. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years in a range of positions, including op-ed editor.

Judge Glenda Hatchett is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia.

Hatchett has presented leadership sessions for various companies including PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Georgia-Pacific, Wal-Mart and Hospital Corporation of America Inc. (HCA). Additionally, she has moderated several forums including the CEO Forum on Diversity Leadership and Wells Fargo’s Forum on the Economic Impact on Colleges and Universities.

Hatchett was appointed Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County (Atlanta, Georgia) Juvenile Court—becoming the first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court in Georgia and head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country.

Hatchett presides over the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, which won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television.

Hatchett is the Founder and CEO of Great Day Productions that specializes in television programming. She has been a legal contributor on national news outlets including, CNN, HLN, FOX News and The TODAY SHOW, and is the author of the national best sellers Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say and Dare to Take Charge.


Andrew Rossi is the director of Ivory Tower, a film that asks, what price society will pay if higher education cannot evolve a sustainable economic model?

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?  From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and Sebastian Thrun’s Udacity—among several others—Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure.

Rossi brought Ivory Tower to the  2014 Sundance Film Festival’s documentary competition following his last film, Page One: Inside the New York Times, about the crisis in the newspaper industry. Page One was nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards and received various critics’ groups awards, including the Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary, 2011.

Rossi graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He practiced law for two years prior to changing careers to become a filmmaker for the last thirteen years.


Dr. Patrick Prendergast was elected by academic staff and student representatives as the 44th Provost of Trinity College Dublin coming into office on August 1st, 2011, after having served as the Vice-Provost & Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Dr Prendergast emphasizes the importance of focusing on the core mission in education and research, and of the importance of Trinity’s role in contributing to the public good through educating for active citizenship and innovation.

He first came to Trinity in 1983 as an undergraduate student. After post-doctoral positions in Bologna, Italy and Nijmegen, The Netherlands, he was appointed to the engineering faculty in Trinity College Dublin in 1995, ultimately becoming Professor of Bioengineering, and Director of the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. During this period he published several hundred articles related to implant design and tissue mechanobiology, and supervised 40 graduate students.

He has held Visiting Professorships at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland; Erasmus University Rotterdam; The Technical University of Delft; and, in 2008, at University Politicnic of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona.

He served on the board of several companies, most recently ClearStream Technologies plc, and has served on the board of Tallaght Hospital, a large academic hospital in Dublin. He was appointed by the European Commission to the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) in 2012.

Dr Prendergast holds a BA, BAI, PhD, and ScD degrees, all from Trinity College Dublin. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering (FIAE) and in 2013 was elected an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in the UK.