charlie-nelms-edd-logo-interiorSELECTED PRESENTATIONS & ENGAGEMENTS

“Everyone can be a philanthropist. It’s not a matter of how much you give, but that you give at a level commensurate with your capacity to do so.”

From Dr. Nelms Conference Address
“Diversifying Leadership and Philanthropy” Keynote Speech, Council for Advancement and Support of Education
CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
Nelms recounted his career trajectory both at CASE’s Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership conference, co-sponsored by CASE and the African American Development Officers Network in April, and in his newly published book, From Cotton Fields to University Leadership.
Interview of Dr. Nelms
WFHB: Bring It On
with hosts Clarence Boone and Roberta Radovich
They discuss the state of higher education with Betsy Devos as the United States Secretary of Education and the importance of Black History Month.
Interview of Dr. Nelms
Making A Path To Becoming A University President: Episode 2: Understanding Boards of Trustees
“Transformative Conversations” podcast
with Dr. Ken Coopwood, Sr. and Dr. William Lewis, Sr.
Understanding the Role of Boards of Trustees, Dr. Charlie Nelms, Former President and Former Chancellor, North Carolina Central University, University of Michigan-Flint and Indiana University-East. In this episode, Dr. Nelms provides insights from his experiences of working for and with Boards of Trustees.
Profiles: Charlie Nelms and Gerardo González
WFIU, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Gerárdo Gonzalez and Charlie Nelms share their stories about family, mentors, their decades-long academic careers, and how education transformed their lives.
Charlie Nelms
Charlie’s blog “An Urgent Call to Black and Brown Voters” was published on the Huffington Post.

(with William B. Harvey)
The Promise and Possibilities of “Woke” HBCUs
Southern Education Foundation

Mid-Year Retreat
New Leadership Academy
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Keynote Speaker
Faculty-Staff Diversity Retreat
IU School of Education
Bloomington, IN

Speaker, Facilitator & Mentor
AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute
Washington, DC

Planning Consultant
Southern Education Foundation
Sesquicentennial Celebration
Atlanta, GA

Keynote Speaker
Staff & Faculty Institute
Philander Smith College
Little Rock, AR

Keynote Speaker
Multicultural Competency Initiative
University of Notre Dame

Keynote Speaker
City of Bloomington 2016 Black History Celebration
Bloomington, IN

Clarence Boone and Liz Mitchell welcome Dr. Charlie Nelms as part of Black History Month – Bloomington Style: Reclaiming the next 100 years. Dr. Nelms shares his extensive and remarkable insight on the state of racial affairs in the community and the nation. Listen to the Interview.

Keynote Speaker
Ivy Tech community College Diversity Retreat
Indianapolis, IN

Presidential  Review
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA

Facilitator, NCAA
“HBCU Presidential Roundtable”
New Orleans, LA

Watch Dr. Nelms’ speech How to Change the World: Reflections of a Baby Boomer.

Lincoln University (MO) Leadership Forum
Board of Curators, Foundation & Alumni Board members
Atlanta, GA

Guest Lecturer, Introduction to College & University Administration
Indiana University School of Education

Keynote Speaker
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Class of 1969
Pine Bluff, AR

Expecting the Impossible - Where Brotherhood Meets Scholarship
While chancellor at North Carolina Central University, Charlie Nelms provided approval and funding for the Centennial Scholars program. Watch this video about the program, Expecting the Impossible: Where Brotherhood Meets Scholarship.

Guest Lecturer, Introduction to College & University Administration
Indiana University School of Education

Keynote Speaker
UAPB Class of 1969
Pine Bluff, AR

Discussant, Minority Serving Institutions
Postsecondary National Policy Institute
Congressional Staff Seminar
Atlanta, GA

Hudson-Holland Scholars Program
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Charlie on WISH TV
Charlie Nelms on WISH TV:
Charleston shooting prompts
IU to remember its own ‘evil act’

HBCU/MSI Faculty Diversity Initiative
Ivy Tech Community College System
Indianapolis, IN

First-Time Chancellors & Presidents Orientation
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Grambling State University

NAFEO Presidential Peer Seminar & Leadership Institute
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
Washington, D. C.

HBCU Dinner & Roundtable
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Atlanta, GA

Forum Moderator
“Repositioning HBCUs for the Future: A Conversation with Foundations”
A conversation with officers from several educational foundations with missions and funding opportunities closely tied to historically Black higher ed goals.
HBCU Student Success Summit
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
Atlanta, GA

Charlie Nelms discusses challenges facing HBCU boards and presidents, and how to create better black college governance on the HBCU Digest Podcast.

Panel Moderator
“Repositioning HBCUs For The Future:
A conversation With Foundations”
APLU HBCU Student Success Summit
Atlanta GA

Core Faculty member
Millennium Leadership Institute
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Washington, DC

“Collaborating for Institutional Effectiveness”
Keynote Speaker
Indiana Association of College and University Business Officers


Charlie Nelms featured in Forbes article on NCCU’s first NCAA Tournament appearance (PDF file)

Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, San Diego, CA
American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) Keynote speaker
“New Pathways to Student Success”

Huffington Post: “Everyone Can be a Philanthropist!”

Dr. Nelms featured in documentary film “Redefining Access for the 21st Century Student”

Co-principal investigator, Leading to Completion (L2C) grant
Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University School of Education

“A Community of One”
Inauguration of the Nineteenth President of Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO

“We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”
Indiana Coalition of Blacks in Higher Education
Indianapolis, IN

Guest Lecturer, Minority Serving Institutions Course
Center for the Study of Higher Education
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Huffington Post

Huffington Post

An Open Letter to Recently Appointed HBCU Presidents

Dear Colleagues,

I recently read about your appointment as president of your respective colleges and universities and commend you on achieving this important career milestone. Now that media coverage of your appointment has subsided, and you are confronting some of the challenges that the search committee may not have told you about, I want to take this opportunity to share a few observations about presidential leadership that I hope you will find helpful. . . .

Read more on the Huffington Post >

Kresge Foundation Facilitator
Conversation between HBCU presidents and Funders
White House Initiatives on HBCUs Conference

“Collaborating for Personal and Professional Success”
Richmond Minority Women’s Network
Richmond, IN

“Ensuring Student Success”
Dillard University Faculty & Staff Fall Conference
New Orleans, LA

“You can’t fake Caring: Student Success Matters”
Faculty & Staff Fall Seminar
Jackson State University

“Four Lessons from Four Decades of Leadership”
Kentuckyana Neal-Marshall Alumni Chapter
Indiana University Southeast
New Albany, IN

Featured Speaker
Jarvis Christian College Faculty & Staff Fall Conference
Hawkins, TX

Panelist, MSI Convening
Lumina Foundation for Education
Indianapolis, IN

“The Difference Between an Alumnus and a Graduate”
Indiana University Charlie Nelms Distinguished Leadership Award
Indiana Black Expo

“Success is More Than a Seven Letter Word”
Technical III Assistance Workshop
National Association of Title III Administrators
Washington, DC

“‘Redefining Access’ Brain Trust Meeting”
Institute for Higher Education Policy
Washington, DC

“Inspired by the Past to Impact the Future”
Convocation Speaker, 140th Founders’ Day celebration
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

“Black Male Achievement: Advancing Education and Prosperity”
Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC

NIGMS/HHMI Working Group on URM STEM Persistence
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Chevy Chase, MD


A Call to Action cover

In 2010, Nelms authored a position paper, A Call to Action, in which he identified an array of key issues that HBCUs must address if they are to remain relevant, responsive and competitive.

The paper emanated from a symposium on the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, sponsored by North Carolina Central University.

“Lessons from my Leadership Journey”
2013 Harold Delaney Exemplary Educational Leadership Awardee and Lecturer
American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA

“Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Student Success”
Division of Student Success and Enrollment Management
Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY

“Why Diversity Matters”
The Macau Inaugural Forum
Macau University of Science and Technology
Macau, China

“Beyond the Rhetoric: Increasing College Access for Minority Males”
NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop
Las Vegas, NV

Retreat Facilitator
Wilberforce University Board of Trustees
Atlanta, GA

“Hazardous Weather Conditions Ahead for HBCUs”
National Association of Student Affairs Professionals
Jackson, MS

Panelist, Federal Reserve Bank HBCU Presidential Summit
Atlanta, GA

“A GPS for Student Success”
National Resource Center for the First-Year  & Students in Transition
Philadelphia, PA

International Leadership Conference
NAFEO Delegation Panelist
The Republic of Equatorial Guiana

“Succeeding in the New Normal”
The Inauguration of the President of Wichita State University
Wichita, KS

“Promising Practices: College Persistence & Attainment”
NAFEO sponsored Congressional Black Caucus Briefing
Washington, DC

Goal 2025: “The College Advantage”
Lumina Foundation Convention panelist
Charlotte, NC

“Empowering Students to Succeed”
Wiley College Faculty & Staff Institute
Marshall, TX

Charlie Nelms’ Podcasts
on HBCU Nation and HBCU Lifestyle


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