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Transforming SLU Speaker to Focus on the 'Future of Arts and Sciences'

David Attis, Ph.D., an academic affairs expert and managing director of strategic research with EAB, a best practices firm dedicated to helping institutions fulfill their missions and enable all students to succeed, will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 13, as part of Transforming SLU’s “Conversations for the Decade Ahead” speaker series.

David Attis, Ph.D.
David Attis, Ph.D.

Attis’s talk, “The Future of Arts and Sciences,” will take place at 3 p.m. in the Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall.

Prior to joining EAB, Attis served as senior director of policy studies at the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan organization of CEOs, university leaders and labor leaders committed to increasing America’s economic competitiveness through innovation. Attis also served as deputy director of the council’s National Innovation Initiative and consulted on policy for the National Academies’ Rising Above the Gathering Storm report.

In addition to this work, Attis directed research on the Competitiveness Index: Where America Stands, the Council on Competitiveness’s flagship publication and researched the role that universities play in regional economic development.

Attis has previous experience as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney in both general consulting practice and in the firm’s global policy council. His work has included business turnarounds, strategy consulting, global risk assessments, policy analysis and other fields.

Attis holds a doctorate in the history of science from Princeton University. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Chicago. His book, Mathematics and the Making of Modern Ireland: Trinity College Dublin from Cromwell to the Celtic Tiger, was published in 2014 by Docent Press.

The presentation and reception are open to all members of the SLU community. 

For more information about Attis’s presentation or the ongoing speakers series, contact Doug Williams, Professor of Law and Co-Leader of the Operational Excellence Program, at or 314-977-5793.

About “Conversations for the Decade Ahead

One of the “Transforming SLU” initiatives, the speakers series features national experts in higher education, and is designed to engage faculty, staff and students in a year of community-wide conversations about the rapidly changing environment of academia. The “Conversations for the Decade Ahead”  web page includes materials from previous presentations and a growing library of articles about higher education.