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Lane Glenn, PhD, is the president of a Boston area community college in New England.

He has a diverse background in education, leadership and organizational development, strengths-based planning, economic development, and the performing arts that includes more than twenty-five years of teaching and administration in higher education; facilitating leadership programs for higher education professionals; consulting and training for business and industry; creating regional economic development strategies; and directing and acting in stage productions, commercials and films; writing for magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and blog sites.

Lane has been certified by Company of Experts as both an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator and an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT©) Trainer.

Lane’s theatrical background and passion for storytelling are evident in his engaging, high-energy workshops, speaking engagements, planning processes, and event facilitations. He has keynoted at a number of conferences including the National Council for Staff, Professional and Organizational Development; Teaching Academic Survival and Success Skills; and the International Chair Academy Conference, where he also served as Master of Ceremonies, performing magic and appearing as characters from the Wizard of Oz.

He has even been called upon to share “Leadership Through Storytelling” strategies for chiefs of staff and legislative directors of members of Congress.

Lane has provided consulting and training services for clients in many fields, including K-12 public schools, higher education, community non-profits, biotechnology manufacturing companies, public health, and national grass roots advocacy organizations.

Lane has a particular interest in helping higher education, health, and public sector professionals at every level develop transformational leadership skills. He has facilitated workshops and weeklong academies in topics ranging from behavioral styles and team building, to conflict management, strategic planning, leading change, multiple intelligences in the workplace and diversity initiatives.

A born optimist and member of Optimists International, Lane seeks solutions to organizational challenges through positive visioning and communications. His work includes planning for change through Appreciative Inquiry, and training others to use AI for positive, values-based approaches to organizational planning and development.


Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator/Trainer

Strengths-based facilitation for planning, team development, and more

Board Development and Retreats

Board of trustees/directors retreats and planning meetings

Change Management

Preparing people and organizations to plan and create positive change

Department Chair Development

Strategies for “Managing from the Middle” for academic leaders

Keynote Presentations

Variety of topics including “Top Trends in Higher Ed” and “The Accidental President”

Large Scale Summit Design and Facilitation

For dozens or hundreds of participants, single or multi-day planning summits

Team Building

Focus your team with new tools for meetings, planning, communications, and strategy implementation

Trends in Higher Education

Published futurist and higher ed trend watcher—workshops for faculty and staff


Running the Campus

Leadership, higher education, and going the extra mile

Communication Strategies for Community College Leaders

Tools and techniques to improve communications

Failure to Launch: Confronting the Male College Student Achievement Gap

Practical ideas for helping male students succeed

The Long Term Impact of Appreciative Inquiry at Colleges and Universities

Issue of AI Practitioner devoted to long term impact in higher ed

A New Social Compact for Community Colleges

Help your college make the most of its resources and improve success

To Close the Skills Gap, Re-Value the Associate's Degree

Time for colleges and employers to “right size” higher ed


• BioPort • Center for Leadership and Organizational Change, University of Maryland • Chair Academy • Chesapeake College • College of the North Atlantic – Qatar • Columbus State Community College • Congressional Management Foundation • Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis • Crowder College • Emergent BioSolutions • George Brown College • George Washington University • Ivy Tech Community College • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania • National Junior College Athletic Association • Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College • Northwest State Community College • Oakland Community College • Parkinson’s Action Network • Springfield Technical Community College