During every Presidential election cycle for the last thirty years, the Commission for Presidential Debates (CPD), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, has sponsored a sequence of Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates at universities around the United States. These debates are shining examples of citizenship and civility. They’re also a great opportunity for universities to uniquely engage stakeholder groups and obtain international brand recognition and visibility.

In this episode of Advancement Live, we’ll explore some of the history around the Presidential Debates. We’ll discuss why CPD hosts debates at universities and how universities selected as host sites are providing unique and exciting engagement opportunities for alumni, students and the community. Join host Ryan Catherwood from Longwood University, host of this year’s Vice Presidential Debate, Karla Schuster from 2008 and 2012 host site Hofstra University, and Moira Kelly, Associate Producer & Director of Education and Outreach from the Commission for Presidential Debates.


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Episode Host

Ryan Catherwood

Ryan Catherwood

Ryan Catherwood is the Assistant VP for Alumni and Career Services at Longwood University. Prior to joining Longwood, he was the Director of Digital Strategy in the University Advancement office at the University of Virginia. His work is dedicated to strategies that utilize events, crowdsourcing, inbound and content marketing, email marketing and social media community management in order to drive alumni and student engagement, participation, connections, networking, volunteerism and giving at Longwood University.


Moira Kelly

Associate Producer & Director of Education and Outreach from the Commission for Presidential Debates. Moira is also President & Executive Director of EXPLO — founded in 1977 inspire students to challenge themselves, discover the world of people and ideas, and experience the joy of learning.


Karla Schuster

Assistant Vice President, University Relations at Hofstra University – host site Presidential Debates in 2008 and 2012.


Ryan Catherwood

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