• AASCU President to Presidents Lecture

    2013 President to Presidents Lecture
    Mildred García
    President
    California State University Fullerton

    Mildred GarciaYou know, when Muriel Howard called me to invite me to deliver this address, I was immediately humbled by the tremendous honor.  And as I hung up that phone, that humility quickly became panic and anxiety.  Anxiety that has followed me till right now.

    I have been a member of AASCU for only six years, and I have seen the power of the presidents before me.  What could I share with my amazing, accomplished and distinguished peers, and my AASCU family?  What could I say that you would even care to listen?  And of course, being a typical Puerto Rican woman, I thought, oh my God.  Isn’t this the address for those who have graduated into Seniorville?

    But then I settled down and began reflecting upon my own journey, and how it has affected the lenses through which I see the world.  It occurred to me that this experience affords me the opportunity to reflect upon what is critical and important to me as a president of an AASCU institution and to share those reflections with all of you.

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    2011 President to Presidents Lecture
    The AASCU Edge
    Jolene Koester
    President, California State University Northridge

    Jolene KoesterThank you for giving me this incredible honor to address you, this audience of my colleagues with
    their spouses and partners—this audience of friends—during AASCU’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    My title for this lecture, “The AASCU Edge,” signals what you can expect to hear from me. I present today an argument for AASCU’s “edge” in all of that word’s meanings—edge as advantage, edge as precision, and yes, edge as an increasingly precarious pathway to higher education for our students. The Annual Meeting theme sets the tone and the content for this lecture. We begin with celebration, then challenge, third leadership—present and future—and close with celebration again.

    I begin by asking, what are we celebrating, and why? This meeting is our formal vehicle to acknowledge and commemorate AASCU’s 50 years of consequential service to U.S. public higher education. In celebrating AASCU, we celebrate each of our colleges and universities. What is the unique but also shared vision that underlies our institutions? What are the values that differentiate us from other higher education institutions, public and private? Who are our students and what voices do they represent? The answers to these questions provide the rationale for our celebration.

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