• 2015 AASCU Annual Meeting Spouse/Partner Program

    Sunday, October 25 – Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    JW Marriott 
    Austin, Texas

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    This year's program is filled with significant topics pertaining to the influential role of spouses/partners.
    Join  colleagues for meaningful discussions and interactive sessions, and lend your voice to help elevate the national conversation in a safe, supportive and relaxing environment.

    "We are pleased to feature two speakers whose presentations will stimulate thought-provoking and relevant conversations among spouses and partners and presidents and chancellors. We hope you take advantage of what these sessions have to offer and encourage your colleagues to do the same. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!"
    Lisa Lewis Dubois, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Chair, Spouse/Partner Planning Committee

    Spouse/Partner Program Highlights

    Collette YoungManeuvering your Role as an Executive Spouse 
    Colette Young
    President, ExecuMate, LLC

    Sonia Garza-MonarchiSupporting and Building an International Business Relationship 
    Sonia Garza-Monarchi
    President, Garza Protocol Associates, LLC.


    2015 Annual Meeting Spouse Partner - Program Cover Download Annual Meeting Spouse/Partners Final Program (pdf)

    Saturday, October 24

    Noon – 6:00 p.m.

    6:00 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m.
    2015 AASCU Board of Directors Dinner (by invitation)
    Gather in the lobby at 5:45 p.m. to walk to the restaurant.

    Sunday, October 25

    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Noon – 1:00 p.m.
    Networking Lunch for New Member Presidents/Chancellors and Spouses/Partners with Board of Directors, Committee on Professional Development, and Spouse/Partner Planning Committee
    Presidents and chancellors who were appointed since July 1, 2014—and their spouse, partner, or guest—are encouraged to attend.

    Remarks: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU
    Presiding: Mary Cullinan, President, Eastern Washington University

    1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
    Pre-meeting Workshop – Finding Your Way as the Spouse/Partner of a University President
    You are in the very public position of spouse/partner of an experienced or newly appointed university president or chancellor. You may feel overwhelmed, have questions, need some advice or realize how exposed you are in this fishbowl.

    Each of us handles the stress of being in the spotlight differently, and we can learn coping strategies from each other.
    Join your colleagues to share and hear how others manage and adapt to the demands of university life in the role of a presidential spouse/partner.
    Some of the questions this session will address include

    • How do you view your role on campus or in the community? How do others view your role?
    • How do you create new or maintain established relationships?
    • How do you respond to criticism of you, the president/chancellor, or your institution without becoming outwardly defensive or annoyed?
    • How do you handle conversations that are inappropriate or offensive?

    Whether this is your first experience as a presidential spouse or you have been in the role for years, this session is for you. This is your chance to ask, listen, learn, share, and laugh!

    Presiding: Becky Driscoll, Presidential Spouse, Indiana University of Pennsylvania   
    Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Lee Faver, Presidential Partner, Washington State University Vancouver

    1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
    Spouse/Partner Subcommittee (by invitation)  
    4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Opening General Session
    Inclusive Excellence
    Support provided by ARAMARK

    Fifty years ago, our nation launched a national experiment focused on increasing access to higher education.  The GI Bill had been a watershed following World War II, but it was the passage and implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Higher Education Act of 1965 over the last half-century that transformed American colleges and universities, higher education, and even America.  Freeman Hrabowski, president of UMBC — an institution that was also established fifty years ago, will discuss the progress we have made over the last five decades. He will explore the challenges and opportunities we face today – adapting to demographic change, improving access and affordability, enhancing teaching and learning, using technology, and developing partnerships -- as we sustain higher education as a central force in the American Dream.

    Welcome: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU, President, AASCU
    Presenter: Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Presiding: J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

    AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards 
    • Student Success and College Completion Award
      Cleveland State University, President Ronald Berkman
      Western Kentucky University, President Gary Ransdell 

    • Regional and Economic Development Award
      Northern Arizona University, President Rita Cheng
      Washington State University Vancouver, Chancellor Emile (Mel) Netzhammer

    • International Education Award
      Northwest Missouri State University, President John Jasinski 
      California State University, Fresno, President Joseph I. Castro 

    • Leadership Development and Diversity Award
      California State University, Long Beach, President Jane Conoley 
      University of West Georgia, President Kyle Marrero

    6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Sponsored Receptions featuring hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages
    Huron Education
    The Registry for College and University Presidents  
    Royall & Company

    7:30 p.m. 
    Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Guests Dinner (ticketed $70 per person & cash bar)
    Gather in the lobby to walk to the restaurant.

    7:30 p.m.
    Dutch Treat Small Group Dinners
    Sign up at the Registration Desk if you are interested in forming a small group or joining colleagues at nearby Austin restaurants.

    • Bob's Steak and Chop House - 301 Lavaca Street
    • Crave - 340 East 2nd Street
    • Eddie V's - 301 East 5th Street
    • Fleming's - 320 East 2nd Street
    • Parkside - 301 East 6th Street
    • Lamberts - 401 West 2nd Street
    • La Condesa - 400 West 2nd Street
    • Botticelli's South Congress - 1321 South Congress Avenue

    Dinner on an Individual Basis

    Monday, October 26

    7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
    Spouse/Partner Nominating Committee
    Chair: Arthur Dozier, Presidential Spouse, Savannah State University (Ga.)
    Coordinator: Judy Ingle, Spouse/Partner Program Planning and Outreach, AASCU

    7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. 
    Affinity Group Breakfast Meetings
    LGBTQ Presidents, Chancellors and Spouse/Partners

    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    General Session

    The New America Initiative: The Future is Now!

    Sharing the most recent Census Bureau data regarding population changes, Ron Brownstein outlines imperatives for public higher education leaders and suggests implications for AASCU institutions. 

    A major implication of these changes is that providing opportunity to minority families is a critical imperative for America. Brownstein suggests that addressing the “the dynamics of the Brown and Gray” is not a question of charity or morality but rather an economic imperative. If America is not successful in closing the gap in educational and economic opportunity to move more of the “brown” into the middle class, then the economic security of the “gray” baby boomers is also threatened. Public higher education, especially AASCU institutions, are on the front line dealing with the challenges associated with this dynamic and must clearly understand that “the future is now!”

    Presenter: Ron Brownstein, Political Director, Atlantic Media Company, Editorial Director and Columnist, National Journal, and Senior Political and Election Analyst for CNN
    Presiding: David L. Soltz, President, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

    9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    General Session
    Innovative Strategies for Student Success

    Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of the key factors that most significantly influence student success and college completion. Panelists will share key insights and lessons learned from effective student success initiatives and offer strategies and tools that participants will be able to use to improve their own institution's retention and completion efforts. 

    Ross Markle, Senior Research and Assessment Advisor , Educational Testing Service (ETS) 
    Ronald M. Berkman, President, Cleveland State University (Ohio)
    Mark B. Rosenberg, President, Florida International University  

    Moderator: F. Dominic Dottavio, President, Tarleton State University (Texas)

    11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Maneuvering your Role as an Executive Spouse 

    This session will be a Texas-style (the bigger, the better), dynamic presentation that provides a narrative of challenges and opportunities facing you - spouses and partners - in your everyday lives. 
    “What happens in the family room affects what happens in the board room.” Exactly what does this mean and what does it have to do with you as a spouse/partner of a university president/chancellor?

    Does the image of the supportive corporate spouse/partner seem outdated in today’s world? Are the president/chancellor and spouse/partner “more untethered than ever before” (Warren Bennis, business administration professor at University of Southern California) perhaps because so many of you have your own professional lives?
    To what extent does your role as spouse/partner influence the success of the university president/chancellor? What value do I have as the president’s spouse/partner?
    How can you be supportive of the president/chancellor without sacrificing your own interests and work-life balance? 
    Just how involved or connected with the university should you be?

    There aren’t right or wrong answers to these complex questions; however, Colette Young can share not only her own experiences but also the experiences of those with whom she has worked in recent years to help you craft or reconstitute your role whether you’re male or female, new or experienced.
    Spouses and Partners, Presidents and Chancellors - Get ready to laugh, grimace, squirm, and recognize yourself as Colette shares her wisdom and her expertise.

    Speaker:  Colette Young, President, ExecuMate  
    Facilitator: Jalinna Jones, Presidential Spouse, Texas A&M University Commerce

    12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    American Academic Leadership Institute Luncheon
    Supported by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in collaboration with Academic Search, Inc.

    Presenter: Carol Geary Schneider, President, Association of American Colleges and Universities
    Presiding: Nancy Kleniewski, President, State University of New York College at Oneonta

    HEA50 - logo

    Special Evening of Celebration and Commemoration - Higher Education Act 50th Anniversary

    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Texas State University, San Marcos
    Coach transfer to Texas State University

    5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
    Texas State University Evans Auditorium
    Program commemorating 50th Anniversary of Higher Education Act

    Remarks: Denise M. Trauth, President, Texas State University
    Muriel A. Howard, President, American Association of State Universities and Universities

    Moderator: Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, author and historian

    Video Presenters:

    • Lamar Alexander, Former United States Secretary of Education (1991 – 1993 under the administration of U.S. President George W. H. Bush)
    • Richard Riley, Former United States Secretary of Education (1993 – 2001 under the administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton)
    • Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education (2009 to present under the administration of U.S. President Barack H. Obama)


    Shirley Ann Mount Hufstedler, Former United States Secretary of Education (1979 – 1981 under the administration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter)
    Roderick Raynor "Rod" Paige, Former United States Secretary of Education (2001 to 205 under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush)
    Margaret Spellings, Former Secretary of Education (2005 to 2009 under the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush)

    Remarks: David L. Warren, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 
    M. Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

    Immediately following program

    7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Remarks:  Peter McPherson, President, The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

    8:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
    Coach transfer to JW Marriott Austin

    Tuesday, October 27

    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
    Buffet Breakfast 

    8:00 – 9:15 am
    Supporting and Building an International Business Relationship

    How do I recover from a faux pas of shaking the hand of an international guest whose culture does not encourage touching? What are some ideas for appropriate gifts for an international dignitary visiting our campus? Are there some situations in which business cards are not permitted? What are some of the biggest mistakes I can make?

    These questions and many others are often on the minds of AASCU university presidents/chancellors and their spouses/partners. More and more institutions of higher learning in the United States are forging academic relationships with universities in other countries, so understanding and navigating the “do’s and don’ts” of international protocol has become an opportunity to learn new skillsets.

    Sonia Garza-Monarchi, an “authority on protocol, etiquette, customer service, event planning, and cross-cultural communication”, will share her expertise and experience with us in this presentation on the “power of protocol”.  As the former Executive Director of the Houston International Protocol Alliance and the first woman elected to chair the board of directors in the 51-year history of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, to name just a few of her achievements. Ms. Garza-Monarchi is well qualified to advise spouses and partners of university presidents on their interactions with international visitors.

    Spouses and Partners, Presidents and Chancellors, join us for this fascinating and valuable session that will be beneficial to your university’s competitive edge while building international connections. 

    Speaker: Sonia Garza-Monarchi, President, Garza Protocol Associates, LLC 
    Facilitator: Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte    

    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    General Session 

    The Colorado Example: Setting and Achieving Goals in a Dynamic Environment
    The Honorable Joseph Garcia, lieutenant governor of Colorado, will explore the needs of a changing student population; the role public higher education can play in satisfying shifting workforce requirements; and ways higher education leaders can use their unique position to guide our nation to a prosperous future.

    Presenter: Joseph García, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
    Presiding:  Dene Kay Thomas, President, Fort Lewis College (Colo.)

    10:45 a.m. – Noon
    Spouse/Partner Planning Committee Meeting 
    Chair: Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Coordinator: Judy Ingle, Spouse/Partner Program Planning & Outreach, AASCU

    Concurrent Sessions

    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Competency Based Education: Top Tactics and Most Overlooked Strategies
    Over the past several years, Competency-Based Education (CBE) has gained an increasing amount of interest from institutions, especially those serving adult learners. This interest is with good reason, as a well-implemented and scaled program can allow students to complete credentials in less time, at lower cost, and with a focus on measurable learning that leads to greater employability. 

    However, as many begin to explore CBE learning models, they quickly find that scaled implementation can be quite complex, challenging many traditional approaches and practices across the institution. Successful CBE programs require a high degree of cross-functional collaboration and a willingness to embrace significant change and innovation. 

    In this session, presenters will use a Playbook approach to help institutions identify the most effective strategies and pathways for launching a CBE program, as well as discover lessons learned from Northern Arizona University's Personalized Learning Program. 

    By attending the session, participants will gain knowledge of:

    • A structured approach to building a successful CBE program
    • Detailed explanation of the major strategic choices schools need to consider when planning a CBE program
    • Examples of NAU has made critical decisions about their program using approaches like financial   modeling and technology needs analysis

    Panelists:  Fred Hurst, Senior Vice President, The Extended Campus of Northern Arizona University
    Daniel Goldsmith, Consulting Services Manager, Pearson

    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Royall & Company
    Description TBA

    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Closing the Leadership Gap:  Building a 21st Century Leadership Development and Succession Planning Model for Higher Education
    The competencies needed to be an effective leader in today’s higher education ecosystem have never been more dynamic.  The role of the university leader is becoming more challenging, while a large cohort of experienced leaders is projected to leave the academy in the next few years. AASCU recognizes the need to grow and train the pipeline of future leaders.

    AASCU, working in partnership with the TIAA-CREF Institute and other funders has begun the work to:   a) identify the competencies necessary to be an effective university leader; b) develop  a methodology to assess those competencies; and c) identify gaps in leadership competencies  that can be used to enhance leadership development programming and improve succession planning in higher education.  

    This session will share results to-date on this research project and explore the use of assessment center pedagogy as a strategy to help close the leadership gap, enhance diversity and improve institutional outcomes. 

    Panelists:  Stephanie Bell-Rose, TIAA-CREF Senior Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute
    Alex Howland, University of California San Diego and VirBella 
    Jolene Koester, Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development

    Moderator:  Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver 

    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Social Justice

    12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    President-to-Presidents Lecture Luncheon Program

    Introduction: Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education  
    Lecturer: Donald Betz, University of Central Oklahoma

    Kathy BestPresentation of Distinguished Alumnus Award

    Introduction:  Susan J. Koch, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Springfield
    Recipient:  Kathy Best, Editor, Seattle Times and graduate, University of Illinois at Springfield

    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    General Session
    Turnaround—Third World Lessons for First World Growth

    Presenter: Peter Blair Henry, Dean of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business
    Presiding:  Marcia V. Keizs, President, City University of New York, York College

    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    General Session

    Transforming Higher Education: Transferable Lessons from the Health Care Industry

    Higher education has faced its share of dramatic change over the last decade: significant budget reductions, yet a burning platform to serve more students (many of whom are not well-prepared for college life); the need to engage alumni in a meaningful way to raise philanthropic funds; the investment and restructuring necessary for distance learning; and more. It can sometimes feel like no other industry is faced with the pressures that we encounter on a daily basis. Well, welcome to the world of health care. Even before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the health care industry faced enormous pressure to improve quality, reduce costs and serve more patients. When the ACA passed in March, 2013, health systems in the country were basically mandated to transform—or face acquisition or closure.  Wright Lassiter, III, president of Henry Ford Health System, shares many of the lessons learned—all transferable to academia—to step up to the challenges and literally transform the way they do business in order to achieve success.

    Presenter: Wright L. Lassiter, III, President, Henry Ford Health System
    Presiding:  Bonita C. Jacobs, President, University of North Georgia

    5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
    Sponsored Receptions featuring hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages

    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Farewell Dinner 

    Transfer of the Gavel
    Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver and 2016 Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

    Wednesday, October 28

    7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    10:30 a.m. – Noon
    Leadership Development Coordinating Council (by invitation)
    Convener: Dorcas L. Colvin, Vice President, Leadership Development and Membership Services, AASCU