• 2014 AASCU Annual Meeting

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 to Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    The Fairmont • Washington, D.C.

    AASCU’s Annual Meeting provides presidents and chancellors meaningful opportunities to examine critical issues, to focus on leadership challenges and to explore ways in which they can advance their institutions in the fulfillment of their missions.

    To visit the Annual Meeting website, please click here.

    Annual Meeting 2014 - Program coverDownload Spouse/Partner Annual Meeting Program (pdf)

    Saturday, October 18

    12 Noon - 6:00 p.m.

    6:00 p.m.
    Departure for AASCU Board of Directors Dinner (By Invitation)
    Coaches depart M Street Entrance – Somerset House, 5610 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md.

    Sunday, October 19

    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
    Networking Lunch for New Member Presidents and Chancellors and Spouses/Partners with Board of Directors and Committee on Professional Development
    Presidents and chancellors who were appointed since July 1, 2013, and their spouse, partners, or guests are encouraged to attend.

    Remarks: Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU

    Presiding: Paul B. Beran, Chancellor, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Chair, Committee on Professional Development

    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    New Member Spouse/Partner Workshop
    Many Voices: Stories That Bring Us Together
    A session for new member spouses and partners in the role since 2012.

    You find yourself in the position of spouse/partner of a newly appointed university president or chancellor.  You may be overwhelmed, have lots of questions, need some advice or suddenly realize there’s a learning curve you hadn’t anticipated. 

    The goal of this practical and engaging session is to explore topics such as role/identity, communication, privacy and relationships to help spouses and partners new to this position better understand and acclimate to the demands of university life. 

    This is your chance to ask, listen, learn, interact and share.  Please join us.

    Facilitators: Carl Bleicken, Presidential Spouse, Armstrong State University (Ga.)
    Sandy Christian, Presidential Spouse, State University of New York at New Paltz
    Presider and Facilitator: Aundra Shields, Presidential Spouse, University of Wisconsin-Platteville 

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Nominating Committee

    Chair: Pamela Pruitt, Presidential Spouse, Thomas Edison State College (N.J.)
    Coordinator: Judy Ingle, Spouse/Partner Program Planning and Outreach, AASCU

    4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Opening General Session: Private Benefits and the Public Good
    Support provided by ARAMARK Higher Education

    By comparison with high-school graduates, college graduates enjoy many personal benefits, including higher salaries and lower unemployment rates, greater health and longevity, and more engaged and fulfilling lives. These private benefits translate directly and indirectly into the public good in the form of higher taxes, lower social welfare costs, greater contributions to the nation’s economic growth, and higher voting and volunteerism rates. The children of college graduates are more likely to attend college themselves and far more likely to lift themselves out of poverty. Many of these societal economic benefits have now been quantified—with figures amounting to more than a trillion dollars a year. America’s public colleges and universities enroll three-quarters of all undergraduates. In an increasingly stratified society, public higher education is a potent force for public betterment.

    Presenter: Alice Chandler, President Emerita, State University of New York at New Paltz
    Presiding: Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino 

    AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards

    • Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award
    • International Education Award 
    • Leadership Development and Diversity Award 
    • Regional and Economic Development Award 
    • Student Success and College Completion Award 

    5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Sponsored Receptions featuring hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages

    • Pearson
    • Royall & Company
    • The Registry for College and University Presidents

    Dinner on an Individual Basis

    Monday, October 20

    7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
    LGBTQ Presidents, Chancellors and Spouse/Partners 

    8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Spouse/Partner Breakfast Program (8:00 a.m. breakfast precedes 9:00 a.m. program) 

    Mapping the Social Media Landscape 
    Don’t know where to start when it comes to social media? Get an overview of the social media landscape from Facebook to Instagram and everything in between.  Also, during this session, we will explore ways you, as a spouse/partner, can utilize these platforms to connect and engage with various audiences as well as show your support for related causes while maintaining a level of privacy.  You will hear from spouses/partners who have embraced social media.  They will share how social media can be a help as well as a hindrance in the lives of spouses/partners.

    Presenter:   Lauren Precker, Social Communications and Strategy Manager, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

    Resources: Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 
    Jalinna Jones, Presidential Spouse, Texas A&M University-Commerce 

    Presiding: Elizabeth Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University  

    11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
    General Session: Educational Policy Initiatives

    Receive a timely update on the federal higher education agenda from the front line of higher education policy development.  Under Secretary Mitchell will provide an update on key federal policy initiatives, including the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Postsecondary Institution Rating System, changes in eligibility for institutional participation in federal financial aid programs (gainful employment) and reform efforts aimed at decreasing student debt. Also hear the Obama Administration’s priorities involving major policy and funding-related legislation, including reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, immigration reform, and budget bills affecting higher education, workforce development, and the advancement of STEM and innovation.

    Presenter: Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

    Presiding: Robert L. Caret, President, University of Massachusetts System

    12 Noon – 12:30 p.m.
    Networking Break

    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.

    C. Kent McGuire, president of the Southern Education Foundation will offer insights from his work with both K-12 and higher education institutions about the challenges and opportunities facing universities in the future.

    Presenter: C. Kent McGuire, President, Southern Education Foundation

    Presiding: Mickey L. Burnim, President, Bowie State University (Md.)

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    AASCU Spouse/Partner Directory Photo Opportunity

    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Program
    Your Ideas Please: Updating our First-Year Spouse Publication

    The First Year Spouse/Partner was reissued by AASCU in 1993 in memory of Pat Appleberry, wife of James B. Appleberry, former President of AASCU.  It is time for an update and a fresh look at the roles of the spouse or partner of today’s university president.  A small group from the Spouse/Partner Planning Committee will work on this update and what will ultimately be a new publication for spouses and partners of newly appointed presidents and chancellors.

    The goal of this session is to give spouses and partners, who attend Annual Meeting, an opportunity to share their ideas about topics and content that should be included in this updated publication.  Participants will work in small groups to generate ideas.

    Presiding: Mort Maimon, Presidential Spouse, Governors State University (Ill.)

    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    General Session: Issues and Trends for Global Higher Education Leadership

    In an increasingly globalized world, higher education is on the brink of significant transformations requiring institutions and systems to adapt more quickly, and effectively, to unexpected changes.  A significant demographic, technological, and economic shift happening domestically and abroad will pose challenges and opportunities for higher education.  How should institutional policies and programs consider significant worldwide trends and what critical aspects might higher education leaders factor into their decision-making?  

    Presenter: Francisco Marmolejo, Tertiary Education Coordinator, The World Bank

    Presiding: Rita Rice Morris, President, Shawnee State University (Ohio)

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

    -Huron Education

    6:30 p.m.  Gather in lobby to walk to the Caucus Room in the Westin Georgetown, 2350 M St NW 
    Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Guests Dinner

    Dinner on an Individual Basis


    Tuesday, October 21

    7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
    Spouse/Partner Breakfast Program (7:30 breakfast precedes 8:00 a.m. program)
    Views from Retirees: Negotiating Expectations During and After the Presidency

    The topic “Expectations” is a thread running through the spouse/partner sessions in 2014 at Summer Council and Annual Meeting. As a finale, two couples – retired presidents and their spouses –reflect upon the negotiation of expectations not only during the presidency but also during life after the presidency. The “before and after” contrast should be interesting and instructive for all who attend this session.

    The purpose of this session is to provide perspectives from two couples who have “been there done that” and what they learned in the process.

    Presenters: Patricia Cormier, President Emerita, Longwood University (Va.)
    Raymond Cormier, First Gentleman, Longwood University (Va.)
    Ronald R. Ingle, President Emeritus, Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)
    Judy Ingle, Spouse of the President, Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

    Presiding: Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte  

    9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    General Session: Citizenship, Democracy and Education

    The goal of this session is to amplify the important role of public colleges and universities in teaching the skills and values of democracy and to share ways in which campuses contribute to the public good through teaching, research and service.  Jonathan Alger, president, James Madison University, will share insights about the importance and relevance of civic engagement and how it can make an impact on society; Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Rutgers University – Newark, will talk about building the infrastructure of collaboration to support community engagement; and John Saltmarsh will explore the alignment of institutional rewards with faculty work in community-engaged scholarship. 

    Panelists: Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University (Va.)
    Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark (N.J.)
    John Saltmarsh, Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston

    Presiding: Rodney Bennett, President, University of Southern Mississippi

    11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
    Concurrent Sessions

    11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
    Workforce Development: Responding to Regional Needs

    The complex alignment of workforce development efforts, undergraduate curriculum and regional priorities is challenging. This session will shed light on national trend lines, offer strategies and help presidents frame arguments and persuade stakeholders to meet future needs.

    Presenter: Anthony P. Carnevale, Research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

    Presiding: Rita Cheng, President, Northern Arizona University

    11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
    Presidential Leadership for Student Success

    Based on research and his considerable experience working with campuses to improve student success, professor Kuh will share his ideas about conditions that contribute to high performing institutions; the impact of investing in high impact learning practices - especially for low-income and first generation students; and the ways in which presidential leadership matters most to student success.

    Presenter: George D. Kuh, Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University and Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University

    Presiding: Kyle R. Carter, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

    11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
    Financial Strategies for Student Success
    Presented by HCM Strategists

    As campus presidents, AASCU leaders are uniquely aware of both the heightened expectations and challenges facing public four-year colleges and universities.  With growing pressure to extend four-year degrees to a broader population, how can resource-constrained institutions reach new markets and provide larger numbers of low-income students with affordable routes to success? This panel of former higher education leaders will highlight the four strategies evaluated and the critical role of leadership in their discussion of Maximizing Resources for Student Success, a project supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The project strategies include the following: 

    • Reducing time and credits to degree, 
    • Enhancing transfer pathways, 
    • Using tuition and financial aid incentives, and 
    • Implementing competency-based education.  

    These investigations focused heavily on implementation, considering both the evidence base and the real world challenges involved in each potential strategy.  The project findings have broad application for campus leaders at all institutions seeking to improve student success.  

    Panelists: Marie McDemmond, President Emerita, Norfolk State University (Va.)
    Kevin P. Reilly, President Emeritus and Regent Professor, University of Wisconsin System
    James C. Votruba, President Emeritus and Professor of Educational Leadership, Northern Kentucky University

    Moderator: Gordon Davies, co-author of the Maximizing Resources framing paper and former State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO) in Virginia and Kentucky

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

    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Introduction:  Virginia Schaefer Horvath, President, State University of New York at Fredonia

    Recipient: Michael Marletta, Former President and CEO, The Scripps Research Institute and currently the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Chemistry; 1973 graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia 

    The Public University and the Common Good

    Introduction: Tomás Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino 

    Lecturer:  F. King Alexander, President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University

    2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Planning Committee
    Chair: Mort Maimon, Presidential Spouse, Governors State University (Ill.)
    Coordinator: Judy Ingle, Spouse/Partner Program Planning and Outreach, AASCU

    2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    News You Can Use

    The goal is to showcase insider information, provided by authorities within the education community and from news organizations that cover national politics and higher education. Individuals offer succinct updates on the latest developments and information immediately important to presidents and chancellors. The tempo is quick and the information stripped down to the essentials.

    Presenters: Chris Minnich, Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
    Libby Nelson, Education Reporter, Vox
    Ben Pershing, Washington Editor, National Journal

    Moderator: William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland

    2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    AASCU Spouse/Partner Directory Photo Opportunity

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Program: Time for Talking 
    It seems that spouses and partners never have enough time just to sit and talk at our meetings. Well, now we do. Come to this session, find a topic that you like and start talking! We’ll even have a tabula rasa – a table with no topic for whatever is on your mind. 

    Here are some possibilities for topics you might find at this session:
    • Time Management and Priorities 
    • Dealing with Crisis and Conflict 
    • Working with University Staff
    • Projects: On/Off Campus 
    • Self-Fulfillment 
    • Re-invent and Re-energize: How? 
    • Advice: Wish I’d taken: Wish I hadn’t

    Presiding: Lee Faver, Presidential Spouse, Washington State University Vancouver 

    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    General Session: Conversation with Thomas Friedman

    That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back will provide the backdrop for Mr. Friedman’s insights and conversation that will extend from the session throughout the evening.

    Presenter:  Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, New York Times

    Presiding: Tomás Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino

    6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 
    Dinner with Thomas Friedman

    Transfer of the Gavel
    J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston and 2015 Chair, AASCU Board of Directors

    Wednesday, October 22 (Travel Day)

    7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    First Year Spouse/Partner Subcommittee (by invitation)

    Thursday, October 23

    8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
    First Year Spouse/Partner Subcommittee (by invitation)