• 2014 Summer Council of Presidents Spouse/Partner Program

    The program for AASCU’s 2014 Summer Council of Presidents is designed to help presidents, chancellors, spouses and partners address the issues of authenticity, integrity, and the alignment of personal, professional and institutional values which are essential to their leadership. This is the essence of “true north.” Looking at true north in the context of collaborative alignment—where the leadership team is consistent and focused on institutional mission and goals while working across boundaries and appreciating diverse perspectives—provides a path to individual and institutional success.

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    Summer Council Schedule for Spouses and Partners

    Program Schedule
    (Download Spouse/Partner Final Program in PDF)

    Friday, July 11

    12 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
    Summer Council Networking Lounge
    Share conversation and refreshments with colleagues; recharge devices; view TED talks that spark conversation or review professional articles and publications. A place to connect!

    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
    New Member Spouse/Partner Workshop 
    Walking the Tightrope of Being a Presidential Spouse/Partner: It’s All About Balance 
    This session is for spouses/partners of presidents and chancellors appointed 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. 

    With experienced spouses/partners serving as facilitators, participants will explore topics such as role/identity, communication, privacy and relationships to help spouses/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.) 
    Marilyn Braithwaite-Hall, Presidential Spouse, University of the Virgin Islands 
    Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 
    Elizabeth Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University

    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
    Member Spouse/Partner Workshop 
    Understanding and Navigating Challenges in Your Role as Spouse/Partner

    Navigating – dealing effectively with complicated situations – aptly describes what spouses/partners of university presidents sometimes find themselves having to do. What types of difficult circumstances do we face? How do we resolve them and are there alternative approaches to a resolution? Join us to share your stories and to analyze and discover solutions or options in conversation with other spouses and partners.

    Facilitator: Mort Maimon, Presidential Spouse, Governors State University, (IL)  

    4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Hospitality in the Networking Lounge
    Meet and Greet for new and existing spouses and partners.

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Networking Reception
    Experienced Presidents Retreat participants and Beyond the First Year: Workshop for “New” Presidents participants will network at the conclusion of their programs.

    6:00 p.m.
    AASCU Board of Directors and Committee on Professional Development Dinner at Five Sails Restaurant (by invitation)


    Saturday, July 12


    9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Pre-Meeting Seminar, Sponsored by Royall & Company
    Generating Revenue in Uncertain Times: Three Proven Techniques for Enrollment Marketing and Alumni Fundraising

    The rising costs of higher education, coupled with reductions in state and federal funding, are making it difficult for colleges and universities to reach their revenue goals. To offset these fiscal challenges, institutions can significantly increase net revenue in two key areas: enrollment and advancement. In this session, attendees will learn how other public colleges and universities are utilizing these three proven enrollment and advancement techniques to generate additional revenue:

    • Use personal, one-to-one communications to build relationships
    • Select your audience with end results in mind
    • Invest in strategies with strong ROI

    Case studies will highlight successful strategies for increasing revenue without compromising brand, academic quality or other desired outcomes.

    Facilitators: Sharon Fuller, Vice President, Client Development, Royall & Company
    Peter Farrell, Senior Enrollment Management Consultant, Royall & Company

    9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. 
    Spouse/Partner Roundtable Session 
    Book Discussion: Higher Education: Marijuana at the Mansion by Constance Gee 
    Join what is sure to be a spirited conversation of this intriguing book written by Constance Gee, former wife of Gordon Gee, controversial president of Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Brown University, University of Colorado, and West Virginia University, where he currently is Interim President. Reviewers on Amazon described the book as “compelling and entertaining,” “painfully honest,” and “a truly believable tale told through a personal conversation with the reader.”

    Facilitator: Aundra Shields, Presidential Spouse, University of Wisconsin –Platteville

    12 Noon – 1:30 p.m. 
    New Member Presidents and Spouses Welcome Lunch 
    Reflections on the First Year
    All presidents and chancellors, spouses and partners, appointed since July 2013 are invited to attend. 

    Presiding: Linda M. Bleicken, President, Armstrong State University (Ga.) and Chair, Professional Development Committee

    Presenters: Emily F. Cutrer, President, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
    Karla Oty, Presidential Spouse and Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Accountability, Cameron University (Okla.)

    12 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
    Summer Council Networking Lounge
    Share conversation and refreshments with colleagues; recharge devices; view TED talks that spark conversation or review professional articles and publications. A place to connect!

    1:45 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

    3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 
    Spouse/Partner Nominations Committee 
    Chair: Elizabeth G. Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University
    Coordinator: Judy Ingle, Spouse/Partner Program Planning and Outreach

    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
    Opening General Session 
    Understanding and Celebrating Vancouver’s Culture


    Presenter: Edmund Wade Davis, anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, photographer and professor, University of British Columbia is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. 

    Presiding: Linda M. Bleicken, President, Armstrong State University and Chair, Professional Development Committee

    5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
    Optional Event: Welcome Reception and Dinner Buffet ($65 per person)
    Join colleagues for an evening of fellowship and enjoy a buffet inspired by the Pacific Northwest. 


    Sunday, July 13


    7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 
    LGBTQ Presidents/Spouses/Partners Breakfast Meeting 

    7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
    Breakfast Discussions for Presidents/Chancellors and Spouse/Partners
    Join colleagues appointed to their first presidency around the same point in time—share and compare presidential journeys.

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
    Keynote Address: The President’s Leadership Dilemma: Exploring the Tensions Between University Autonomy and Public Accountability
    Public universities must be accountable for the funding they receive. Yet as externally imposed accountability frameworks grow and develop they are often seen to infringe upon the autonomy that is so central to the university’s role.  This places the university president in a very challenging position. On one hand, they must defend and be seen to defend institutional autonomy.  On the other, they must ensure the needs of externally imposed accountability frameworks are met.  This dilemma produces a very real tension and the risks associated with managing it can be extreme, for both the president and their institution.  Although governments and other funders continue to develop more prescriptive accountability frameworks, we know little of the public’s perception of the importance of university autonomy and the requirements for accountability.  This presentation will explore this issue and ask:  What does the public think about university autonomy and accountability?  Do citizens believe that universities can be trusted to do the right thing with the resources they receive?  How does the public’s trust in universities compare to that in government, public sector, and religious institutions?  Has this trust changed over time and, if so why?  These questions will be addressed using data collected from Canada, the United States, England, Sweden and Spain and used to explore the “President’s Leadership Dilemma”.

    Presenter: David H. Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus & Professor of Biology, University of Victoria

    Presiding: Paul B. Beran, Chancellor, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    General Session: Effective Leadership in a Disruptive Environment
    College and university presidents in Canada and the U.S. are increasingly challenged to provide leadership around complex and difficult issues. This session will include a brief overview of recent research on some of the critical challenges and opportunities facing Canadian universities, followed by insights from American university system heads on providing authentic and effective leadership in the current “disruptive” environment

    Presenter: Ross Paul, Former President, University of Windsor and Laurentian University and author of Leadership under Fire

    Panelists: Donald R. Bobbitt, President, University of Arkansas System
    Henry (Hank) M. Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
    Eileen Klein, President, Arizona Board of Regents

    Presiding: Flavius C. Killebrew, President/Chief Executive Officer, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

    11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Professional Consultations: Academic Search, Inc.
    Consultant:  Jessica S. Kozloff, President, Academic Search, Inc. and President Emerita, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

    Sign up at the Registration Desk for an individual consultation.

    11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Professional Consultations: AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development
    Consultant: Sal D. Rinella, CEO and Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development

    Sign up at the Registration Desk for an individual consultation.

    12 Noon – 5:00 p.m. 
    Summer Council Networking Lounge 
    Share conversation and refreshments with colleagues; recharge devices; view TED talks that spark conversation or review professional articles and publications. A place to connect!


    12 Noon departure for the University of British Columbia 
    12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Lunch and Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
    When Controversy Results in Ethical Dilemmas and Conflicting Values
    As public figures, college and university presidents are often expected by both internal and external constituents to weigh in on important and sometimes controversial issues. Should the university and its president champion important academic, social or political issues? Is it acceptable for a president to advocate for issues that are consistent with institutional interests and values but unpopular with some internal constituents or stakeholders in the community? Should university presidents be thought leaders in their communities? 

    Facilitator: James C. Votruba, President Emeritus and Professor of Educational Leadership, Northern Kentucky University and Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development

    Panelists: Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University
    Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Noel Bezette-Flores, Presidential Spouse, University of Houston-Downtown (Texas)
    Stephen Reno, Vice President and Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development and Chancellor Emeritus of the University System of New Hampshire

    12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     
    Male Spouse/Partner Luncheon Program 
    Unique Expectations of a Male Spouse/Partner of a President or Chancellor
    Former female chancellor and her spouse will identify common challenges in the expectations for a male spouse/partner followed by participant discussion.

    Presenters:  
    Jolene Koester, President Emerita, California State University Northridge and Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development
    Ron Lustig, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University (Calif.)

    6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
    Optional Event: Vancouver Skyline Dinner Cruise ($100 per person – limited attendance)
    “Spectacular by Nature” is Vancouver’s tag line and AASCU’s dinner cruise allows us to experience this gem of British Columbia on a relaxing private dinner cruise.

    Guests will walk (escorted) along the scenic seawall to the marina for boarding the Magic Charm vessel.
    A complimentary beverage will be offered upon boarding and a cash bar is available the remainder of the evening.

    Evening 
    Dinner on an individual basis 


    Monday, July 14

    7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Breakfast Service for Spouses/Partners

    7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Spouse/Partner Breakfast Program  (Breakfast served from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.)
    Fun (no “d” intended!) Raising = FriendRaising
    Long before the “ask” occurs in the process of raising money, typically a period of time is spent cultivating and building relationships with potential donors on campus and in the community. This is when the “fun” can occur while showcasing the university’s value in the community, the region, and the state. Join us to hear from a panel of spouses about how they make fun (no “d” intended!) raising an integral part of fund raising.

    Facilitators: Jalinna Jones–Presidential Spouse, Texas A&M University-Commerce 
    Tom Cheng –Presidential Spouse, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Pamela Lowe – Presidential Spouse, Indiana University Northwest

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    General Session: The Power of Collaborative Alignment
    Effective leaders understand that changing times mean changing approaches to achieve results. According to author Ron Ricci that approach is collaboration. Based on experience and research, he argues that collaboration is the biggest opportunity of the decade. In this session, Ricci will share actionable strategies to help presidents and chancellors create a culture that encourages collaboration, streamlines the collaborative process, and uses collaboration technology to achieve results.

    Presenter: Ron Ricci, co-author, The Collaboration Imperative: Executive Strategies for Unlocking Your Organization's True Potential

    Presiding: Scott Robert Olson, President, Winona State University (Minn.)

    10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    General Session: Succession Planning: Providing for a Sustainable Presidential Talent Pool

    This panel discussion will focus on the evolving nature of the university presidency and the qualities, skills and experiences that will be required for future presidential success.  It also will address how to ensure that the next generation of chief executives is prepared for the challenges and opportunities they are likely to confront.

    Based on demographics and the changing nature of the professoriate, we know that higher education will likely face a shortage of well-prepared leaders in the future.  There are not enough people in the traditional pipeline and they do not reflect the increasing diversity of the campuses they will serve.

    • What must public higher education do to ensure a sustainable talent pool for the future?
    • What are effective institutional succession strategies that will support the development of a diverse leadership pool?
    • What kind of professional development and leadership experiences will help us prepare leaders for the future?

    Moderator: John W. Moore, President and Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development and President Emeritus, Indiana State University

    Panelists: Earl Potter III, President, St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
    Glendell Jones, Jr., President, Henderson State University (Ark.)
    Jessica Kozloff, President, Academic Search, Inc. and President Emerita, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

    Noon – 1:00 p.m.
    Speakers Corner with Lunch
    Mingle with speakers over lunch, reflect on ideas raised in the morning sessions and continue the dialogue.

    12 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
    Summer Council Networking Lounge
    Share conversation and refreshments with colleagues; recharge devices; view TED talks that spark conversation or review professional articles and publications. A place to connect!

    12 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
    Professional Consultations: Academic Search, Inc.
    Consultant:  Jessica S. Kozloff, President, Academic Search, Inc. and President Emerita, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

    Sign up at the Registration Desk for an individual consultation.

    12 Noon – 5:00 p.m.
    Professional Consultations: AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development
    Consultant: Sal D. Rinella, CEO and Senior Associate, AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development

    Sign up at the Registration Desk for an individual consultation.

    1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Thought Leader Workshop
    AASCU/Huron Education Benchmarking Survey – New Insights to Guide University Operations

    Benchmarking can be a valuable tool but only if it gives actionable insights about true “peer” institutions. Huron Education is partnering with AASCU to create a survey to capture information that will be truly customized to AASCU institutions. The results will help the AASCU universities uncover detailed information they can put to use to be more efficient and effective. This session will give the opportunity for presidents to comment on the focus and content of the survey, and other observations on the current state of higher education.

    Facilitators: Marty Van Der Werf, Manager, Huron Consulting Group 
    Timothy Fournier, Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group 

    1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Thought Leader Workshop
    Financial Planning for Presidents and Presidential Couples

    Presidents and presidential couples face financial issues both while in office and as they plan for retirement, including living in college-owned housing while maintaining personal homes that are not occupied for most of the year. What are the most important financial matters for presidents and presidential
    couples to consider? What should they expect from a financial advisor? What are the key financial questions to ask? 
     
    Please join your peers and some guests from TIAA-CREF for a robust dialog on these topics and other challenges our Presidents face when planning for their next chapter.  Thanks!
      
    Facilitators: Kevin J. O’Leary, Managing Director, Individual Advisory Services and Trust Company, Fiduciary Services Business, TIAA-CREF
    Tamara Telesko, Director, Wealth Planning Strategies, TIAA-CREF

    1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    Spouse/Partner Program 
    The Influence of Expectations on the Role of the Spouse/Partner
    How do the expectations surrounding you shape your role as spouse/partner of a university president? Some of the sources of these expectations might include location and community of your university, the traditions established by your predecessor, the Board of Trustees, your spouse/partner, and your own aspirations. Let’s talk about identifying the sources, creating responses to these expectations, and understanding the impact they have on your identity.

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

    5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
    Optional Event: Farewell Reception and Dinner  ($65 per person)
    Enjoy a summer evening of camaraderie, good food and conversation and reflect on the program that explored issues of authenticity, integrity and the alignment of personal, professional, and institutional values. 


    Tuesday, July 15

    7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast 
    Driving Innovation at Canadian and U.S. Universities

    Presenter: Christine Tausig Ford, Vice-president and Chief Operating Officer
    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) 

    Facilitators: Earl H. Potter, III, President, St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
    Enrollment Analytics as a Tool to Drive Student Success 

    Ronald M. Berkman, President, Cleveland State University (Ohio)
    Using Multi-Term Course Registration to Facilitate Timely Degree Completion

    Donald Christian, President, State University of New York at New Paltz
    Boosting Student Responsibility through a Tavern Owners’ Agreement 

    Presiding: Dianne Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge

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