• 2016 AASCU Annual Meeting Spouse/Partner Program

    Saturday, October 29

    Noon – 6:00 p.m.

    6:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m.
    2016 Board of Directors Dinner
    Tamarina Restaurant & Bar - 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
    Gather in the lobby at 5:30 p.m.  (by invitation only)

    Sunday, October 30

    7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. 
    Networking Luncheon 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, 2015, and their spouse, partner or guest are encouraged to attend.

    Presiding:  Scott Olson, President, Winona State University, (Minn.) and Chair, Committee on Professional Development

    Remarks:   Muriel A. Howard, President, AASCU 
    Cyndie Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach Coordinator

    1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
    Spouse/Partner New Member Pre-meeting Workshop:  Finding Your Way as the Spouse/Partner of a University President

    AASCU’s Spouse/Partner Program understands the tightrope new spouses and partners walk. In this session participants will hear results from recent research on university presidential spouses and participate in roundtable discussions around issues of role, identity, relationships and privacy. Discussions will address questions such as:

    • How do you view your role on campus or in the community? How do others view your role?
    • How do you respond to criticism of you, of the president/chancellor, or your institution?
    • How do you handle conversations that are inappropriate or offensive?
    • How do you protect some level of privacy for yourself and your family?

    Presiding: Cyndie Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach Coordinator

    Facilitators: Thomas K. Cheng, Presidential Spouse, Northern Arizona University
    Sandy Christian, Presidential Spouse, State University of New York at New Paltz
    Elizabeth Ross, Presidential  Spouse, Central Michigan University
    Aundra Shields, Presidential Spouse, University of Wisconsin- Platteville

    4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                

    Opening General Session: The Collective Impact Model: Achieving Large-Scale Change through Collaboration 
    Support provided by Aramark 

    The profound challenges facing state colleges and universities and their communities also represent an opportunity for presidential leadership.  Collective impact, defined as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem” provides a framework for university leaders to drive social change through collaboration.  This session lays out the theory and standards of practice related to collective impact and offers examples of successful implementation.  Participants will leave with key strategies and the “how to” of collective impact as an approach for solving problems that directly impact campus and community.

    Welcome:  Muriel A. Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities 
    Presiding: Steve M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors   

    Speaker Introduction: Deborah F. Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego and Chair-Elect, AASCU Board of Directors   
    Speaker:  Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York System

    AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards Presentation and Video

    • Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award
      • Ball State University, (IN)

    • International Education Award
      • California State University, Fullerton
      • The University of Guam

    • Leadership Development and Diversity Award
      • Buffalo State College, State University of New York
      • Morehead State University, (KY)

    • Regional and Economic Development Award
      • Farmingdale State College, (NY)
      • Metropolitan State University of Denver

    • Student Success and College Completion Award
      • University of Northern Iowa

    • Sustainability and Sustainable Development Award
      • California State University, Northridge
      • Stockton University, (NJ)

    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
    Sponsored Receptions Featuring Hors d’oeuvres and Signature Beverages

    • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
    • EAB | Royall & Company 

    7:30 p.m. 
    Dinner on an Individual Basis

    7:30 p.m.

    Dutch Treat Dinner for Presidents and Chancellors Traveling Solo
    Epic Hotel - Area 31 Restaurant, 270 Biscayne Blvd., Way

    7:30 p.m.

    Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Guests Dinner (ticketed $70 per person & cash bar)
    Toro Toro Restaurant - InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza

    Monday, October 31

    7 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
    TIAA Private Consultations

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 
    Breakfast for Presidents/Chancellors and Spouses/Partners

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 
    Affinity Group Breakfast Meeting

    LGBTQ Presidents, Chancellors, and Spouse/Partners

    8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 
    General Session:  Our Kids:  The American Dream in Crisis

    Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life.  Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.  In this session, Putnam shares evidence of a growing opportunity gap and its implications for public higher education and public policy.

    Presiding:  Rudy Crew, President, City University of New York, Medgar Evers College 
    Speaker:    Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

    9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

    General Session:  Beyond Diversity in Public Higher Education:  Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Inequity  
    Tim Wise examines the ways in which American politics and culture serve to rationalize inequalities on the basis of class and race. Wise suggests that we can only begin to move toward authentic social and economic equity by acknowledging the way racial identity continues to shape our experiences and perceptions (consciously and unconsciously) today.

    Kim Hunter Reed shares observations about the challenges institutions face in dealing with issues of race, policing and student activism, and shares strategies for achieving positive outcomes. The session includes an interactive exercise designed to help participants better understand the president’s role in building relationships, trust and understanding with campus constituencies and developing appropriate responses to unrest.

    Presiding:  J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston 
    Speakers:  Tim Wise, Writer and Activist 
    Kim Hunter Reed, Deputy Under Secretary of Education

    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    
    Spouse/Partner Planning Committee
    (all spouses/partners welcome to sit-in)

    Chair: Becky Driscoll, Presidential Spouse, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 
    Coordinator,  Cyndie Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach, AASCU 

    12:30 – 2:00 p.m.       
    American Academic Leadership Institute Luncheon

    Supported by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in collaboration with Academic Search, Inc.

    Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

    Presenter:  Lt. General Steven L. Kwast, Commander, and President, Air University
    Presiding:  Jack Hawkins, Chancellor, Troy University, (Ala.) 

    Presentation of the Secretary of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award

    2:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.                                                                          
    Spouse/Partner Program: Can We Talk? 
    Tools for Engaging in Meaningful Conversations

    This interactive session will explore the important conversations that we have in our lives and how we might be able to improve the quality of them with some tools and techniques. We will draw on some of the methods and concepts from the best selling book Crucial Conversations  and apply them to real-life situations. We will gain insight into our own individual styles under stress and explore ways to manage their impact. We will also explore the field of Emotional Intelligence  and identify some of the skill areas that can have a profound influence on meaningful conversations such as: empathy, emotional self-control, and managing conflict. Participants will be able practice these tools and increase their confidence in applying them in a variety of personal and professional situations.

    (Note: This will be a double-session which will allow participants to attend part one and then choose to attend the plenary session at 4:00 p.m. or continue with part-two to engage in further practice with these skills.)

    Presiding:  Becky Driscoll, Presidential Spouse, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Facilitators:  Tim Switalski, Founder and President, Darwin Associates 
    Laura Switalski,
    Partner and Managing Director, Darwin Associates 

    3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


    4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 
    General Session:  Leveraging Scarce Resources through Strategic Public-Private Partnerships

    While public-private partnerships (commonly called P3 activity) are relatively well understood as a way to finance student housing developments and sports stadiums, collaborative projects between corporate partners and state colleges and universities are also increasingly being used to enhance academic programs, increase revenue and meet workforce needs through projects such as hotels, research incubators, technology development sites and energy projects. 

    This spotlight session features examples of different models of P3 activity on AASCU campuses with a focus on what are some of the opportunities, challenges and risks associated with public-private partnerships.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of the pros and cons of using a P3 model; the key business, political and academic considerations in the decision-making process; how to bring community stakeholders together to move a P3 project forward; and what the research says about the strategic importance of partnerships. 

    Presiding: George Ross, President, Central Michigan University
    Panelists: Steve Kreidler, V. P. for Administration and Finance, Metropolitan State University
    John Nader, President, Farmingdale State College, SUNY
    Harvey Kesselman, President, Stockton University (NJ)

    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Sponsored Receptions Featuring Hors d’oeuvres and Signature Beverages

    • The Registry for College and University Presidents 
    • Ruffalo Noel-Levitz – Raphael/Michelangelo
    • TIAA  - Escorial/Alhambra  

    7:00 p.m.
    Dinner on an individual basis

    Tuesday, November 1

    7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

    Breakfast for Presidents/Chancellors and Spouses/Partners

    7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

    Breakfast with Allan and Bobbie Ostar, founding president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    An opportunity to hear first-hand how AASCU got its start as an association and how its founding president, Allan Ostar, helped to shape important higher education policy discussions in Washington.

    8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 
    Male Spouse/Partner Program

    Welcome:        Albert (Mickey) Howard, Liaison to the Spouse/Partner Program
    Presiding: John Wujack, Presidential Spouse, California State University, Northridge

    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
    General Session:  The Three-Box Solution

    How do you meet the performance requirements of the current business model while dramatically reinventing it? How do you foresee a change in your current model before a crisis forces you to abandon it? One of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation, Vijay Govindarajan, shares a framework for balancing the imperatives of the present with the demands of the future.

    Presiding: Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University, (N.J.) 
    Speaker:   Vijay Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business

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

    Spouse/Partner Program: The Spouse/Partner Role in University Advancement 
    Colleges and universities are constituency focused institutions, with many presidential spouses involved in the planning and execution of important relationship-building activities. Spouses often act as “ambassadors” for the institution. At many colleges and universities, such a role, even if not officially recognized, is both traditional and expected, with the demands in time and energy exceeding typical requirements of spouses in other leadership contexts. In this session, an experienced presidential couple offers guidance and leads a discussion about navigating the challenges and opportunities associated with a presidential spouse or partner’s role in University Advancement work.

    Speakers:  John Anderson,President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania 
    Vivien Anderson
    , Presidential Spouse, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
    Presiding:  Kathy Killebrew, Presidential Spouse, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi  

    Noon – 2:00 p.m.
    Presentation of Distinguished Alumnae Award 
    Distinguished Alumnus Award Presentation

    Introduction:  James B. Borsig, President, Mississippi University for Women
    Distinguished Alumna:   Doris Taylor, Director, Regenerative Medicine Research, Texas Heart Institute, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX

    President-to-President Lecture

    Introduction:   Jerry B. Farley, President, Washburn, (Ks.)  
    Speaker:  Mickey L. Burnim, President, Bowie State University (MD)

    2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    General Session:  Athletics and Sexual Assault: Education, Prevention, Response and Remediation 
    This session focuses on the particular questions presidents and chancellors should be asking to ensure that their institution’s sexual misconduct prevention, education, resolution and remediation efforts effectively address the unique issues that may arise in the area of intercollegiate athletics.  The speaker will share the diverse ways colleges and universities are educating athletics staff and student-athletes, and will challenge each participant to think about how their school might respond to a high-profile case on campus in a serious, timely and sensitive manner. Using examples drawn from recent cases, the speaker will provide lessons from the field to help presidents anticipate some of the most challenging scenarios and explore fair and legal responses, consistent with core values and federal law.

    Presiding: Judy A. Bense, President, University of West Florida 
    Speaker:  Janet Judge, President, Sports Law Associates LLC

    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

    Closing General Session:  Leadership Lessons from the Board Room to the Oval Office
    Drawing on his years studying leadership at the Harvard Business School and as a presidential historian, Beschloss, picks the most brilliant successes and the most lethal mistakes made in business and politics – and shows what they can teach us.

    Presiding:  Mildred García, President, California State University Fullerton 
    Speaker:   Michael Beschloss, Historian and Political Commentator

    4:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.     
    Special Recognition and Transfer of the Gavel Ceremony    

    Presiding:    Steve M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Chair, AASCU Board of Directors 

    5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   

    Closing Reception
    The Closing reception provides an opportunity to reflect on the many insights gained during the conference and continue networking and comparing notes with peers.

    Wednesday, November 2

    8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Networking Breakfast and Legislative Update
    AASCU Government Relations staff provided briefings on legislative and policy issues over breakfast.