2014 Summer Council of Presidents

Summer Council of Presidents 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014 to Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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.

About the Conference

Summer Council attendance is open to current presidents and chancellors of member institutions, family members and guests. Spouses/partners will join presidents and chancellors for major sessions and will also have opportunities to discuss their shared interests and roles. 

The focus of AASCU’s Summer Council of Presidents is on presidential leadership and professional development. The program provides exposure to educators and thought leaders whose concepts and ideas can benefit presidential reflection and renewal in support of advancing their institutions. 

The registration fee covers participation in sessions, coffee and refreshment breaks, breakfasts and receptions, except optional events. Optional events may be purchased online as part of the registration process but must be paid in advance. Optional events may also be purchased by check or credit card on site. 


Special Programs

Special programs offered in conjunction with the 2014 Summer Council require separate registration:

1) AASCU Women Presidents Program – July 11 (additional $75 fee)
This special workshop features case study discussions of issues facing women presidents and chancellors.

2) Experienced Presidents Retreat – July 11-12 (additional $495 fee)
Sustaining the Creative Presidency in Challenging Times
Facilitators with presidential and consulting experience will help presidents and chancellors reflect on their accomplishments and challenges and develop a plan for addressing critical issues and opportunities in the next stages in their presidencies. Eligibility: presidents and chancellor appointed prior to July, 2011. Enrollment limited to 15. For more information on this program, please click here.
3) Beyond the First Year: Workshop for “New” Presidents - July 11 (separate $295 registration)
Sustaining the Vision: Moving Forward
This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for presidents who have been in office for a year or two to reflect on challenges and successes and to develop a plan for sustaining the vision and moving forward. Participants will have an opportunity to consider how well they have done assessing and nurturing their base, building the leadership team and managing presidential priorities. Presidents and chancellors appointed to their first presidency between January 2012 and September 2013 are invited to participate. Enrollment limited to 20.

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Tentative Program Schedule for Presidents and Chancellors
(updated April 16, 2014)

To view the Spouse/Partner program at the Summer Council, please click here.

Friday, July 11

8:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Women Presidents and Chancellors Program (separate $75 registration)
AASCU women presidents engage in an in-depth discussion of contemporary issues and leadership challenges facing presidents and chancellors.
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. – 5:30 p.m.
Experienced Presidents Retreat (separate $495 registration)
Sustaining the Creative Presidency in Challenging Times

A facilitator with presidential and consulting experience will help presidents and chancellors reflect on their accomplishments and challenges and develop a plan for addressing critical issues and opportunities in the next stages of their presidencies. Eligibility: presidents and chancellors appointed prior to July 2011. Enrollment limited to 15.

Facilitator: Jessica S. Kozloff, President Emerita, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Beyond the First Year: Workshop for “New” Presidents(separate $295 registration)
Sustaining the Vision: Moving Forward
This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for presidents who have been in office for a year or two to reflect on challenges and successes and to develop a plan for sustaining the vision and moving forward. Participants will have an opportunity to consider how well they have done assessing and nurturing their base, building the leadership team and managing presidential priorities. Presidents and chancellors appointed to their first presidency between January 2012 and September 2013 are invited to participate. Enrollment limited to 20.

Facilitators:
Patricia Cormier, President Emerita, Longwood University (Va.)
Jolene Koester, President Emerita, California State University, Northridge

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


Saturday, July 12

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
AASCU Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
Chair: Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Experienced Presidents Retreat (continued)

8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
AASCU Board of Directors Meeting
Chair: Tomás D. Morales, President, California State University San Bernardino

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

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.

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!

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Council of State Representatives Working Lunch
Chair: J. Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
AASCU Committee Meetings 

Economic and Workforce Development
Chair: Rita Cheng, Chancellor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

International Education
Chair: Gregory R. Weisenstein, President, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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

Policies and Purposes
Chair: Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Undergraduate Experience
Chair: Elsa M. Núñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening General Session
Understanding and Celebrating Vancouver’s Culture
Edmund Wade Davis, anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, photographer and professor, University of British Columbia is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.

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.
Asian-American and Pacific Islander Presidents Breakfast Meeting

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

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”.

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

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

Ross Paul, former president, University of Windsor and Laurentian University and author of “Leadership under Fire” 
Donald R. Bobbitt, President, University of Arkansas System
Henry (Hank) M. Huckaby, Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Sandra K. Woodley, System President, University of Louisiana System

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? 

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!

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. (Complimentary beverage upon boarding and cash bar the remainder of the evening.)

Evening
Dinner on an individual basis


Monday, July 14


7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
African-American Presidents Breakfast Meeting

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Presidential Breakfast Discussions
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.
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. 

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

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
General Session: Succession Planning for Leadership Transitions
A panel of current and former AASCU Presidents share successful strategies for executive level succession planning and leadership development.

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!

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Case Studies/Thought Leader Workshop: Benchmarking Project

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.

AASCU Innovations Exchange Forum and Breakfast

Fees top

Registration Fees for the 2014 Summer Council of Presidents

Category
 
Early Registration
(Before June 13, 2014)
 
Registration Fees
(After June 13, 2014)   
AASCU Member President/Chancellor $625 $700
AASCU Member Spouse/Partner/Guest $125 $175

Special Program and Optional Event Fees

Women Presidents/Chancellors Program- Friday, July 11
$75
This special workshop features case study discussions of issues facing women presidents and chancellors.

Beyond the First Year: Workshop for “New” Presidents
Sustaining the Vision: Moving Forward - Friday, July 11
$295
This workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for presidents who have been in office for a year or two to reflect on challenges and successes and to develop a plan for sustaining the vision and moving forward. Participants will have an opportunity to consider how well they have done assessing and nurturing their base, building the leadership team and managing presidential priorities. Presidents and chancellors appointed to their first presidency between January 2012 and September 2013 are invited to participate. Enrollment limited to 20.

Experienced Presidents Retreat
“Sustaining the Creative Presidency in Challenging Times” - Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12
$495
Facilitators with presidential and consulting experience will help presidents and chancellors reflect on their accomplishments and challenges and develop a plan for addressing critical issues and opportunities in the next stages in their presidencies. Eligibility: presidents and chancellor appointed prior to July, 2011. Enrollment limited to 15.

Pre-Meeting Seminar “Generating Revenue in Uncertain Times” - Saturday, July 12
No cost
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.

Welcome Reception and Dinner Buffet - Saturday, July 12
$65
Join colleagues for an evening of fellowship and enjoy a buffet inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

When Controversy Results in Ethical Dilemmas and Conflicting Values - Sunday, July 13
Outing to the University of British Columbia
No cost
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? 

Vancouver Dinner Cruise (limited capacity) - Sunday, July 13
$100
Please note that this event is currently sold out. Attendees who sign up will be placed on a wait list.
“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. We stroll along Vancouver’s seawall briefly then board the Magic Hornblower charter boat for a complimentary beverage upon boarding (cash bar to follow). We depart Coal Harbour along pristine waterways and enjoy the Vancouver skyline and stunning Coast Mountains in the distance. Our route takes us around Vancouver’s beloved urban Stanley Park and under the Lions Gate Bridge which connects The West End of the city to North Vancouver. We glide by beautiful waterfront mansions on the way to Point Atkinson Lighthouse, perched atop a rocky bluff. After enjoying the dinner buffet, we will return to the city, with memories of time together enjoying views of the skyline, a picture-perfect backdrop of skyscraping mountains, lush green forests and sparkling blue ocean.

Farewell Reception and Dinner - Monday, July 14
$65 
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.

Registration Information top

Please select among the two options below:

OPTION 1:
Register Online
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OPTION 2:
Register via the downloadable registration form, to be mailed or faxed in to AASCU Meetings attention to Kevin Finkelstein at (202) 478-5493.
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Hotel

Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Vancouver
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4R5 Canada
604.684.1128

The Marriott Pinnacle is located in downtown Vancouver, near Coal Harbour and minutes from popular Robson Street.

Reserve accommodations early but not later than Friday, June 13, 2014.

AASCU is holding a block of rooms at the conference rate but, since Vancouver is such a popular summer destination, there is no guarantee that accommodations will be available through the June 13 cut off. Once AASCU’s rooms are taken, overflow alternatives will be listed on AASCU’s website.

Rooms are $179 Canadian (currently ±$168 US) for single or double occupancy, plus 16.5% room tax.

Online reservations can be made by clicking here. Attendees may also call 800-228-9290 and reference the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

A first night deposit is required to confirm a reservation. Indicate any disability-related requirements or special preferences when making your reservation. The Marriott Pinnacle Downtown reservations department will work to accommodate requests.

General Information

Traveling Into Canada

Individual Traveler Customs/Entry
United States citizens and permanent residents require a valid passport to enter Canada. Proof of residence, such as a driver’s license, should also be carried; however, this is not accepted as proof of citizenship. For further information, visit www.cic.gc.ca.

To facilitate border procedures it is recommended that attendees provide a copy of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Recognition Letter for presentation to a CBSA Border Services Officer upon arrival to Canada. Print out a copy of the Recognition Letter and present it to facilitate your entry into Canada (pdf).

Customs and Duty Free
All persons entering Canada must fill out a declaration for Canada Customs.

Canadian Currency
http://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/daily-converter/

Air Travel
Fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR), located about 24 miles, or 25-30 minutes south of the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Vancouver. Book early for airfare savings.

NEXUS Program
Attendees who are members of the NEXUS Program enjoy expedited travel through the Canadian border. Click here to visit the NEXUS website for more information.

Cell Phone Use
Attendees are reminded to verify that their cell phone plans include coverage in Canada.

Ground Transportation

As a preferred travel destination, Vancouver offers unlimited transportation options. With a clean, safe, and modern local transit system, you can relax knowing you don’t have to get behind a wheel.

Taxi
Taxis are approximately $39 each way from Vancouver International Airport. The taxi stand is outside of the “International Arrivals Greeting Area.”

The Canada Line
Canada’s affordable Light Rail service is available from the airport. Take the Skytrain from the airport to the “Waterfront Station Northbound.” At that point, you can either walk northwest on W. Hastings Street for 7 minutes to the hotel, or you can walk one block south to the intersection of W. Pender and Granville Streets, and catch the “19 Stanley Park” bus to the hotel. If you plan to use the Canada Line, we recommend planning your transportation using the trip planner http://thecanadaline.com/

Car Rental
Hertz is offering discounted rates for rental cars for the Summer Council. Rates are guaranteed from July 10 through July 17, subject to car availability, from YVR. Rentals may have airport fees, surcharges, and motor vehicle fees related to car rental, which are separate charges from tax. Call the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk at 800.654.2240 and mention the code Hertz CV#011B0077. (All “0” are zeros). Hertz will provide the best rates available. Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply. Advanced reservations recommended. Reserve online by clicking here.

Climate/Attire

Average high temperatures in July – 74 degrees F/23 degrees C.
Visit http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Vancouver for forecasts.

Business casual attire is appropriate. Attendees will want comfortable shoes to explore the city, a sun hat and sunscreen for protection, and a jacket, sweater or shawl while in air-conditioned meeting rooms and enjoying the outdoors.

Family and Guests
Family members and guests of presidents/chancellors and spouse/partners are welcome to accompany the presidents, chancellors, spouses and partners to the Summer Council. Although there are no planned activities for young people or optional tours scheduled during the meeting, information concerning Vancouver cultural and recreational options is available so individuals can customize their own plans.

Optional Activities top

Please see this list for activities and locations to explore on your own.

In addition, Tourism Vancouver has created an interactive website for Summer Council Guests. You can view the website by clicking here.

Cancellation & Refund Policytop

Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a cancellation fee if received after 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday June 23, 2014. Cancellations received prior to this will receive a full refund. Refunds will be issued within 45 days of the meeting's conclusion. Payments made online will be refunded back to the credit card, all other refunds will be issued via check.

Cancellation Fee – Member President/Chancellor: $150
Cancellation Fee – Member Spouse/Partner: $ 50 

Please note, due to pre-program preparations, cancellations received after 5 p.m. EST on July 3, 2014, including no-shows,* are not eligible for refunds (including optional events.)

Failure to reconcile Summer Council final invoices precludes members from registering for future meetings.

*No-show is a registrant who does not attend the meeting and has not canceled in writing. No-shows are responsible for all registered meeting charges.

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