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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
Presidents and chancellors who were appointed since July 1, 2015, and their spouse, partner or guest are encouraged to attend.
A. Howard, President, AASCU
Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach Coordinator
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:
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
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
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
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sponsored Receptions Featuring Hors d’oeuvres
and Signature Beverages
7:30 p.m. Dinner on an Individual Basis
Dutch Treat Dinner for Presidents and
Chancellors Traveling Solo
Epic Hotel - Area 31 Restaurant, 270 Biscayne Blvd., Way
Former Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and
Guests Dinner (ticketed $70 per person & cash bar)
Toro Toro Restaurant - InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza
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.
Presidents/Chancellors and Spouses/Partners
LGBTQ Presidents, Chancellors, and Spouse/Partners
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
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.
Keith Motley, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Speakers: Tim Wise, Writer and Activist
Hunter Reed, Deputy Under Secretary of Education
Chair: Becky Driscoll, Presidential Spouse, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Shepard, Spouse/Partner Planning and Outreach, AASCU
Supported by the
American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) in collaboration with Academic
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
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
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)
Sponsored Receptions Featuring Hors d’oeuvres
and Signature Beverages
7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Presidents/Chancellors and Spouses/Partners
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.
(Mickey) Howard, Liaison to the Spouse/Partner Program
Presiding: John Wujack, Presidential Spouse, California State University, Northridge
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.
Henderson, President, New Jersey City University, (N.J.)
Govindarajan, Coxe Distinguished Professor, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business
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 PennsylvaniaPresiding: Kathy Killebrew, Presidential Spouse, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Presentation of Distinguished Alumnae Award
Distinguished Alumnus Award Presentation
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
B. Farley, President, Washburn, (Ks.)
L. Burnim, President, Bowie State University (MD)
General Session: Athletics and Sexual Assault: Education, Prevention, Response and
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
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.
García, President, California State University Fullerton
Beschloss, Historian and Political Commentator
The Closing reception provides an opportunity to reflect on the many insights gained during the conference and continue networking and comparing notes with peers.