• 2015 Summer Council of Presidents Spouse/Partner Program

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 to Tuesday, July 14, 2015 • Denver, Colorado

    2015 Summer Council - Spouse Partner Program Cover Download Spouse/Partner Final Program (pdf)

    The schedule below was last updated on June 15, 2015. Please refer to the FINAL PROGRAM pdf above for reference.


    Friday, July 10

    Noon – 1:30 p.m. 
    Spouse/Partner Planning Committee Meeting

    Chair: Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Coordinator: Judy Ingle, Spouse/Partner Program Planning & Outreach, AASCU

    1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
    First-Year Spouse/Partner Subcommittee (by invitation)

    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Pre-meeting Workshop - Finding Your Way as the Spouse/Partner of a University President
    You are in the very public position of spouse/partner of an experienced or newly appointed university president or chancellor. You may feel overwhelmed, have questions, need some advice or realize how exposed you are in this fishbowl. Each of us handles the stress of being in the spotlight differently, and we can learn coping strategies from each other.

    Join your colleagues to share and hear how others manage and adapt to the demands of university life in the role of a presidential spouse/partner.

    Some of the questions this session will address include:      

    • How do you view your role on campus or in the community? How do others view your role?
    • How do you create new or maintain established relationships?  
    • How do you respond to criticism of you, the president/chancellor, or your institution without becoming outwardly defensive or annoyed?
    • How do you handle conversations that are inappropriate or offensive?

    Whether this is your first experience as a presidential spouse or you have been in the role for years, this session is for you. This is your chance to ask, listen, learn, share, and laugh!

    Presider: Elizabeth Ross, Presidential Spouse, Central Michigan University

    Ruth Jordan, Presidential Spouse, Metropolitan State University - Denver 
    Tom Cheng, Presidential Spouse, Northern Arizona University 
    Kathy Killebrew, Presidential Spouse, Texas A&M University, Corpus-Christi

    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
    Reception for Pre-meeting Program Participants (Presidents and Spouses)

    6:30 p.m. Dinner
    AASCU Board of Directors and Committee on Professional Development Dinner (by invitation)

    Saturday, July 11

    9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Pre-Meeting Seminar: Crisis Communication
    This interactive session will engage participants in a discussion about the unique opportunities and challenges that social media poses for higher education administrators.  Particular attention will be given to discussing strategies for maintaining a positive image and effective relationships with the public, as well as using social media to prevent and respond to crisis situations.  Participants will leave with a high level understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with social media, as well as an action plan for improving their existing crisis plan. This workshop co-designed by public relations consultant, Michelle Baum of Moxie and Mettle, and assistant professor Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer, of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, offers practical advice grounded in both research and professional practice.

    Michelle Baum, Senior Communications Consultant, Moxie + Mettle
    Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
    Convener: Julie Wollman, President, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

    Noon – 4:00 p.m.
    Summer Council Networking Lounge

    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.

    “Reflections on the First Year”

    Tom Jackson, Jr., President, Black Hills State University (S.D.)
    Mary E. Boyce, Assistant Vice Provost University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Presidential Spouse, University of Michigan – Flint
    Presiding: Paul B. Beran, Chancellor, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Chair, Committee on Professional Development

    1:45 p.m. – 3: 15 p.m.
    Book Discussion: Health and Wellness

    Presider: Becky Driscoll, Presidential Spouse, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Author: Margit Henderson, Ph.D., Author of Optimistic Aging: from Midlife to the Good Life- An Action Plan

    Dr. Margit Cox Henderson is a clinical psychologist and author of Optimistic Aging: from Midlife to the Good Life, an Action Plan. She will share an overview of the research about aging well and help participants develop realistic plans for improved health and self-care.  This program will cover the core principles for strengthening physical, mental, emotional and social health, and will leave participants feeling invigorated and hopeful about the future. 


    Health and Wellness

    Dr. Henderson’s book will be available for purchase in Cottonwood A immediately following the presentation

    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Hospitality Hour

    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Opening General Session - Denver: The Mile High City (Presidents and Spouses)  
    Earning the title, “Dr. Colorado” for his 44 books, Denver Post Sunday column and local TV show about the state, the speaker will offer a lighthearted talk, share visuals and survey the ups and downs of the Mile High City that sits exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.
    Welcome: Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Presenter: Tom Noel, "Dr. Colorado,” Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denve
    Presiding: Muriel A. Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities  

    5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Welcome Reception and Dinner Buffet
    Connect with colleagues and sample the local cuisine in anticipation of a compelling and informative Summer Council program.

    Sunday, July 12

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

    7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
    Breakfast Discussions and Focus Groups for Presidents, Chancellors, Spouses and Partners

    8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    Keynote Address: Insight + Innovation = Transformation
    Samantha Adams Becker, of New Media Consortium, offers insight about how key trends, significant challenges and important developments in technology can support innovation and transformation in higher education.

    New Media Consortium’s 2015 Horizon Report for Higher Education looks at emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe.  

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    General Session: Insight – How Universities Thrive in a Changing Landscape
    John Lin, McKinsey North American Education Practice

    McKinsey & Company's Education Practice recently interviewed more than 100 higher education leaders, spanning institutional leaders, foundation leaders, reporters, and policy makers, around "what it takes" to innovate and differentiate in this space. What we heard is that leaders must define their institutions’ value proposition to make clear choices to invest in the few that will set them apart from the crowd.

    11:30 a.m. – Board buses for Denver Art Museum (Advance sign-up required)

    Noon – 3:00 p.m.
    Lunch and Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
    Creating a Culture of Respect – Getting beyond Risk Mitigation and Compliance

    A buffet lunch will be followed by an engaging and interactive session dealing with the challenges and opportunities inherent in creating a culture of respect on our campuses.

    Dianne Harrison, President, CSU Northridge, shares thoughts about the role of the president in creating a culture of respect and a safe campus climate; Framroze Virjee, Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, California State University provides high level guidance on key issues to consider in developing policy and managing allegations of unlawful and unacceptable behavior on campus; and  Florida A&M University Police Chief, Terrence Calloway offers his perspective on how university police can support culture change and help create a safe campus environment.

    Facilitated small group discussion of real cases involving issues of sexual assault, hazing, and other forms of violence on campus follows the panel presentations.

    2:15 p.m.  
    Behind the Scenes Access Textile Talk – (Advance sign-up required) 
    Gather in Lobby of Ponti Hall 

    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   
    Behind the Scenes Tour –Advance sign-up required 
    The Spouse/Partner Program is proud to sponsor a behind-the-scenes tour limited to 20 guests at the Denver Art Museum from 2:30-3:30. This event is available for the first 20 spouses, partners, presidents, and chancellors who sign up by June 29.


    Please email Judy Ingle at inglej@aascu.org by the June 29 deadline and include a cell phone number.  

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Self-Guided Museum Tours
    Free time to explore the Denver Art Museum

    3:30 p.m.
    Buses continuously loop from the Museum to the hotel

    4:30 p.m.
    Last bus departs Museum

    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Hospitality on the Pool Terrace

    Dinner on an individual basis

    Monday, July 13

    7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Breakfast for Presidents and Spouses

    7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 
    Male Spouse/Partner Breakfast Meeting
    Negotiating the Role of a Male Spouse/Partner 

    Presider:  Albert (Mickey) Howard, Liaison to the Spouse/Partner Program
    Facilitator:  Ken Schallenkamp, Presidential Spouse and Associate Professor, Black Hills State University, (S.D.)

    7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
    Spouse/Partner Nominating Committee (by invitation)

    Arthur Dozier, Presidential Spouse, Savannah State University (Ga.)
    Judy Ingle, Vice Chair, Spouse/Partner Program Planning and Outreach, AASCU

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    General Session – Presidential Leadership in Changing Times: Business Model Innovation
    Is it a foregone conclusion that business model innovation is essential to the future success of higher education or is the industry so stable that it will weather the storm without significantly changing its value proposition?  In this session, TIAA-CREF executive vice president Rob Leary, will set the stage by offering an assessment of the economic forces driving change in higher education and be followed by Ron Ehrenberg of Cornell University and another scholar with distinctive and perhaps even provocative ideas about the future of colleges and universities.  Participants will engage the panel and have an opportunity to offer differing views and further develop their own thoughts about the direction of public higher education.

    10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    General Session – Performing Under Pressure – Doing Your Best When it Matters Most
    Bill Benjamin from the Institute for Health and Human Potential will lead an interactive session designed to leave participants with practical tools for managing themselves to achieve the best results when working under pressure. 

    Noon – 1:30 p.m.
    Spouse/Partner Healthy Lunch Program
    Our lifestyles today are very busy. We have family, campus, sports, leisure, social and community commitments to fit into limited time.  We know that we, and our families, need to eat healthy meals, but what does that mean exactly? What are the best balance and sources of protein, carbs, and fats? And how can we provide healthy meals that are also relatively simple and quick to prepare?
    Join colleagues for a healthy lunch prepared by a Four Seasons Chef who will share tools and quick tips for preparing healthy meals.

    Presider: Lisa Lewis Dubois, Presidential Spouse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Presenter: Executive Chef, Four Seasons Denver

    Noon – 5:00 p.m.
    Summer Council Networking Lounge

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
    TIAA-CREF Workshop
    Financial Planning for Presidential Career Stages
    (Early Presidency, Mid-Career, Retirement Transition)

    Presidents and their families 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 their families to consider? What should they expect from a financial advisor? What are the key financial questions to ask? 
    Experts from TIAA-CREF will guide a robust dialog on these topics and other challenges Presidents and their families face when planning for their next chapter.  

    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  
    African-American Presidents Meeting

    3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  
    Hispanic and Latino Presidents Meeting

    5:00 p.m. – 8 00 p.m. 
    Farewell Reception and Dinner 

    The Farewell Reception and dinner provides an opportunity to reflect on the many insights gained during the conference and to continue the networking and comparing notes with peers while looking out on the beautiful mountain vistas at the Nature and Science Museum. 

    Tuesday, July 14

    7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    AASCU Innovations Exchange Forum and Breakfast

    Before you head out to airport, plan to participate in the AASCU Innovations Exchange Forum and Breakfast, where you will have an opportunity to hear about wonderful innovations on AASCU campuses, ask questions and dialogue with your colleagues one last time until the next AASCU meeting!


    • Danita Young
      Project Director, Leadership Development and Meeting Operations
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