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2019 AAUA Leadership Seminar
June 6-7, 2019 │ Detroit, Michigan

"Creative and Effective Approaches to Common Problems
Confronting American Higher Education"

The AAUA Annual Leadership Seminar comprises a limited number of American higher education professionals who are keenly interested in administrative practices. The number of seminar participants is limited to no more than 75; this limitation ensures opportunities for meaningful interaction between presenters and participants as well as among participants themselves. Many participants find the seminar as a place of meaningful professional networking and/or a place where scholarly collaborations are initiated. Perhaps most importantly, the AAUA Leadership Seminar is intended and designed as an administrators’ professional development meeting where we "close the doors and talk about issues that we might not be willing to talk about in larger, more open venues." (Note: AAUA membership embraces personnel in all administrative roles and at all administrative levels, from department chair/unit director through president. It enrolls personnel from all institutional types—two- and four-year colleges; comprehensive and research universities; publicly supported and privately supported institutions, both non- and for-profit; and specialized career- and professional schools. Membership in AAUA is not required to participate in the leadership seminar.)

The 2019 seminar will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Downtown Hotel (333 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226). (Detailed lodging information can be found under the "Lodging" tab.)

The registration fee for the seminar is $200 - $300. (The registration form can be accessed under the "Registration Form" tab.)


Sessions lead by three notable featured seminar presenters have been scheduled.

David H. Feldman, professor of economics at the College of William and Mary and coauthor of The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities, will be interviewed by Widener University President Julie Wollman in our "A Discussion With…" session. (NOTE: Seminar participants who register by before the expiration of the early registration period will be provided with a complimentary copy of Archibald's and Feldman's book.)

Ryan Craig, managing director of University Ventures Fund and author of College Disrupted will lead a session entitled, Higher Education and American Economic Mobility. Craig's book, College Disrupted was cited by Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University as offering "the best and most clear-sighted analysis of the dramatic changes underway in higher education."

A third invited session will be led by Elaine P. Maimon, president of Governors State University and author of Leading Academic Change: Vision, Strategy, Transformation. President Maimon's presentation, It's Time for Fundamental Reform in Higher Education, will conclude the first day of the seminar; she will be available for discussion during the reception immediately following her session.


Educating for the Future of Work. Jim Henderson, President, University of Louisiana System.

Removing Silos and Strengthening Collegiate Partnerships While Closing the Achievement Gap. Monica Brockmeyer, Senior Associate Provost for Student Success; Michelle Hunt Bruner, Director, Academic Success Center; and Kenya Swanson, Coordinator, Warrior Vision and Impact Program, Wayne State University.

Targeted Innovation in Education: Advocating Change in a Risk Adverse Culture. John J. Donahue, Chief Academic and Development Officer, Synergis Education.

What Keeps College Administrators Awake at Night, and How to Get a Good Night's Sleep. Dean Hoke, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Edu Alliance.

Effective Measurement Strategies for Tracking Institutional Diversity. Cheryl Bagley Thompson, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing; and Kimberly Norman-Collins, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy.

Case Study: Creating a Sustainable Business Model at Texas A&M System. Phillip A. Ray, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Texas A&M University System.

Re-Situating Video in Course Design: A Research-Driven Approach to Creating Media Students Will Watch. Barbara Klocko, Associate Professor of Education & Director of EdD Program; Jeremy T. Bond, Interim Director of e-Learning; & Phillip C. Coffman, Manager of Creative Media Production, Central Michigan University.

How To Garner Support from Multiple Stakeholders and Enliven Your Strategic Plan Through a Strategic Initiative Funding Process. Karen M. Lee, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Strategic Initiatives, University of San Diego.

And two presentations from international representatives: Addressing the Challenges Facing Higher Education in Nigeria: Can Strategic Planning Help? John E. Udo, Registrar, Akwa Ibom State University, Nigeria; and (2) Lifelong Learning Framework for Combating Migration and Servile Jobs in Nigeria. Oluwatoyin Dorcas Ayimoro, Professor of Adult Education; Gabriel Enialola Ayimoro, Professor of Education; and Funmi Ogunbodede, Professor of Geography and Planning Sciences, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria.


Following the last afternoon session on Thursday, the association will host a participant and presenter reception. (Complimentary hors d'oeuvres; cash bar.)


As is traditional, the 2019 Leadership Seminar will conclude with the association's annual awards luncheon. This will include brief presentations from recipients of the John L. Blackburn Award, Exemplary Models Awards, the Donald A. Gatzke Dissertation Award, and the Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Dissertation Award.


The AAUA Leadership Seminar is not just another conference where you drop in, take a look & listen, then go home. We encourage you to connect. Connect with featured presenters, connect with session leaders, connect with other attendees. AAUA believes that a very real value of our limited-size meeting is the opportunity to broaden professional networks as well as broaden knowledge and insights. AAUA isn't just an organization for individuals in role-alike settings … it gives you an opportunity to expand your professional network to include higher education administrators in roles different than the one you currently hold. (Department chair and unit directors can connect with vice presidents, deans with presidents, and so forth.)

AAUA isn't an organization for personnel from a single type of institution. We have members and seminar attendees from the full range of both public and private institutions. This gives you an opportunity to look at higher education's problems—and consider solutions—from a variety of perspectives.

AAUA has many members who report that professional friendships and scholarly collaborations which were initiated at a Leadership Seminar have continued fruitfully for many years. We invite your participation.

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