Our Annual Conference & Meeting of the Association for Continuing Higher Education will be here in just two short months. The visioning, the planning, the connections within and among regions, committees, colleagues, and teams are bringing together one of the finest conferences I have seen in all the years I’ve been a member of this great body. And there is one reason for that: You! The members are the heart of ACHE.
I’m excited to announce that our cadre of keynote speakers and panelists has been finalized. They are all distinguished thought leaders who bring focused tips and tools to practitioners who make daily strategic connections, change lives, and demonstrate successes. From an expert in ‘encore learning’ – Barbara Vacarr – to the distinguished Christie Vilsack of the U.S. Agency for International Development; from a research expert at the Education Advisory Board – Chris Miller – to a panel of CRM, marketing, and research professionals… there is a plethora of knowledge and inspiration on awaiting you in St. Louis this November. Please visit our Program Details page for more information on our speakers.
Also, have you shared with your colleagues the depth and breadth of the conference concurrents and workshops? I encourage you to introduce to colleagues both new and long-standing the ways in which ACHE members who present at and attend the Annual Conference demonstrate and share how we can all do what we need to do better in these challenging times.
And, I can hardly wait to share the stories from our award winners this year! I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with this year's awardees. You'll get to meet them during our Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, November 10, and learn how they are changing lives through the work they do every day. They are wonderful inspirations for each of us.
ACHE is the place where I find engaging professional and personal development, where I invigorate my energies and affirm my commitment to my field, my campus, my students, and my community. I know you will too. Keep checking ACHE’s Facebook page or our LinkedIn Group page for updates.
I can hardly wait to see you in St. Louis!
Regis M. Gilman
ACHE President, 2015