Last Wednesday morning, a deluge of texts, phone calls, and emails arrived from ACHE colleagues nationwide. While generally, our field of continuing education is competitive, and we sometimes find ourselves candidates for the same positions on-region, a wonderful trait of ACHE is that we celebrate each other’s achievements and accomplishments with great enthusiasm!
The ACHE community has reason to celebrate, with the appointment of Dr. Van Horn (ACHE President, 2014) to serve as Mayville State University’s 17th President. This small public university in North Dakota seeks Dr. Van Horn’s leadership and expertise, evidenced by his tenure at Murray State, where his division realized a 50% enrollment increase over the last decade, the addition of numerous programs, and the establishment of a top-notch administrative team. Murray State University owes a great debt to Dr. Van Horn, but it is now time for him to assume the presidency.
For those of us who know Brian, we had no doubt that he was destined for a college presidency. Having been a constant presence in ACHE for over twenty years, Brian has served in nearly every capacity in both regional and national leadership. We have witnessed his professional growth and his preparation for the presidency. As Brian has benefitted from close mentoring relationships with deans, provosts, chancellors, and presidents among our ranks, he has also “paid it forward” generously with his leadership and mentoring of our younger colleagues.
When I called to congratulate Brian on his presidency, I asked how ACHE has contributed to his professional and personal development in preparation for higher education leadership.
ACHE has been a critical part of my professional life and personal life. I have been supported by so many over the years from ACHE that have served as mentors for me when I moved up through the professional ranks. I learned significant leadership qualities from ACHE professionals that I use everyday.
I'm honored and excited to have been chosen as the 17th President at Mayville State University, and my time in ACHE has helped prepare me for this opportunity! We will serve all students including adults with the commitment to success that ACHE best practices have helped teach me.
Dr. Van Horn's leadership in higher education is testament to the opportunities afforded to us through ACHE’s professional engagement, networking, and informal and formal leadership roles. We are confident in President-Elect Van Horn’s continued success at Mayville State University. As always, his ACHE family will be on-call to support and cheer him on!
In the upcoming months, I hope that you and your colleagues seize the numerous professional opportunities that ACHE offers. Nominate a colleague for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Institute in Chicago. Join the planning committee or submit a workshop proposal for ACHE Newport 2018, our 80th national conference.
I look forward to seeing many of you next week, at ACHE Mid-Atlantic and ACHE South meetings.
With Warmest Regards,
Bill Boozang, Ed.D.
ACHE President, 2018