What a wonderful 80th Annual Conference last week in Newport! The weather cooperated, and attendees fully took advantage of the local sites, from classic Americana to tennis and yachting. Most importantly, we enjoyed a wonderful program of keynote speakers and concurrent sessions over our three days together.
Highlights from Keynote Speakers
Dr. Kristen Lee (Northeastern University) started off the conference with an energizing and affirming message for our profession, encouraging us to Burn Bright: Stay Agile, Mindful, and Connected in Today’s Complex Educational Arena. Her message acknowledged the pace and demands of the contemporary higher education workplace, and focused on the importance of self-care and mindfulness to prevent burn-out and fatigue.
Andrew Magna of The Learning House presented the findings of the inaugural Online Learning Survey of our member institutions, providing insights on the trends evident among our students, emerging programs of interest, and the future of online education. Andrew’s presentation was particularly valuable in aligning what we think we know with what nearly 100 member institutions reported. Take a look at the 2018 Report!
Nick Emerita (Southern New Hampshire University) rounded out our keynotes with Shaking Hands with the Unknown to Drive Impact. Nick’s broad experience in federal government and international affairs contributes to a unique perspective in higher education and creating transformational opportunities for the students we serve.
What do the Ghosts of Newport, Wine Tasting, Quilts, and Rubber Ducks have in common? They were among the fundraising activities that the planning committee posted for ACHE scholarships. All the activities were a great success, and we thank the attendees for participation.
Finally, thank you for the generosity of our participants who donated books and toys for Child Life Services at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. Dozens of items were delivered this week to Hasbro, and our donation will be included in the libraries and playrooms throughout the hospital.
It’s been an honor serving as president of ACHE over the last twelve months, and I am excited to support President Dorothy Williams as she begins her tenure. Our organization plays a vital role in the leadership and professional development of our membership; both regionally and nationally, we are thriving will continued interest from new and emerging professionals in our field.
Thank you to the numerous people who have supported me throughout the year: my colleagues on the executive committee, Clare Roby, Amy Johnson, and Dorothy Williams; our board members; and our team at the OU home office, with special thanks for Drs. Nina Barbee, Belinda Biscoe and Bruce Busby for their tireless work on behalf of the organization.
It’s been a true privilege serving you, and representing our organization.
Yours in ACHE,
Bill Boozang, Ed.D.
ACHE Past-President, 2019