We are particularly excited about the slate of speakers for this year's conference. We will be opening the conference with a message from Dr. Belle Wheelan from the SACS Commission on Colleges and closing with Dr. John Gardner from the Policy Center on the First Year of College. As if that weren't enough, we will also hear from Dr. Eric Dey from the University of Michigan and Chancellor Anne Ponder from UNC-Asheville.
Dr. Wheelan currently serves as President of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans 33 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education in Virginia . In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities.
Dr. Eric Dey, Associate Professor of Education, University of Michigan
Dr. Dey's research is concerned with the ways that colleges and universities shape the experiences and lives of students and faculty. The central concern of this work is in identifying the influence that different institutional structures have on individuals, and the degree to which these influences are dependent on the evolving context within which the enterprise of higher education operates. As one example of this work, Dey was a member of the team of social scientists tapped to provide research on the educational effects of diverse student bodies; this work was foundational to the Supreme Court's decision supporting the continuing use of affirmative action in college admissions.
Dr. John Gardner, Executive Director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College
John N. Gardner is an educator, university professor and administrator, author, editor, public speaker, consultant, change agent, student retention specialist, first-year students' advocate, and initiator and scholar of the American first-year and senior-year reform movements. He serves as the Executive Director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College, funded by a grant from Lumina Foundation for Education.
Mark your calendars now to join us for April in Asheville! More details coming soon!!