SCAIR 2017 Annual Conference Pathway to IR Success: Leadership, Commitment, and Innovation
The SCAIR Annual Conference will be January 30-31, 2017 at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston, SC. For hotel reservations, call the Francis Marion hotel at (843) 722-0600 and ask for the special SCAIR rate.
Are you interested in sharing at the 2017 SCAIR conference? Submit a proposal! Click the link below to access to download the official SCAIR Conference Proposal form. This is a great opportunity to share research or professional resources with fellow IR colleagues. Please submit proposals to Lisa Pace (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 15, 2016.
William E. (Bill) Knight is Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Ball State University. His responsibilities include leading the institutional research function, providing leadership and support to faculty and staff colleagues for assessment of student learning, supporting the strategic planning process, facilitating institutional- and department-level accreditation, and coordinating the academic unit review process. He is a founding member and the current president of the Association for Higher Education Effectiveness and past president, past forum chair and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Institutional Research. He received the BG Best Award in 1998, the BGSU Timothy D. King Friend of Student Affairs Award in 2009, the NASPA Region IV-E Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award in 2010, and the AIR Outstanding Service Award in 2013.
His professional and scholarly interests include the impact of college on students and leadership and effectiveness within the field of institutional effectiveness. He has authored or co-authored 33 peer-reviewed and invited publications, including Leadership and Management in Institutional Research: Enhancing Personal and Professional Effectiveness, edited the Primer for Institutional Research, served as co-editor of The Handbook for Institutional Research and Building Bridges for Student Success: A Sourcebook, carried out 137 peer-reviewed and invited conference presentations, webinars and workshops, made several keynote addresses at regional and state conferences, and served as a member of 55 dissertation and thesis committees.
He also serves as a Peer Reviewer and Team Chair for the Higher Learning Commission regional accreditation association. He has consulted on institutional research, assessment, and accreditation at several institutions. He was previously an institutional researcher and faculty member at Bowling Green State University and Georgia Southern University and an institutional researcher at Kent State University, and has served as a visiting scholar at Shandong University (China) and the University of Michigan
Guest Speaker: Colonel Tom Clark, USMC (retired)
Colonel Tom Clark graduated from The Citadel in 1985, earning a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps through Naval ROTC.
He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1987. During his 30-year career as a Marine pilot, he accumulated 4000 hours flight time (primarily in the F/A-18) and flew 115 combat missions (all in the Middle East). He also deployed numerous times, participating in Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. His overseas deployments included service in the Middle East, Far East, South America, and South Pacific as well as sea service aboard USS Coral Sea and USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Colonel Clark is a parachute-qualified Forward Air Controller who also served as the Senior Aide-de-camp for two Commandants of the Marine Corps as well as the J-5 Strategy and Policy Division Chief at United States Central Command Headquarters in Tampa. He commanded an F/A-18C Squadron in combat and an Aviation Training Group in South Texas. During his final tour, he served as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science of the Naval ROTC Unit at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina—the same unit where he began his Marine Corps career in 1985. In July 2015, Colonel Clark assumed his current duties as the Executive Director of The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics at The Citadel. Colonel Clark is married to the former Amelia Shults of Columbia, South Carolina. They are blessed with two children—Caroline (married to Capt Brad Elliott, USAF) and Thomas—and two grandchildren, Amelia Ann and Henry. The Clarks live in Charleston, South Carolina.