Spelman Johnson to attend NASPA Annual Conference!

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Spelman Johnson looks forward to seeing you at the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX from March 11-15, 2017. You’ll find the Spelman Johnson team in the exhibit hall at Booth #504 – we hope you’ll stop by!

Join one of our sessions!

Exploring the Presidency: So You Want to Be a College President? Setting the Stage for Advancement to the Presidency
Saturday, March 11 at 1:00PM Marriott Riverwalk, Alamo Ballroom Salon A

African American Summit: Demystifying the Search Process
Sunday, March 12 at 9:45AM Texas A – Grand Hyatt

Preparing Your Professional Advancement: The Pathway for Community College Professionals
Sunday, March 12 at 10:00AM Travis AB Grand Hyatt

The Other Side of Campus: Collaboration Between Student Affairs and Athletics
Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00AM Convention Center Room 207A

Vice Presidents for Student Affairs are charged with navigating complex processes, programs, and initiatives that support the success of all students regardless of demographics, culture, or background. Across campus student athletes frequently navigate their collegiate experience in an environment that is very different from their peers. Student athletes experience the same issues that non-student athletes face across throughout their college tenure. Athletic departments generally provide resources and services to support student athletes in areas as diverse as dining, registration, academic advising, and judicial affairs. When student affairs and athletics are collaborative partners the outcomes for all student are improved. This program will bring together student affairs and athletic administrators to identify and explore ways to collaborate and navigate best practices for the success and integration of student athletes. The panel of presenters includes:


  • Tammara Durham,
    Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Kansas
  • Sheahon Zenger,
    Athletic Director, University of Kansas
  • Sam Gonzales,
    Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Lynn Hickey,
    Associate Vice President and Director for Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Texas at San Antonio

Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.