Spelman Johnson to exhibit and present at NASPA

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Spelman Johnson will be attending the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA from March 3-7, 2018. You’ll find the Spelman Johnson team in the exhibit hall at Booth #111 – we hope you’ll stop by!

It would be our pleasure to discuss strategies and solutions to help your institution successfully recruit key professionals, or to provide you with more information about one of our current searches.

Join one of our sessions!

The Pathway from Director to a Dean or AVP of Student Affairs

Ellen Heffernan, President, Spelman Johnson
Robert N. Page Jr., Metropolitan Community College

For student affairs professionals at the director level this is an opportunity to explore advancement to the next level. Questions of how to move from a director level position to a position that will oversee multiple functional areas, how to determine the right fit, both in terms of institution and position, for your next move, and what are the skills and experiences a vice president is looking for to promote a director will be explored. This session is designed to present a tactical plan for career advancement that will outline what is needed to assume a new leadership position.

Monday, March 5
11:15 AM – 12:05 PM
126 B – Convention Center

Pathways to the Top: Preparation of CSAOs for the Community College Presidency
Coordinating Presenter: Quincy Martin, Search Associate, Spelman Johnson

Other Presenters:
Joianne Smith, President, Oakton Community College
Tyjaun Lee, President, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
Deneece Huftalin, President, Salt Lake Community College

While the position of senior academic officer remains the most common launching pad for college and university presidencies, the dynamics of higher education in America are driving the demand for a new set of skills and competencies for future leaders. Moreover, community college presidents face unique challenges and opportunities to their 4-year counterparts. This panel session will highlight the career trajectories of three community college presidents who previously served as senior-most student affairs officers and provide advice on how to become a community college president.

Tuesday, March 6
3:40 PM – 4:30 PM
120 A – Convention Center

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.