Spelman Johnson to present at NASPA’s Virtual Conference

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We hope you will join one of our sessions at NASPA’s Virtual Conference

 

Session Title

VPSA + CDO: A Winning Combination?

Session Date/Time

3/23/2021 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenters

Ellen Heffernan, President of Spelman Johnson
Robert Page, CEO of the Legacy Group Online

Session Description

A current emerging trend is embedding the institutional senior diversity, equity, and inclusion role into the student affairs portfolio. There are DEI roles within the division of student affairs whose responsibilities are institution-wide and there are vice president roles that oversee both student affairs and institutional DEI. This session will focus on how these roles are conceived, designed and structured and the viability of combining two key institutional leadership positions.

 

Session Title

Professional Preparation for Aspiring AVPs:  On Becoming an Assistant/Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Session Date/Time

3/17/21 3:45 PM – 4:50 PM

Spelman Johnson Panelist

Jim Norfleet, Practice Leader and Senior Consultant

Session Description

This panel will be the second of two occurring in the pre-conference workshop.  The purpose of the discussion will be to explore the nuances of an AVP and AVP/Dean search.

Panelists will share personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the nuance surrounding the search and interview process. The panel will consist of one moderator, two AVP’s and two Higher Education Search Firm Professionals.

 

Session Title

The Climb to the Top: Perspectives and Advice from College and University Presidents

Session Date/Time

03/24/2021 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM EST

Presenters

Quincy Martin III, Ed.D., Senior Consultant, Spelman Johnson & Assistant Professor, Governors State University
Matthew Cooney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Governors State University

Session Description

While the position of chief 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, college and university presidents who hail from student affairs face distinctive challenges and opportunities than their academic counterparts. This session will highlight the unique perspectives of sitting college and university presidents who previously served as chief student affairs officers and provide specific advice to presidential aspirants on how to obtain the post of president at a variety of higher education institutional types.

 

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.