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 Preconvention Workshops 

Preconvention Workshop -- New CEO Institute: Hit the Ground Leading
(sponsored by AACC Presidents Academy)

Date: Friday, April 4, 12:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Price: $350

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Designed specifically for first-time CEOs, this day-and-a-half workshop covers essential topics that challenge every new leader. Meet with your peers in a learning environment that is supportive and serious, open and honest, productive and informative. Seasoned faculty provide firsthand experiences and insights on topics including developing positive board relations, mastering advocacy, problem solving, fostering the college mission and understanding college finances. Get answers to your most pressing questions and network with both experienced and new leaders. The workshop includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and materials. This workshop is restricted to individuals who are new, first-time CEOs or to those who have been announced and will start their presidency later in 2014.

Preconvention Workshop -- Building, Marketing and Growing a Planned Giving Program (sponsored by Council for Resource Development)

Date: Friday, April 4, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Price: $240

Legacy and testamentary gifts are a major source of philanthropic investment for your college, and can play a key role in sustainability.  Yet, it is probably the least understood of our avenues for giving. 

This session will provide a detailed primer in what participants need to start, grow and nurture their college’s planned giving program, and will include a discussion of how to ask for deferred gifts. 

Participants will:

  • Learn the basic components of a successful planned giving program, including commitments necessary from the institution and its volunteers.
  • Understand the basic methods of marketing planned giving to current donors, prospective donors, and faculty/staff.
  • Learn the basic set of planned giving instruments needed to establish a robust program, and the situations in which they are most appropriate.
  • Leave with real-life examples of special approaches and successful techniques to actually ask donors for planned and deferred gifts.


Jackie Almquist, Director of Development, Metropolitan Community College, NE
O. Morton Congleton, Vice President of College Development, Wake Technical Community College, NC
Les Fout, Director of Major Gift & Grant Development, Pellissippi State Community College, TN

New! Preconvention Workshop -- Men of Color in the 21st Century Community College

Date: Friday, April 4, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Price: $240

Community colleges serve as the primary pathway into postsecondary education for male students of color. However, persistence, graduation, and transfer outcomes for these men fall below that of their female and majority male counterparts. This workshop is presented in response to these trends and the rapid increase of programming and efforts designed to improve the success of male students of color in the community college. This workshop has a three-fold purpose: 1) to highlight extant research on college men and masculinities with a focus on Black and Latino male success in community colleges; 2) to discuss strategies for imbedding needs-based assessment, benchmarking, and longitudinal tracking to improve the success of males of color; and 3) to highlight promising practices taking place at Pulaski Technical College that are changing the academic culture, student accountability, and academic outcomes for male students of color.

Participants will learn:

  • The complex student and institutional factors impacting Black and Latino male success in community colleges.
  • Strategies for implementing needs assessment and longitudinal tracking of males of color to advance barrier identification, benchmarking, and performance monitoring.
  • Promising practices and approaches for supporting the success of Black and Latino male students in the community college with a focus on gaining campus and community buy-in from staff, faculty, and other stakeholders.


Margaret A. Ellibee, President, Pulaski Technical College, AR
Kareem Moody, Director of The Network for Student Success, Pulaski Technical College, AR
Victor B. Sáenz, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Executive Director of Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (Project MALES), The University of Texas at Austin
J. Luke Wood, Assistant Professor of Community College Leadership and Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), San Diego State University, CA
Frank Harris III, Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education and Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), San Diego State University, CA

New! Preconvention Workshop -- Leadership + Fundraising = Vision Accomplished

Date: Sat., April 5, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Price: $350

Rather than fear fundraising, accomplished presidents embrace it to build synergy for campus initiatives that advance their vision. Understand the basics of fundraising, from cultivation to solicitation and stewardship, and what it takes to mount successful annual and comprehensive campaigns. Learn how to build momentum internally and externally, and to debunk myths about student and alumni participation.  This pre-conference session will benefit presidents who need an introduction to fundraising, as well as those who want to move their fundraising to the next level. It will provide a wealth of benchmarking information so you can make data-informed decisions about how to increase private philanthropy to your institution.

Topics covered include:

  • Resources needed to be successful.
  • The president’s role in cultivating, asking, and stewarding.
  • Capital and comprehensive campaigns:  what’s needed.
  • The all-important annual fund, including employee, student, and alumni giving
  • Public/private partnerships.


This session is being coordinated by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and will feature presidents and fundraisers who have helped create and sustain successful fundraising programs.

New! Preconvention Workshop -- Succession Planning for Diverse Leadership in the 21st Century Community College

Date: Saturday, April 5, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
PrPrice: This workshop is full.

Community colleges have highly diverse student populations. However, this level of diversity is not reflected among the faculty and management ranks, especially at the executive level. As colleges prepare for leadership succession, it is critical that leaders from different backgrounds within the community college system are prepared to take on executive-level positions.

This highly interactive workshop, led by seasoned presidents and vice-presidents, will address current and emerging competencies, as well as requisite preparation, experience, knowledge, and skills needed for leadership in the 21st-century community colleges.

This workshop is designed primarily for leaders from underrepresented populations who aspire to achieve and be successful in executive-level positions or presidencies in community colleges.


Presidents, Chancellors, and Vice Presidents of Community Colleges around the US. Organized and conducted by the Asian/Pacific Islanders Council (Loretta P. Adrian, Council President); National Community College Hispanic Council (Richard Duran, Council President); and National Council on Black American Affairs (William Crawford III, Council President)



Preconvention workshops will take place on Friday, April 4, 2014, and Saturday, April 5, 2014. You do not have to register for the convention to register for a preconvention workshop.

If seats are available, preconvention workshop tickets may be purchased at the convention registration desk on Friday or Saturday.

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