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logoThe following information represents the agenda for the 2016 Regional and Branch Campus Administrators Conference at the Longboat Key Club Resort.  The conference is designed for and with presentations by the senior executive of a branch campus. The conference organizers will update this page as information about conference sessions becomes known.  We hope this information is of value and will help those considering attending the conference to understand the conference format and plan their time.



General Conference Site Information


All sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, and luncheons will be held in the Longboat Key Club Resort Center.  Suggested attire for conference sessions is casual.


The Tuesday banquet will be held in the Islandside Club House, adjacent to the Golf course.  Suggested dress for the banquet is business casual.


The resort requests business casual for dining at on-site restaurants.  Smoking is not permitted in the public areas or at meeting or social functions.






Sunday, June 12, 2016


3-5:30 p.m. Conference Registration - Resort Center Lobby Foyer


3:30-5 p.m. Opening session -- RBCA 101, 2016 profile, presenter’s inquiries and "humor in leadership" -- John Ringling Room


5-7 p.m.      Welcome Reception – Barefoots Bar, poolside


                  Dinner on your own


Monday, June 13, 2016


7:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast and Conference Registration – Resort Center Lobby Foyer


8:30 a.m.   Conference Opening -- John Ringling Room

                  Welcome -- Dr. Bill Willan, Executive Dean, Regional Higher Education, Ohio University

                  Overview – Dr. Jim Smith, Dean, Ohio University Lancaster




8:45 a.m.    Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis – Dr. Edward E. Gordon, Imperial Consulting Group, Chicago


10:00 a.m.   Refreshment Break – Resort Center Lobby Foyer


10:15 a.m.   Mobilizing Regional Talent Innovation Networks (RETAINs) -- Dr. Edward E. Gordon, Imperial Consulting Group, Chicago




11:15 a.m.   Economic Development at a Branch Campus -- Dr. Eric Skipper, Vice President of University Affairs, CEO Oconee Campus, University of North Georgia


11:45 a.m.   Addressing Workforce Training Needs Through Mobile Learning Units -- Dr. Nicole Pennington, Dean, Ohio University Southern


12:15 p.m.  Luncheon – John Ringling Room or as announced




1:30 p.m.    Greentree Health Science Academy:  A Community Collaboration to Meet Health Education Needs -- Dr. G. Michael Pratt, Dean and Associate Provost, Miami University


2:00 p.m.    Partnering with the Military:  Opportunities and Challenges of Operating a Branch Campus on a Military Installation -- Dr. Bill Cox, Executive Director, Austin Peay State University at Fort Campbell


2:30 p.m.    Refreshment Break – Resort Center Lobby Foyer


2:45 p.m.    College and Career Readiness: Successful Transitions – Dr. Doris Wilson, Associate Dean, California State University - San Bernadino - Palm Desert Campus




3:15 p.m.    Finding Your Sweet Spot -- Susanne Eisenhart and Kristin Plapis, Campus Directors, Brandman University, Riverside, Menifee, Yucipa Campuses


3:45 p.m.    Roundtable Discussions – Jobs, Workforce Development and Economic Development Initiatives


4:30 p.m.    Adjourn for the Day – dinner on your own


Tuesday, June 14, 2016


7:00 a.m.    Continental Breakfast – Resort Center Lobby Foyer


                  FOCUS:  K-12 EDUCATION


8:00 a.m.    High School Partnership Program Aims to Boost Student Performance -- Dr. Marjorie Mattis, Interim Vice President, Harrisburg Area Community College, York Campus


8:30 a.m.    Complex Community Problem & Simple Solution Model:  Partnership -- Dr. Letitia Uduma, President Northwest Campus, Wayne County Community College District


                  FOCUS:  HIGHER EDUCATION


9:00 a.m.    Partnerships are The Only Way to Go! -- Dr. David Devier, President, Glen Oaks Community College


9:30 a.m.    Refreshment Break – Resort Center Lobby Foyer


9:45 a.m.    USC Palmetto College:  A Collaborative Approach to Accessible, Affordable and Flexible Degrees for South Carolinians -- Dr. Susan Elkins, Chancellor, Palmetto College; Dr. John Catalano, Acting Dean USC Union; Dr. Walter Collins, Dean USC Lancaster; Dr. Chris Nesmith, Dean of Extended University and Associate Provost; Dr. Michael Sonntag, Dean USC Sumter; Dr. Ann Carmichael, Dean USC Salkehatchie



                  FOCUS:  COMMUNITY


10:30 a.m.   Islands in the Stream:  Partnerships that Foster Collective Impact -- Elizabeth Gaskin, Provost, Indian River State College, Martin County


11:00 a.m.   Leveraging Land for Music and the Arts -- Dr. Jim Smith, Dean, Ohio University Lancaster


                  FOCUS:  GENERAL INTEREST


11:30 a.m.   Miami University Regionals:  Consolidation and Extending the Mission -- Dr. G. Michael Pratt, Dean and Associate Provost, Miami University


12:00          Lunch on your own


1:30 p.m.    Networking opportunities and discussions with colleagues


6:30-7 p.m. Reception – Islandside Club House


7:00 p.m.    Banquet – Islandside Club House


Wednesday, June 15, 2016


7:30 a.m.    Breakfast – Resort Center Lobby Foyer


8:30 a.m.    Round Table Discussions -- K-12 and HEI partnerships – John Ringling Room


                  Wrap-up, and Conference Evaluation – John Ringling Room


10:30 a.m.   Conference Committee Business Meeting – Library


Revised April 20, 2016