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logoThe following information represents the agenda for the 2017 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 11, 2017

 3-6 p.m.              Conference Registration -- Resort Center Lobby Foyer

 3:30 p.m.             RBCA Newcomer’s Briefing – A short session to welcome those new to RBCA and answer any questions. – John Ringling Room

 4:00 p.m.            Do Satellite Campuses Provide an Environment More Conducive to Better Outcomes Due to Higher Levels of Satisfaction? -- Dr. Mary E. Burke, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Quincy College – John Ringling Room

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

                            Dinner on your own


Monday, June 12, 2017


 7:45 a.m.             Continental Breakfast and Conference Registration – Resort Center Lobby Foyer

 8:30 a.m.             Welcome – Bill Willan and Jim Smith, Ohio University – John Ringling Room

 8:45 a.m.             KEYNOTE:  Challenges for Higher Education Executives – Dr. Terry MacTaggart

Executives in America’s colleges, universities and campuses today face an almost unparalleled set of challenges. Many students, families and policy makers question the historic value proposition that a college degree all but guarantees a good job and bright future. In addition, many institutions experience a widening gap between revenue and costs; college students are more apt to act out their grievances; national political divides threaten to disrupt campus life; and shared governance often fails to deliver consensus around new directions. These challenges are intensified by the ubiquitous effects of mobile social media.

This environment calls for a fresh understanding of what it takes to lead institutions and their major units. In this first session, Dr. Terry MacTaggart will outline the critical success factors required of leaders today and facilitate a discussion with participants of their relevance to regional campus leadership.

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

10:15 a.m.           Roundtable and Plenary Discussion – Dr. Terry MacTaggart

In a roundtable format, groups of six to eight participants will discuss these questions:

  • What are the major challenges facing regional campus leaders today? To what extent are they new problems? To what degree are they intensified versions of perennial challenges?
  • What are the most effective strategies to address these challenges? Are there opportunities to be seized in this changing environment? What are the barriers to overcoming these problems?
  • What advice would participants offer to aspiring or new executives? How might aspiring campus leaders prepare themselves for the role?

Following the roundtable discussions, the whole group will discuss the responses to these topics and additional ideas generated in the small groups.

11:15 a.m.           Governance Strategies:  Using Policy Governance© to Make Board Work Meaningful – Dr. Keith Cotroneo, President, Mountwest Community and Technical College

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

1:15 p.m.             Identification of the Challenges and Opportunities of System-Based Shared Governance Forms Unique to Regional or Branch Campuses – Dr. Jarrod Tudor, Dean & Chief Administrative Officer, Wayne College, The University of Akron

2:00 p.m.             Refreshment Break – Resort Center Lobby Foyer

2:30 p.m.             The Integrated Decision Making-Communications Linking Pin Model – Dr. Jeffrey Bauer, Dean, Clermont College, University of Cincinnati

3:15                      An Approach to Writing Effective Policy and Procedure Manuals - Dr. Jim Smith, Dean, Lancaster Campus, Ohio University

4:00 p.m.             Reflections on the Day’s Presentations

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


Tuesday, June 13, 2017


8:15 a.m.            Continental Breakfast – Resort Center Lobby Foyer

9:00 a.m.             Town-Gown Engagement: Reading, Meeting and Discussing our Way to Strengthening Connections and Building Positive Relationships – Dr. Walter Collins, Dean, Dr. Ron Cox Associate Dean and Dr. Lisa Hammond, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, University of South Carolina, Lancaster Campus

9:45                     Western Ohio Educational Foundation Role in Supporting Wright State University Lake Campus – Dr. Jay Albayyari, Dean & Chief Administrative Officer, Lake Campus, Wright State University

10:30 a.m.           Refreshment Break – Resort Center Lobby Foyer

10:45 a.m.           Local Government and Community Partners:  Collaborating to Enhance Student Success – James Roberson, Chief Campus Officer, and Kay Ruth, Associate Professor, Western Wake Campus, Wake Technical Community College

11:30 a.m.           Reflections on the Day’s Presentations

12:00 p.m.           Lunch on your own

 1:00 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 14, 2017


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

 8:30 a.m.             Dual Enrollment – The Brave New Business Model – Dr. David Devier, President, Glen Oaks Community College

9:00 a.m.              Growth of an Early College Program: The Cascading Effects of Policy Decisions and Making Lemonade Out of Lemons – Dr. Michael E. Sonntag, Campus Dean, Sumter Campus, University of South Carolina and  Eric Reisenauer, Ph.D., Professor of History, USC Sumter

9:30 a.m.              Reflections on the day

10:00 a.m.           Conference Evaluation

10:15-11 a.m.     Conference Committee Business Session – Library


Revised April 14, 2017

Program and Schedule