Message from the Chair

Bobbie Derlin, Forum chair
   Bobbie Derlin

I feel very privileged to serve as chair of the Forum through April 2014 and I want to thank my predecessor Myron Allen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Wyoming, and our WICHE colleagues for supporting and maintaining an environment for the Forum that is ripe for innovation and progress.  The theme of the April 2014 Annual Meeting to be held in Albuquerque New Mexico April 23 – 25, 2013 is Mainstreaming Innovation: Competencies, Credentialing, and Completion.  This meeting provides us with an outstanding opportunity to affirm our continuing commitment to quality in higher education by exploring innovation as a means to achieve bright futures for our students and our institutions.

The Forum gives academic leaders and decision makers in the West opportunities to exchange ideas and information, share resources and expertise, and collaborate on regional initiatives.  As Forum participants, academic leaders have access to a learning community that supports new ideas and continuing professional growth.  If your institution isn’t a member, please consider joining us.  Membership is open to all regionally accredited four-year institutions in the WICHE region. Your active engagement in maintaining strong collegial support among academic leaders for quality and improvement in higher education in the West is much appreciated.

Roberta (Bobbie) Derlin, Forum Chair
Associate Provost, New Mexico State University