Western Academic Leadership Forum

Message from the Chair

Vicki Golich, Forum chair
Karen Carey

Welcome to the Western Academic Leadership Forum, bringing together provosts and chief academic officers at four-year universities, colleges, and system offices.  The Forum, with its unique focus on the western states, provides opportunities for member to discuss issues and concerns that all institutions.  The opportunities to learn from peers, engage in conversations about specific experiences, and work together for the betterment of all are just some of the benefits of the Forum.

Most recently the accomplishments of the Forum include:

  • Working with the WICHE Commission to take a lead in solving the regulation of online learning that resulted in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and continually following up with changes to SARA
  • Launching the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, an organization similar to the Forum
  • Establishing the Academic Leaders Toolkit repository for best practices in higher education
  • Creating the Western Academic Leadership Academy to develop new academic leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders

Serving as chair of the Forum for the 2019-2020 academic year is an honor for me and I hope you will all join us in Juneau, Alaska for our annual meeting April 22-24, 2020.  The annual meeting includes presentations by nationally renowned speakers, addresses issues of concern to members, “lighting round” sessions to engage with other participants, and provides numerous opportunities to engage with colleagues. I get more out of this conference each year than many others I attend because I have an opportunity to engage with peers about current issues facing us all.  The small size of the conference gives everyone an opportunity to network.

If your institution is not already a member, please consider joining.  Membership is open to all regionally accredited four year institutions and related system offices and state agencies in the WICHE region.  For information on membership click here.

Karen Carey, Forum Chair
Provost, University of Alaska, Southeast


Annual Meeting Forum Cover

SAVE THE DATE: 2020 Forum Annual Meeting

April 22-24, 2020, Baranof Hotel, Juneau, AK