Western Academic Leadership Forum

WALF 2010 Annual Meeting logoWALF 2010 Annual Meeting

Academic Leadership: Charting the Future in a Sea of National and International Initiatives

April 21-23, 2010 • Rapid City, South Dakota
Hosted by: the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and the South Dakota Board of Regents


Today’s academic leaders are expected to respond to a sea of state, national, and international initiatives that target niches of the academic enterprise. As one of these leaders, how do you find synergies among these initiatives and ways to integrate them into the fabric of your institution or system so that they support and enhance its mission? How do you engage your deans, department chairs, and faculty when budgets are stretched and workloads are already at a breaking point? Learn more about some current initiatives and how your peers are connecting the dots to build a stronger future for their institutions and systems as we cruise through this program of engaging speakers on some of higher education’s most important topics.


Photo of Sam Gingerich

Sam Gingerich, WALF Chair
Chief Academic Officer, South Dakota Board of Regents


Schedule at a Glance


Who Should Attend

  • Provosts, vice presidents and directors of academic affairs, and directors of research from public and private master’s level and doctoral granting institutions

  • Chief executive officers and chief academic officers of systems and statewide agencies

  • Other staff with expertise in the program topics who are accompanying those above at their invitation.

*Special offer to new members attending the WALF meeting: 50% off dues for FY2010 and your official representative goes to the meeting for free. see DETAILS


Registration Information

The registration deadline for all attendees is April 10. Please note: No on-site registration will be available.

All attendees must register for the meeting including speakers and each WALF member’s official representative for whom the registration fee is waived.

Note to non-members: Check out the special offer on discounted dues and save even more money by qualifying for the official representative to have their registration fee waived.

Early-Bird Registration — Before Feb 23, 2010

  • $275 per person: Member Attendees (fee waived for official representatives)

  • $495 per person: Non-Member Attendees

Regular Registration — February 24-April 10, 2010

  • $345 per person: Member Attendees (fee waived for official representatives)

  • $595 per person: Non-Member Attendees

To register for this meeting please follow this link.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation request must be received in writing prior to March 30, 2010, in order to receive a refund less $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after the March 30, deadline.  WICHE/WALF is not responsible for cancelling hotel reservations. 

    Send cancellation notices to: 
    Attn:  Laura Ewing
    3035 Center Green Drive
    Boulder, CO  80301



Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
505 N 5th Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Tel: 605.348.4000
Fax: 605.348.9777

The Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn ( a Crowne Plaza property) is located right downtown, within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and Roosevelt Park. Please make your room reservations by asking for the WALF meeting rate of $89 (plus applicable taxes). The cut-off date for making reservations at the discounted rate is March 22, 2010 unless the block fills earlier.  Use the group/password code of WAL, Western Academic Leadership Forum, in making your reservation. All room costs are the responsibility of the meeting attendee. To reserve your room at Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn click here or call 605.348.4000.


Airport Information

The Rapid City Regional Airport is served by most major airlines. It is approximately 12 miles from the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.


Shuttle Service

The Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Rapid City Regional Airport. Use the hotel courtesy phone in the baggage claim area to call for a shuttle pick-up.


What to Wear

Dress for the meeting is business casual.   The average temperature in the Rapid City area in April is 45 degrees.  Be aware that snowfall can occur in the month of April.


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Local Attractions

WALF attendees and their guests will enjoy an evening at Mount Rushmore on April 21, which will include a guest speaker and dinner.  After the meeing, there are many wonderful things to see and do while visiting the Rapid City area.  We suggest visiting the Rapid City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau site to begin planning your trip: www.visitrapidcity.com.     

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