Western Academic Leadership Forum (WALF) | 2012 | From the Chair

Forum 2012 Annual Meeting

Academic Leadership in the West: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Innovation

April 18-20, 2012 | phoenix, az
Hosted by: Arizona board of regents and arizona state University 




Dear Colleagues~

Educational leaders are confronting increasingly complex issues: demands for increased productivity, decreased resources, greater scrutiny and accountability by the public and policy makers, globalization and the economic impact of education. This year’s annual meeting, “Academic Leadership in the West: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Innovation” will bring together higher education colleagues and experts to actively discuss the challenges they are facing and to consider new and successful approaches to addressing them in a rapidly changing environment.

The meeting itself has some innovations. First, we are introducing a book discussion. Henry J. Eyring, author of our inaugural book selection, The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out, will be on hand to discuss his book. Second, for the first time, the Forum has invited members of our new sister organization, the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, to participate in the first two days of the meeting. Their participation should greatly enrich our discussions.

The Forum conference is open to members and non-members alike. I encourage you to attend and look forward to welcoming you to Arizona where I hope you will join me in thanking our generous sponsors: TIAA-CREF and Pearson Learning Solutions!!


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Stephanie Jacobson, Forum Chair
Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Arizona Board of Regents


Who Should Attend

In attendance you will find colleagues eager to share the lessons they’ve learned from tackling a host of institutional and academic challenges, including the ones you’re facing.

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

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

  • Other staff with expertise in the meeting topics who are accompanying those above at their invitation.
  • Members of the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (Alliance).