Western Academic Leadership Forum


Calibrating Your Leadership Through New Landscapes

April 22-24, 2015
Boise, ID



It is a distinct honor to serve as Chair of the Western Academic Leadership Forum. I want to thank my predecessor, Roberta (Bobbie) Derlin, Associate Provost, New Mexico State University, and our WICHE colleagues for supporting and maintaining a vibrant, meaningful organization committed to innovation and progress in higher education. The Academic Forum has long stood for the academic values of the member institutions, while providing a venue for ongoing support, open dialogue, and collaboration.
The Forum has become known for its unique annual conference, which brings together leading scholars and thinkers in higher education to tackle our most compelling challenges. The Annual Meeting is small enough to allow for the true exchange of ideas, and large enough to ensure the generation of significant and ongoing professional contacts and networks. The April 2015 meeting theme is “Calibrating Your Leadership through New Landscapes” which focuses on the need for academic leaders to adjust their leadership style and practices in the midst of massive change. Scheduled speakers include President Waded Cruzado, Montana State University; George Kuh, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment; Jane Wellman, Association of Governing Boards; Tim Renick, Georgia State University; and Ed Venit, Education Advisory Board. Please join us in downtown Boise, Idaho, to participate in days of important dialogue and debate with colleagues, and to enjoy Boise’s unique cultural offerings, including the food and history of the Basque Block.
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 states. Your active engagement in maintaining strong collegial support among academic leaders for quality and improvement in higher education in the West is both needed and much appreciated.
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Laura Woodworth-Ney, Forum Chair
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Idaho State University

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