The University of Central Arkansas will host the National Conference of Academic Deans from July 12-13 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the UCA campus and the Hilton Garden Inn in Conway.
This two-day conference attracts provosts, vice presidents for academic affairs, deans and associate deans from colleges and universities across the nation.
Dr. Ann Die Hasselmo, president of the American Academic Leadership Institute, will be the keynote speaker. She will address this year's theme, the complexities of "Leadership for the 21st Century."
"The number of constituencies any leader must address has greatly increased, and all these constituencies are in constant communication with the leader and the institution," said Hasselmo. "In the swirl of leadership and management issues, leaders must find ways to balance competing needs, and to communicate effectively about these needs and how to meet them."
Hasselmo is a former managing director of Academic Search Consultation Service and served as president of Hendrix College until 2001. She has served in a number of colleges and universities and held a variety of chairs and presidencies of national higher education boards and associations.
This will be the 12th year that Dr. Neil Hattlestad, UCA's dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, has served as host of the event. The 2012 conference chairs are Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president for academic affairs at John Brown University, and Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University.
Established in 1941 by Schiller Scroggs and Henry Bennet of Oklahoma State University, NCAD is the oldest organization of its kind. Experienced and new administrators alike will gain new perspectives and an expanded network of colleagues in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
For more information, visit uca.edu/ncad or call (501) 852-2699.