2024 Conference

The National Conference of Academic Deans features outstanding speakers, panelists, and active dialogue on topics relevant to the work of all academic leaders. This year’s program will focus on the many changes we face in higher education, how we can adapt to those changes, learn to grow as leaders, and improve our institutions. Join us this summer to learn, discuss, and network with other academic leaders.


Conference Location: 

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035



NCAD Schedule 

Wednesday July 17

1:30 – 2:00 pm Registration South Lobby
2:00 – 5:30 pm Pre-conference Workshop
Incorporating AI in Higher Education
Glenn Phillips, Georgetown University
Mike Casey, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Analytics, University of Central Arkansas
Anne Jones, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Arizona State University
Room 111/113
5:30 – 6:30 pm Welcome Reception Room 112/114

Thursday July 18

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration South Lobby
Continental Breakfast Room 111/113
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome
Michael Hargis, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of Central Arkansas
Room 111/113
9:15 – 10:45 am Keynote
State of the Sector
Jennifer Latino, Senior Director of Research Advisory Services, Education Advisory Board
Room 111/113
11:00 am – noon Plenary Session
Student Mental Health
Terri Petzold, Director of Counseling Services, Kentucky Wesleyan College
Room 112
Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking Room 111/113
 1:00 – 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions Room 111/113
Session for Developing Academic Leaders
Joel Johnson, Interim Provost, Augustana University
Mental Health Panel
Eric Wood, Director of Counseling & Mental Health, Texas Christian University
Sarah Root, Licensed Psychologist, Hendrix College
Terri Petzold, Director of Counseling Services, Kentucky Wesleyan College
2:45 – 3:45 pm Plenary Session
Campus Free Speech and Academic Freedom
Adam Kissel, Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education
Room 112
4:00 – 5:30 pm Deliberative Dialogue as a Tool for Navigating Free Speech on College Campuses
Charlotte Strickland, Director of Employee Engagement and Enrichment, University of Central Arkansas
Lesley Graybeal, Director of Experiential and Community-Engaged Learning, University of Central Arkansas
Room 111/113
5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception – Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, Music, and Networking Room 112/114

Friday July 19

8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast Room 111/113
9:30 – 10:30 am Plenary Session
Student Engagement
Natalie Furlett, Senior Director of Member and Student Engagement, Campus Compact
Room 112
10:45 – 11:45 am Plenary Session
Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships
Marisol Morales, Executive Director & Assistant Vice President, Carnegie Elective Classifications & American Council on Education
Room 112
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch and NCAD Business Room 111/113

For more information, please contact ncad@uca.edu.