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Community Colleges for Iowa Trustee Conference Agenda

Hawkeye Community College Adult Learning Center 
120 Jefferson Street, Waterloo, IA 50701

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

10:00 am          Registration Opens

11:00 am           Lunch Buffet (sponsored by Trane U.S. Inc.)

11:30 am           Welcome - Jay Nardini, Hawkeye Community College Board Chair

Overview of Community Colleges for Iowa - Emily Shields, Executive Director & Monique Ellefson, Director of Strategic Initiatives

12:00 pm          Navigating Current Issues in Higher Education Legal Affairs - Fagen, Friedman, & Fulfrost LLP (F3 Law, Presenting Sponsor)

This session will cover some of the latest legal issues impacting higher education in general, and community college trustees in particular. This session will specifically focus on free speech, including that of students, leaders, and trustees and will touch on issues that are quickly becoming more critical such as artificial intelligence. Gain insights from legal experts on how to proactively address these challenges and mitigate risks and leave with knowledge and strategies to effectively navigate legal affairs.

1:30 pm            Break

1:45 pm            Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of Community College Trustees and Presidents - Dr. Kim Beatty, President of Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City

This session will focus on the roles and responsibilities of community college trustees and presidents. This session will explore the distinct yet complementary duties of these leadership positions, focusing on governance, policy-making, and strategic planning. Learn best practices for fostering productive relationships, effective communication, and collaboration. Through real-world examples and practical strategies, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to enhance their leadership effectiveness and improve governance practices within their institutions.

3:15 pm            Break

3:30 pm            Campus Tours: Automation & Robotics Center or Health Sciences Building (Transportation will be provided. Tours end at 4:30 pm.)

Awards Dinner

5:00 pm            Reception (Sponsored by Speer Financial)

6:00 pm            Welcome & Dinner (Sponsored by Solutions Management Group)

6:30 pm            Presentation of Awards

7:00 pm            Closing

Thursday, July 11, 2024

8:00 am            Breakfast (sponsored by Ellucian)

Supporting Community College Presidents at Every Stage - Dr. Kim Beatty, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City

This session will offer insights and discussion on how boards can effectively support community college presidents throughout their tenure. From onboarding new presidents to sustaining long-term success and planning for succession, this session will provide strategies for fostering strong, supportive relationships. Learn how to tailor support to the unique needs of presidents at various stages, ensuring they have the guidance and resources necessary for institutional success.

9:30 am             Break

9:45 am             Panel of Trustees on What They've Learned

  • Jay Nardini, Hawkeye Community College (moderator)

  • Alan Jensen, Kirkwood Community College

  • Joanna Hofer, Iowa Valley Community College District

  • Isabella Hesse, Hawkeye Community College

10:45 am          Annual Membership Meeting

12:00 pm          Box Lunch (sponsored by Western Governors University) & Closing

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