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September 29, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference CenterSheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center
1101 Woodlawn Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78628
(737) 444-2700

Registration Form ($95; Deadline September 22)

Reserve your hotel room online
or call (737) 444-2700

*Mention TCCTA to secure the conference room rate of $119: Complimentary parking and guest room internet.



The Fall Conference for Faculty Leaders focuses on issues related to the role of faculty in the college decision-making process; including legal issues, the legislature, student success, and programs that relate immediately to your classroom! Designed especially for faculty leaders, this event is open to anyone interested in the leadership role faculty play in Texas two-year colleges.

Registration Form (Deadline September 22)

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 29, 2017

2:30 p.m. Registration

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Legislative

Beaman FloydBeaman Floyd, TCCTA Lobbyist, specializes in legislative issues relating to insurance, public education, and higher education, including teachers’ health insurance and retirement, workers’ compensation, and financial institutions. His work involves research, consultation, and lobbying on a wide range of issues. He has worked with the Texas Legislature since 1993 and has advocated on behalf of the Texas Community College Teachers Association since 2003. Beaman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Russian studies from Louisiana State University.



4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Honest Peer Discussions

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. TX60x30 Update
Rex Peebles

Rex Peebles has 30 years of experience in higher education, including positions as instructor, professor, department head, dean, chief academic officer, and vice president of instruction. Prior to joining the Coordinating Board staff, he served as the Vice President of Instruction for Midland College. Dr. Peebles spent 20 years at Austin Community College as Professor of Government, Department Head of Government, and Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences. As Dean for a period of eight years, Dr. Peebles was responsible for five departments – Government, History, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, and Education. He has experience in facility planning, development, and construction; curriculum evaluation and assessment; budget planning and maintenance; course scheduling; faculty evaluation; grant management; and new program creation. He has co-authored a Texas state and local government textbook, Texas Politics and Government: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies. Retaining an interest in political philosophy, he also has authored The Theoria and Praxis of Obligations to Future Generations.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Breakfast Program for Campus Reps 

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Dual Credit Study 

Dr. David Troutman, The University of Texas System AdministrationDavid Troutman, Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research & Decision Support, The University of Texas System Administration, manages a team who transforms data into timely and meaningful information to support UT System policy decisions and to enhance transparency and accountability efforts. Directly prior to joining UT System, he worked for the University of Texas at Austin for six years – first in the Registrar’s Office as a Program Manager, and then for Information Management Analysis as an Associate Director of Research. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with specialization in Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also earned an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, with specialization in Secondary Data Analysis. Dr. Troutman has more than 14 years of experience in the area of analyzing, integrating, and clearly communicating complex ideas at the conceptual, strategic, and tactical levels. He possesses knowledge and understanding of national and state trends in data collection and use, accountability and transparency, and strategic planning.

Wanda Mercer, The University of Texas SystemWanda Mercer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, The University of Texas System Administration, was also the Vice President for Student Life at Tarleton State University for eighteen years. Prior to that, she served 16 years at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, including eight years as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. In these roles, she was responsible for staff, programs, budgets, facilities, planning and assessment, and crisis response for all departments in Student Affairs. In addition to overseeing student affairs programs, over the years Dr. Mercer had responsibility for financial aid, student recruiting, new student orientation, disabled student services, diversity initiatives, first-year success programs, and academic support services. She has developed successful federal and state grants and was a member to the graduate faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership at Tarleton State University. Dr. Mercer received her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s of Education degrees from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and her Doctorate of Education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Troutman and Mercer Presentation

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Pathways 

Cynthia Ferrell, Executive Director, Texas Success Center, provides statewide leadership in building the capacity of Texas community colleges to engage in and advance student success efforts at scale; building the capacity of the Association to evaluate, support and scale college student success efforts; and developing and proposing public policy change to enhance student success. Dr. Ferrell previously served as the Director of Student Success Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin, which included concurrently serving as Interim Executive Director for the Texas Success Center, the National Director of Leadership Coaching for Achieving the Dream, the Director of the Board of Trustees Institute, the Director of Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Success, and the UT Director of the Governance Institute for Student Success (a partnership with the Association of Community College Trustees). In these roles, she was responsible for multiple national, state and regional initiatives that provide training and ongoing support for community college trustees, chancellors, presidents and leadership teams to implement data informed policies and practices to improve the success of all students. Prior to these positions, she was the Director of the Texas Developmental Education State Policy Initiative, supporting the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board efforts in statewide scaling of student success innovations and establishing the state and institutional policy supports needed to improve developmental education.

Kathleen Cleary, Associate Provost for Student Completion, Sinclair College, is in her fifth year as Associate Provost for Student Completion and Project Director of the Ohio cadre of Completion by Design. In the past four years of implementing Completion by Design, Sinclair has increased its number of credentials completed from 3292 to an estimated 5000 and has raised course completion rates from 71% to 76%. Dr. Cleary began at Sinclair in 2003 as the Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department, a position she held until becoming the Dean of the Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences Division in 2009.  While Dean, Kathleen served as Project Director of the Developmental Education Initiative, which led to the creation of boot camps, modularized developmental mathematics, and co-requisite developmental English. In her role as Associate Provost for Student Completion, she oversees Completion by Design, City Connects, and the Title III grant, Connect 4 Completion. Kathleen also serves as a coach for five colleges in the American Association of Community College’s Pathways Initiative. Prior to coming to Sinclair, Kathleen led the performing arts programs at Clark State Community College for ten years.  She holds a B.A. in English from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a master’s degree in Acting and Directing from SUNY-Binghamton and a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Literature and Criticism from The Ohio State University. She holds a certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she studied change management and leadership in Higher Education.

Ferrell and Cleary Presentation

12:00 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Legal Workshop 

Jay Brim

Jay Brim is a 40-year lawyer/litigator who has represented thousands of licensed professionals (primarily in the fields of education, medicine and counseling) in matters related to employment and licensure. He has also represented non-profit and governmental entities in matters related to government regulation and corporate organization. He has tried cases before court and juries throughout Texas, and argued before the Texas Supreme Court, and all but two of the fourteen Courts of Appeal. Jay has actively practiced in all four U.S. District Courts of Texas and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with both his bachelor of arts in political science and law degree.


See the 2016 Fall Conference – San Antonio, TX

Join us at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, where legendary small-town Texas hospitality meets the world-class service and style of Sheraton. Just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, the newly built 222-room hotel makes enjoying the best of the Hill Country completely effortless. Set on the banks of the San Gabriel River, outdoor activities from jogging trails to ropes courses are steps away. Relax in the outdoor oasis-like pool or venture out to Blue Hole Park and take in the natural limestone bluffs. Take in a show at the nearby Palace Theater, kick back at one of our local wineries, or two-step to live music in Georgetown’s Town Square – voted the most beautiful square in Texas and the United States. The charming restaurants, boutique shops, and pure Texas ambiance are waiting to welcome you with a friendly “howdy y’all!”

Call Today: (737) 444-2700

*Mention TCCTA to secure the conference room rate of $119:
Reserve your hotel room online
Complimentary parking and guest room internet.


September 29, 2017
September 30, 2017


Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center
1101 Woodlawn Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78628 United States
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(737) 444-2700