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July 16, 2017 - July 18, 2017

Menger Hotel


Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas
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The conference, called Leading from the Middle, is designed for mid-level administrators at Texas two-year colleges. It is a kind of “boot camp” for deans, division chairs, IT directors, student services directors, and others as we provide key information and insights to help you succeed in your respective positions. We address legal issues, educational technology, legislative and budget orientation, leadership skills, ethics, and other areas that directly affect their performance.

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Sunday, July 16:

1:00pm — Registration
2:00-3:15pm — Community Colleges and the Texas Legislature

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.

3:30-4:45pm — Ethics in Leadership

Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto CollegeBrenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College District, was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College in 2009. She began her involvement with the College in 1996 as an inaugural director for the San Jacinto College Foundation. She served in a number of executive positions at the College, including Executive Vice President for Resource Development, Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice Chancellor before being appointed chancellor. Prior to joining San Jacinto College, Hellyer worked in the corporate world as an accountant in both the private and public arena. Her experience ranged from mom and pop businesses and Fortune 500 companies, to governmental agencies and entrepreneurial ventures in East Harris County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate degree in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin. She received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin in spring 2009. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Texas.

Hellyer Presentation

Break and time for hotel check-in
5:30pm — Meet & Greet (Menger Bar)
6:00pm — Dinner

Monday, July 17:

8:00am— Breakfast
9:00-10:15am — Spirited Dialog: Honest Peer Discussions

Simone Talma Flowers, Executive Director, iACT, whose mission is to cultivate peace and respect through dialogue, service and celebration. She brings over 26 years of extensive experience in non-profit management and promotes a culture of high performance, support and collaboration. Ms. Flowers advances the mission of the organization by bringing people of diverse faiths, cultures and backgrounds together, to break down the barriers that divide us. Passionate about diversity and inclusion she believes everyone—regardless of age, gender, religion and culture should have access to opportunities, so they can live up to their fullest potential.  Simone has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University.


10:30-11:45am — UT System Study: Dual Credit and Success in College

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

12:00-1:30pm — Lunch & Exhibitor Talks
1:45-3:15pm — Building Programs that Work for Students

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

3:30-4:30pm — Evaluating Employees

Jerry Coats

Jerry Coats, Dean of Liberal Arts Division, Tarrant County College–Southeast, is a teacher and has served institutes of education in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for nearly 40 years.  Early in his career, he taught English, history, drama, and Latin in both public and private high schools where he won Teacher of the Year honors at two different campuses and was designated Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Irving ISD.  During the past 20 years, he has worked for Tarrant County College as Associate Professor of English, English Department Chair, and, currently, as the Dean of Liberal Arts at the Southeast Campus.  His focus on faculty development led to his helping to start the Southeast Campus Great Teachers Retreat and to initiating the first district study abroad program for faculty in London.  Dr. Coats earned his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Civilizations and English from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in English and Ph.D. in Medieval History and Literature from the University of North Texas.

Coats Presentation

Dinner on your own!

Tuesday, July 18:

8:00am – Breakfast
9:00-10:15am — RECALCULATING…Destination: Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. Bennie Lambert, Lone Star College–CyFairBennie Lambert, Vice President for Student Success, Lone Star College–CyFair, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business and Educational Psychology from Baylor University, as well as his doctorate of philosophy from Texas A&M University. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty, Director of Admissions, Registrar, and Dean of Enrollment Management. Before that he worked for Baylor University, as Academic Advisor to Athletes, Assistant Director of School Relations, and Administrative Intern to the Baylor President. Dr. Lambert has emerged as not only a local voice and guru on leadership and growth, but is also recognized nationally. He has served as a consultant for countless organizations, including over 100 colleges and universities, several law enforcement agencies, corporations such as Chevron, Kellogg Brown & Root, Exxon-Mobil, the Houston Astros and the San Francisco 49ers… to name a few. His most recent book, How to Grow from No, inspires readers from all backgrounds and helps them to continue pursuing their personal and professional goals. He has helped people prepare, purse, and reach their potential.

Lambert Presentation

10:30-11:45am — Legal Issues in Higher Education

Michael J. Kim, MKim LegalMichael Y. Kim, Attorney, MKim Legal, founded MKim Legal on April 1, 2015. Mr. Kim was born in Dallas, Texas, and he grew up in Arlington, Texas. He graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Finance. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. While in law school, Mr. Kim was on the St. Mary’s Law Journal and the Board of Advocates, and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation, contractual disputes, fraud and fiduciary duty claims, landlord/tenant disputes, consumer and deceptive trade practice claims, public and private employment disputes, constitutional claims, personal injury and premises liability claims, and business formations and transactions. Over the years, Mr. Kim has represented clients both as plaintiffs and defendants, and he has handled lawsuits, arbitrations, and due process hearings all over the State of Texas. He has represented a vast array of clients from individuals and small businesses in contractual disputes to educational leaders in due process hearings to Fortune 500 companies in the prosecution and defense of a variety of legal claims.

Kim Presentation

11:45am — Adjourn

Menger Hotel LobbyJoin us at the renowned, historic Menger Hotel. In addition to being the closest hotel to The Alamo, the Menger is adjacent to the Rivercenter Mall and a two-block walk from San Antonio’s vibrant River Walk. Call today, (800) 345-9285 and mention TCCTA to secure the Leading from the Middle room rate of $120.

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