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.
Sunday, July 16:
1:00pm — Registration
2:00-3:15pm — Community Colleges and the Texas Legislature
Beaman Floyd, Lobbyist
Beaman Floyd 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.
3:30-5:00pm — Ethics in Leadership
Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College District
In 2009 Dr. Brenda Hellyer was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College. 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.
Break and time for hotel check-in
5:30pm — Meet & Greet (Lobby Bar)
6:00pm — Dinner
Monday, July 17:
9:00-10:15am — Budgeting
10:30-11:45am — Dual Credit Rand Study
David Troutman, Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research & Decision Support, The University of Texas System Administration
David Troutman is the Director for the Office of Strategic Initiatives for The University of Texas System. He 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, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, The University of Texas System Administration
Before joining the University of Texas System, Wanda Mercer was 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.
12:00-1:30pm — Lunch & Exhibitor Talks
1:45-3:15pm — Building Programs that Work for Students
3:30-4:30pm — Evaluating Employees
Jerry Coats, Dean of Liberal Arts Division, Tarrant County College–Southeast
Dinner on your own!
Tuesday, July 18:
8am – Breakfast
9:00-10:15am — Inclusion/Diversity
Bennie Lambert, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Success, Lone Star College–CyFair
Bennie Lambert 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 currently serves as the Interim Vice President for Student Success at Lone Star College–CyFair. 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.
10:30-11:45am — Legal Issues in Higher Education
Michael Y. Kim, Attorney, MKim Legal
Michael Y. Kim 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.
11:45am — Adjourn
Join 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.