AASCU Vice-President to Speak


The Center for Teaching and Learning at Dalton State will host talks by two leaders in higher education this semester, starting with Dr. George S. Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Mehaffy, who is also highly involved with the American Democracy Project, will deliver two lectures, both on Wednesday, November 17, in Memorial Hall. His first talk will begin at 1:00 pm in the Goodroe Auditorium, and his second talk will take place at 6:00 pm in Room 130 of Memorial.

In early December, Dr. Brent Cejda, who is an Associate Professor of Education and Executive Director of the National Council of Instructional Administrators at the University of Nebraska, will speak to faculty and staff on the topic of high risk and learning support services.

“We are fortunate to have both of these leaders in higher education on our campus to speak to our faculty and staff during fall semester,” says Clint Kinkead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

“Our first speaker, Dr. Mehaffy, is known for giving dynamic, inspiring talks, and he will focus on helping us plan for the future, as we grow from an institution that offers academic programs up to the bachelor’s degree level to one that may one day reach university status.”

AASCU is an organization whose members include 430 public colleges and universities throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The mission of AASCU is to promote appreciation and support for public higher education; to analyze public policy and advocate for member institutions; to provide police leadership and program support to member institutions; and to create professional development opportunities for institutional leaders.

Membership is open to any regionally accredited institution of higher education offering programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees which are wholly or partially state-supported or state-controlled.

AASCU schools enroll more than three million students or 56 percent of the enrollment at all public four-year institutions.

Dalton State is a member of AASCU and will be involved in the organization’s Red Balloon Project on Re-imaging Undergraduate Education.

The date of Dr. Cejda’s talk will be forthcoming.