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Third Conference on Shared Governance

Continuity In Shared Governance In Times Of Leadership Change

April 27-28 2017

Suffern, NY

Draft Conference Agenda


‌‌Presentation Highlights:

  • Efficacy Amidst Turnover:  Building Impactful Organizations with New Leadership
  • Mentoring the next generation of governance leaders.  Taking advantage of routines, exceptions and challenges for developing leadership and succession planning
  • Strengthening Shared Governance for SUNY's Community Colleges in Times of Transition
  • How can faculty become involved in administrative searches?
  • Examine the Campus Concept Committee through the lens of shared governance
  • Community College Presidents Panel
  • Standards of Excellance in SG
  • The Role of Faculty Governance towards Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Presidential Transitions, or Nancy and Me
  • Shared Governance: The Words are Easier than the Actions.
  • Development of a Rubric for Assessing Shared Governance

Keynote Speakers


Dr. David Maxwell

President Emeritus
Drake University
Senior Fellow, Association of Governing Boards

Dr. Michael DeCesare

Committe on College and University Governance
American Association of University Professors


Conference Deadlines

Call for Proposals Lodging Reservation Conference Registration



The Third SUNY VOICES Conference- Continuity In Shared Governance In Times Of Leadership Change - will bring together faculty, students, staff, administrators, trustees and council members, to discuss how systems of shared governance can work toward achieving sustainable and innovative colleges and universities. Participants and presenters will consider the unique challenges posed by leadership transitions and how organizations can continue their work uninterrupted and without sacrificing quality during times of administrative change.

The conference will include keynote speakers, paper presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions. You are invited to participate in this opportunity to examine challenges facing governance leaders and members, and explore alternative solutions, in a relaxed atmosphere.

Conference Themes include:

1) Lessons learned--how campuses strengthen shared governance through a time of leadership change
2) Sustaining shared governance with new administrations
3) Understanding the faculty role in presidential/administrative searches
4) Exploring how Student Governments create and sustain leadership amid the challenge of continuous change
5) Shared governance and academic freedom
6) Melding Shared governance and Middle States accreditation
7) Discussing shared governance from a Presidential standpoint
8) Discussing the challenges of trusteeship for students and community leaders
9) Faculty/student Collaboration with Governing Boards

For SUNY Voices Conference on Shared Governance Announcement, select this link:

SUNY Voices 2017 Conference Announcement


3 Executive Blvd
Suffern, NY 10901


Cut-off Date April 21, 2017

There is a $25 registration fee for the SUNY Voices conference. We can accept credit cards checks and money orders.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to SUNY System Administration and submitted to:

Carol Donato
University Faculty Senate
SUNY Plaza - S120
Albany, NY 12246

Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Lunch and Dinner will be provided on Thursday, April 27; Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on Friday, April 28.

To register and pay for the SUNY VOICES Conference, please complete and submit the online registration form: SUNY VOICES Conference Registration form.


Cut-off Date April 10, 2017

Lodging Reservation

The Crowne Plaza - Suffern
3 Executive Blvd
Suffern, NY 10901
Local Phone: 845.357.4800

Click here for Directions to The Crowne Plaza - Suffern


We invite papers (research as well as reflective analyses) that address issues related to shared governance, and are especially interested in papers related to conference themes. Both group and single-author projects as well as works-in-progress are welcome.

The following types of proposals will be considered:

  • Individual Paper Proposals are submitted individually and arranged into sessions by the review committee. In paper sessions, authors present 10 - 12-minute papers followed by audience discussion.
  • Panels provide an opportunity for examining specific problems or topics from a variety of perspectives given that they include 3 - 4 participants.
  • Roundtables typically include a moderator and 4 - 6 presenters who make brief, informal remarks about a specific idea or project. They allow for extensive discussion and audience participation.

The deadline for submitting Proposals/Abstracts is March 1, 2017

To submit a proposal for the SUNY VOICES Conference, you must complete and submit the online proposal form by selecting this link:

SUNY VOICES Conference Proposal form.

Select ‌ for Proposal Submission Requirements and Directions for completing the online proposal form.

Questions about the SUNY VOICES Conference? Contact: Carol Donato - University Faculty Senate

518.320.1376 / 800.547.1548




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