Welcome to the information site for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2016 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference and Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon/Star Awards Ceremony. The conference and luncheon will be held at the Crowne Plaza Austin Hotel (6121 I-35 North in Austin) on October 25-26, 2016.
The focus of this year’s conference will be on “Connecting Higher Education and Workplace Success.” Our keynote speakers and panelists will consider both the public and private good of higher education. They will focus in particular on ways to help highlight students’ marketable skills that can be articulated for the workforce, to encourage them to be more civic-minded, help them interact in diverse communities while continuing, and give them a passion for lifelong learning.
The conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25 with an orientation for new governing board members and other interested education leaders. Special morning orientation sessions will include separate, concurrent sessions for university and community college board members. While these morning sessions partially satisfy the training requirement for newly appointed regents and elected trustees (Texas Education Code, Section 61.084), many tenured regents and trustees also find them helpful.
Immediately following the luncheon on October 25, conference sessions will begin (and orientation sessions will continue) with a facilitated panel of legal experts who will discuss effective trusteeship, ethics, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest. This legal panel will be followed by a facilitated panel of higher education leaders who will discuss how effective systems implement policies and develop effective working relationships with their campuses. A special reception for regents, trustees, higher education leaders, and other invited guests will follow these discussions.
Conference sessions will continue on October 26 with experts who will consider best practices in explicating broad study with skillsets that will help students market themselves to employers in any economy.The conference will conclude with the Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon and Star Awards Ceremony. The luncheon will be held at the Crowne Plaza Austin Hotel from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. and will feature our 2016 Star Award finalists and a keynote address by Dr. Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education.