The Midwestern Higher Education Compact strives to maintain communication with all of its member states. This newsletter provides higher education institutions and agencies timely information about MHEC programs and policy research and analysis.
|October 15, 2010
MHEC begins search for new leader
The Presidential Search Committee made recommendations to the MHEC Executive Committee which approved: 1) the hiring of an interim president until a permanent president can take office; and 2) retaining an executive search firm to help in the search process for a new president. The MHEC officers were authorized to hire an interim president, and former MHEC chair, Lana Oleen (KS), has accepted the position. Link to the news release.
On October 14, the search committee released a request for proposal (RFP) for an executive search firm: www.mhec.org/rfps. The deadline for proposal responses is November 5, 2010. Any questions related to the presidential hiring process or the executive search firm RFP, should be directed to Rob Trembath, MHEC vice president and general counsel, at 612-624-1812. Information regarding the search will be made available at www.mhec.org/presidentsearch.
The theme of this year’s policy summit is Restore, Revitalize, Renew: Higher Education’s Role in the Economic Transformation of Communities. David Maurasse, president and CEO and founder of Marga Incorporated, will open the MHEC Policy Summit on November 15. His global consulting firm is dedicated to forging and strengthening pathways to take on the great issues of the twenty-first century through cross-sector partnerships, philanthropy, strategy, and management. Maurrasse has been on the faculty of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and founded their Center for Innovation in Social Responsibility, which researched and promoted dialogue on the formation of partnerships involving corporations, higher education, philanthropy, and various other industries.
The agenda is available for download and registration is open for MHEC’s commission meeting and 6th annual policy summit to be held Nov. 15-17 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. Registration for one or both events can be done online at http://www.mhec.org/2010annualmtg. Room reservations at the Westin can also be made online, the link is available upon registration submittal. MHEC does not charge a registration fee for either meeting.
The policy summit is a good opportunity for professional development. The summit will demonstrate examples of community development and community transformation resulting from partnerships between higher education institutions, business and industry, government, and community agencies. Topics will include research and innovation, entrepreneurship and business development, workforce training and retraining, technology transfer, neighborhood revitalization, and outreach and capacity building. Panels will provide examples from research universities, community and technical colleges, and comprehensive and liberal arts institutions, with a special focus on collaborative efforts to revitalize metropolitan Detroit.
The policy summit will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 15, will include an evening event at the Henry Ford Museum, and will conclude with a luncheon on Tuesday, November 16. The luncheon will also serve at the opening session of the MHEC annual commission meeting, which will continue through noon on Wednesday, November 17.
For questions about registration, please contact Mary Roberson, MHEC's director of communications and marketing, at 612-626-0070. If you have questions about the policy summit, please contact Chris Rasmussen, vice president for research and policy analysis, at 612-625-2431.
Talking technology cost savings out and about in the Midwest
MHEC has participated in a number of conferences in the past month to promote its technology cost savings opportunities beyond higher education. Since MHEC is an instrumentality of state government and the states are the members, vendor agreements with MHEC are able to be extended to K-12 districts and schools, cities, states and local governments, and not-for-profit entities.
Mary Roberson, MHEC director of communications and marketing, participated in the Iowa League of Cities annual conference September 22-24. Technologies Committee member—Warren Wilson from Black Hills State University and executive director of the South Dakota Library Network—was able to share information about MHEC's technology programs at the at the annual conference of the South Dakota Library Association on September 22-24. Rob Trembath, MHEC vice president and general counsel, was asked to participate in a roundtable discussion at the Great Lakes region of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) conference on October 7. Roberson also attended the annual conference of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits October 7-8. MHEC's technology brochure was distributed to approximately 700 people in attendance. On October 10-12 Ken Niemi, MHEC vice president of technology strategy, attended the Iowa Technology and Education Conference (ITEC), which is geared towards K-12.
MHEC welcomes Sen. David Pearce (MO) as a new commissioner, and Mr. Michael L. Morgan (WI) as a new commissioner alternate. MHEC would like to congratulate Dr. James H. McCormick (MN) for his honor from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 5 for the 2010 Pacesetter of the Year Award.