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2015 Conference Prompts “New Normal” Discussions, New Leadership

Seventy presidents, vice presidents, and other higher education teammates gathered at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA on Friday, October 30 to discuss “the new normal” and how the New England College Council can better serve its members.

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Announcing Our 2015 Conference Speaker

The New England College Council is pleased to announce that Mark Milliron will be the 2015 NECC Conference keynote speaker.

photo of Mark Milliron courtesy of
Mark Milliron (photo courtesy of

Dr. Milliron is currently chief learning officer and co-founder of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping students learn well and finish strong on education journeys. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. In previous roles, Dr. Milliron served as the founding chancellor of Western Governors University, Texas; as deputy director for postsecondary improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; as endowed fellow and director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at the University of Texas at Austin; as vice president for education and medical practice with SAS; and as president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.  He has been a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, and in 1999, the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education named him a Distinguished Graduate for his service to the education field. In 2007, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) presented him with its National Leadership Award; in 2011, the National University Technology Network (NUTN) named him the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award; and in 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s Hall of Fame.

The New England College Council would like to thank Mount Wachusett Community College President Dan Asquino for bringing Dr. Milliron to our attention. Dan recently caught Dr. Milliron’s standing room-only presentation, “What’s in Store for Community Colleges: Results of the 2014 CEO Key Trends Survey,” at the League of Innovation Conference and found him both informative and dynamic. For his part, Dr. Milliron looks forward to tailoring a presentation especially for NECC members as they face the challenge of leading in higher education in this age of the “new normal.”

The 2015 New England College Council Conference will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Publick House Historic Inn, 277 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566. The cost will be $130 per person, and invitations will be sent by early May. NECC members are encouraged to bring teams of colleagues to participate in this conference.