Dobbins to Serve on Faculty of AASCU New Presidents’ Academy



Dec. 10, 2004 – Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, has been invited to serve on the faculty of the New Presidents’ Academy to be offered by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Aug. 7-12 in Vail, Colo.

The New Presidents’ Academy is a special leadership opportunity designed for new presidents and chancellors at AASCU colleges and universities who have assumed their presidencies within the past two years. The Academy assists new college and university presidents in establishing a strong presidential base and provides participants with the know-how and tools to forge a solid presidency.

Dobbins will be leading sessions on financial management and budgeting and will be an alternate for other subject matters.  He will be joining faculty consisting of James Votruba, president of Northern Kentucky University, Patricia Cormier, president of Longwood University in Virginia and chairperson of AASCU, and Muriel Howard, president of Buffalo State College, State University of New York. Coordinator of the Academy is John Moore, president emeritus and distinguished trustee professor at Indiana State University at Terre Haute.

Since its inception, the Academy has been offered 17 times and more than 200 college and university presidents have completed the program. About 15 to 20 new presidents attend the Academy each year.

The intensive, highly focused program offers new presidents an array of topics and experiences. The focus is on the first 500 days of their presidency, developing and enhancing new presidents’ skills to carry them through their presidential career.

Topics to be covered will include the nature of the presidency, leadership through strategic visioning, shaping the organization and team building, the effective president, board and system relationships, financial management and budget decisions, the personal side of the presidency, leading change through institutional advancement, pitfalls to successful presidencies, athletics and the president’s role, external advocacy, development, and friend and fund raising, and the first 500 days.

Faculty will use practical suggestions emerging from case studies and will reflect on their own leadership challenges.

Underlying themes of discussion will focus on issues of personal and professional balance, authenticity and tying decisions to principles and priorities.

Dobbins became the 17th president of Southeast Missouri State University in July 1999, after serving in various positions in higher education administration both at Kent State University and Southeast. Dobbins joined Southeast in 1991 as vice president for finance and administration and served as executive vice president from July 1993 until his appointment as president. From 1981 until 1991, Dobbins held several positions at Kent State, serving as assistant director of financial affairs, assistant treasurer and bursar, registrar, director of university auditing, and adjunct assistant professor of higher education administration