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Succeeding as Women in Higher Education


October 23-25, 2009, Cortland Campus Old Main Building

Given the "chilly climate" for females in the academy, this conference will focus on changing the current situation through best practices across the academy. Regional and national experts and scholars will discuss changes in academic practices, values, and institutional change. The Conference will address these essential questions through presentations, workshops, and artistic presentations:

  1. What are the reasons that women are not in leadership positions in higher education in general?
  2. What institutional practices exist to support, enhance, and cultivate gender equity in higher education?
  3. What values impede or promote women in leadership positions?
  4. What attributes or credentials are required for women in leadership positions?

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  Registration Fee is $125 ($140 after October 1st). Registration includes meals (Friday: dinner; Saturday: continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday: continental breakfast and lunch), coffee and tea, parking, the concert, and all conference materials.


Conference Highlights

Chancellor's Champagne Reception:

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher
Dr. Zimpher is the first woman to hold the top leadership position in the SUNY system.


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Sarah Fenstermaker
Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo
Geography, SUNY Cortland

Plenary Session Speakers:

Dr. Dolores Battle

Buffalo State College

Dr. Patricia Francis, Assoc. Provost

Institutional Assessment &
Effectiveness, SUNY Oneonta

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, M.S.Ed., President,

Wells College

Dr. Debbie L. Sydow, President,

Onondaga Community College


Joanne Shenandoah

Native American Singer, Songwriter