The 18th annual conference of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA) was held in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois, on April 15-18. As perhaps the longest serving member who still attends, I thought it was the best conference yet. The founders of NABCA should be proud of what they started, and as I told attendees, what NABCA has become is very much what the founders intended. (I was not a founder, by the way. I began attending the conference, then known as the Western Association, about five years after the launch.)
This year, especially, I thought there was a spirit and collegiality that was remarkable. Presentations were excellent, and the organization of the event was spot on. Everyone involved in planning and executing the conference deserves praise, and I offer special congratulations to joyce gillie gossum (executive director), James McCaslin (president), Allison Fitzpatrick (conference chair), and Joseph Rives (site host).
There were two keynote speakers. Mary Landon Darden, author of Beyond 2020: Envisioning the Future of Universities in America, spoke on Thursday offering her thoughts on how branch campuses can thrive in changing times. I was honored to be the Friday keynote, speaking on the mission and significance of branch campuses.
If you are not a member of NABCA, I encourage you to visit the web site: www.nabca.net. NABCA leaders have worked hard to create significant value to membership, even beyond the annual conference.
Please consider becoming a member, and I hope you also consider attending next year’s conference, which will be hosted by Wilmington University, in Wilmington, DE, April 13-16. If you work on or with branch campuses, I promise you will enjoy and appreciate an opportunity to spend time with people who do what you do!
Update: I am pleased that you found your way to this blog post, and I hope you check out other posts I’ve made over the years. In addition, if you find the blog helpful, please take a look at my recently published book, Out on a Limb: A Branch Campus Life. The book is available on Amazon, in both print and Kindle versions. You can find it at http://www.amazon.com/Out-Limb-Branch-Campus-Life/dp/0991498208/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418858536&sr=1-11&keywords=out+on+a+limb.