Presidential Spouses and Partners Program Concurrent Sessions

January 5, 2023

(Sponsored by The Virtual Care Group)

Outside the Ivory Tower

Today more than ever, it is important that colleges be good partners within their communities. This session will explore spouse and partner participation in volunteerism and college programs to engage students, staff, and faculty members within the community.

Michael Householder, Presidential Spouse, Macalester College
Carole Campbell Williams, Presidential Spouse, Mount Saint Joseph University
Chair: Sharon Frandsen, Presidential Spouse, Wittenberg University

What Keeps Them Awake at Night: An Update on Hot Topics in Higher Education

It can be challenging for spouses and partners to stay abreast of the important issues that consume the attention of presidents and campus leadership. A former college president who currently leads the CIC’s New Presidents Program will offer an overview of current pressing topics in higher education. Examples of issues that may be discussed are campus free speech, enrollment challenges, public perceptions of higher education, and institutional collaborations and mergers. There will be ample time for questions and discussion, as well as advice to spouses and partners on how to stay informed.

Mary Pat Seurkamp, Senior Advisor and Director, CIC New Presidents Program; and President Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Chair: Anthony Tillman, Presidential Spouse, DePauw University

Where Do I Belong: Finding My Place as a Presidential Spouse/Partner

Spouses and partners will discuss how they have identified appropriate, meaningful, and effective roles for themselves at their institutions and in their communities, and how their roles have evolved over time. The discussion may include spouse/partner contracts, both formal and informal. Consideration will be given to gender differences in developing spouse and partner roles.

Lynn Buck, Presidential Spouse, Susquehanna University
Angela Cant, Presidential Spouse, Wilkes University
Alan Cottrell, Presidential Spouse, Texas Lutheran University
F. Marvin Espy, Presidential Spouse, Mitchell College
Chair: Donna Whitt, Presidential Spouse, Lenoir-Rhyne University