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    Governors State University

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    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

    Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland, SIUE prepares its diverse student body of nearly 14,000 for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world.

  • Drake University

    Drake University

    Drake University—Home of NAPAHE, is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. 

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    Grand Valley State University

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  • Randolph College

    Randolph College

    An aerial view of historic Main Hall, the focal point of the red-brick campus of Randolph College located in Lynchburg, VA


Latest Newsletter: December 2017 Read the latest newsletter

2018 Conference Date

March 9-11, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC.

Upcoming Webinar
Save the Date!

Strategic Planning
by Walter V. Wendler, Ph.D., President at West Texas A&M University.

December 8, 2017

10:00AM Eastern
9:00AM Central
8:00AM Mountain

No cost!

Pre-Registration Required

Strategic planning in higher education is an essential component for both universities and colleges, especially given state funding for higher education continues to decrease throughout the nation. Please join Dr. Walter V. Wendler, 11th President of West Texas A&M University, for an informative webinar regarding a different perspective about strategic planning and the process of using generational planning to develop a strategic plan.

Dr. Wendler was appointed president of WTAMU in September 2016. He is excited to be a part of the transformation occurring at the university. President Wendler understands the importance of strategic planning work and this webinar will share insights regarding his experiences and the strategic planning process currently underway, entitled WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World, where West Texas A&M will plan to attain doctoral status in the Carnegie classifications of universities as it celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2035. Prior to his WT presidency, Dr. Wendler served as chancellor from 2001-2007 at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, vice chancellor for Planning and System Integration at The Texas A&M University System and executive assistant to the president at Texas A&M University where he was responsible for directing the institution’s strategic plan, entitled Vision 2020: Creating a Culture of Excellence.

We hope that you will join us!

This webinar is being offered free of charge to our members, and all you need to do is register by clicking here.

Please register today!

NAPAHE Featured Testimonial

00000296After arriving at my institution and slowly finding my way through the position, I began to develop a sense of loneliness. I had no colleagues who I could turn to for advice. My other cabinet colleagues could not relate to my own experiences, or the confidential nature of my work prevented me from seeking their counsel. Joining NAPAHE provided me that network for which I longed.

Attending my first conference provided me a chance to debrief challenging situations I had experienced, and in many cases learn that many others face them too, while gaining valuable insights about improving my work in the future. Even when I think I have developed a best practice, I attend a NAPAHE conference or check the listserv and find ways to refine my work. Without a doubt, I am a more efficient and effective presidential assistant as a result of my relationship with NAPAHE.

Wesley R. Fugate
Vice President and Chief of Staff,
Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia

National Association
of Presidential Assistants
in Higher Education

Drake University
PO Box 41772
Des Moines IA 50311

Linda Ryan, NAPAHE Executive Director Phone 515-490-0216
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