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President's Message Jan 2017
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                                                                                                                                                  January 2017

Dear Colleagues,


Greetings! Here we are in 2017 – I hope everyone had some down time over the holidays; time to relax, reflect and recharge. Your colleagues who volunteer on the ACL board and committees continue their efforts to provide you with professional development and support that will assist your efforts in furthering collaborations across higher education.

Some quick highlights of what’s coming up this year:

ACL Salary Survey
If you are a consortium CEO, be on the lookout for ACL’s Salary Survey link in the next few days. We are gathering data this month to reissue the survey, last conducted in 2011. This survey has provided valuable data to consortium leaders not only for their own salaries and benefits, but also for those of their senior staff. It’s an important service to the consortium community, but is only as good as the data collected. The survey will be sent to the director of ACL member and non-member consortia and collaborative organizations. Please respond when you get the link. Final results will be shared with all who respond and will be available to the ACL membership as a benefit of membership. To see the 2011 survey, visit the ACL Salary Survey page.

2017 Summer Institute for Consortium and Collaboration Leaders

Mark your calendars: June 25-28, 2017, Claremont, California

Registration is now open! Claremont University Consortium will host ACL’s 2017 Summer Institute from June 25 -28, 2017 in beautiful Claremont, California. The Institute is now in its seventh year. If you are interested in attending or know of others who would benefit from this experience, please encourage them to register. In the past five years over 120 people have participated in the Summer Institute, giving it high praise for its thoughtful and practical curriculum. The deadline for registration is April 7, 2017.

ACL member fee $2250 (includes 3 hotel nights)
ACL non-member fee $2650 (includes 3 hotel nights)

Through the generosity of a grant from the Teagle Foundation we have a limited number of scholarships available for up to half of the fees for the Institute. The funds will be used to support participants from consortia or collaborations less than two years old or to support new directors of existing consortia or collaborations with operating budgets of $150,000 or less. Each consortium or collaborative enterprise is limited to applying for one scholarship. In the event we receive more applicants than we can serve, priority will be given to consortia and collaborations that serve or include minority-serving institutions. Information and application are available in the Institute page.  The deadline for scholarship applications is March 24, 2017.

2017 Annual Conference Planning Underway
Mark your calendars for October 18-20, 2017. We will be meeting in Albany, New York at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. Be on the lookout shortly for a survey about content you would like to see covered at the event. The conference is hosted by NELLCO, New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, and the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education.

Committee members include:

Theresa McCue, NELLCO
Tracy Thompson, NELLCO
Amy Cronin, New York 6
Nell Bartkowiak, New York 6
Steve Harvey, Western New Your Consortium for Higher Education
Cristin Toutsi Grigos, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (2018 host)
Neal Abraham, Five Colleges Consortium (2016 host)
Dana Yurgosky, Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges
Robert Diggs, Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts
Beth Moy, Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Higher Education
Leslie Mason, Virginia Tidewater Consortium (2018 host)
Larry Dotolo, Virginia Tidewater Consortium (2018 host)

Looking for a new job?

Two longtime CEOs and ACL Board Members, Barb McFadden Allen of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and Tracy Thompson, NELLCO, are leaving their roles this year. We will miss them greatly and wish the best for their successors. See ads for their roles here:

Executive Director, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Executive Director, NELLCO

ACL Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2018
Looking ahead – ACL will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2018. Plans are already underway for the Fall Conference and Anniversary Celebration to be held Virginia, hosted by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium. Stay tuned for more information. If you would like to work on the 2018 conference planning committee, please let us know.

Think about joining the ACL Board
The ACL Board will have its spring meeting in March at the Big Ten Academic Alliance in Chicago. It’s not too early to think about whether you are ready to help in the growth and development of ACL. Wondering what serving on the board entails? Please just reach out to a current board member or directly to our nominations committee chair, Cristin Toutsi Grigos. Board contact information can be found on the ACL website.

I'm looking forward to working with you in 2017.




Claire Ramsbottom


Association for Collaborative Leadership

Executive Director, Colleges of the Fenway

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