I am very pleased to serve as SEA’s President for 2015. I want to thank Dr. Barbara Gill, Past President, for her leadership in 2014 and her assistance in a smooth office transition. Under Dr. Gill’s guidance, SEA held numerous webinars and in-person programs, as well as the successful February 2015 Annual Workshop. SEA remained fiscally sound and grew in membership. Additionally, Dr. Gill facilitated streamlining the association’s bylaws, and she developed updated board position descriptions. I am grateful that she remains on the board.
I would also like to thank outgoing board members Dr. Fred Seamon (Past President) and David Summers (Treasurer). I greatly appreciate their service and dedication to SEA. I welcome new board members Dr. Portia Campos (Treasurer), Dr. Michelle Chandrasekhar (Secretary), Jessica Tice (State Sector Representative), and Marina Byrd (Program Committee Co-Chair). Finally, I extend thanks to board members continuing to serve: Nathanial Myers (President-Elect), Jennifer Johnson (Program Committee Co-Chair), Dr. Bonnie Swan (Program Committee Co-Chair), Sheena Horton (Private Sector Representative), Dr. Moya Alfonso (University Sector Representative), Jason Lawrence (Student Sector Representative), Byron Greene (Local Sector Representative), and Dr. Linda Schrader (SEA-AEA Liaison). Sheena Horton (Newsletter Coordinator) and Sean Little (Editor, Book Reviewer) will continue to serve on SEA’s newsletter staff, with the addition of Shaun Horton (Layout Editor). Kathy McGuire has graciously offered to be SEA’s Membership/Volunteer Coordinator; we would like to thank Kathy for assuming this role, and to thank Sheena Horton for managing our membership services during the interim. I will be relying on all of your collective institutional memory!
With the help of a talented board encompassing both continuity and newness, I wish to continue Dr. Gill’s initiatives, particularly membership growth and financial responsibility. I also hope to develop manuals to augment position descriptions to ensure efficient succession of board members in future years.
The Program Committee has already produced a popular webinar (“Capturing Student Voices, Teaching Them to Listen: Effective Strategies for Conducting Focus Groups on Campus”) this year, as well as an in-person workshop (“Creating Your Professional Image: Applying For and Getting the Job”). There is more to come. I also hope to expand the Annual Workshop to a larger space to accommodate more presentations and attendees.
I welcome your involvement. Please let me know your suggestions for programs or other SEA initiatives. I hope to see you soon at an SEA event!
Dr. Elizabeth Winslow is Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis at Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. She is also Managing Director of the Florida Independent College Fund.
Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, she was a Policy Analyst at the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA).
She earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2009 at Florida State University. This is her second year on the board.
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