WMC plans state conference on women educators

June 08, 1993

Western Maryland College will hold the annual statewide conference of the American Council for Higher Education/National Identification Program for women administrators in higher education on Thursday and Friday.

The conference's theme, "Paradigms for the Future," will examine how colleges and universities can embrace new management and leadership techniques to keep pace with business, and how professional women who work on these campuses can play key roles in affecting change.

Judy Sorum Brown, former vice president and senior fellow at the Aspen Institute and former dean of the School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park, will deliver the keynote address at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Decker College Center Forum.

Ms. Brown's speech will be followed by discussion groups that examine issues related to "Paradigms of the Future."

Jean Graves McDonald, a representative of the National Governors' Association, will present "Re-examining the Enterprise," a discussion emphasizing the role of colleges in the reform of America's schools.

The discussion will take place at 9 a.m. Friday in the Alonzo G. Decker Lecture Hall and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Other sessions will be devoted to techniques for professional development and negotiations, networking, finding support for completion of a doctoral program, advancement issues for minority women, and choosing a career as a scholar and researcher.

Dr. Joan Develin Coley, Western Maryland's dean of graduate affairs, and Theresa Bryant, executive assistant to the president and secretary to the board of trustees, will join Kim Smith, residential director of TARGET Inc., in presenting "Managing Multiple Priorities."

The workshop, at 11 a.m. Friday in the Leidy Room in Decker College Center, will offer perspectives of women from several different walks of life, showing how they manage careers, education and family needs.

Velva A. Cooper, conference co-chair and assistant director of the college's personnel services office, will moderate.

Information: Ms. Cooper, (410) 857-2204 or 876-2055, Ext. 204.

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