Welcome to the information site for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2014 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference and Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon/Star Awards Ceremony. The conference and luncheon were held at the DoubleTree Austin Hotel (6505 IH-35 North in Austin) on November 20-21, 2014. The focus of this year’s conference was Planning Educationally for a Competitive Global Economy. Our keynote speakers featured experts from higher education and the workforce.
The conference began at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 20 with an orientation for new governing board members and other interested education leaders. Special morning orientation sessions included separate, concurrent sessions for university and community college board members. While these morning sessions partially satisfied the training requirement for newly appointed regents and elected trustees (Texas Education Code, Section 61.084), many tenured regents and trustees also found them helpful. The concurrent sessions were followed by a special luncheon and panel discussion featuring tenured regents and trustees who discussed what they wish they had known as new governing board members.
Immediately following the luncheon on November 20, conference sessions began (and orientation sessions continued) with a facilitated panel of legal experts who discussed effective trusteeship, ethics, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest. This legal panel was followed by a facilitated panel of higher education leaders who discussed how effective systems implement policies and develop effective working relationships with their campuses. A special reception and dinner for regents, trustees, higher education leaders, and other invited guests followed these discussions.
Conference sessions continued on November 21 with keynote addresses followed by an overview of preparations being made for the next long-range plan for higher education in Texas. Interactive workshops were held to secure feedback on the potential goals that are being considered for the next higher education plan and the key metrics to measure the state’s progress toward making Texas an international leader in student success and excellence by 2030.
The conference concluded with the Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon and Star Awards Ceremony. The luncheon was held at the DoubleTree Austin Hotel from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. and featured our 2014 Star Award finalists and a keynote address by Dr. Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education.