2015 Conference

This year’s conference took place at the Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, New York 10597 frombrochure2015  April 12-15, 2015. 

The theme was The Shifting Paradigms of Higher Education and it celebrated 25 years for the Tri-State Consortium. The Conference Program (PDF) is available by clicking on the image to the right.

Dr. Henry Durand’s Leadership Presentation (PDF)

Dr. Glenn Lang’s Leadership Materials

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Michael Baston Watson Scott Swail Nancy Zimpher Belle Wheelan
Tina Gridiron Smith
April 12 — Keynote Address 7pm April 13 — Plenary Address at 10:15am cancelled April 14 — Keynote Address at 9am April 14 — Plenary Address at 12:30pm
VP, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management President and CEO of The Educational Policy Institute
12th Chancellor of the State
University of New York
President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Strategy Director for Lumina Foundation.
He  is a highly respected educator and leader in higher education. Dr. Baston is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Associate Provost at LaGuardia Community College. Dr. Baston has the largest student services portfolio among City University of New York’s (CUNY) 24 college system. He  holds an undergraduate degree from Iona College, a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and a doctorate in education in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College.
Dr. Swail is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Educational Policy Institute, a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to policy-based research on educational opportunity for all students, as well as President of EPI International, an international research firm.
He founded EPI in 2002 to meet a growing need for high-level research on educational opportunity issues.
Prior to coming to SUNY, she served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at The Ohio State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education and Speech, a master’s degree in English Literature, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration, all from The Ohio State University. Her career spans 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education.  In several roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology; her Master’s from Louisiana State University (1974) in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.  She currently leads Lumina’s place-based Latino Student Success effort.  She also serves as an active member of Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy; as secretary for the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance board of directors; and as secretary for the national Grantmakers for Education board of directors.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and two Masters Degrees from Stanford University.

Mini-Plenary Presentations

 Tom Mortenson Hakeem Rahim Wes Hall Jose Aviles
April 13 — 11:30am April 13 — 11:30am April 14 — 10:15am April 14 — 10:15am
Senior Scholar Founder of
Live Breathe, LLC
Educational Consultant
Director of Admissions at the University of Delaware
He is the Senior Scholar at The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and
an independent higher education policy analyst. He focuses on populations that are underrepresented in higher education: low income/ first generation students, underrepresented minorities including blacks, Hispanics and American Indians and boys.
He was the first African-American male valedictorian in Uniondale High School’s history. He places an emphasis on change and transformation. After graduating cum laude with a BA in psychology from Harvard University, he began working in local government, for two years, under the Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. In 2007, He graduated with an Ed.M and an M.A. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, with a focus on higher education and multiculturalism.  In 2006, he co-founded the Uniondale Foundation for Educational Excellence, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that supports the Uniondale School district via supplemental financial and creative means. Wes Hall is one of the nation’s leading experts in the area of working with ‘Boys of Color.”  He provides professional development to teachers throughout the district in the area of “Relationship Building, and Success Strategies for Re-engaging Disengaged Students.” As an independent contractor for LAUSD, he works to empower students at Crenshaw, Dorsey, Washington Prep, Hollywood High, and Augustus Hawkins High Schools. One of his current consulting projects includes working with an elementary school in Watts, California. The school is among the 1000 worst performing schools in the state. Dr. Aviles is a passionate educator dedicated to serving students, inspired, in part, by his own educational journey as a first-generation college student. “I believe my life’s purpose is to help colleges and universities serve all students better, and to make a positive impact on the system of education in our country,” he says. Accordingly, his research and practice focuses on educational pipeline issues and creating strategies that can lead to ultimate student success.