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Message from the AABHE President, Jacqueline "Dee” Gardner

It is my hope that this letter finds each of you in good health and enjoying the beginning of what I trust will be a peaceful and productive spring. We are just now seeing the signs of spring in Nashville…longer days, plenty of sunshine and budding trees and flowers. Yes…spring is here, and AABHE is "springing” into action planning our next conference. But, before we get too far into our plans, I want to share with you some highlights from the 2013 conference.

This year we had 172 attendees in Atlanta, with 102 first timers, (we want you back in 2014) along with 95 presenters. The Research and Writing Boot Camp and Pre-Pre-Conference Workshops on Diversity and Career Development and Creating Your Brand were a great success. The opening luncheon speaker, Dr. Charles Robinson set the tone for what would prove to be an exciting two days that included recognizing four very talented Doctoral student awardees: Edward Collins, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Crystal Joi Allen, Texas A & M University, Sosanya Marie Jones, Columbia University, and Marjorie Dorimé-Williams, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. AABHE is most proud of their accomplishments.

And how could we possibly forget the lively panel presented by our distinguished awardees. Scarlet Pressley-Brown, Life Time Achievement Award, Ron Clark, President’s Pacesetter Award, Bernard Milano, Advocacy Award and Danny Glover, Cultural Award. Each one of them left us with valuable lessons to reflect on as we continue on our "Pathway to Success.” We also acknowledged our own, Muriel Hawkins for receiving the Public Service Award. We were honored this year to give the Harold Delaney Exemplary Educational Leadership Award to Charlie Nelms. Remember his words? "Pray like everything depends on God, and work like everything depends on you.” I have repeated his words many times and think of them often.

AABHE also acknowledges the many accomplishments of those administrators and faculty who advanced their careers in part, by attending the Leadership and Mentoring Institute (LMI) directed by Barbara Johnson. A special panel presentation composed of graduates of the LMI gave strong testimony to the impact of solid leadership and mentoring. In fact, Adriel A. Hilton, a graduate of LMI received the Joseph H. Silver, Sr. LMI Alumni Award.

Joseph Silver, who serves as the International Travel Director, which is another highlight of AABHE, inspired all of us with his closing remarks…Dr. Silver reminded us of the importance of keeping the momentum moving forward as we embrace the High Five Pathways to Success. We at AABHE know that we can only keep the momentum moving with your support.

I trust that you had some of your own very special moments to remember.

The Association of Blacks in Higher Education is anchored in the High Five concepts:

1. Memberships Services

2. Linkage/Partnerships

3. Communication

4. Financial Stability

5. Celebrating AABHE and its continued growth and success.

AABHE is dedicated to its members and to all who feel strongly about improving education, especially higher education and its leadership. The AABHE Board and I solicit your input in moving the AABHE agenda forward with the High Five Commitment.

We look forward to seeing all 172 of you and your colleagues in Atlanta on March 13-15, 2014 at the Loews Hotel. The theme for the 2014 conference is "Pathways to Success Within Higher Education” The New Faces of Race & Gender.

I would like to give special acknowledgement and sincere thanks to the Board and sponsors who contributed so generously to the success of the 2013 conference.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you good health and peace,

Dee
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