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
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
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.
trust that you had some of your own very special moments to remember.
Association of Blacks in Higher Education is anchored in the High Five
Celebrating AABHE and its continued growth
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
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.
would like to give special acknowledgement and sincere thanks to the Board and
sponsors who contributed so generously to the success of the 2013
look forward to hearing from you.
you good health and peace,