Welcome to the New York State ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education!

Click here to see a video welcome from the New York State Coordinator of the NYS ACE Women’s Network, Patricia Burlaud.

The ACE Women’s Network

The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. Each state network is led by a state coordinator who works with institutional representatives and at least one presidential sponsor to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education careers within that state.

Position: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness

St. John’s University – School of Education

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness

St. John’s University announces the search for Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness in the School of Education (SOE). The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness reports directly to and assists the Dean in specific aspects of the operation of the SOE with a focus on school effectiveness, program planning and evaluation, accreditations, and student success. The Associate Dean provides overall administrative leadership for academic matters; new program development and approval; program quality; educational methods; national, regional and specialty accreditations; assessment and evaluation of students and programs; and policy development and implementation. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness is a key member of the school leadership team. This is a 12-month and continuing appointment as an administrator. It is expected that the associate dean for academic affairs and unit effectiveness will be a collegial member of the dean’s office and regularly collaborate on projects with faculty, department chairs, program directors, the other associate deans, assistant deans and other members of the dean’s senior staff. It is important that the candidate has held successful and effective academic ranks, and is an effective communicator, inclusive and approachable.

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Events for 2014-2015 in the Westchester/Rockland Region

Excited about 2015? Here are some events to add to your calendar where you can network with other ACEWN members, especially if you are in the Westchester/Rockland region.

Watch this space for more details; or contact Sarah Fowler-Rogers on our Executive Board if you would like to be involved!

Theme for 2014-2015: See Something ~ Say Something

Spring 2015 Professional Development Session Spring 2015 Awards Luncheon
Date Friday, March 6 Friday, April 24
Place  Westchester Community College Knollwood Country Club, Elmsford
Time 1:00-3:30pm 12:30-3:30
Topic   Advocating for Yourself Moving the Needle
Cost Estimate $15 $50

Report on the first mid-Atlantic multi-state ACEWN Conference


Conveners Reva Curry (right), previous NJ network state coordinator; Patricia Burlaud (center), previous NY network state coordinator; Kim Bobby (left), Director, Inclusive Excellence Group, American Council on Education

 The First Mid-Atlantic Multi State Conference coordinated by the Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York ACE Women’s networks, was held on November 14 at New York Institute of Technology. The presidential panelists included Mary Papazian, President of Southern Connecticut State University; Ileana Smith, Vice President and Campus Director of Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus; Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University; and Margaret Drugovich, President of Hartwick College.

The audience of over 100 women in higher education applauded the panelists for sharing their stories, offering advice, and answering difficult questions. Following the presidential panel discussion, break-out sessions allowed for further dialogue concerning leadership, fostering relationships, and the importance of living a balanced life; based on the presidents’ perspectives. During the break out sessions, the presidents also had the opportunity to expand on their personal perspectives and offer advice on developing one’s career.



This event was a volunteer effort, held thanks to the efforts of all those who originally conceived of it and made it happen. Left: Concetta Stewart, Provost, Mercy College, national ACEWN Executive Committee liaison; right, Nereida Quiles, Director of Admission for Adult Education, Concordia College, NY state ACEWN Public Relations Officer


Panel of Presidents. Our grateful thanks to (left to right): Dr. Margaret Drugovich, President of Hartwick College; Dr. Ileana M. Smith, Vice President & Campus Director of the Owens Campus, Delaware Technical Community College; Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President, Southern Connecticut State University; Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron, President, William Paterson University; and Dr. Concetta Stewart, Provost, Mercy College, moderator

Breakfast with a President – New York/Long Island region

The New York/Long Island region is proud to invite you to breakfast with a president! Sharon DeVivo, former member of the New York state board and president of Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, will speak on

“Risk Taking: Nothing Ventured – Nothing Gained”

December 5, 2014

St. John’s University (Manhattan Campus), 101 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003, Room 206

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Please RSVP to Regional Coordinator Althea Forde at althea.forde@lehman.cuny.edu by end of day December 3rd.

ACE NYC-LI Breakfast with a President 2014

We hope to see you there!

NERCOMP Women in Technology event

November 19, 2014

Dear Friends,
Registration is open for NERCOMP’s upcoming workshop:
Women in Technology Unite and Ignite Your Career”

Friday, January 23, 2015

9:00 – 3:00 (Coffee and Registration start at 7:30am)

NERCOMP Members: $130, Non-Members: $260
Your fee includes unlimited am and pm break service and lunch.
Be sure to login to receive member prices.

Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
Southbridge, MA.

As Women in IT Careers, we face a number of challenges every day! At the NERCOMP 2014 Annual Conference, the Women in IT Leadership birds of a feather table asked for an opportunity to work together on tackling some of the key issues facing us in our careers. We heard you and here it is. We are bringing in an expert speaker to get us started and share her story. You will hear how she got to where she is, the challenges she faced and what tools and techniques she used to keep forging ahead. We will also revisit the concept of learning when it is appropriate to speak up or lean in and be heard and other techniques for “finding your seat at the table.” In the afternoon, we will work together to brainstorm tips and techniques for dealing with trending issues and our own personal challenges as Women in IT.

As a participant in this workshop you will:
• Understand how risks can fuel for your career, create opportunities and opening doors
• Be able to locate tools that will help you identify your personal strengths and skills
• Be able to appreciate what moving into management might mean for you
• Identify what challenges you face in their career and how you might overcome them
• Understand how trending issues continue to impact the perception of Women in IT Careers and how to get beyond them
• Meet and connect with other Women in IT who will provide support and networking connections

For a full schedule and registration information, please go to:

We would be grateful if you would pass this announcement on to friends and colleagues who might find it of interest.

To view other Professional Development opportunities, click here: http://www.nercomp.org/index.php?section=events

If you wish to be removed from this announcement list, please send an email to ldimauro@nercomp.org

Thank you very much. We hope to see you on January 23rd.

Lisa DiMauro
Director of Operations

Registration open for the ACE National Women’s Leadership Forum

Register Now!
ACE National Women’s Leadership Forum

December 3-5, Arlington, VA

Registration is open for the American Council on Education’s (ACE) National Women’s Leadership Forum. This is a must-attend program for senior level women (typically at the dean’s level or above) whose next career move is to a presidency, vice presidency or major deanship.

The 3-day leadership program fosters discussions with women presidents and executive search consultants who help participants develop effective search strategies. Secure your space today!

Collaborative and supportive

  • Network with highly esteemed women in higher education, participate in mock interviews, receive feedback from colleagues and more.
  • Interact with attendees and discuss best practices for CV/resume preparation, contract negotiations and effective search strategies.

Encouraging and motivating

  • Hear personal career stories and experiences from women leaders about inherent rewards and challenges of a presidency.
  • Self-reflect and set clear expectations for professional performance and how to be intentional as an academic leader.

Space is limited. Learn more and register now!


The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel
Arlington, VA


ACE Members: $1,250
Non-members: $1,550


For more information, email us or call 202-939-9390.


Follow @LeadershipACE on Twitter for information about ACE’s suite of leadership development programs.

Join us for ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting.
March 14-17, 2015 | Washington, DC
Register Now

Of interest to our members: Cornell University Women Veteran Roundtable Nov. 3

Cornell University Women Veteran Roundtable:
From Service Boots to Civilian Shoes

DATE: November 3, 2014

TIME: 11:15 am – 4:15 pm

LOCATION: King-Shaw Hall (formerly called the ILR Conference Ctr.);

Rm 423 (140 Garden Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850)


Please register no later than October 30, 2014.


Please join us for a presentation and discussion on the best practices and challenges in the recruitment and retention of women veterans.

We will discuss the experiences they are facing in the workplace, classroom, and the larger community.

Lunch will be provided.


Captain (ret.) Mary McAdams, U.S. Navy

Maureen Casey, JP Morgan Chase

Professor Brian Leidy, Cornell University

Jordanna Mallach, Veteran Affairs

Dr. Kenneth Matos, Families and Work Institute

Mary Opperman, Cornell University

Dawn Seymour, Cornell ’39, Women Air Service Pilots of WWII, 1943-1945

Funded by the President’s Council of Cornell Women and Toward New Destinations Grant.  Sponsored by Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity; Veterans Colleague Network Group; Diversity Councils of HRSS, University Library, and the School of Hotel Administration.

Registration is open for the Multi-State conference!

The first mid-Atlantic multistate ACEWN conference Nov. 14, 2014

Hosted by Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.

Empowering Women in Higher Education:
Understanding Trends and Opportunities for Leadership

It’s time to register for the First Multi-State ACE Women’s Network Conference for Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Join us for a day of inspiration, networking, and engaging speakers. Bringing together women working in higher education will challenge you to think about current issues, trends, and changes affecting women in higher education. Register online from now until November 13th. Bring your business cards for networking.

Registration does require payment with a credit card (via PayPal – you do not need to open a PayPal account to pay by credit card using PayPal), or with your PayPal account.

Nearby housing is available for those interested by separate arrangement; participants may want to begin with the Empire Hotel, which is quite nearby at 44 West 63rd St.

Friday November 14, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

You can register now!


Dr. Mary A. Papazian, president of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn., has enjoyed a notable career as an educator, administrator and scholar of English literature.
Appointed as the university’s 11th president in December, 2011, Papazian oversees an institution of 11,100 students, 434 full-time faculty, 1,100 staff and an operating budget of $190 million. Her first day at Southern was Feb. 1, 2012, and since then she has led a period of institutional enhancement.  




Dr. Ileana M. Smith joined Delaware Technical Community College in 1980. She became Vice President & Campus Director of the Owens Campus in 2004. Dr. Smith has contributed to the growth and development of many college areas including instruction, planning, marketing, public relations, institutional advancement, higher education partnerships, and distance learning initiatives. She has also represented Delaware Tech in statewide roles as Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations and Assistant Vice President for Articulation.  Dr. Smith has worked on the start-up of many educational initiatives including the development of the Academic Challenge Program for high school students. 


Dr. Kathleen M. Waldron is the seventh president of William Paterson University, one of the largest public universities in New Jersey with more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 250 academic programs. Located in Wayne, New Jersey, and affiliated with universities in China, Scotland, Japan and the Netherlands, William Paterson University is a leader in science, business, nursing, teacher education and music programs; has a vibrant sustainability program marked by the largest solar panel installation in the Northeast; and boasts a record number of Fulbright Fellows among its distinguished faculty. As President, Dr. Waldron has increased the number of full-time faculty, led the completion of a Strategic Plan 2012-2022, and started a building and capital campaign to ensure the future of the University.


Dr. Margaret Drugovich, president of Hartwick College, is a scholar-practitioner who believes that productive organizational change can happen even in the most highly legitimized environments. She has presented her research on transformational leadership, consensus making structures, innovation in higher education and regulatory compliance at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the Lawlor Group’s Summer Seminar, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development.

Tweetathon Oct. 20 on empowering women in STEM professions

We have many members in the STEM fields throughout New York State ACE Women’s Network – this may be of interest. Hope to see you there!

Join the conversation on Twitter #5050by2050
Monday, October 20, 2014

Kicked off at 8am EST by @LieslFolks
Hosts (EST): @GlennaBett (9am), @AnnBisantz (10am),
@mhenny (11am), @0kathleenmurphy (12pm), @lei_ying_01 (1pm)

Women presently account for about a quarter of the STEM workforce. Fast forward to 2050. Imagine a future when women’s participation in STEM occupations increases to at least 50%. How do we advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in STEM professions? What is needed to close existing gaps? Join our community Tweetathon for this important discussion.

Some of the University at Buffalo’s most respected Women in STEM share their experiences and insights on this topic as they facilitate this half-day discussion. The #5050by2050 Tweetathon will kick off on Monday, October 20, starting at 8 a.m. EST with a welcome message from Liesl Folks, PhD, MBA; Dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences!

Dr. Folks will be followed by 5 other hosts who will address specific themes:

  • 9 a.m.: Glenna Bett, PhD; Vice Chair for Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Physiology and Biophysics, will lead a discussion on attracting girls and women to STEM careers.
  • 10 a.m.: Ann Bisantz, PhD; Professor and Chair, Industrial Systems and Engineering, will tackle the issue of retaining women in STEM careers.
  • 11 a.m.: Mary Henesey, EdM; Assistant Director of Web Services, Academic Affairs Marketing & Communications, will also address the issue of retaining women in STEM careers
  • 12 p.m.: Kathleen Murphy, EdM, MBA; Network Service Manager, CIT Network & Classroom Services, will spotlight the issue of promoting women in STEM careers.
  • 1 p.m.: Leslie Ying, PhD; Associate Professor, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, will conclude the Tweetathon with another discussion on attracting girls and women to STEM careers.

The #5050by2050 Tweetathon
is an open invitation to interested citizens
to engage in this community conversation.
Please join us!

Stony Brook Women’s Leadership Symposium

Our colleagues at Stony Brook have invited us to attend their Women’s Leadership Symposium on October 10.

This is not a ACE Women’s Network event, but is offered to our members as an event we feel will be of interest.

Find details or register at their event site. Looks like it’s going to be a great event!

You’re Invited!

Stony Brook University is hosting a Women’s Leadership Symposium on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at the Charles B. Wang Center which will serve as a day of conversation around women and leadership in higher education. The goals of the symposium are to develop women’s leadership capacities within the higher education community and provide career development opportunities for women on the Stony Brook campus and beyond. This event is made possible partly through a Presidential Diversity Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives and the Division of Information Technology.

Sharing their research and experience, our roster of speakers features several prominent women including Dr. Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and author of the book, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection”; Jen Lee Reeves, Manager of Digital Strategy and Training for AARP and former journalism professor and non-traditional thinker about social media and communications; and Nicole Williams, Career Expert at LinkedIn and founder of WORKS, a go-to online resource named one of Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Career Websites for Women.

The Women’s Leadership Symposium will take place from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and includes continental breakfast, luncheon, and door prizes. There will also be breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a book signing of Spar’s book. Registration fees are $15 for Stony Brook employees, $50 for community members and alumni.

For additional information, or to register, visit http://you.stonybrook.edu/forward/october-symposium or call (631) 632-2780.