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.

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.

Registration for the multi-state conference is now open!

Meet women leaders in higher education from four states!

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware have joined together to create this exciting opportunity.

Presidents and vice-presidents of colleges and universities from all four states will be inspiring and informing us at this very special one-day event.

Visit the registration site to learn more about the leaders you will meet and the day we will get to spend with them.

Registration is now open.
We look forward to seeing you there!

The First Mid-Atlantic Multi-state ACE Women’s Network Conference

November 14, 2014
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

Welcome back and save the date!

Welcome back to the new school year, everyone!

We’re welcoming you back with an exciting announcement. Please save November 14, 2014 for the first mid-Atlantic multi-state ACE Women’s Network conference.

Our own New York chapter will be co-sponsoring this event along with Connecticut, Delaware, and New Jersey.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with women leaders in higher education from all four states. And it will take place right in New York City, at the Manhattan location of the New York Institute of Technology, from 11 a.m. that day till 3 p.m.

So save the date! More details will follow!

Job Opportunity: Assistant Director, Instructional Support

Assistant Director, Instructional Support

SUNY Oswego invites applications for an Assistant Director, Instructional Support in the Campus Technology Services department. This position focuses on coordinating and providing campus-wide technical support for instruction and special events. This support includes the design of control and monitoring systems, the automation of systems, digital signage support, the loan of A/V and presentation equipment for campus supported activities and professional presentations, and the evaluation, introduction and support for new instructional and communication technologies. The facilities and equipment encompass over 200 learning spaces,  advanced technology classrooms (ATC’s) or presentation enabled meeting rooms, the campus cable TV system, a satellite reception system, videoconferencing and webcasting systems, portable media carts, digital signage servers, players and displays, as well as sound systems.

The position supervises a team of professional staff and student assistants providing support in the following areas: design and technical support for classroom instruction and special events through setup and operation of audio/visual and sound equipment; operation and maintenance of audio/video/rf systems, multimedia, CATV, studio, video-conferencing, digital signage and projection systems; design, implementation, maintenance, and training on campus-wide media systems and equipment (ATC’s); oversight of satellite and streaming requests; receiving Public/Government/ Educational programming, program scheduling and maintenance logs for FCC regarding Public Access TV; participation in the campus facilities development process through planning and implementation of technology for renovations and new construction.

Review of applications will begin in early August and continue until the position is filled. For complete information about the position and application procedures, visit our website at www.oswego.edu/vacancies. SUNY Oswego is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Job opportunity: Vice President for College Advancement, Hartwick College

Hartwick CollegeThe Leadership Agenda for the Vice President for College Advancement

The Vice President for College Advancement is one of five Vice Presidents who report to the President. This person will lead, manage, and track metrics and performance goals of the staff of twenty in the areas of College Advancement which includes Development and Alumni Relations. The person will be expected to manage the following activities and issues:

Of primary importance will be to work in close coordination with the President and Advancement staff and volunteer activities to complete the $32M Campaign for Hartwick Students.  The fundraising goals of the Campaign include:

  • Endowment – a $14 million goal, including $9 million in scholarships and $5 million to support off campus J Term study;
  • Capital Projects – a $6.6 million goal, including construction of the William V. Campbell H’10 Fitness Center, the renovation of the Stack Student Lounge in Dewar Union, renovations and improvements to the Anderson Center for the Arts, and renovations and improvements to the Binder Physical Education Center;
  • Greener Hartwick sustainability projects totaling $1.4 million; and
  • A goal of $11.24 million in gifts toward the Hartwick Fund.
  • To date, $25 million has been raised. The Campbell Fitness Center and the renovation of Stack Lounge projects are complete; the Binder Center objective is nearly fully funded.

Support the Chair of the Campaign Committee of volunteers in the bi-monthly meetings, providing Campaign updates; develop and oversee Campaign-related volunteer solicitation and stewardship activities.

As the Campaign is completed, continue the execution of an Annual Fund program strategy that will assure the attainment of the budgeted goal.

Provide guidance and oversight to the activities of the Alumni area and be involved in alumni activities on a regular basis.

Build sustainable philanthropic resources.

Work with the various sectors of the College to assure appropriate support and collaboration within the College community.

Serve as liaison to the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees when appropriate.

Represent the President in the community and with alumni and the Board of Trustees, when appropriate.

Work closely with the President and Vice Presidents as well as the President’s Cabinet in addressing institutional issues.

The Desired Attributes and Leadership Qualifications of the VPCA

The Vice President for College Advancement will be a strong leader with progressively responsible experience as an administrator and leader of development/advancement programs. In addition, individuals with experience in foundations or other higher education positions with ties to advancement will be considered. Significant strength in the field of development management is essential, as is demonstrated goal orientation and an understanding of the importance of the role of alumni and community in the success of the College. Qualified candidates must possess a combination of education and experience required to perform the full range of duties assigned to the Vice President for College Advancement.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and accomplished individual with leadership experience in development or foundation management; demonstrate a track record of significant personal success in donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship at major and principal gift levels; and convey deep professional knowledge of current best practices within all components of the advancement paradigm.

In addition the successful candidate will have a:

  • Collaborative and professional leadership style;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Strong intellectual curiosity;
  • Record of ethical behavior and personal integrity;
  • Appreciation of the potential and needs of faculty, staff and volunteers;
  • High level of energy;
  • Engaging style that motivates staff and inspires donors;
  • Clear and focused approach to management, able to make difficult decisions;
  • Willingness and an ability to partner with the President in the cultivation of donors, promotion of
  • the college and the interaction with alumni; and
  • Openness that encourages staff initiatives and fully considers potentially innovative alternative strategies.

The Process for Nominations and Applications

The Hartwick Vice President for College Advancement Search Committee will be evaluating applications in early fall with the goal of appointing a new Vice President in October or November. Although applications will be accepted until the time that the Vice President is selected, candidates should submit their materials by September 3, 2014 for the most favorable consideration.

Applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and five professional references with email and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word or Adobe PDF) to: hartwickadvancement@agbsearch.com

The search is being assisted by:

Oscar C. Page, Ph.D. Senior Consultant, AGB Search ocp@agbsearch.com 903-870-8303

Hartwick College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. We welcome applications from the community, alumni, and the general public.

(Full college profile and description as downloadable PDF.)

Job Opportunity: Vice President for Enrollment, Hartwick College


Hartwick College, a selective, private liberal arts college in Oneonta, New York, invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management. The new Vice President will have the opportunity to work with a stable enrollment management staff and play a leadership role in a welcoming community of faculty, staff, and senior administrators. This opportunity is enhanced by the fact that the College community is well prepared for new leadership in enrollment management, and is poised to move forward in new directions, having very recently completed a yearlong strategic visioning process.

Founded in 1797, Hartwick College currently enrolls 1576 full-time students, 77 per cent of whom live on campus. It has a very talented, dedicated, student-centered faculty and staff. Its well-focused liberal arts curriculum offers students an abundance of opportunities for experiential learning and close work with faculty members. Open Doors often ranks it among the top ten liberal arts colleges for the percentage of students who participate in international travel. Its January Term provides the opportunity not only for travel-study courses, but also for innovative study that involves close faculty-student collaboration. Hartwick also offers its students a Three-Year Degree option in 24 of its 31 majors, an Honors Program, a rich offering of campus activities, and a nationally competitive multi-divisional athletic program (NCAA Divisions I and III). Its campus in Oneonta is supplemented by its nearby Pine Lake Environmental Campus which provides an excellent venue for field work of many kinds and immersive study of almost any kind.

The new Vice President will be expected to develop and implement a successful strategic enrollment plan, collaborate with the Office of Marketing & Communications to develop a more integrated and effective marketing and communications strategy, foster staff development, and provide collegial leadership to the enrollment management staff as well as to the whole campus community.

The ideal candidate will have successful enrollment experience at a private liberal arts college at the level of the chief enrollment officer, strong analytic abilities, a thorough grasp of financial aid strategy and modeling, a well-informed understanding of liberal arts education, and the desire to be an integral, collaborative and visible member of the Hartwick community.

For more information about this opportunity and instructions to apply, please visit www.agbsearch.com/searches/vice-president-enrollment-management-hartwick-college For full consideration, applications should be received by September 1, 2014.

Please direct all nominations and inquiries to:
Robert Holyer, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, AGB Search
rkh@agbsearch.com, 804-359-9370 (o), 804-402-6736 (c)

For more information about Hartwick, please visit www.hartwick.edu.

Thanks for a great state conference!

The Roth Building at the CIA

Thank you, The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY!

This year’s conference was hosted by The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park NY.
The conference proved to be informative, productive and wonderful! Everyone had a great time!

Join our Facebook group (see link on right) to peruse the photo album, or our LinkedIn group.

Give us your feedback!

Please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey and give us your thoughts on the conference just past – we will immediately start putting your input to work in planning for next year’s conference!

Thanks to all our wonderful presenters and attendees and especially The Culinary Institute of America for hosting; we’re already excited about 2015!

Full program available for the June 19-20 Annual State Conference

The full program is now available for the Annual State Conference on June 19-20! You can download the full PDF here.

Whom are you bringing with you? The New York State ACE Women’s Network connects us all to each other if we reach out. Colleagues and staff respond when you encourage them to attend.

This professional development event will have something for women leaders at all levels to help them develop their awareness of the whole higher education institution and how to lead in it from wherever they are.

We hope to see you there! There’s still time to register – register today!