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

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