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Utah Women In Higher Education Network To Present Second Annual Conference

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March 28, 2013

For Immediate Release

The Utah Women in Higher Education Network or UWHEN will host its second annual state-wide spring conference, “Be a Woman of Influence,” at Weber State University on April 5, at 8:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union.

Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University professor of management and UWHEN founder and president, will be master of ceremonies. Special speakers will include: President Cynthia Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College; Liz Hitch, associate commissioner at the Utah System of Higher Education; President Stan Albrecht of Utah State University; Donna Dillingham-Evans, former vice president of academics at Dixie State University and current executive director and dean at the Utah State University extension campus in Tooele, Utah; Martha Bradley, associate vice president of academic affairs at the University of Utah; Utah State Legislature Representatives Becky Lockhart and Ronda Menlove; and Donna Eddleman, vice president of student services at Southern Utah University.

The UWHEN spring conference will include a plenary session, morning and afternoon breakout sessions, a lunch with senior women leaders facilitating table discussions, and a closing panel moderated by former Utah Commissioner for Higher Education Cece Foxley. There will be two pre-conference dialogue sessions as well. This conference is one of several events hosted annually by the network. Last fall, UWHEN also hosted three regional workshops and leadership development trainings.

“We chose the conference theme, ‘Be a Woman of Influence,’ because women in higher education in Utah have much to offer in these challenging times of budget concerns, student participation and retention issues and questions of quality of student learning in the baccalaureate degree,” said Kathie Debenham, a UVU professor of dance and UWHEN chair-elect. “The session presenters represent the best in higher education leadership across the state, and the topics provide women with many opportunities to hone their leadership skills and increase their understanding about how they can be forces for good on their campuses and in their communities.”

UWHEN is part of a national group of networks that carry on the work of the American Council on Education or ACE Women’s Network. The UWHEN was created in 2010 as a resource for women in Utah who would like to develop leadership and advance their careers in higher education.

For more information about the conference and UWHEN, visit uwhen.org.


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