History

Spring 2013

Women in Academic Leadership
February 21, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
255 Liberal Arts Building

M. Katherine Banks, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering
Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine

Kate C. Miller, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Geosciences

An Administrators Guide to Using Social Media
March 21, 2013, 11:30 to 1:00 (Bring Your Brown Bag Lunch, bottled water provided) Location TBA

Ms. Diane McDonald, Executive Director of Marketing and Social Media, TAMU

Texas Women in Higher Education Annual Conference
April 18-19
San Antonio
For more information, go to http://www.twhe.org

Women Administrators’ Network Reception
May 16, 2013, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Perrine Winery
www.perrinewinery.com

Baylor University and TAMU Women Administrators’ Exchange Day
June 7, 9:00 to 4:30 p.m.
At Texas A&M

2009 - 2010

Pam, Sherry, and Kristin stepped down and new officers were elected. Pixey Mosely and Anne Reber served as Co-chairs and Marti Marberry as Secretary/Treasurer.

In the fall, the Network hosted a series called “This is my job, and this is my real job” featuring the past officers as discussion group leaders This series discussed what we do as administrators that reach beyond the basic wording of our position descriptions or the position posting. Pam Matthews engaged discussion about all of the various roles of persuader and peacemaker that she finds are a part of her Associate Dean responsibilities. The group talked about the importance of staying grounded as others around you may be reacting and how administrators have to stay flexible to be the person dealing with “things that just come up.” Kristin Harper engaged discussion about the importance of and risks associated with “doing the right thing.” The attendees talked about some of the subtle aspects of situational leadership and recognizing when it is appropriate to go beyond the normal routine and push back on rules and procedures.

The Network held a business meeting on November 19 to update the Constitution on some election issues and clarification of “titles” for full membership. In addition to the business agenda, Sherry Yennello talked about her experiences as a woman in Science and opportunities for women in the administration in Science.

On March 1, 2010, the Network hosted a lunch program called “Weathering the Storm: Surviving in Administrative Roles during Institutional Change.” The program offered comments by a panel of administrators who were currently going through change in their organizations or who had recently experience change. Panelist included Michael O'Quinn, Vice President For Institutional & Federal Affairs, Deborah Wright, Assistant Vice President for Finance, and Cheryl Hanks, Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts.

2007 - 2009

Founding Officers:

  • Dr. Pam Matthews, Co-chair
    Professor, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Sherry Yennello, Co-Chair
    Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, College of Science
  • Kristin Harper, Secretary/Treasurer
    Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Several events the first two years featured leading women administrators talking about their experiences that led them to be successful. They mentioned who had helped mentor them and what made those mentors special. Meetings were generally held off campus at a member’s home.

Interviewed administrators were Jill Pollock, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer , Dr. Karan Watson, Dean of Faculties, Dr. Christine Stanley, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Education and Human Development, and Dr. Anne Reber, Director of Disability Services.

The group held a luncheon, 1/28/2008, in the newly reopened University Club. The event offered an opportunity to make new connections with guided discussion topics at each table to discuss challenges they face as administrators.

In 2008/2009, the group moved to more structured, presentation-style meetings held on-campus. These programs brought in speakers from around campus to increase education on different areas of the university. These programs were “Mysteries of the Universe-Ity” facilitated by Merna Jacobsen, Director of the Women’s Resource Center and Student Affairs Organizational and Staff Development; “Show Me the Money! Budgeting and Financial Operations at TAMU” led by Deborah Wright, Director of Budget and Analytical Services, and Terry Spang, Assistant Provost; “Texas A&M University’s Sustainability Program” presented by Kelly Wellman, Sustainability Officer, and “The 2009 Texas Legislative Session” led by Courtney Trolinger, Vice President for Governmental Affairs. Co-Chair Pam Matthews borrowed a session model from the American Association of Colleges and Universities and led a program titled “Who Are We? A (Borrowed) Poetry Slam for Women Administrators.”

WAN also partners with Women’s Faculty Network and the Dean of Faculties office to encourage attendance at lunches with administrative speakers, such as the November 11, 2008 event with special guest, Dr. Patricia Rankin, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Development, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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