The Presidents’ Panel has rapidly become one of the most popular and valuable sessions of the NACCE Annual Conference. Back again in 2008, this valuable session will again give attendees an opportunity to hear college leaders from across the country provide their viewpoints on the role of entrepreneurship at community colleges.
Participants in the 2008 Presidents’ Panel will include:
• Sheila Ortego, President of the Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM
• Becky Paneitz, PhD, President of Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AR
• Carl Kuttler, Jr. President of St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL
Moderating the panel will be Dr. Andrew M. Scibelli, President Emeritus of Springfield Technical Community College. "This session gives conference participants a sense of how presidents view the world of entrepreneurship education,” said Scibelli. "Attendees always want to know the bigger picture view and they also want to get advice from presidents about how to get their own schools’ leaders to become more entrepreneurial and to support programs that are more entrepreneurial.”
The session will begin with a brief explanation from each president about why they view their colleges as entrepreneurial. This will be followed by questions from Scibelli to the presidents on topics such as:
• How has a culture of entrepreneurship education helped your college in fundraising?
• How has entrepreneurship education helped your institution increase exposure and awareness within your local business community?
• How has entrepreneurship education provided career opportunities for your students?
• How has offering entrepreneurship education increased your role in economic development in your community?
• How can attendees convince their own presidents to join in the entrepreneurship education movement?
Scibelli plans to set aside a significant portion of time for questions from attendees. "The Q&A from attendees is where a lot happens in this session,” he said. "Participants will have access to presidents to get input on whatever is on their minds about our topic. People will come away with many helpful tips on how to get buy-in from their president for their entrepreneurship program ideas.”