Roueche is a distinguished educator who has won numerous awards for his research in the field of community colleges and currently serves as the Principal Investigator on more than $15 million in projects funded by major American foundations. He holds the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair in Community College Leadership in the Department of Educational Administration in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
As the first keynoter of the 2008 NACCE Conference, Roueche will deliver a presentation entitled "On Becoming an Entrepreneurial College.” He will share contemporary examples of successful fundraising and entrepreneurial strategies in community and technical colleges across the country, as well as will core learnings from these cutting-edge colleges.
A community college graduate who received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from The Florida State University in 1964, Roueche served as a high school history and English teacher, community college dean of students and instructional dean, and faculty member at UCLA and Duke University before joining the Texas faculty. Since 1970, he has spoken to more than 1,300 colleges and universities on topics of teaching and leadership excellence. He is the author of 35 books and more than 150 articles and chapters focused on leadership, teaching, and learning.
Roueche’s many honors include the 1988 B. Lamar Johnson Leadership Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the 1986 National Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. He has been honored with the Distinguished Research Publication Award from the Council of Universities and Colleges in 1990, 1994, and 1996. In 1998, he was honored by The University of Texas with its Career Research Excellence Award, the University’s top research prize.
The Voice of the Young Entrepreneur
Nineteen-year-old Ben Casnocha will kick off the second day of the conference with a presentation entitled "Entrepreneurship as Life Idea: How Anyone–Even College Students or Professors–Can Be CEO of Their Own Lives.” Drawing on his own experiences as entrepreneur, author, and current college student, Casnocha will discuss what it means to think entrepreneurially in all contexts, not just in the process of starting a business. He will present a series of ideas, facts, and provocative opinions around the entrepreneurial mentality and explain why he believes it is essential to think entrepreneurially in today’s hyper-connected, fast-changing world.
Casnocha, who hails from the Silicon Valley, is author of the bestselling book "My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley.” He serves on the board of Comcate, Inc., the leading e-government technology firm he founded six years ago. The accolades he has received include being named one of America’s best young entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek in 2006. In 2004 PoliticsOnline ranked him among the "25 most influential people in the world of Internet and politics.” The Silicon Valley Business Journal named his blog one of the "Top 25 in Silicon Valley.”
Casnocha’s work has been featured in hundreds of media around the world, including CNN and USA Today. He is a seasoned speaker on entrepreneurship and leadership at universities such as Stanford, Wharton, and Duke. He graduated from San Francisco University High School in June 2006, where he edited the school newspaper and was captain of the varsity basketball team.