Director of 4-Year Public Institutions

Thomas Hardiman

Describe your goals and objectives for the position you seek and how they relate to and would advance the association's vision, mission and core values.
To preserve the vision for public higher education that is open for all, student conduct and conflict resolution professionals must lead with integrity in the face of ever growing scrutiny. The federal government is not getting smaller, state legislatures are not looking to let go of the reigns, and your institution’s governing board is more involved than ever. It is for these reasons that I seek to serve the membership at 4-year public institutions and the membership at large on the Board of Directors. I hope to advocate for our membership, build a broader and more diverse community, and help lead the Association into the future.   

As the Director of 4-Year Public Institutions, I want to advocate for the needs of our membership at 4-year public institutions and partner with the other members of the Board to demonstrate why the work that we do matters. As a member of the Board, I would invest considerable efforts to grow our membership at underrepresented 4-year public institutions, because without including the voices of all professionals, we cannot be the leading voice in the profession.   

Finally, I want to give back to the Association that has given so much to me. I am indebted for all of the mentorship, education, and support that I have taken over the years. Through this role on the Board, I seek to play my part in the continued development of the leadership for the Association and pay it forward.   
 
ASCA drafted a Strategic Plan, how would you, in your position on the ASCA Board, advance and contribute to this plan.
We must continue to pursue excellence. The Association and its Board outlined its strategic priorities and plan in order to guide our output and create a road map to the future of the Association. Education and knowledge dissemination is a critical responsibility of the Association. As the professional home for student conduct professionals we must ensure members have access to the most comprehensive training and research materials available. If selected for the Board, I would work to create more opportunities for the membership to engage and learn on the state and regional level. In addition to the national efforts at the annual conference, Gehring Academy, and Sexual Misconduct Institute, I would strive to provide more support and leadership for regional conferences, state drive-ins, and affordable and accessible webinars. 

By creating space for ongoing forms of education and knowledge dissemination, we grow our capacity to recruit members that reflect the true diversity of our profession. In considering 4-year public institutions, I think about colleagues at regional state universities, HBCUs, and Tribal Colleges who want to be engaged in the Association, but are seeking that fulfillment at the local level. I will seek to create the opportunity for more professionals to join and become the future leaders of our profession.   
 
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Heather Kloecker-Webster

Describe your goals and objectives for the position you seek and how they relate to and would advance the association's vision, mission and core values.    
As the Director of 4-Year Public Institutions, my goals include collaborating with the Director of Education to provide professional development opportunities and resources in variety of formats and cost options to accommodate the educational needs of public institutions. Taking into consideration the diverse institution types and sizes encompassed within this Director’s purview, I want to ensure each type of public institution is advocated for appropriately and needs are being met. I will do this by listening to member feedback, assessing public institution needs, and working in partnership with the Director of Diversity and Historically Under-Represented Institutions Community of Practice to ensure key voices are a part of the conversation. These goals are in direct alignment with many of the Association’s values, such as advocacy, community, diversity and inclusion, and education.
 
ASCA drafted a Strategic Plan, how would you, in your position on the ASCA Board, advance and contribute to this plan.
My contributions to the Association’s strategic plan would most directly correspond with the goals of (1) education and dissemination and (2) membership development. In collaboration with other members of the Board, the Director of 4-Year Public Institutions is tasked with retaining and increasing public memberships, dissemination information, and advocating for the needs, concerns, and issues of public members. By providing a diverse array of professional development opportunities and resources tailored to the needs of public institutions and increasing advocacy for this institution type, I will contribute to and advance the Association’s goals for education and dissemination; which is to have a multi-faceted, comprehensive curriculum that is delivered in ways that meet the needs of members and student conduct professionals. As we cater to and meet the educational needs of our membership, we will further advance the membership development goals to have a growing, engaged membership that represents the diversity of the profession.
 
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