Return to Institute Homepage Spouses and Partners Program

A limited program is offered for spouses and partners of CAOs, CFOs, and CEMOs. Registration at a separate fee level includes the opening reception and buffet dinner and all Institute plenary and concurrent sessions, unless otherwise noted. Additional opportunities include a welcoming coffee hour, breakfast discussions, special concurrent sessions for spouses and partners, and a presentation on the history of St. Louis. A separate registration fee is required for the optional trip on Monday afternoon.

Spouses and partners who wish to participate only in specific events, such as the welcoming buffet dinner or the optional trip, may sign up for those activities on the registration form and not register for the full Institute.


Welcome and Keynote Address

“The Impact of Current Economic Trends and Developments on Independent, Nonprofit Colleges and Universities”

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.

Welcoming Reception and Buffet Dinner



Plenary Session

“The Power of Diverse Voices”

Marcia Chatelain

Welcoming Coffee


Concurrent Sessions

Why We Read What We Read: Selections from Our Bookshelves

Lisa F. Sheffield, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Brevard College

St. Louis: The Most Southern Northern City? Or the Most Northern Southern City?

Mark K. Abbott, Professor Emeritus of History and Urban Affairs, Harris Stowe State University, and CAO Spouse, Lindenwood University
Kristine Runberg Smith, Professor of History, Lindenwood University



Spouses and Partners Breakfast Discussions


Plenary Session

“Demographic Trends and Student Enrollment”

Nathan D. Grawe

Concurrent Sessions

Book Discussion: Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience by Meg Jay

Building Relationships with Administrative and Support Staff

Optional Excursion: Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Ted Drewes Tour

(Separate registration fee required)

All-Institute Reception


Concurrent Sessions

Planning for the 2019 Institute

Family on Campus

Closing Plenary Session

“Normal and Supernormal: Helping Students Find Their Strengths”

Meg Jay