Spouses Program

The Institute features a Presidential Spouses Program, as well as a New Presidential Spouses Program that runs concurrent with the New Presidents Program.


Developed by an advisory group of presidential spouses, the Presidential Spouses Program runs concurrently with the program for presidents and provides opportunities to share information and advice. Spouses are also welcome at all presidents’ sessions. Dates and times for the program are:
Thursday, January 5, 10:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Friday, January 6, 8:30–12:45 p.m.
Saturday, January 7, 7:30–9:45 a.m.


Welcome Luncheon Address: Choosing or Re-Choosing Your Role
The institution and the board may have unspoken expectations of the role of the spouse. The president may have additional expectations, and the spouse may feel compelled to fill still other aspects of the role. In her presentation, Donna Rawady, executive coach, will explore the element and level of “choice” that the spouse may have carrying out the role as presidential spouse/partner. 
Donna Rawady, Executive Coach, Goal Oriented Training and Consulting

Friday, January 6

Breakfast Discussions
(7:30-8:15 a.m.)

Contracts for Presidential Spouses/Partners
(8:30-9:45 a.m.)
The role of the spouse/partner is critical to the success of the presidential team. Data from the 2010 CIC Survey of Presidential Spouses/Partners reveal that there is a wide range of opinion about contracts and well-defined job descriptions for the presidential spouse. Participants will learn about the nature of spousal/partner contracts, the pros and cons of having a job description, and how to negotiate the terms of a contract. A presidential spouse and a president will facilitate the discussion.
  • Raymond D. Cotton, Vice President, Higher Education, ML Strategies, LLC/Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo LLC
  • Kenneth R. Garren, President, Lynchburg College
  • Susan Kneten, Presidential Spouse, Barton College

Traveling Smart: Maximizing Your Wardrobe
(8:30-9:45 a.m.)
Presidential spouses and partners represent the institution at events ranging from informal gatherings at sporting events to black-tie receptions and dinners. On campus, changing clothes for three to four events in one day is not as challenging as when the events are scheduled away from home. Consultants from Brooks Brothers of Naples, Florida, will discuss choosing clothing and demonstrate how male and female presidential spouses can maximize wardrobe options for different occasions with a small well-coordinated selection of individual pieces.
  • Pilar Frontinan, Wardrobe Consultant, Brooks Brothers, Naples, FL
  • Tim Ourverson, Wardrobe Consultant, Brooks Brothers, Naples, FL
Global Cuisine: Recipes for Successful Entertaining on Campus
(11:30-12:45 p.m.)
Enjoy winning recipes and interaction with Sodexo chefs from across the country. This presentation will focus on food from the Mediterranean, a region in which each country infuses similar ingredients into its own cultural identity, methods of preparation, and unique herbs and spices.
  • Margaret Benson, Sodexo National Catering Consultant
  • Jeff McClure, Director of Culinary Services, Sodexo

Presidential Spouses/Partners “Open Mike”
(11:30-12:45 p.m.)
Spouses/partners will have an opportunity to ask for advice from colleagues on specific issues and to seek information regarding spouses’/partners’ roles on college and university campuses. Advice will come from participating colleagues.
  • Moderator: Larry Hass, Presidential Spouse, Austin College

Saturday, January 7

Breakfast Discussions
 (7:30-8:15 a.m.)

Serving on Nonprofit Boards
(8:45-9:45 a.m.)
Volunteering for community groups and serving on nonprofit boards can be good ways for a presidential spouse or partner to become acquainted with the community and find friends and a social network away from the campus. How does a presidential spouse/partner choose volunteer opportunities? How can a presidential spouse/partner avoid conflict of interest situations when asked to raise funds for the nonprofit? How does the presidential spouse/partner balance the time commitments of the role? A presidential spouse with a professional background working with nonprofit organizations and boards will address these questions and engage participants in discussion about their experiences with nonprofit boards.
  • Terry Aretz, Presidential Spouse, College of Mount St. Joseph
Transitions—Moving to a New Campus
When the decision is made to move to a new presidency, the presidential spouse/partner must also think about his or her role as a member of the presidential team. What information about the new campus would be helpful before the move? What aspects of the transition would be easier in a move to a second campus compared with the move to the first presidential assignment? Presidential spouses will reflect on their experiences, share their tips, and engage participants in discussion.
  • Kay Bassett, Presidential Spouse, Heritage University
  • Kris Ohle, Presidential Spouse, Gustavus Adolphus College


(Runs concurrently with the New Presidents Program, January 3-4)
  • Tuesday, January 3, Noon–8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 4, 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Men and women who are new to the role of presidential spouse usually have no job description or written expectations for their role—nor do they have a peer group on their campuses from whom they can learn—so they may find it difficult to succeed at an undefined job without the assistance of colleagues. To assist new presidential spouses, CIC provides a program led by experienced presidential spouses at private colleges and universities. The CIC New Spouses Program enables participants to become part of a national network of presidential spouses who share ideas and practices as well as support one another in their work.

Tuesday, January 3

Welcoming Luncheon for New Presidents and New Presidential Spouses
(Noon-1:30 p.m.)
  • Coordinator: Joseph G. Burke, Senior Advisor, CIC
  • Welcome: Scott D. Miller, President, Bethany College (WV) and Chair, New Presidents Advisory Committee
  • Speaker: Candace Introcaso, CDP, President, La Roche College
Welcome and Introductions: Who We Are
 (1:45-2:30 p.m.)
  • Laird Hanson, Presidential Spouse, Hamline University
  • Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Ripon College
Varied Roles of the Presidential Spouse/Partner
(2:30-3:15 p.m.)
  • Laird Hanson, Presidential Spouse, Hamline University
  • Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Ripon College
Transitioning into Life as a Presidential Spouse/Partner
(3:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Mary Bassis, Presidential Spouse, Westminster College (UT)
Small Group Discussions
(4:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday Discussion Facilitator: Mary Bassis
***Joint Programming for Presidents and Presidential Spouses***

Dinner for New Presidents and New Presidential Spouses
  • Hosts: Thomas L. Hellie, President, Linfield College, and Elise Luckey, Presidential Spouse, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Remarks: Richard Ekman, President, CIC

Wednesday, January 4

 Continental Breakfast
 (7:30-8:15 a.m.)
Finding Your Niche on Campus and in the Community
(8:15-9:45 a.m.)
  • Lynne C. Joyce
Small Group Discussions
 (9:45-10:45 a.m.)
  • Wednesday Discussion Facilitators: Laird Hanson and Lynne C. Joyce

 ***Joint Programming for Presidents and Presidential Spouses***
The President and Development: Fundamentals and Then Some
 (11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
  • Richard B. Artman, President, Viterbo University
  • Marianne E. Inman, President, Central Methodist University
 You Got The Job, Now What?
 (12:15-1:00 p.m.)
  • William T. Luckey, Jr., President, Lindsey Wilson College
New Presidents and New Presidential Spouses Boxed Lunches
 (1:00 p.m.)