Spouses and Partners program

(Sponsored by TIAA-CREF)

Developed by an advisory group of presidential spouses, the Program for Presidential Spouses and Partners runs concurrently with the program for presidents and provides opportunities to share information and advice. Spouses and partners of presidents also are welcome at all presidents’ sessions.

Sunday, January 5

10:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Welcoming Luncheon Address: Changing Gender Roles and the Evolution of Presidential Partnerships
How has the changing status of women in the U.S. affected expectations about the role of presidential and CEO spouses and partners, both male and female? A noted scholar of the role of American first ladies will discuss parallels between the evolution of that role and the role of college or university presidential spouses and partners.

Harris.jpgJean W. Harris is professor and chair of the political science department at the University of Scranton. Her areas of research include public policies that affect women and children, political engagement, and the evolution of the first lady’s role. She has served as president of the faculty senate, chairperson of the faculty union, and director of women’s studies. She is co-author of American Democracy Now, a top-selling American government textbook for undergraduate students. Harris earned a BA in law and society and an MA and PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Chair: Jennifer Gervasi, Chair, Presidents Institute Spouses and Partners Task Force, and Presidential Spouse, Quincy University
Invocation: Paul Rees Mills, Presidential Spouse, Houghton College

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Open Discussion and Networking Session
Presidential spouses and partners are invited to gather on Sunday and Monday afternoons for informal discussion and sharing of “best practices.” Participants will determine the topics.

Co-Conveners: Traci Corey, Presidential Spouse, Olivet College, and Cheryl E. Perkins, Presidential Spouse, Virginia Union University

Monday, January 6
7:15–8:15 a.m.
Breakfast for Presidential Spouses and Partners with Discussion Groups
Breakfast is provided for all registered presidential spouses and partners. Several Roundtables are designated for participants to join colleagues to discuss specific topics.
Caring for Aging Parents and Special Needs Children
John Przybylski, Presidential Spouse, Regis College

Creative Ways to Engage Trustee Spouses during Board Meetings
Traci Corey, Presidential Spouse, Olivet College
Sheila J. Garren, Presidential Spouse, Lynchburg College

Difficult Dialogues: Listening to and Understanding Different Viewpoints
Kay Bassett, Presidential Spouse, Heritage University

Raising Children on Campus
Tina Marshall-Bradley, Presidential Spouse, Paine College

Working with Local Community Organizations
Michelle Dorsey, Presidential Spouse, Texas Lutheran University

10:15–11:30 a.m. • Concurrent Sessions
Relationships I: Understand Your Social Patterns
People engage in predictable patterns of behavior. Those patterns appear in how we manage our relationships, in everyday interactions with people on and off campus, in entertaining and event management practices, and even in wardrobe choices. In this session, participants will explore their own behavioral patterns, identify the origins of those patterns, and explore ways to move outside their comfort zones.
Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Brevard College
Chair: Jane Easter Bahls, Presidential Spouse, Augustana College (IL)
Financial Planning for Presidents and Presidential Couples
Presidents and presidential couples face financial issues both while in office and as they plan for retirement, including living in college-owned housing while maintaining personal homes that are not occupied for most of the year. What are the most important financial matters for presidents and presidential couples to consider? What should they expect from a financial advisor? What are the key financial questions to ask?
Jennifer Gervasi, Presidential Spouse, Quincy University
Robert A. Gervasi, President, Quincy University
Kevin J. O’Leary, Managing Director, Individual Advisory Services and Trust Company, Fiduciary Services Business, TIAA-CREF
Douglas A. Rothermich, Vice President, Wealth Planning Strategies, TIAA-CREF
Chair: Paul Marion, President, Tiffin University

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • Concurrent Sessions
(Lunch is provided for participants in this session.)
Incorporating Super Foods into the Campus Food Service
Super foods, so-called because of their high nutrient content, may offer health benefits with few or no negative properties. Certified chefs and registered dieticians from Metz Culinary Management have developed recipes boasting nutrient-packed dishes with artistic flair and universal appeal. Fresh, colorful, and seasonal foods will be used to prepare super foods, and presenters will discuss how they can be incorporated into campus food services, including special events and catering. Participants will receive tips on what to look for (and avoid) when grocery shopping, insights into Metz kitchens and what is done to enhance flavor and nutrition, and answers to questions about ingredients, cooking, and nutrition.
Kim Brenkus, Director, Clinical Nutrition Services, Metz Culinary Management
John E. Geronimo, Vice President for Sales, Metz Culinary Management
Justin McArthur, General Manager and Chef, Ursuline College
Jeffrey Metz, President and CEO, Metz Culinary Management
Cavin Sullivan, General Manager and Chef, J. M. Smucker Company
Chair: Holly Finks, Presidential Spouse, Ashland University
Relationships II: Challenging Your Entertaining Comfort Zone
Social patterns are more predictable than one might imagine, more evident to others than often thought, and so comfortable that they can become routine and fixed. In this interactive session, participants will confirm their social patterns by interacting with others who have similar patterns or “style” in a special event planning exercise. Participants also will gain valuable insights from people with social patterns that differ from their own. In addition, participants will learn how to create new and different approaches that match the style of the group they are entertaining.
Lynne C. Joyce, Presidential Spouse, Brevard College
Chair: Jodi Rowe, Presidential Spouse, Centenary College of Louisiana

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Open Discussion and Networking Session
Presidential spouses and partners are invited to gather on Sunday and Monday afternoons for informal discussion and sharing of “best practices.” Participants will determine the topics.

Co-Conveners: Terry Aretz, Presidential Spouse, College of Mount St. Joseph, and Sheila J. Garren, Presidential Spouse, Lynchburg College

Tuesday, January 7

7:00–8:00 a.m.
Tai Chi
To be comfortable, please wear loosely fitting clothing.

Stewart Hays, Tai Chi Instructor, Marco Island Marriott

7:30–8:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Presidential Spouses and Partners with Discussion Groups
Discussion topics from Monday morning may be repeated; new discussion topics may be added as suggested during the afternoon Discussion and Networking sessions.
Connecting with Students
Barbara Barnes, Presidential Spouse, Bethel University (MN)

8:45–9:45 a.m. • Concurrent Sessions
Survey of CIC Presidential Spouses and Partners: Preliminary Results
The demographic data on presidential spouses and partners show significant changes over the last ten years. For example, the number of male presidential spouses has increased. What other information about presidential spouses and partners has changed since the last survey in 2007? Data from the November 2013 CIC Survey of Presidential Spouses and Partners will be presented for information, discussion, and comparison with previous results.

J. Laird Hanson, Presidential Spouse, Hamline University
Matthew R. Thompson, President, Kansas Wesleyan University
Chair: Sharon Kazee, Presidential Spouse, University of Evansville
The Role of the Presidential Spouse in Managing Grief on Campus
Members of academic communities often suffer from grief, bereavement, loneliness, and isolation. More than one quarter of all college students suffer the death of a family member or friend during their college years. Losses also are experienced by faculty and staff members and by the presidential family. This session will introduce presidential spouses and partners to strategies for managing grief on campus.

Norman G. Knight, Presidential Spouse, Pacific Union College
Chair: Mary L. Trettin, Presidential Spouse, Northland College

Fundraising with Your Spouse: The Presidential Couple as a Team
Presidential couples who work on fundraising initiatives as a team can be very effective. How does the presidential couple plan and carry out fundraising activities? How can the institutional advancement staff work with the presidential couple to maximize their time and play to their individual strengths? What are some of the challenges? Two presidential couples will relate personal experiences and offer strategies for successful fundraising.

Katherine Fell, President, The University of Findlay
Roger Fell, Presidential Spouse, The University of Findlay
Norval C. Kneten, President, Barton College
Susan Kneten, Presidential Spouse, Barton College
Chair: Katherine Arnold, Presidential Spouse, Eureka College