Becoming a Successful Higher Education Leader: “What does it take?”

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 9:00am – 11:00 pm CST
Location: The Palmer Conference Center, 4th Floor of the new Caruth Building (Lyle School of Engineering) (view map)
RSVP: Please RSVP before noon on December 1, 2010 to Troy Behrens at

Open to all Student Affairs Staff

Webinar Overview
Learn the key principles of successful leadership in higher education and student affairs administration from this distinguished panel of experts:

Vanneise Collins, Ph.D.
Director/Center for Learning & Development
UNT Health Science Center

vanneisecollins.jpg Dr. Collins’ experience in the area of student development has been at both four-year and two-year institutions of higher learning. Prior to her university level, student affairs experience, she served at Brookhaven College as Dean of Student Support Services & Human Development and later Executive Dean for Learning Support Services & Social Sciences working with community college students and faculty. However, in 1999, Dr. Collins changed roles and became Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Univ. of Arkansas-Monticello working within a four year university student model. While at UAM, she eventually left the student affairs ranks and returned to her early career as a faculty member. She joined the faculty of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences as their dean. In 2008, Dr. Collins returned to Dallas and began working as a grant writing consultant working with various non-profit agencies. This lead to her current role with the UNT’s Health Science Center to assist them in developing their Quality Enrichment Plan in preparation for launching their new medical school and M.D. degree program.

John L. “Jack” Baier, Ph.D.
Professor of Higher Education
UNT College of Education


Dr. Baier spent the first 24 years of his career in higher education as a full-time student affairs administrator and part-time faculty member teaching in higher education graduate programs at Southern Ill. Univ., Univ. of Nebraska, Texas Tech Univ., and the Univ. of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. He has served in various student affairs positions at various institutions ranging from Director of Student Activities and Student Center, Asst. Dean of Students, Dean of Students, Asst. VP for Student Affairs to eventually, the Vice President of Student Affairs. His last 20 years has been as a full time faculty member and part-time academic administrator. Dr. Baier currently serves on various university committees and previously held the directorship for UNT???s Center of Higher Education as well as Chairman of the Department of Higher and Adult Education.

V. Barbara Bush, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Higher Education
& Coordinator of HE Masters’ Programs


Dr. Bush has extensive experience in the area of student affairs administration and educational instruction. Her previous student affairs positions were in the areas of student housing and residential life, campus activities, and student discipline. She has served in these roles at Scripps College, CSU-Los Angeles, CSU-Northridge, Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Illinois State University. In 2002, Dr. Bush left her administrative career for one of full-time teaching and academic scholarship at the University of North Texas. While at UNT, she has served as program coordinator for masters’ programs and the principal investigator for three early college high school programs in the DFW area.

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