Registration is now open for the 76th annual Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities (CLCU). To register, visit the CLCU registration site here.
The theme for this year’s conference is Improving by Degrees: Educational Attainment and Beyond and is being hosted by the University of New Orleans. The Conference will be held at the University Center on the University of New Orleans campus on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
The keynote address will be given by Louisiana’s newly appointed Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Joseph Rallo, who became the 8th Commissioner of Higher Education of the Board of Regents on January 2, 2015.
Previously in 2012 he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Texas Tech University System (TTUS), which enrolls over 42,000 students, with a system budget of more than $1.7 billion.
Dr. Rallo also served as President of Angelo State University, a component campus of the Texas Tech University System, in San Angelo, Texas from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that appointment he served as Provost and Academic Vice President at Western Illinois University, and as the Dean of the College of Business and Administration and the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Dr. Rallo has published extensively on global business topics with an emphasis on the European Union and Japan. Dr. Rallo has also been named as a Fulbright Scholar and NATO Fellow and has testified before United States Senate committees on technology transfer policy for the United States and the European Union.
He has held senior leadership positions on several boards and served as the Chair of the Texas Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC), President of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS COC).
Dr. Rallo served on active duty in the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, with multiple assignments in complex command level organizations. After 27 years of active and reserve service, he retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel.
He received the B.A. in Russian History from Lafayette College, the J.D. from Western New England University, as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Following Dr. Rallo’s address, attendees will hear presentations on implementing effective enrollment management, retention and progression initiatives, network with colleagues from throughout the State during lunch, hear a 2015 Legislative Update, and participate in a panel discussion with college and university system staff.
Dr. Peter Fos, 2015 CLCU President, will also present the 2015 CLCU Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award honors a Louisiana leader who has made significant and lasting contributions to the progress of higher education in the State.