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Candidates announced for 2012 HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute

May 3, 2012

About 70 women faculty and administrators from around the country and CSU will attend the HERS Institute to dig deep into the soul of issues facing higher education.

Kim Tobin, executive director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts.Kim Tobin, executive director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts, and Gaye DiGregorio, executive director of the Center for Advising and Student Achievement, have been selected to attend the 2012 HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Denver Summer Institute.

Nominations were submitted by cabinet members and/or deans and coordinated through the Office of the Vice President for Diversity. Tobin and DiGregorio, selected because of their “potential to assume leadership positions in higher education,” will join approximately 70 women faculty and administrators from around the country at the University of Denver from July 22 to Aug. 5.

Gaye DiGregorio, executive director of the Center for Advising and Student Achievement.
Serving the higher education community

HERS is an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. Supported by a variety of individuals, organizations and co-sponsors including the Ford Foundation, William H. Donner Foundation, Andrew W. Melon Foundation, Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College, and the University of Denver, HERS has served the higher education community since 1972, advancing women leaders and supporting their contributions to achieving excellence and equity throughout our academic institutions.

HERS Institute participants bring expertise from many academic disciplines and organizational specialties. They also represent a range of ethnic and national groups, ages and years of experience in higher education and other related fields. Today, HERS alumni serve in positions of leadership on campuses around the world.

Participating since 1985

CSU has been able to grant 12 individuals the opportunity to attend the HERS Institute beginning in 1985 with the last attendees participating in 2011 – Colleen Meyer, executive director of Alumni Relations, and Mary Vogl, associate professor/Language & Culture Study Center director, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

“The HERS experience was an incredible professional and personal journey for me,” Meyer said. “It was different from your typical conference – you didn’t just go to a session for an hour and then on to the next. Instead, you dug deep into the soul of the issues facing higher education and surfaced solutions such as how we as leaders in higher education must reframe or how to move a change initiative forward.”

Vogl agreed: “The HERS Institute inspired me to be an advocate for women, who currently make up more than half of U.S. college students, lecturers and instructors, but less than one-fourth of full professors or presidents. The Institute also increased my awareness of the challenges for women of color.

“Thanks to HERS and the network of incredible women I met there, I’m encouraged to seek opportunities to make a positive difference in higher education.”


Contact: Chris Bartholomew
E-mail: christine.bartholomew@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 492-4082