The 8th International Conference on Supplemental Instruction
May 23rd- May 25th, 2014
Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Friday, May 23rd
Bob Bontrager is Senior Director of Consulting and Strategic Enrollment Management Initiatives for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). He has 30 years of experience in higher education with particular expertise in strategic enrollment management, institutional planning, recruitment, institutional budget strategies, and transfer programs. In his most recent institutional role at Oregon State University, Bob’s leadership resulted in a 40% increase in enrollment leading to 15 consecutive years of record enrollment, including increases in the academic and diversity profile of the student body. He previously served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, where his work also resulted in record enrollments.
Dr. Bontrager has contributed to the ongoing evolution of the SEM profession in the U.S. and internationally as a frequent conference speaker, workshop presenter, consultant, and contributor to the SEM literature. He was Director of the AACRAO SEM Conference for six years, leading the conference to record attendance. He has edited three books, Strategic Enrollment Management: Transforming Higher Education (2012), Applying SEM at the Community College (2009), and SEM and Institutional Success: Integrating Enrollment, Finance and Student Access (2008). He currently is co-editing a new graduate-level textbook on SEM with Don Hossler scheduled for release in May 2014. His work has extended globally to more than a dozen countries.
Dr. Bontrager earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Master of Counseling degree at Arizona State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana. He and his wife Beth have three grown children and live in Corvallis, Oregon.
Saturday, May 24th
Dr. Wes Habley has held numerous positions at ACT, Inc. and recently retired from ACT as Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. He earned his BS in music education and M.Ed. in student personnel from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and his Ed.D from Illinois State University in educational administration where he was recently inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame. Prior to joining ACT, Habley served first as an academic advisor and later as the Director of the Academic Advisement Center at Illinois State. Habley also served as the Director of Academic and Career Advising at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Habley is lead author of Increasing Persistence: Research –based Strategies for College Student Success (2012). He is co-editor of the first (2000) and second editions (2008) of Academic Advising: a comprehensive handbook. Habley served as lead researcher on ACT’s 2004 and 2010 national retention studies published as What Works in Student Retention? In addition, Habley is the editor of the monograph on ACT’s third, and author of monographs on ACT’s fourth, fifth and sixth National Surveys of Academic Advising. Finally, he contributed chapters to Fostering Student Success, Developmental Academic Advising and Faculty Advising Examined. Additional published material has appeared in the NACADA Journal, The Journal of College Student Personnel, NASPA Journal, NACADA Monograph Series, the Jossey-Bass New Directions Series, and several monographs published by the First Year Experience Program at the University of South Carolina.
Habley has delivered more than 400 presentations at meetings of professional associations and has served as a consultant or workshop leader at more than 125 colleges in the U.S., the Middle East, and Canada.
Habley is a founding board member, past president and past treasurer of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). In 1987, he inaugurated the Summer Institute on Academic Advising and served as its director for 22 years. In 2006, Habley was named Director Emeritus and in 2007 the Summer Institute Scholarship was named in his honor. He is the recipient of NACADA’s awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Academic Advising and Service to NACADA.
Sunday, May 25th
Prior to becoming Chancellor, Morton had been senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Aquila, Inc. Morton had been a University of Missouri-Kansas City trustee since 2000 and was in his third year as chairman of the Trustees Board when he stepped down to become interim chancellor.
Morton’s management career spanned 41 years in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing positions with Aquila, AT&T Microelectronics, Bell Laboratories, General Motors, Rust Engineering Company and Corning Glass.
He is chairman of the advisory board of Prep-KC, a major regional youth educational development organization. Morton is also immediate past co-chair of the Kansas City Area Development Council. Additionally, he is on the MRIGlobal Board of Directors, the Economic Development Corporation, Starlight Theatre, the independent advisory commission on racial profiling for the Overland Park Police Department and the Advisory Committee for the National Association of Corporate Directors, Heartland Chapter, member H&R Bloch Bank Board.
Morton has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University, and a master’s of science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.