MIND Program 2018

ICFAD’s Career Development Committee is pleased to present Mentoring Initiatives for New Deans (MIND), a professional development program for new deans.

Registration for the MIND Program is part of overall Conference Registration.

A MIND Educational Program, “Strategic, Ethical Leadership,” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 2018 as part of the 55th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, in Seattle, and is proudly sponsored by 

The MIND Program will take place on the campus of Cornish College of the Arts.
1000 Lenora Street

When we transfer at 3:00, we will move to the Cornish Playhouse.
201 Mercer Street

Goals of the MIND Program

  • provide a toolbox for those who have transitioned into administrative leadership roles as a dean of higher education visual and performing art schools and colleges;
  • prepare new deans to take full advantage of the ICFAD Conference specifically and ICFAD membership throughout the year as support structures for their administrative leadership; and
  • build on the ICFAD tradition of “Deans Helping Deans”

Target Audience

While all Deans are welcome to participate, the program is designed to be beneficial to individuals with three years or fewer experience as Deans.

The Program Agenda /Wednesday, October 3, 2018

8:00 a.m.                              Board buses for travel to Cornish College of the Arts

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                   Continental Breakfast and Meet Your Colleagues

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                   Welcome/Introductions of Participants/Introduction of Panelists

9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Ethical Decision Making for New Deans

Deans and other academic leaders are faced with a myriad of decisions every day, with short or long-term implications. How does a leader discern between competing interests? How do mutual concerns and interests inform daily decision-making?

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.                 Lunch on your own
                                              Enjoy one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood 

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.                   Introduction to Strategic Enrollment Management
                                              (Plenary session including Fellows and Mentors)

Deans as well as other academic leaders at all levels are increasingly involved in enrollment management decisions, and are increasingly concerned about enrollment impacts on budgets and other resources. This session is designed to introduce participants to the concept of strategic enrollment management, which includes the use of data and best practices for decision-making.

Jay W. Goff, Vice President for Enrollment and Retention Management
Saint Louis University
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3:00 p.m.                              Board buses for travel to The Cornish Playhouse at 201 Mercer Street
                                              Product Demonstration – Wenger Corporation

4:00 p.m.                               Board buses to Hotel

Please click here for a printable agenda of this year’s MIND Program.


Bill Hawk, Chairman
Department of Philosophy and Religion
James Madison University
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The Madison Collaborative, at James Madison University, prepares enlightened citizens who apply ethical reasoning in their personal, professional, and civic lives. The Madison Collaborative is transforming JMU into a community recognized for producing contemplative, engaged citizens who apply ethical reasoning to confront the challenges of the world. In the application of ethical reasoning to our personal, professional, and civic lives, the Madison Collaborative values, and will share in this workshop:

  • challenging unexamined thought patterns and behaviors to evaluate complex issues and diverse perspectives;
  • engaging individuals and groups in intellectual inquiry, respectful dialogue and meaningful action;
  • fostering community through collaboration; and
  • positively transforming ourselves, our communities, and our world.