NIRSA Executive Director Presents at Twin Cities Annual Meeting of Associations
NIRSA Executive Director Kent J. Blumenthal, Ph.D., CAE, CRSS, represented the Association at the annual summer meeting of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations (CHEMA), June 3-4, in Minneapolis, MN. Kent presented a PowerPoint exhibit of highlights from benchmarking surveys conducted by CHEMA, facilitated a round table discussion of "Things that Keep You Awake at Night ... and What We Can Do About Them," and co-presented an overview of Sarbanes-Oxley Act policies for non-profit governance standards with Jolene Knapp of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Attending the meeting with Kent were NIRSA President Greg Jordan, CRSS (Oakland University), and Dr. James C. Turman, CRSS (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus), who serves on the Editorial Board of the Recreational Sports Journal.
Other program highlights included a presentation on legal issues involved in the relationship between national and regional associations, and an overview of sustainability in higher education from Debra Rowe, Senior Fellow in Education for Sustainability in University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF). Attendees enjoyed a tour of the Minneapolis Convention Center along with a reception on each night of the convention.
CHEMA is an informal voluntary assembly of approximately thirty management-oriented higher education associations in the United States and Canada. By sharing information, comparing experiences, and working collectively on projects of shared interests, CHEMA members maximize their resources and create substantial benefits for the colleges and universities they represent.