President’s Letter Spring 2021

Dear NASASPS Members,

I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend! With summer just around the corner and increased optimism with the prevalence of vaccinations, I am feeling hopeful about the future and am looking forward to the day that we can all meet in-person again. The NASASPS Board has been hard at work planning for our next meetings and I’m pleased to announce that we are planning an in-person conference for April 2022 in New Orleans. The exact dates and more details will be released soon, and I hope you will carve out time in your schedule to meet with us next year.

April was a busy month for NASASPS and I would like to provide you with an update on our activities, as well as a look ahead to our goals for the immediate future. We hosted a two-day virtual workshop for state regulators. The first day focused on financial issues and reviews for regulators of post-secondary institutions and the second day provided policy updates and the launch of a new checklist from our Distance Education Best Practices committee.

We also held our annual meeting for NASASPS regular members, which included a Board election after review of applications for the vacant positions. Laura Vieth and Betsy Talbot were elected to the Board for three-year terms.  Upon receiving Board member Rhesa Rudolph’s resignation, the Board appointed John Ware to serve out the rest of Rhesa’s term.  Additionally, the Board elected officers for 2021-2022. I will be serving as President, Cam Maeyaert is serving as Vice President and Kevin LaMountain is serving as Treasurer.

The Board is now finalizing plans for our 2021-2022 committees and we invite you to volunteer for committee service. The work of our committees ties directly to our current strategic plan and will assist with the formation of our upcoming plan, work, and offerings.  Please consider how you can best serve the association. We value and require diverse talents, skills, and perspectives on all of our committees.  Please feel free to email us if you have questions about this opportunity.

Best Regards,

Lorna Candler

NASASPS President