1988-1989

The Association proceeded into its sixth change of officers at the conclusion of the Summer Conference in Toledo with Robert McElwee (University of Akron-Wayne College), President; Paul Callahan (Cincinnati Technical College), President-Elect; Barbara E. Hanniford (The Ohio State University), Secretary; and Carol Sesnowitz (Kent State University), Treasurer. Others elected to the Executive Board included Barbara L. Ludwig (Youngstown State University), Vice President for Public Colleges and Universities; Mary Oakes (Findlay College), Vice President for Public Colleges and Universities; DeAnn Basden (University of Cincinnati–Raymond Walters College), Vice President for Branch/Regional Campuses; and John Meighan (Columbus State Community College), Vice President for Technical and Community Colleges).

The mail ballot for the office of President-Elect resulted in a tie between Robert Joyce and Paul Callahan.- The 1987-1988 Executive Board determined that a ballot of those attending the conference, a departure from precedent established in the 1986-1987 run off election, would elect the President-Elect. The election resulted in the election of Paul Callahan to that office.

The Association’s twelve standing committees provided additional leadership through the service of Leon Albert (Awards and Honors, Chair); E.J. “Bud” Houston (Communications, Chair); Carole Fasig (Community and Governmental Relations, Chair); Allan Swanson (Bylaws and Constitution, Chair); Roseann Parks (Winter Conference, Chair); Paul Callahan (Finance Committee, Chair); Robert McElwee (Nominations and Election, Chair), Susan McGough (Organizational Development, Chair); John R. Loch (Research and Data Collection, Chair); Janice Peterson (Site Selection, Chair); Tom Blaney, Rhonda Benedict and Karyl, Williams (CoChairs, Summer Conference).

The Association’s Executive Board adopted the theme, “Visibility, Vision and Vital Capacity” to capture the hopes and goals it set. The Executive Board working with the respective committees undertook projects which increased the relevance of the Association for its members through publishing a new and more cost effective Membership Directory; sponsored the 4th annual Adult and Continuing Education Week in Ohio from March 12-18, 1989; continued to improve upon relationships with state agency personnel; entered into an agreement to have OCHEA and Region IV of the Association for Continuing Higher Education to co-sponsor the Winter Conference in 1990; conferred the Order of Lifelong Learning Award on Marvin Phillips (University of Akron) and Sister Rita Schmutte (College of Mt. St. Joseph); conducted a survey of the membership on the timing, length and format of the Association conferences; published Professional Educational Requirements— Voluntary Credentialing; reinstituted the newcomers sessions as a part of the conferences; conducted the second special interest group “sessions,” adopted a “Statement of Strategic Direction for OCHEA;” conducted an association-wide Delphi-like survey to assist in charting the Association’s future distributed the chart and the validation report from the 1987 DACUM Study of the Chief Continuing Education Administrator; systematized the incorporation of conference management suggestions; rejuvenated The Continuing Educator to include training alerts, research abstracts and program tips; and the Special Committee on the History of OCHEA completed its task with the publication of the History of OCHEA. John R. Loch (Youngstown State University) served as Chair of this Special Committee

The Winter 1989 Conference with the theme, VISIBILITY, VISION AND VITAL CAPACITY presented eight concurrent sessions and a panel of chief administrators providing their view on the future of continuing education in Ohio. The Banquet Speaker was Dr. Mel Helitzer, Professor of Public Relations and Advertising at Ohio University. Ile Summer 1989 Conference was held at the Ramada Inn Dayton-South in West Carrolton, Ohio from July 19-2 1, 1989 with the theme, “Continuing Educators: Discovering Our Vital Capacity.” Eleven .concurrent sessions were provided with keynote presentations by Dr. John Schmidt, Dean of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin on “The Future Begins Today;” Dr. Martin Jenkins, The Ohio State University on “Transformational Leadership for a Changing Environment” and Dr. John Cindric, Findlay College, on “Understanding Your Personal Style.” At the 1989 Summer Conference, the Association conferred its first SPECIAL SERVICE TO THE ASSOCIATION AWARD on Dr. John R. Loch (Youngstown State University).

The most significant action taken in the year was the adoption by the Executive Board of a “Statement of Strategic Direction for OCHEA.” The statement recommends that the Association’s committee structure be reviewed mid that the number of committees be reduced; that additional or alternative bases of organization, namely special interest groups, would better address membership needs, interests and concerns than the current constituencies; that the Association hold only one conference a year; that while not a political organization, OCHEA should serve as a forum for discussing controversial issues, encouraging debate and discussing matters of importance to association members; that OCHEA form a long range, strategic planning group to identify, analyze, and report on national and state trends likely to affect continuing education and the Association; and that communication among members be improved.

Association membership for 1988-1989 included 77 institutions and 110 Associate members.