Regional Chair – All Regions


Position Overview

SCUP’s regional councils are at the heart of our community and connection. Overseeing programmatic exchanges, people connections, and volunteer and leadership development, the regional councils are helping the higher education community learn more about planning at the grassroots level. Each regional council’s work supports SCUP’s strategic plan adopted by the board of directors.

Regional chairs are responsible for communications with members in their regions, membership recruitment, retention, programming, and other activities. 

Regional chairs serve on the SCUP Council. The council provides knowledge, expertise, and insight into the SCUP’s community, bringing an understanding of the current and future environment. The council develops an integrated plan that advances SCUP’s strategic plan.

The SCUP Council represents the best of SCUP’s community. The Council works hand in hand with our Board to unite higher education leaders, defining and creating the future of our community. Working across regions, committees, academies, task forces, and leadership teams, SCUP Council members are subject matter experts who ensure that SCUP’s offerings align with our community’s needs and the strategic plan. It’s the SCUP Council’s collective work and experiences that lead our membership to solve the toughest challenges together.

  • Tenure: 3 year term
  • Volunteer time:  11+ hours per month

About Selection

Regional chairs are elected by members of their respective regions.

Committee Structure

Each SCUP Regional Council consists of a chair, a membership chair, a professional development chair, a sponsor chair, a volunteer chair, and a communications chair. 

The SCUP Council includes the chair from each regional council, the SCUP membership committee chair, the SCUP professional development committee chair, the conveners and associate conveners from the planning academies, and several committee liaisons from the SCUP staff.


SCUP’s regions are responsible for delivering a broad range of programs and services to its members. This is accomplished via a deep collaboration with SCUP staff and the regional chair. This collaboration includes:

  • Interpreting needs and content issues voiced by members.
  • Developing and implementing programs reflecting needed content.
  • Providing opportunities for SCUP community and others from higher education to connect and network.
  • Developing sponsorship strategies to help underwrite the cost of delivering needed programs and services.
  • Providing opportunities for leadership succession that nurture potential leaders for both regional councils and the national board of directors.
  • Discussing, interpreting, and implementing board of directors’ policies.
  • Ensuring opportunities for volunteer activity within regional membership.
  • Ensuring adequate representation from, and knowledge content for, members from academic, budget/resource, and campus planning areas


  • Ability to exercise your leadership, communication, networking, and collaboration skills
  • Opportunities to engage in multi-disciplinary industries/positions across SCUP membership
  • Enhanced engagement with SCUP members and higher education leaders in your local/regional/national level
  • Exposure of you and your institution/firm locally, regionally, and nationally


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Membership in SCUP for four years and resident of the region to be served (temporary lapses in membership of less than one year are allowed).
  • Significant experience in or be actively engaged in higher education.
  • Commitment to participate in an orientation plus SCUP council meetings (1-2 face-to-face, plus additional video conference calls as needed).
  • Willingness to lead a regional council retreat each year, plus monthly conference calls.
  • Evidence of recent, active involvement in regional activities such as: a) Membership on the regional council for more than one year; b) Leadership role in the development of at least one region-wide members initiative,
  • Demonstrated significant leadership in other ways at the regional level.

Desired Qualifications:

  • History of supporting regional activities such as reviewing proposals, supporting the planning and implementation of regional events
  • Insight into the unique aspects that define the SCUP region
  • Experience with organizing volunteer activities and the aptitude for recognizing volunteer potential.

Desired Attributes:

  • Commitment to the future of the organization and the capacity to facilitate change.
  • Ability to navigate within SCUP’s organizational culture.
  • An in-depth understanding of the SCUP Strategic Plan and ability to think strategically.
  • An understanding of the interplay between academic, facilities, and resource planning and the power to think systemically.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to dedicate time in service to SCUP.

Time Commitment

  • Term: 3 year term, starting on the last day of Annual Conference (usually July)
  • Volunteer time:  11+ hours per month
    • Regional conference committee meetings – as determined by regional council
    • Travel: Regional Conference 1x per year, SCUP Council 1x per year, Annual Conference 1x per year, Regional Retreat 1x per year
    • Regional chairs are also expected at SCUP’s annual conference at the chair’s expense. Regional chairs have funding to travel to their own regional events.
    • Possible travel : Regional workshop/symposia 


  • Orientation as directed by SCUP staff
    • Brand
    • Committee role
    • Committee professional development as needed