I am very happy to announce the election of two new regional chairs to the SCUP Council. Please join me in congratulating Heather Taylor, who will assume the North Atlantic region chair, and Andy Powers, who will lead the Southern Regional Council.
Simply put, 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 is the SCUP Council’s collective work and experiences that lead our membership to solve the toughest challenges, together.
Heather and Andy personify these descriptions. The North Atlantic Region of SCUP has a history of providing relevant, timely content for its members and providing opportunities to create connections among professionals dedicated to planning in higher education. Heather is currently the campus planner/architect at Phillips Exeter Academy and is looking forward to expanding the exposure of the resources and connections SCUP offers, and in doing so, engage new members and mentor and develop the next generation of planners.
The Southern Regional Council encompasses twelve states as well as Mexico and South America. As the campus architect at the University of Tennessee, Andy Powers is poised to assume leadership of this expansive region. One of Andy’s goals is to expand membership in under-represented states. He feels strongly that by working together to expand the SCUP Southern community, the SCUP organization as a whole will be better positioned to support our strategic plan.
Please join me in thanking John Fogarty and Kathryn Horne, our two outgoing regional chairs, for their incredible leadership. SCUP’s regional councils are at the heart of our community and connection and both John and Kathryn are wonderful examples of how grassroots planning can directly impact the higher education community.
Volunteer leadership is at the core of SCUP’s future as the board, the SCUP Council and our community come together to execute the strategic plan. Heather and Andy are sure to be instrumental in its success. They will take office in July following the SCUP Annual Conference and we are looking forward to their insight into the unique aspects that define their regions.