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October 22, 2013
Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions
Opening Plenary
Thursday, February 27
Survival or Sustainability
Ms. Karen Buck
Nonprofit Impact
Leaders of higher education gerontology and geriatrics programs are tasked with developing and sustaining high-quality programs in a quickly changing and increasingly difficult environment.  It can be tempting to take whatever actions are necessary to ensure short-term survival.
But leaders who want to respond rather than just react - those who want to take advantage of opportunities and not just grapple with obstacles - need new tools, skills, and best practices.  Karen Buck will share those best practices from the fields of business, leadership, and management to provide educational leaders a tested, realistic approach to develop high-quality programs designed for long-term sustainability and impact.
Karen Buck is a consultant with Nonprofit Impact, a consultancy that specializes in planning and organizational development in public health, education, and human services.  Karen has over 15 years of experience in key fundraising and management positions with health, human service, and civic engagement organizations.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master's degree with honors in nonprofit management from Regis University.
Closing Plenary
Sunday, March 2
Securing the Future of Gerontology in Higher Education: A Provost’s Perspective on the Need to Professionalize Gerontology
Dr. Robbyn Wacker
Provost and Senior Vice President
University of Northern Colorado

The articles in the special edition of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education (2012).  Accreditation in Gerontology:  Opportunities and Challenges captured the many sides of the ~40 year-old debate regarding the wisdom of establishing accreditation for gerontology programs.  Is it time to move forward?    Dr. Robbyn Wacker, Provost and Senior Vice President at the University of Northern Colorado will present an administrative perspective about why the changing context of higher education necessitates accreditation for gerontology programs to secure its future as a profession.