Fri, Mar 2, 2018 to Mon, Mar 5, 2018
Seascape Resort, Monterey Bay
General Info

The League’s Northern and Southern CEO Conferences has combined into one statewide symposium. The CEO Symposium presents an ideal opportunity for CEOs to meet and discuss the critical issues that face California community colleges and to learn from each other.

CEO Symposium Planning Committee

  • Brian King, Chair, CEOCCC, Los Rios CCD
  • Joe Wyse, Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint CCD
  • Kevin Walthers, Allan Hancock CCD
  • Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Grossmont College
  • Gari Browning, Ohlone CCD
  • Jill Stearns, Modesto Junior College
  • Jannett Jackson, Chabot-Las Positas CCD
  • Wei Zhou, Crafton Hills College


Subject To Change

Friday, March 2

3:30 p.m.                    Caucus/Small Group Meetings

5:30 p.m.                     Welcome Reception

Saturday, March 3

8:30 a.m.                     Breakfast Sessions or Breakfast-Only Option

9:30 a.m.                     Welcome/Introductions, Chair, CEOCCC Board

10:00 a.m.                  Keynote: Josh Wyner, Vice President, The Aspen Institute, Founder and Executive Director, College
                                         Excellence Program, Renewal & Progress: Strengthening Higher Education Leadership in a Time of Rapid

11:30 a.m.                  Breakout Discussions: The Present & Future of the Community College Presidency

  • Adaptive Leadership and the Role of Professional Development in Shifting Culture
    Facilitator: Mary Spilde, President Emerita, Lane Community College
  • Leadership in Governance and Sustainable Funding
    Facilitator: Rufus Glasper, President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College
  • Fundamentals of Teaching Excellence and Leading That Forward
    Facilitator: Karen Stout, President and CEO of Achieve the Dream

12:15 p.m.                  Lunch

1:00 p.m.                    Funding Formula Discussion

4:00 p.m.                    Effective Labor-Management Relations & Collective Bargaining

6:00 p.m.                    Reception

Sunday, March 4

8:00 a.m.                     Breakfast Sessions or Breakfast-Only Option

9:00 a.m.                     Conversation with the Chancellor's Office

10:00 a.m.                  Coffee Break

10:15 a.m.                  Online College Discussion

12:00 p.m.                  Lunch

1:00 p.m.                     Table Sessions (CEOs Only)

2:30 p.m.                     Networking Time 

3:00 p.m.                     CEO Leadership Academy Meeting

6:00 p.m.                     Reception

7:00 p.m.                     Retiree Dinner

Monday, March 5

8:00 a.m.                     CEO Funding Formula Workgroup

8:30 a.m.                     Closing Breakfast Networking Time



Hotel & Travel Information

Hotel reservations link provided in registration confirmation email.

One Seascape Resort Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
(800) 929-7727
(831) 688-6800

Room Block & Rates*

Deluxe Suite: $180 
One Bedroom Beach Villa: $230

*plus resort fee of $30

Nine miles south of Santa Cruz on Monterey Bay

San Jose International Airport (SJC): 40 miles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 72 miles
Monterey Municipal Airport (MRY): 31 miles

Conference Center
Seascape Resort features more than 35,000 square feet of outdoor event space and 17,000 square feet of meeting space, with 15 conference rooms ranging in size from 500 to 4,000 square feet, all with breathtaking views. Ergonomically designed furniture and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

• Sanderlings Restaurant and Lounge
• Complimentary Parking


NOTE: Online registration has now closed, if you have an questions or would like to register please contact Karen Graham at

Registration Rates

CEO Symposium – $500
Registration fee includes all workshops and sessions, receptions, the 2018 Retiree Dinner, and all publications.

Guest Meals 

  • Saturday Reception  $50
  • Retiree dinner $75                                    

Conference registrations must be paid in full prior to the start of the conference.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be in writing. A  $50 cancellation fee will be assessed to all refunds.  No refunds are available if cancellation is received after February 9, 2018. For cancellations, please contact Karen Graham at


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